In normal times, you might be getting ready for someone’s wedding at this very moment- last-minute dress trials, matching jewellery to your dress, ordering gifts for the happy couple. But 2020 is not the same. The global pandemic and social-distancing rules implemented by the government have put a restraint on large gatherings including weddings.
With the weddings being downsized, cancelled or postponed, all the associated sectors such as caterers, designers, make-up artists, wedding vendors and planners have been financially affected. It is not possible to host a big fat Indian wedding amidst the pandemic in 2020. No big fat Indian wedding meaning no pomp, no band-baaja, fewer guests and following all other mandatory guidelines. The pandemic has turned big fat Indian weddings into intimate gatherings of close relatives and friends. However, the good part is that slowly and gradually, the wedding industry has adopted smartly and creatively and enhanced their approach. Even in the pandemic, weddings have not lost their charm; even with fewer guests, the fun of weddings is not limited.
Weddings have become a personal affair and it is the top priority of every wedding planner to offer personalised ideas to make it a memorable one. With a fewer number of venues available for hosting weddings, many couples are planning a wedding at their farmhouses or in their backyards. With the social distancing norms in place, people are choosing open-air or outdoor spaces to maintain appropriate social distance.
The top priority isn’t the bride getting ready on time anymore. It is ensuring that all the safety measures and precautions are implemented accurately. Indian wedding 2020 version demands 100% hygiene as well as contactless services. It is essential that all the guidelines put in place by the government have to be followed thoroughly. From the venue to the props to the dining area, everything has to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Face masks, face shields, gloves and sanitizers are the important accessories that everyone needs to carry.
An Indian wedding is an affair of 4 to 5 days that includes haldi, mehndi, sangeet followed by the main event. Looking at the current situation, the guest-listing and the ceremonies need to be tweaked. With proper planning, the guests are distributed across different ceremonies, so everyone can be a part of the wedding in some way. In this manner, everyone is accommodated and those who couldn’t attend the ceremony can join virtually.
People involved in behind the scenes of a wedding ceremony like make-up artists, decorators, caterers, etc. are advised to wear PPEs to ensure complete safety and hygiene. The decorations to be put up on the venue are to be thoroughly sanitized. Even the cooks and servers need to wear masks, gloves and headgears for maximum safety. The dinner table has to be big enough to ensure a maximum of six-foot distance between the guests. Easily-accessible, low-key places are the best and safest options available for a pre-wedding photoshoot. Let’s not forget the Aarogya Setu app. It has to be updated and checked before entering the wedding venue. From the people working for the wedding to the bride-groom to the guests, everyone has to undergo temperature checks at the entrance.
Intimate weddings save the trouble of printing dozens of wedding cards. Thanks to e-vites, people now opt for sending an invitation through mail or other digital sources. Also, thanks to the internet, it made possible for people to attend weddings digitally. Couples didn’t have to miss their near and dear ones at the wedding.
With multiple shops closed during the pandemic, wedding shopping became difficult. Indian weddings in 2020 saw brides donning their mother’s saree as wedding attire and family heirlooms as jewellery. What better way to seek the blessings of ancestors than adorning something that has been passed down from generation to generation. The decoration, too, saw a shift in the materials and props used for the wedding. People opted for props that are easily accessible, for example, colourful dupattas to decorate the venue.
Many celebrities such as Rana Daggubati-Miheeka Bajaj, Prachi Tehlan- Rohit Saroha, Manish Raisinghani-Sangeita Chauhaan, Nikhil Siddhartha-Pallavi Varma, Kajal Aggarwal-Gautam Kitchlu and many more tied the knot amidst pandemic. The year 2020 also saw a lot of people deciding on forever i.e., getting engaged.