For Indians, weddings are a great occasion to which they are being celebrated with full of joy and entertainment. It is a time when all families get together and follow traditional rituals with the bride and groom. Usually, wedding functions are being continued for 10 to 15 days as this is the reason the event management industry is growing nowadays and become a major source of revenue for the nation. Across India and over the world, thousands gather for dazzling multi-day weddings which are fun, lavish and drive a massive industry.
Everything was going well, but the coronavirus crisis has felled many, the concept of “big-fat Indian Wedding” is one of them. Unfortunately, due to this pandemic, weddings now present themselves as ominous super-spreader events, to be shunned by all.
So, what will happens for the next two years while we wait for getting a coronavirus vaccine? How will Indian Weddings be reformed to fit into the new normal?
Since past days, many couples who were going to tie a knot, have taken the easy way out and postponed their weddings, in the hope of better days. Whilst, some weddings are happening as the Spartan affair with just the couple and immediate family members. Meanwhile, some imaginative wedding planners are trying to make the best use of technology to rekindle the magic of big fat Indian Weddings.
Most of the weddings have been pushed for the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. However, to-be-weds also get time to better plan their wedding once the virus threat is down to negligible.
What will be The New Normal for Indian Weddings?
The “New Normal” for organizing weddings post Covid-19 is going to be different. As social distancing has become a norm, weddings will be smaller, more intimate and highly focused on top-notch hygiene standards as well as even ensure contactless services. Given this situation, couples who are planning to be married at the end of this year or the beginning of 2021 will have to consider altering their wedding plans.
Once the lockdown will be completely over and in the aftermath of Covid-19, we assume many couples to tie the knot, however they’ll do it with change. Couples will forego the concept of “big-fat wedding” instead this accepts an intimate and more cautious wedding, by following social distancing norms.
In order to ease our customers’ concerns during this situation, we are engaging with them virtually through digital meetings and venue recess, providing more flexibility in booking and rescheduling wedding dates for later. We hope such measure would be beneficial for people who are planning to get hitched” says by Sandeep Lodha, CEO, OYO-owned Weddingz.in.
Open-Air Venue and Well-Spaced Out Table Arrangements
In the post-pandemic era, people will look forward to socializing again; they are still expected to be skeptical about being a part of mass gatherings. The world is demanding cautiousness, wedding planners or couples should take all precautionary measures while organizing weddings. In this regard, an open-air or outdoor wedding venue implies plenty of space could aid people to maintain social distancing as compared to indoor weddings. Moreover, a well-thought setting arrange would also prevent risks of Covid-19. Event planners should organize bigger tables with limited seating thus maintaining the distance between people.
For example- a table for 10 can be assigned for 5 guests.
Tweaking in Buffet-Style Service
A lavish buffet is the highlight of any Indian Wedding. In an attempt to comply with physical distance measures, this too will be changed. Some couples will prefer a disposable menu for their wedding whereas some will still opt out buffet-style service. Hence, in this regards, precautionary measures, i.e. contactless serving of dishes will be the trend. For example, one server will be assigned to serve a dish each at the buffet to avoid guests touching the cutlery/spoons.
Besides this, the line marking system will be followed to ensure six feet distance between two people, if it would be buffet-style service.
Go local or Virtual
After post-pandemic, we can expect couples to opt for local weddings, i.e. held it into their hometowns instead of destination weddings. Alongside, overseas guests may prefer to be a part of the virtual wedding, due to limitations of unnecessary travelling. Live streaming wedding ceremonies can be the foreseeable trend in near future. Hence, venue operators or wedding planners are expecting a surge in demand for these services after post covid-19.
Therefore, the new normal for Indian weddings will be totally different. In the meanwhile, we should stay educated and make more informed decisions, rethink for safer ways to plan happy and safe ceremonies post-pandemic.