One could imagine checking off wedding chores at the last minute and preparing for the celebrations for their big day, but couples looking to tie the knot this month are in Delhi and from after the curfew was imposed from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. in trouble Mumbai to stop Covid-19 in both cities.
While some have decided to move the date again, others are considering alternative solutions, with day weddings being touted as one. “The moment it was announced, we got a call from the venue to reschedule the event, but it could be difficult,” said Saurabh Aswal, an IT professional who is getting married on April 25th.
Another budding groom, Akhil Narang, a businessman, shares, “It is a state of chaos. The date is so close and the venues say they need to check availability for times of the day. We’ve already given the venues a minimum guarantee, but now with the daily feature option, they’re not ready to cut costs. You need to understand that not all guests can attend during the day. “
It turns out to be an equal downside for couples who have chosen to skip the capital city wedding venues as the maximum number of guests is limited to 100 and 200, and have chosen locations in NCR as they are now commuting and returning, before the curfew is up a concern. Changes will be difficult for Abhishek Pateria, a researcher who has taken two months off work in Poland for his wedding and booked a venue in Surajkund, Haryana. “There is no chance to postpone, as I have to fly back due to Shubh Muhurat or even switch to day functions. It will be difficult for guests attending the wedding from Delhi or Noida, ”he says.
Over the past year, wedding venues have started to watch couples’ changing preferences due to pandemics. Shivan Gupta, Creative Director of Amaara Farms, said, “We have received requests from couples for brunch or moving to a day wedding, and have also noticed our customers’ deliberate efforts to keep their gathering intimate.”
Not only the couples and venues, but also other wedding providers like planners and photographers are in conflict over last minute refunds, cancellations, and postponements. Vishal Punjabi, founder and director of The Wedding Filmer, says, “There have been some rejections because family members signed Covid-19.” However, he feels that it teaches us to appreciate what we have when such things happen. “Now is not the time to celebrate and a wedding doesn’t have to be a big party,” he adds.
As couples navigate the challenges to find an alternate solution, “they accept suggestions in order to find the best possible path because so many providers are involved. This has led to a lot of chaos and disruptions in the previous planning. With very limited cheap dates this year, customers are not too convinced of the idea of postponing the weddings, ”says cinematographer Ritin Kumar, director and chief storyteller for Cinelove Productions.
Another wedding photographer, Amrit Arora, founder of The Wedding Files, shares, “I have 6-7 weddings in Delhi this April. As of now, none of our customers have canceled it but one of them has called to say they are planning to reschedule it to a wedding now. There have been 2-3 requests and we expected them to approach but now they have put it on hold. “
For planners, the months spent planning and organizing a wedding have gone down the drain. Aanchal Bagaria, co-founder of The Wedding Soul, who planned weddings with three-day affairs in April, says, “Now everything is geared towards a single wedding through to an afternoon lunch. Either all couples jointly move the dates to November or they decide on a sundowner wedding from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All our efforts and months of planning have been in vain, but we have to face the fact. “She also states that weddings are uncertain for the month of May as the venues are not accepting bookings for large numbers.
Wedding planners Kaveri Vij and Akshay Chopra of Designer Events Inc. think this is a recap of last year when Vij says, “Just when we thought things were normal, this is a shock. We still hope and keep our fingers crossed that we will survive this. A few days before a wedding are the most hectic for us and we literally burn midnight oil to do all of the tasks at hand. ”