Getting married in lockdown times

Intimate ceremonies or virtual weddings seem to be the new normal

By   |  Published: 1st Jun 2020  12:29 amUpdated: 31st May 2020  11:12 pm

At a time when the world is still trying to come to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, quite a lot of couples are refusing to let the virus dictate their life, and getting married regardless of the lockdown.

While a few couples are opting for a small, intimate wedding ceremony, others are having a virtual wedding via video calling applications.

The wedding date of Priya and Rajesh was locked much before the lockdown 1.0 was announced. It was on March 15. Abiding by the government’s guidelines, the couple postponed their nuptials date to May 4 assuming that lockdown will be relaxed. Alas, this time as well they had to postpone their wedding. Yet, the couple made up their mind to get married on May 24, the date dictated by astrological charts. It was a penny plain wedding at the bride’s home with no more than 15 guests around and no band, baaja aur baarat.

It’s not just Priya and Rajesh, the story is relatable to most of the couples hitched during the lockdown. People all over the nation are adopting unique ways of getting married.

So, it would be no wonder if we don’t spot the contemporary wedding trends and the concept of big fat Indian weddings post lockdown. Multi-day ceremonies and thousands of guests in a jam-packed function hall may become a thing of the past. Physical distancing, sanitisers, face masks and screening at the entrance will become a part of almost every wedding.

‘Weddings from Home’ is in vogue in the current scenario. The live telecast of the wedding via video calls for faraway relatives and friends is being done and physical distancing norms are not set aside at any cost.

Of late, a groom tied the mangalsutra around the bride’s image in the video call. While the groom was in Kerala’s Kottayam, the bride got stuck in Lucknow due to the lockdown.

Recently, Telugu actor Nikhil Siddhartha got married to the love of his life on May 14 amid lockdown in a private ceremony. An entry sign at the venue that read, “Pallavi & Nikhil… Mask here, sanitizers there… love everywhere” is what grabbed the eyes of netizens and probably is going to be the mantra for future weddings.

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