A nationwide lockdown has encouraged couples to either postpone, cancel or get married at an intimate home wedding setup.
I personally feel the size of weddings will be impacted in the near future also, whether you are a host or a guest, you will always be concerned about your safety while attending or hosting the wedding with large gatherings. At least until the vaccine comes.
You might also not be able to opt for a destination wedding for some time.
But if getting married to your love is the only thing that matters to you, then an intimate wedding setup would also be an ideal choice, following the safety measures of course.
If you are also planning to get married now in, what seems to be the new normal, then here’s a checklist for you!
1. Think once again before canceling your wedding
Before anything else, you need to think about whether you want to go ahead and get married, or postpone your wedding to a later date?
2. Take Precautions
Once you have decided to get married to the love of your life, the next step should be to make sure that you are taking proper precautions while hosting the wedding.
3. Social distancing
You must encourage everyone to wear masks, and maintain social distancing so that everyone stays safe and healthy.
4. Make sure the place is Sanitised
If you are getting married at the Gurudwara, temple, church, or any other venue, make sure the place is fully sanitized, and there are no more than 50 people attending the wedding.
5. Get the permission to cross the borders
If the bride and groom are staying in different states or cities and can manage to travel via car, firstly, sort out the permissions to cross the border.
But make sure there are no more than 3 people in one car including the driver.
6. Wedding Outfits
Even if your wedding outfits aren’t ready, wear something nice from your wardrobe or something already purchased for your wedding trousseau. We highly recommend you to stay at home and not go out for shopping.
7. Make sure all the rituals are performed
Having a lockdown or an intimate wedding doesn’t mean that your pre or post-wedding rituals aren’t performed.
Whether you are getting married in the presence of 500 people or 50, all the ceremonies should happen as it was supposed to happen earlier.
8. Arrange for an officiant, personally or virtually
Try and get in touch with your Pandit Ji to officiate the ceremony, if he is not able to be a part of the wedding personally, conduct the ceremony via video conference. (The power of social media, you see!)
9. DIY it all!
There is so much you can do for your big day, whether it’s wedding invitations, photobooth, small mandap area, mithai or anything else. You can let your creativity flow and personalize your wedding event in the best possible way.
10. Talk to your photographer before the event
Make sure you ask the photographer to maintain hygiene rules and have their protective personal equipments for safety.
11. Make sure your guests join the celebrations virtually
Whether you are organizing a sangeet ceremony or live streaming the wedding for your friends and family who are not able to attend, make sure you decide on a time and stick to that.
How about asking your guests to wear traditional outfits, and hold a glass of wine (or soda) with some snacks and be part of your celebrations!