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The Lockdown Wedding: Big fat to low-key Indian weddings

by Grishma Indap
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The Lockdown Wedding

Spring has sprung and the wedding season is approaching. Couples all over the globe were excited for their special day. All of a sudden, Covid -19 happened and gatherings across India and the world have been banned. Which made these excited couples call off their wedding. But, the pandemic didn’t stop many couples to get hitched during this lockdown. For couples who decided to get 2married – whether they’ve had to cancel their original venue plans like destination weddings and make new ones. An Andhra couple got hitched in Tirumala even though the temple was closed, so they tied knots on the temple’s doorsteps. While the North Indian couple exchanged their vows over a video call. Similarly, the couple got married in the city police station. Some got married in the hospital wearing masks. By reading these stories, most people will say “Kya jaldi thi ithni shadi karne k liye” (“Why they’re in so much hurry to get married”). But they know, what they know! 

Here’s the story of a Mumbai couple, who decided to fight the odds to tie the knot with a simple ceremony on the groom’s terrace even though they have planned a big, lavish wedding. Only the parents and siblings of the bride and groom and the guruji were present at the wedding. The wedding guests, extended family and friends joined in through video conference. It was surely like #WFH. No, we’re not talking about Work from Home, but we’re talking about Wedding from Home. 

When we asked the couple why they didn’t postpone the wedding since they had to settle for a simple wedding instead of a lavish one. Their answer was, “They are in love for 10 years, but in those 10 years they were in a long-distance relationship for almost 6 years, as the groom is in the military. 

It took a long way to convince our parents for the wedding. When the parents finally agreed, we were on cloud nine and we thought the struggle was finally over. After sending hundreds of wedding invitations to our guests, pandemic washed off all our plans. But we decided to get married anyway because we didn’t want to delay our happiness just to be with one another. 

It doesn’t matter how lavish or simple our wedding was but surely we can say that it was an intimate, fun, and low budget wedding. We saved a lot of money from pre-wedding photoshoots to wedding buffets to return gifts for the guests, to other expensive wedding rituals and we’re planning to use that money to go on an exotic trip once this chaos is over.” 

Their honeymoon will take place in their apartment, which might be the longest honeymoon in history. As you can see, they look at this simple ceremony as an opportunity to nest together. They were able to find happiness in everything that’s going on in this world. They really just cared most about getting married, to begin their life together. 

 

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