Getting married amidst a pandemic is NOT an easy task. With the government changing rules for Indian weddings every week, it’s unclear to many couples on how to plan their wedding in this pandemic and ensure it’s on fleek. Just when you feel at ease that the situation is under control, some needs on rising case numbers is likely to make your stomach roll! So, if you’re also tying the knot right now, we’ve got some tips to keep things easy, flexible and fab like how!
Here Are Some Tips To Help You In Intimate Wedding Planning for Indian Weddings
To keep your intimate wedding planning stress free and within government regulations, here are some tips to help you plan Indian weddings right now and ensure you r wedding is amazing like how!
Make THREE Guest Lists
Prepare 3 guest lists with 50, 150 & 200 guests and phase your invitations to each. This way you know your top guests and can extend your invitations to the next bunch of guests closer to time depending on the rules at that time. PS – To make it easier for you, opt for digital invites so sending invitations at the last moment is no problem.
Weigh Your Venue Decision
There’s two thumb rules to choosing your venue – 1) book a venue which can accommodate more people than your guest list. So, even if you increase your guests at the end, you won’t have a problem with space. 2) Book a hotel banquet in a chain that has multiple hotels – this way, in case of any covid emergency postponements/changes – there’s more flexibility to adjust your booking /credit across different properties.
Editor’s Pick – If you’re choosing a hotel for your wedding, then you must look at Novotel hotels. Not only do they have 20 fabulous hotels & resorts across India, Novotel is one chain that has taken tremendous steps to make pandemic weddings safe and stylish both! In fact, in Vivaah at Novotel offers many amazing services for intimate weddings. From live streams for all your functions, to screenings for small groups in their different hotels, right to food hamper deliveries to guests in different cities – Novotel literally takes the best of your big day buffet to your loved ones so they can enjoy your wedding from home while watching you live!
Design for Safety
Pay attention to sanitising stations and masks – incorporate these into the cute design elements like your photo booths, signages, table centre pieces and more.
Keep Your Shopping To A Minimum Or Do It Online
A wedding means lots and lots of shopping. Dont worry – we’ve got 5 ways for you to shop for wedding while staying safe – to know more click here!
Keep Your Team Local
Book vendors from your city to cut down on unnecessary travel & exposure to corona. Especially since the government can change flight rules anytime, it’s smart to keep a local team from your own city.
Add Safety Kits As Welcome/Pamper Hampers
Have a cutesy covid safety kit as welcome hampers for your guests. Add a few snacks along with sanitizing sprays, customized masks and a welcome note.
PS – In the case of Novotel – the hotel takes care of this for you! They have the most adorable Shagun Hampers with handpicked goodies that they deliver to all your loved ones across 15 cities in India!
Covid Tests For Everyone
To keep the safety quotient to a max, you could arrange/request covid tests for everyone. Opt for the RTPCR tests incase you’ve got back to back functions and antigen tests for vendors.
Have Open Covid Conversation With Vendors
As Intimate wedding planning in these times can be unpredictable, make sure you keep things transparent with your vendors. Ask them how many team members they’ll have and how they’re going to deal with changing no. of guests. It’s better to have an honest conversation before than facing issues if you’re forced to make changes!
We hope these tips help you to plan an Indian wedding while staying sound and safe.
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