What does the FUTURE OF WEDDINGS in India look like in the post Corona Times
Indian Weddings have forever been synonymous with Big Fat Weddings wherein everything is opulent, larger-than-life, and obnoxiously grand. It is like a mammoth celebration of the coming together of two individuals, celebrated with as much fun, frolic and pomp and show as possible. One of the reasons to this is that maybe we Indians are so ingrained in a large family set up that any celebration makes it almost mandatory to involve every member of the family (no matter how remote it is ) in the event and make it more of a large scale social gathering. And with so many guests being involved, it just becomes sacrosanct to pay attention to the minutest of details, with everything from Venue, Décor, F&B , Invitations, to Outfits, Jewellery Gifts being styled to perfection and finesse. So much so, that one actually needs days of relaxation and rest to unwind from all the madness and hectic schedules that go into preparing for the wedding and then actually having fun and enjoying all those family events.
But it seems like, with Corona inducing its far-lasting effects on almost everything around, even the Wedding scenario would not go unaffected. Rather, it’s almost undisputable that they would undergo a drastic makeover on a lot of levels. Not just the weddings, we predict that even the attributes that we look for in our ideal partner would be revised to a large extent. Since, what we expect out of life would change, so would the definition of the person we want to spend our lives will be. And hence, weddings would also take on an altogether new meaning. More than catering to our Social circle and the people we know, they would now be concentrated on the two people actually getting married. The marriage of the two people in the Wedding which had long been lost, would regain its standing. Weddings would be much more of marriages now, than they have ever been before. We hope you know what we say.
Though in these times of uncertainty, nobody is really sure of what would the future look like, we do know with some belief that the new Wedding scene in India would be something like this.
1. The Wedding GUEST LIST would reduce considerably
Absolutely true, and one of the most definitive result of the Corona pandemic on the Wedding scenes. People will focus more on whom they are really close to and really wish to celebrate the most joyous day of their lives with. Weddings would be more of an intimate affair rather than a big social gathering. And it absolutely makes sense so. It doesn’t really look like a wedding if you have a 1000 odd people present at the venue to be witnesses to your wedding rituals. It seems more like a Bollywood movie set up. A wedding should be a love bound affair where you declare and solemnize your vows with your partner amidst a very close and intimate gathering. People who are genuinely happy for you and would be a part of your future married life as well; rather than just being there to pay their good wishes and a token of money and enjoy the food being served, only to meet you and your partner at another wedding that probably you all are again invited to.
2. WEDDING OUTFITS would go through a makeover too and be more subtle and minimalistic
Though that excitement to look your best would still be there on the bride and the groom, but to spend exorbitant amounts on your outfit and your makeup, would be gone. When you have just a 50 or 100 close people present at the ceremony, the idea would be more to look naturally glowing and happy and having a blast at your own wedding, rather than being over-the-top dressed to make a grand appearance. The outfits would be more minimalistic, yet stylish with a personal touch of the bride and groom’s personalities. Ideally, the brides would choose outfits that are easy to carry and in which they can have more fun around. It would be something that they can very well carry into their married lives and wear on a lot of upcoming occasions. Even for the makeup, we believe that the brides would prefer a more natural, glowing and refined vision rather than too much of a highlighter and loud makeup.
3. Less Guests mean LESS WASTAGE of FOOD in the Wedding
One good outcome of all of the current situation now would be that weddings would become less about all that unnecessary flashing and flaunting and unmindful wasting of resources. With the guest list going down considerably, there would be less food and hence, lesser wastage. The focus would be on the quality and the goodness of it, rather than having all the varied cuisines present in the world to be served to your guests on the day of wedding
The amount of food wasted at an Indian Wedding can feed a family of 5 for an year!
4. Weddings would become more about PRACTICAL CHOICES rather than relentless spending
With economy going down and businesses suffering, weddings would become more about the practical choices of the coupe and their immediate families rather than succumbing to any social pressures. Invest more into customization and making your wedding a very private and fun affair that you can cherish for years to come. Enjoy it with the people who really matter to you. Make them a part of your celebration. Of anything, we do believe that rather than having an adverse effect, post Corona world would be a better place to hold your wedding. There would be no pressures. It would be ‘ to each his own’. Save the money that you would have otherwise just let go on all the unnecessary drama in a wedding and spend it on something that you both might desire for your future life.
5. The HYPE and the DRAMA would definitely go down and for the good
No denying, the grandeur of weddings in India is overhyped. With lesser people invited, even the Social Media captures would reduce considerably. Though, one would still want to play all dress up and actually get each moment of the event recorded, you would save yourself the trauma of having everything picture-perfect on your wedding. Your wedding would now be more reflective of your personal taste, class and refinement rather than just forcefully living up to some unrealistic societal benchmarks.
We hope the world resumes to normal, with hopefully some learnings and realisations that we can carry on into the post Corona World. Weddings might not be as grand as they were before but the love in the hearts of the Bride and Groom for each other and their dreams to have a blissful life together shall bloom as strongly as before.