They say a little act of kindness can go a long way. Most Wedding Experts have left no stone unturned, to accommodate all requests of couples who had to cancel their Summer Weddings amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. But the growing no. of days and dilemmas have raised so many questions in the minds of couples who had to postpone their April-May weddings and the couples who have planned a 2020 wedding.
Every cloud has a silver lining and happy days will knock on our doors soon again. To sail through this together and make the journey easier for all, we got in touch with the most trusted and loved Wedding Experts in India. Here’s a list of the most important questions every expert Wedding Expert is faced with during the lockdown, and their well explained contingency plans and responses to these questions.
Q. How can they make their celebration intimate yet memorable given the current circumstances?
Bhavnesh Sawhney, Co-founder, FB Celebrations: We have recommended all our clients to downsize and reschedule their weddings for now. We have asked them to look at dates post the outbreak, as a preventive measure for the safety of their family and their guests. However, downsizing does not imply compromising on the experience and the enjoyment. With the help of their wedding planners, they can get their celebrations tailored to intimate experiences. If the number of guests are reduced, the couple and their family can pay more attention to the intricate details of the celebrations.
Q. Now that the summer wedding events have been postponed, what are the alternate dates available for the wedding celebrations? Are venues’ still available in November and December, considering these are busy wedding months?
FNP Gardens: We are trying our best to give dates to every client who had to postpone their weddings. FNP Gardens has 11 wedding venues across the city, so we have been somewhat successful in an effort to be available for all. In some cases, we are suggesting couples and their families to plan their wedding ceremonies during the day. This could help us both get on the same page and it would be easier for us to cater to their wedding dreams just the way, they have always wanted. This will make it easier for us to provide our venues to a larger number of our clients.
Q. With a surge in orders for the later half of 2020, how are vendors prioritising their bookings?
Vikram Mehta, Founder, Mpire Events: All the weddings that were originally planned in April-May are my priority and I am trying to slab them into the future dates. People also understand the season rush for winter, so most clients are ready to accommodate around Diwali which wasn’t the first choice of dates, to begin with.
Q. What should be the terms and conditions for cancellations/ reschedule?
Gautmi Khanna Designs: Right now, the focus is majorly on staying safe and postponing the wedding dates to the sooner future. We have advised our clients to postpone instead of cancelling their wedding celebrations. Certain terms and conditions must be followed in such cases. First step, is to frankly talk to all clients about the possibility of rescheduling and fix a date as per our availability. The deposits made to all vendors should be refunded in case of cancellations or considered as a booking advance amount for postponed weddings.
Q. What should be every soon to be married couples’ contingency plan?
Bhavnesh Sawhney, Co-founder, FB Celebrations: They should have multiple backup options -
- By shifting destination wedding to local wedding
- Resort to more intimate weddings than a big bash celebrations
- Expect delays when it comes to apparel and decorations
- Have a clear blueprint planned with the vendor so that they'll provide you with quick alternatives within the budget
Megha Malik, RESA Fine Jewellery: Waiting to make important decisions, and hoping it all works out, is not suggested. Being proactive can help save money, as well as help secure a couple’s ideal rescheduled date with their desired vendor team. Also on a lighter note, we should encourage our clients to utilise this time to know their partner well and plan their wedding in the best possible way.
Gautmi Khanna Designs: It is very important to stay ahead of the planning process and see what it would look like in case of rescheduling. For this to happen, ask your vendors & planners about Plan B, which should involve a potential future date when all of your pre-decided vendors and venue is available to host your dream wedding along with a confirmation from your list of guests.
Q. What are the apt destinations to plan 2020 weddings?
Nitin Arora, Katalyst Entertainment: Most of the clients I have spoken to are quite concerned to take flights. People are more comfortable with road trips right now. Keeping in mind their safety, venues that are closer to their home, like Jaipur and Agra for Delhites and Lonavla, Mahabaleshwar, Aamby Valley for Mumbaikars, is a safe option. People are looking at intimate gatherings this year, so Boutique hotels are perfect destinations that also ensure hygiene.
Q. If their wedding is postponed to the winter season, will they have to change their jewellery to follow the season’s trend?
Arpit Goyal, Owner, Ambrus Jewels: Brides and grooms around the world are echoing the same sentiments. Considering they have spent the past months or years committing their time, money, and energy to an occasion that was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, this worry, is understandable. My piece of advice for brides is to have patience and wait for the time to pass. If they have invested in gold before this pandemic, there is no need to cancel their orders. Price of gold will definitely increase in the future. It’s a good time to invest in jewellery. One should opt for minimal jewellery as minimal designs were quite in trend for Summer weddings, and will continue to stay in trend, this winter also.
Q. How can brides keep their outfits up-to-date when they have postponed the wedding?
Meha Bhargava, Styl INC: Bridal Outfit for Summer 2020 can be made appropriate for Monsoon/Autumn wedding, simply by adding a heavy colour-specific dupatta to the Summer outfit.
Q. For Monsoon/Autumn Brides, if they cannot go shopping at the moment, will this affect their Nov-Dec wedding plans?
Meha Bhargava, Styl INC: We know bridal shopping takes multiple appointments in order to find ‘the dress’. During this pandemic, it might be really difficult for the Monsoon/Autumn brides to finalize their bridal outfits. With online platforms like us - Styl.Inc, choosing attires for brides gets easier. We virtually shop for customers as we are affiliated with leading luxury brands across the globe.
Q. Can they expect new Wedding Card designs and collections?
Izhaar: No matter how tough these times are, we are constantly striving to push ourselves, to come up with something new and out-of-the-box for our clients. Even if there are some couples who are panicking right now, the most important advice I give them is to stay calm and collected. The wedding process is the most joyous time in their lives, it’s supposed to be filled with constant smiles, love and so many memories—not fear, not panic and certainly not COVID-19.
This unprecedented challenge will definitely see its end soon, and most wedding experts have been more than understanding in rescheduling all weddings planned during the mandated lockdown. When all of this is over, every wedding - grand or intimate, will be a celebration of togetherness. We will come out of it stronger and wiser, and hopefully have a more sustainable approach to life.
If you are a wedding expert, or a soon-to-be married couple and have some questions to share, we have a dedicated hotlline to answer all your wedding planning questions. Dial 080-47191954 to reach out to us.