The St. Regis Mumbai, one of the city`s most popular five-star wedding venues, had planned about 25 weddings for the start of this year, of which they have hosted only five so far. Nicholas Dumbell, the hotel`s general manager, admits they haven`t seen “a lot of cancellations, just a lot of events postponed.” He adds: “Government restrictions allow a maximum of 50 guests per banquet space, which was obviously a challenge as we had booked many larger weddings.” The impact, he says, appears to be mostly on weddings in January. Couples set to get married in February and March are waiting to see what happens in the coming weeks. Compared to the first two waves, guests are less afraid this time. They are already taking the necessary precautions themselves. Maharashtra announces stricter restrictions. One of the SOPs: Only 25 guests and a maximum of 2 hours of wedding ceremony! On a lighter note, it`s like a dream wedding ð#maharashtralockdown Pune, February 23, 2021: Against the backdrop of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state, the county collector has ordered strict enforcement of Covid-19 rules. As a result, District Receiver Rajesh Deshmukh requested to submit the CD of a wedding or other event to the nearby police station within five days of the event. Summer wedding season is fast approaching, but the second wave of the novel coronavirus has cast a shadow over the festivities again this year. The resurgence of COVID-19 cases, coupled with uncertainty surrounding new policies every two months, has forced many couples to postpone their weddings. If the capacity of a site is greater than 1,000, the Civil Protection Authority would assign an official to monitor the situation to ensure that there is no violation of Covid rules on the premises. The PMC said, adding that the agency would have the power to shut down the program completely if Covid standards were violated.
“What happened is that the delivery date of the old orders was set, but now people have given new orders, and because many have planned their wedding and they want to do it as soon as possible, so it is difficult to manage everything, but yes, we can say – the company has improved”, said Manish Sonigra, founder of Sonigra Jewellers. Shruti Khinvsara`s wedding is scheduled for the first week of January. She said: “My wedding is scheduled for January 7th and we have booked a wedding hall with lawns and around 1,000 guests will be invited. Due to the strict new restrictions imposed by the state government, all planned and completed expenses are wasted. We don`t know whether to postpone the wedding or leave with guests for the wedding. Maharashtra government “only 25 people are allowed to marry”#Maharashtra #maharashtralockdown #CovidIndia pic.twitter.com/YjxVLfmuk3 When Mumbai-based Aishwarya Sawarna Nir (founder of Mumbai-based Global Beauty Secrets) and her Seattle-based fiancé©, Anjishnu Kumar (an American Amazon scientist), arrived for their wedding in February 2022, they didn`t expect a third wave of COVID-19 that would ruin things. “We heard about the Omicron variant in November, but we thought it wouldn`t peak until April,” says the bride-to-be. So they booked the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur for the celebration of 400 people, where guests from all over the world flew in. The couple were “very interested in getting married in Basant Panchami,” which falls on February 5.
But in the end, due to the increase in cases after the holidays, the difficult decision was made to bring the marriage forward. “I think we now have more time to practice our sangeet dances,” she smiles. But most couples will reduce the size of their guest lists (68%) and hire fewer suppliers (60%) to ensure COVID-19 standards are met. In line with local rules and regulations, a large majority of spouses (80%) will encourage social distancing – between people and tables, according to the survey. Customers are given hand sanitizer, face masks, and staff and vendors such as photographers and makeup artists must wear masks or PPE kits. These new orders for wedding ceremonies were announced by Pune district collector Rajesh Deshmukh. He mentioned the citizens and owners of the matrimonial room to ensure strict enforcement of social distancing rules on the site. In addition, no more than 50 guests can attend the wedding, including chefs, waiters, and entertainers.
Event management companies and banquet hall owners are reporting a rush for bookings as Pune residents prepare for big weddings that will take place after a two-year hiatus. On December 24, Uddhav State Chief Minister Thackeray held a review meeting with the state`s Covid Task Force and it was decided to impose strict restrictions. Under the state`s new Covid guidelines, only 100 people are allowed at indoor weddings. While no more than 250 are allowed for outdoor weddings on open grounds and party lawns. According to the Maharashtra government`s new rules, wedding ceremonies can only be held in one event in a venue no longer than two hours, with a maximum of 25 people. Families who violate these restrictions will be fined Rs 50,000 and any place that is abused, or if the authorities do not respect the restrictions, will be closed until the proclamation of COVID-19 as a disaster remains in force. Here`s how Twitter reacted: “Most of the rooms are sold out. Many had postponed or postponed their weddings, but now this is no longer the case.
Demand for hotels, wedding halls and banquet halls is high. In addition to weddings, baby showers, birthday parties are also back. There is a slight increase in spending that was expected,” said Pinkle Mehta, co-founder of Gatha – A Tale of Events. The report from wedding technology company The Knot Worldwide found that the cancellation of wedding ceremonies in India will remain low, with 76% of couples proceeding with the chosen dates. “My son`s wedding is scheduled for December 28 in Panvel and on both sides we had invited about 500 guests from all over Maharashtra. Now, according to the new restrictions, only 100 guests are allowed in the wedding hall, and so we have started calling guests who can be called later. As a result, the list is now reduced to 100 to 150 guests, and after the wedding for the pooja in our house, the remaining guests are invited,” said Anil Kakade, father of a groom. Nir reveals that although they temporarily scaled back their wedding to mid-April, they still advise their guests to book airline tickets with flexible cancellation policies.
“We will be sending out digital invitations soon, but wait until the expected peak to introduce physical invitations,” he adds. Pune: Twitter was flooded after the Maharashtra government imposed lockdown-style restrictions on the wedding ceremony on Wednesday. Only 25 guests at a wedding in Maharashtra? Itne à apne yahaan walkins non guests hote hain. #maharashtralockdown Vaibhav Thombare, Director of Visual Arts at Breaking Coconut, said: “From November 16 to December 31, all dates are sold out. Even on some days, we have to process four clients on the same day. In addition to the big hotels and lawns in Pune, people also prefer outdoor weddings. Breaking Coconut is a video and photography service specializing in weddings Just like Shruti, there are several bride and groom families who have weddings at home and now have to limit the number of attendees at the event. The effect can now be seen on weddings scheduled for December as well as January and February next year. The pandemic is here to stay, so how can you protect yourself when planning a wedding in these unprecedented times? Tharwani recommends choosing destinations closer to your home or hometown. Another unanimous tip is to have Covid clauses in all your contracts – whether with your venue, decorator, caterer, animator, photographer or planner. This can affect you in different ways depending on your situation, but the most common is a credit that can be used for up to a year from the original dates at no additional cost, depending on the availability of the provider.
“Given uncertainty and ever-changing policies, most providers and service providers are flexible to deviate from this policy and are open to mutually beneficial common ground,” Tharwani adds. “Any citizen who violates the rule will have to pay a fine of 500 rupees, while the owner of the premises where a violation takes place is also entitled to a fine of 10,000 rupees as the owner has to comply with the Covid rules on the premises. In case of repeated neglect, the premises would be closed until the end of the pandemic. If the institution has not followed the standard procedure, it will have to pay a fine of 50,000 rupees,” he said. Most wedding venues are booked for the next three months.