At first blush, it may seem that the big fat Indian wedding may have turned leaner during the times of Covid-19; however it has actually pushed the growth of another trend – intimate destination weddings.
As of October, many states have opened up for domestic travellers in a bid to revive their economy which heavily depends upon tourism. According to recent regulations announced in Unlock 5.0 guidelines, gatherings of people for social and cultural purposes have been restricted to 50% of the hall capacity with a ceiling of 200 people in case of closed spaces. For outdoor gatherings, no numerical has been set. Also, it is mandatory for all events spaces – indoor as well as outdoor - to observe social distancing, sanitization, wearing of masks and thermal screening. Hotels have been permitted to function at 50% capacity. In such a scenario, to-be-brides and grooms are opting for intimate weddings; instead of splurging on an extensive guest list, couples are redirecting their resources on making their dream destination wedding wishes come true.
So how and where can you plan your destination wedding this season?
Planning your Dream Destination Wedding: Choose a Nearby Location
Instead of travelling to far off places, it’s recommended to choose locations in either your own state or neighbouring states for your dream destination wedding. The reason? It’s safer and quarantine rules are less stringent in this case. However, there are some states where you are not required to carry a travel pass or a negative Covid-19 report anymore, you can opt for such spots too.
Research Covid-19 Rules & Regulations for Social Gatherings and Hotels
Covid-19 regulations vary from state-to-state. So, before you finalise any destination for your wedding, check the Covid-19 travel regulations, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for social gatherings and hotels of that state. For example, in Goa, only 650 hotels have been permitted to resume operations yet.
Book Luxury Hotels, Heritage Properties or Private Villas
Luxury hotels are quick to comply with safety and hygiene regulations. That’s one burden off of your shoulders while you experience the lavishness associated with destination weddings. On the other hand, heritage properties offer privacy along with the much desired regal feel. If you are looking for the maximum amount of privacy, booking a private villa in a scenic location is the way to go.
Hire A Wedding Planner
Although you might be good at organising events, it’s better to hire a wedding planner to take care of your D-Day. Choose a reputed wedding planning agency which has had experience planning destination weddings, especially during the pandemic and strictly adheres to safety and social distancing norms. Such an agency will know what licenses and permissions are required. Letting the expert take care of your wedding will bestow upon you enough time to focus on more important wedding activities.
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