Le relative: Shadi kar le pandemic mai, bahut paise bach jaenge.
This is what my rishtedars often told me during the corona-induced lockdown. And, while my intimate wedding was comparatively cheaper, it certainly lacked the ultimate joys that are a part of every desi shadi. For me, the plus side included – zero food wastage and no annoying relatives. But there were a few things amiss too.
Here are 10 problems that I faced as a desi dulhan while getting married amid the pandemic:
1. Met the guy only once before shadi!
Thanks to the travel restrictions imposed due to Covid-19, I met my now-husband just once before marriage! Of course, we had spoken a few times virtually but as we belong to different cities, meeting often was not an option. Well, talk about love at first sight!
2. Couldn’t go on a bachelorette trip with friends.😢
Like every other friend group, all my BFFs had planned a wild Goa trip for my last few days as a spinster. Oh, how I wish we could have gone on that adventurous vacation.
3. Pre-wedding shoot bhi nahi hua
Even though I was someone who cringed at the thought of cheesy pre-wedding photoshoots, I sure felt cheated for not having the choice. It would have been lovely to dress-up after months and pose for pictures!
4. Destination chodo wedding location hi nahi tha
From Udaipur to Hyderabad, there are so many beautiful locations to get married in India. However, while people might be spoilt for choices when it comes to choosing a destination for their wedding, the only choice we had was our ancestral home. Considering the rising cases in the country, that is the only option that felt safe.
5. Clothes ke naam pe dhoka hua
Ever since I was shadi-ready, the one thing that I wanted (besides a groom) was a sexy red lehnga. But thanks to the lockdown, all I could find online was a yellow ghagra choli. Why God, why?
6. Parlours were closed.
Leave alone bikini wax, I couldn’t get my upper lips waxed for my wedding day. No facial, no hair spa, nothing. I know safety first but who wants to look like a ‘Bridezilla’ on their wedding day.
7. Sanitize karte karte mehandi nikal gayi
After sitting in one position for 5-hours straight, my mehandi turned out to be a beautiful red-brown color. But it was all gone as I had to sanitize my hands at least 5-6 times a day. Kya hi fyada itni mehant ka?
8. Na sangeet hua na haldi
Is any Indian wedding complete without a dance function? Ahhhh, I couldn’t dance on ‘Boley Chudiya’ for my shadi. Also, me and my husband perform on any romantic number. Yaar, dance to hona hi chaiye na.
9. No clue who attended the functions!
As wearing a mask is a compulsion along with a restriction on the number of guests, I have no clue who attended our wedding. Although, I did notice an uncle wearing a mask that read ‘Ladkiwala’. Chacha ji, is that you? Also, all the pictures were strictly clicked with the masks on. What is this behavior corona? Please go away.
10. Sabse imp – NO HONEYMOON
Don’t even get me started on this. Our honeymoon was spent at home with our families! I didn’t even get some quality alone time with the mister. Ufff, yeh dard.
Did you get married amid the pandemic too? Share your experience (Read: dard) with us!