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When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the entire world, weddings had to take a backseat, which in turn has a domino effect on everyone, everywhere. However, life is slowly getting back to normal. One such normal is getting the wedding brigade back on track. Authorities are taking baby steps to ensure that couples and their loved ones can finally hold weddings that had been postponed earlier. So for now, it's all about holding Intimate Weddings.
We know what you're thinking. Small weddings? How boring! But, we'd like to disagree with that. Intimate weddings can be all the fun when planned right. Fewer people can mean a more personal celebration. There's more time for the bride and groom to spend with their guests, the group gets to know one another, and everyone contributes to the event in his or her way. Intimate celebrations, it seems, have certain advantages. And we at ShaadiSaga have the best intimate wedding ideas for you.
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Planning an intimate wedding doesn’t have to exclude any of the most important elements of your wedding, love story, or celebration. Planning a fun, intimate wedding under the government mandates is what we all need to be experts of. So, here's a small guide on how you can plan a smashing intimate wedding while also staying safe from COVID19!
How To Plan Your Intimate Wedding Effectively
Venue Ideas For An Intimate Wedding
Our world has changed a lot, ever since COVID-19 happened. Now that weddings are slowly starting once more, deciding a venue is what's on everyone's to-do list first. With Intimate weddings, your choice of venues becomes very limited, considering the safety and hygiene factors. If you're wondering where to find best intimate wedding venues, then we have a few ideas:
Your Own Garden Or Terrace
If you're holding an intimate wedding, with 50 guests or less, then one of the most ideal spaces to hold the functions are either your garden, terrace, or angaan space. Not only will such a venue be a breath of fresh air for all the guests, but it also provides enough space, so that no one feels cramped. Another plus side of such venues is that photographs of day weddings would look fabulous!
Small Function Spaces
You can always go the conventional way a book yourself a small function space, like a hall or banquet. It is essential to note, in such cases, that your state guidelines for weddings allow you to book a commercial banquet hall. For example, the Telangana government has taken out a guideline, which restricts the booking of function halls. However, if this option is possible, then booking a small function space for 50 people can be a feasible option.
Community Halls Or Society Parks
Community halls or society parks are a great way to host an intimate wedding of 50 people. Since these areas are not accessible to huge crowds, it's easier to manage a wedding here, and follow the correct hygiene and sanitization protocols.
Renting a house is also a great option to host 50 or fewer guests. You can always book a home through websites like Airbnb. However, in such cases, you must carefully check the place your booking and ensure that it has been sanitized before the wedding functions. When it comes to rental houses, you need to be ready to equip the entire place with hand sanitizers, hand washes, etc. to ensure that the utmost conditions of hygiene are maintained.
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Intimate Wedding Decor Ideas
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Deciding the decor for an intimate wedding is not all difficult. When you're planning a small wedding, and the venue is also small, it is easier to decorate the space with easily available elements. Now, you can either wing it with some DIY decor or hire a wedding decorator to style your venue. DIY decor for your intimate wedding can include options like:
- Fresh Flowers Bouquets
- Fairy Lights
- DIY Photo Hangings
- Satin/Net Drapes
- Tabel Decor With Fine China and Linen
- Colour Coordinated Linen Decor
Bridal Outfit Ideas For An Intimate Wedding
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Your wedding date is set, the venue is ready, the decor is also underway. Now, it's time to decide on a smashing wedding outfit. We know what's circling in your mind. Wedding shopping during the pandemic is nearly impossible! And even if you do buy something, the experience will never be the same as visiting every store that you had bookmarked beforehand. Nevertheless, you can still wear a bridal outfit that can be memorable. Here are some options for your bridal outfit:
Restyling Old Yet Gold Clothes
For your functions like Mehendi, Sangeet, and Haldi, you can always restyle an older outfit, with lots of jewellery and the right kind of makeup and hair! If your mother's bridal lehenga or saree is still at hand, you can always wear that for your wedding, like the real bride Megha wore for her LockdownWedding!
Design Your Outfit
Design your own outfit, and match it with your face masks, like real bride Bhavdeep Kaur did for her Intimate Wedding. Onc designed, you can always procure the materials and get it stitched by local tailors.
Buy Your Outfit From Your Favourite Designer
Many bridal designers have resumed operations. To help every bride achieve their wedding dream, even if they're holding a lockdown wedding, designers have decided to operate and make their pieces available for sale. You can always get in touch with their sales team and take the inquiry further.
Many online portals have begun delivering outfits and are fully operational. So, you can always visit the many online portals that have an array of bridal outfits like AZA Fashion, Kalki Fashion, Pernia's Pop Up Shop, Ogaan, etc.
Rent Your Bridal Outfit
Renting your bridal outfit is always a great option. You don't have to worry about getting one designed and stitched. instead, you can always rent your wedding outfit from websites like Stage3, Rent it Bae, etc.
Intimate Wedding Makeup Ideas
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Bridal makeup is one of the most important elements of a bride's wedding ensemble. And for this year's trend, it's all about laid back, natural looks for day time weddings. We've already seen brides rock the no-makeup look before, so it's not surprising that it's back in trend once more! So, for your intimate wedding makeup ideas, here are a few things you can do:
- You can always hire a makeup artist for your intimate wedding. Many makeup artists have resumed their services, albeit following the given safety guidelines.
- Similarly, you can also opt for DIY makeup. Over these lockdown days, ShaadiSaga has hosted numerous live tutorials with renowned makeup artists that showed us the easiest ways of achieving a natural makeup look. Either way, your makeup will look fabulous!
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Intimate Wedding Photography
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The question of where to find an intimate wedding photographer is not that difficult to answer. It's as tricky as choosing and hiring your makeup artist (Which is not difficult at all!). Honestly, photographs are essential to any wedding function. They're the records or memories that you and your friends and family will use to reminiscent this amazing day. They're almost proof that your wedding took place amidst a global pandemic (ain't that a cool story to recount to your grandkids!). So, we suggest that you hire a wedding photographer for your intimate wedding. And if you're unable to do that, make sure you take pictures of your wedding by designating one person to this job.
You can also create a google drive account and share it with your friends and family, informing them to share all the pictures they took of your wedding on that account. Furthermore, share your pictures on social media, and don't forget to tag ShaadiSaga to share your tale of love!
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Coordinating With Guests For Your Intimate Wedding
One of the most prominent, and possibly the main, guideline released by the Government is the number of guests allowed at a wedding. According to the Central Government, not more than 50 guests are allowed at a wedding. There are other State governments, like Uttar Pradesh, who have only permitted for 30 people to attend the wedding. These guidelines, in turn, have made us come face to face with the sad truth that you cannot call all your friends and family to this wedding. You'll have to cut down from your original guest list significantly to meet these regulations. However, this doesn't mean that they cannot be a part of your celebration.
- Stream your wedding live online!
- Make sure your guests who couldn't make it are notified of the time you'll be going live.
- You can also have them join through video conference apps like Zoom, Instagram Video Call, Whatsapp Call, Google Duo, etc.
Food & Beverage Options For Your Intimate Wedding
The days of those lavish 'dawats' are unfortunately behind us, for now. Intimate weddings, with fewer guests, are where you can go a bit wild with the food menu. In large weddings, we always opt for menus that can be easily prepared for larger crowds. However, the story is much different for small and intimate weddings.
- For smaller gatherings, you can have fun food items like mini cheeseburgers, cupcakes, chuski bars, smoothie bars, etc.
- With the help of your nearest family and friends, you can always have a potluck menu for your wedding, asking them to bring one dish each.
- Split the menu between the bride and groom's sides and prepare the food yourselves.
The world with Covid-19 is a different one. We have to accept that. And in accepting these changes, we’re only making this world a safer one for all of us. We understand that being unable to fulfill your wedding fantasies is heartbreaking. However, we wish to point out that Intimate Weddings are not bad at all. They are more memorable and meaningful, as you get to spend tons of time with your loved ones.
They’re baby steps, and ShaadiSaga will always be with you in taking these towards a better future!
What are your thoughts about Intimate Weddings? Let us know in the comments!
Brides, Your Ultimate Intimate Wedding Planning Guide Is Here!
Brides, Your Ultimate Intimate Wedding Planning Guide Is Here!