How to Plan Your Virtual Wedding as Told by Prasad and Ketki
Prasad and Ketki were introduced to each other by their parents and then they fell in love. The couple said ‘yes’ to each other on 1st March 2020 and decided to have a grand ring ceremony in April. They did an elaborate photo shoot to announce the same. Almost all the preparations were done when the national lockdown was announced, derailing all their plans. “Initially, we thought this would be a 2-week issue at max. We never realized how much this would impact our wedding,” says Prasad. They then decided to have a virtual wedding instead of a big fat Indian wedding.
Prasad and Ketki’s story
“Ours was a traditional arranged marriage. Our parents got in touch through a community wedding app, spoke to each other, and introduced us. However, to both of us, this whole process was new and we were both sure it would be a time consuming and uphill task to find a partner who checks all our boxes,” says Prasad, as he looks back at how he and Ketki met. Little did they know that the journey to finding their life partner would turn out to be super short and sweet. “We started texting each other and within minutes found many common links. It gave us the comfort to continue talking for a longer time. Our conversations grew easier, and suddenly the idea of finding your better half seemed much more real. The first time we met each other over coffee, it was evident on our faces. We knew this was happening!”
The Virtual Wedding Planning
When the lockdown eased in mid-May, the couple decided to have a mid-June wedding. “The stores were allowed to open and we knew we could manage a lot of things digitally. With only 50 guests allowed at the venue, we knew we had to find a way of involving the rest of the guests. That’s when we came across Wedding Wishlist and their virtual wedding service.” The couple made a website with their pictures, story, and wedding details.
The website also had their charity gift registry and live streaming of ceremonies. “Our guests absolutely loved it. Relatives sitting across the world, and in the remotest parts of the country could bless us. We ended up having over 1000 guests attend digitally, and many of them felt this was the right way forward in the current scenario. I’m sure many many more couples will choose to have a virtual wedding,” says Prasad.
Even for the physical ceremony, the couple made sure every precaution was taken to ensure the complete safety of all people present. “We only invited relatives who were in the Green Zones. Masks were compulsory, Thermal guns were used. We made sure everyone present felt really safe and could enjoy the celebration stress-free,” concludes Prasad.
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