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Weddings and love amidst COVID 19

We’ve always known that love has no boundaries. In ancient times, we read about lovers sailing across the seven oceans to get a glimpse of their partner and win their heart. But the time and circumstances have changed now as we are fighting against the pandemic COVID-19. The only place we can go to win over our loved one’s heart is the kitchen to cook their favourite meal, laundry room to share the workload, and our couch to binge-watch a Netflix series after a long day of work.

Yet another crucial thing for the couples is to align their relationship goals and build sustainable communication to sail through these difficult times.

It is an undeniable fact that in these troubled times there is uncertainty all around the world, especially among the couples who were supposed to get married between mid of March to June 2020. We reached out to a few couples who had to postpone their wedding indefinitely until the pandemic is under control and have therefore experienced a substantial emotional predicament.

Broken heart, emotions at the peak, distress amongst the family members and the feeling of everything crashing down for the couple who spent months planning their dream wedding followed by a beautiful honeymoon. It is commendable to see how these couples put their societal responsibility before their weddings.

“We are obviously sad that we had put so much effort into the wedding planning. But this is about survival; we must do everything in our power to stop the spread of this virus. Knowing there is nothing we can do about it, and there is no other option than postponing the wedding, we took the decision. We will look for new dates once everyone is safe,” says Miss. A. B. who was supposed to get married on 15th April.

“Hoping for the situation to come under control by July, however, we are prepared to curtail the wedding functions and get a court registered wedding,” says Aritro Dasgupta & Ashmita Datta.

When did you decide to postpone your wedding?

It is not safe to have group gatherings in such situations. So even before lockdown, we made up our mind to postpone our wedding till the situation is better, says Anshika Agarwal who was planning to get married on 16th April.

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To-be Bride & Groom: Anshika Agarwal & Anshul Gupta

What was the first thing that you did when you decided to postpone your wedding?

Once we had decided to postpone our wedding we sent out a WhatsApp broadcast. A day after the hard decision, we started calling all our guests to inform them about the wedding postponement, says Pratika slated to get married in April.

How are you communicating with your partner who doesn’t stay with you and you can’t meet them?

We miss each other, but we are in touch on calls; we text each other all day, and we do video calls, says Priyanka Shah who got recently engaged and started her wedding planning.

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To-be Bride & Groom: Diven Jain and Priyanka Shah

How are you strengthening your bond during this time?

Honestly, there are many ups and downs, family issues and personal arguments. Still, the only thing which keeps our bond healthy is ‘love’ no matter what happens; we don’t let our differences affect our relationship. 

Courtship is the most beautiful time of our lives, and we intend to enjoy it to the fullest lockdown or no lockdown – says Priyanka Shah who got recently engaged.

Let’s be honest, it’s fun and games on day one but after that, not so much! Being stuck inside with a partner day-in, day-out, perhaps working from home opposite to each other, could potentially drench the flames of romance, but you’ve got to love the extra time you are getting with your partner. Therefore, we’ve rounded up 10 ways to keep your sanity during the quarantine.

  1. Dare your partner to begin a board game championship
  2. Have wine o’clock all day long or have a dress-fancy drink party in your kitchen
  3. Pamper each other with a relaxing massage and facial spa.
  4. Take a virtual tour to attractions, museums and wonders of the world you always said you’d visit someday
  5. Take up a DIY project at home or build/assemble something 

Saint Exupery had once said, “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.”

We want to give a shoutout to all the couples out there, courting, married, or on the verge of falling head over heels in love with each other. Stay calm, take this time to build your relationship stronger, ask questions (which you otherwise might not have asked), plan your finances, and understand each other’s religious stand. Take an interest in each other’s hobbies and most importantly, don’t forget to cherish the time you spend with your partner and be grateful to have each other.

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