A recent high-profile wedding in Kolkata, which saw quite a few Bollywood celebrities in attendance, has set the ball rolling for big fat weddings in the city. After the pandemic ruined marriage as well as travel plans for more than a year, people are now opting for destination weddings to get the best of both worlds.
Priests feel the pressure
Nandini Bhowmik, a female priest who conducts marriage rituals, is fully booked till April 2022. “Enquiries are still coming in, but I am having to refuse them because of the huge rush. With so many weddings getting postponed in the first and second waves, there is a massive backlog that is being cleared now and the pressure on us is extreme. Some people have even started booking my dates for winter weddings starting from November next year!” said Nandini, who recently went to Tripura for a wedding assignment and will be travelling to Udaipur for another destination wedding in December.It’s the season of revenge weddings
Usha Agarwal from a travel agency said the demand for destination weddings within India has seen a huge growth. “Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, Kerala and Goa are among the most sought after destinations this wedding season, which is from November to March. Most hotels there are booked and not accepting new reservations unless you book at least a month in advance. Just like revenge eating, people are now going all out for revenge weddings after suffering from the pandemic for so long,” she said.
According to Usha, gone are the days of intimate weddings with a limited guest list. “People are back to hosting lavish events and celebrating with all their loved ones. Those who want a royal touch are opting for places like Udaipur and Jaipur. On the other hand, beach weddings in Goa are very popular among people who are looking to have fun in a relaxed setting,” she added.
Source: Times of India