This year, the devuthni gyaras — an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar which marks the beginning of the wedding season — is falling on November 10. For weeks, if not months, those about to be married as well as their families were looking forward to this date with anticipation.
However, the Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes has rather soured their eagerness.
“My daughter is getting married on November 12. Who knew anything like this would happen overnight, without any preparation? People like us are in deep trouble for the moment. We withdrew money in bulk for shopping but most of the notes are of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 and no vendor or shopkeeper is ready to accept these notes,” Manishankar Prasad, a government employee, said.
“I even thought about postponing the wedding. But that would have been another grave issue as the venues and other bookings have already been done. So the wedding is still on but the charm has gone,” his daughter, Pallavi said.
The Centre’s move has also affected venues and caterers.
“We can allow people to book the venue up to one year in advance, but cannot decorate it so far ahead. And now, basic things like flowers, bulbs, crackers and batteries are hard to buy as we are short of Rs 100 notes and vendors are not taking any other currency notes. Similar is the case with grocery and dairy products. Wholesale vegetable markets were closed on Wednesday and now we are in a do-or-die situation,” Vikram Raghuvanshi, the manager of Bhopal-based Hotel Nandan Palace, said.
“The price of potatoes has skyrocketed after the Centre’s announcement. Yes, the prices will plunge back to their normal levels after three or four days but currently the issue is grave as the potato is one of the basic ingredients in wedding food,” said Lovepreet Singh, a wedding manager.
Others have taken a more pragmatic view of the whole situation.
“We have a wedding party today. Yes, there are issues with the preparations, but one thing is for sure —the prime minister has done a great job. We should understand that this move is for our betterment. Thus, despite facing so many problems, I am happy because in the long-term, it will be beneficial for us,” said Sudheer Sharma, the owner of Kanta Shravva Palace in Bhopal.