Actor Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli are often referred to as Virushka, by their fans.
Actor Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli are often referred to as Virushka, by their fans.

Not just Virushka, Saifeena, Raalia, real-life couples, too, have love names now

Many real life couples are using love acronyms, combos of their names, on pre-wedding albums, wedding venue props, hashtags on social media posts, etc.
By Monika Rawal Kukreja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 06:06 PM IST

Celebrity couples happily acknowledge the combo names coined by their fans, and that seems to be giving relationship goals to fans. Names such as Virushka (Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma), Saifeena (Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan), Shoaika (Shoaib Ibrahim and Dipika Kakar), and now Raalia (Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt) have inspired the regular Joes and Janes to think of their own combos, to be put on their wedding cards.

So you have combos such as Swalit (Swati and Lalit) and Yasoni (Yash and Saloni) being used on pre-wedding albums, wedding venue props, hashtags on social media posts, etc.

Commenting on the trend, wedding card designer Punit Jasuja says, “Young couples want something personal for their wedding. That can be a logo inspired by the wedding decor or a crest representing their names and their union. They want to create a thread seen from beginning to end — from the invite to the thank you note. They want the event to reflect their personal touch.”

Yash Sharma and Saloni Sharma used the love name ‘Yasoni’ as a motif on items for all ceremonies related to the wedding, including their invite and couple album
Yash Sharma and Saloni Sharma used the love name ‘Yasoni’ as a motif on items for all ceremonies related to the wedding, including their invite and couple album

Corporate professional Saloni Sharma got married to her childhood sweetheart Yash Sharma, and they chose Yasoni as their acronym. “Marriage means togetherness of two souls. We always wanted to be together and have a unique symbol for our relationship. We thought, ‘Why not showcase it to the whole world that Yash and Saloni are together now’? I found this acronym interesting and quite cool,” says Saloni, 28, adding that this has become a new trend. The couple put Yasoni on all items ranging from pre-wedding ceremonies to the honeymoon. She mentions “the amazing response from friends and relatives, who even started calling us by this name”.

Another couple, Swati Mehrotra and Lalit Kumar chose Swalit as their love name. “We’ve been together for more than 10 years, so Swalit is a story of eternal love. I feel it’s a cute way to show love and connection between two souls. Now people call us Swalit instead of using both names. All our stuff and social media has Swalit in it, giving two souls one identity,” says Swati, 32, an accessory designer.

Swati Mehrotra and Lalit Kumar picked the love name ‘Swalit’ and used it on everything from cards to the cake
Swati Mehrotra and Lalit Kumar picked the love name ‘Swalit’ and used it on everything from cards to the cake

The acronyms are included in the photos as well. Wedding photographer Deepak Chandok says, “Modern couples are always on the lookout to do something that’s trending and celebrities are always setting new trends. So, couples love to follow them. I’ve photographed couples who execute these acronyms in such creative ways that it’s unbelievable.”

Deepak adds, “Sometimes, couples come up to us with too many demands and specific requirements, especially for their pre-wedding shoots. Accordingly, we think of multiple poses, angles and designs to cater to their needs and try to fulfill all their requirements and make their dream day unforgettable.”

Interact with Monika Rawal Kukreja at Twitter/@monikarawal

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