Couples get creative with Covid-inspired messages on wedding invites
With the number of guests restricted to 50 at social gatherings, it’s no surprise that weddings have become an intimate, small affair. And for a closed group of family and friends, couples are largely opting for e-vites but adding a dash of humour with the precautionary and pandemic-inspired messages. Some of the one liners on invites state, “Be a super hero, wear your mask”, “Is saal thi shaadi, agle saal karenge party. Tab tak ke liye stay hale and hearty”, “Love is in the air but so are the germs.”
Delhi-based Akash Lal Bhardwaj, 29, an engineer, who recently got engaged at a gathering of 25 attendees sent an invite to his guests that stated, “Be a super hero, wear your mask!”. Talking about the idea behind the message, he says, “I think it is the need of the hour now. We had to postpone our engagement due to the pandemic and when we rescheduled it to another date we thought of doing something quirky and different and also act responsible towards our guests. What used to be “bring your blessings” has now become “don’t forget your face masks”. And you are a superhero in a way if have your mask on, aren’t you? Everyone followed the message on the invite.”
Going all digital with wedding invites has given couples an opportunity to experiment with innovative elements feels Shilpa Ahuja, a Noida-based HR professional, who got hitched in November. Her e-vite said, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Kindly practice social distancing.” Ahuja says, “We were lucky enough to have a 100-guest wedding just before the new set of guidelines came in. And for such a small-scale wedding, we decided to ditch the physical invites. My fiance and I thought of designing the e-vites ourselves so that we could incorporate some safety messages with a twist on our own and make it a memorable one as a Covid-wedding.”
Interestingly, wedding invite designers have been flooded with requests for creative Covid-inspired messages as well. Mumbai-based Itchha Talreja, wedding invite designer from Itchha Talreja Designs says, “We’ve had a wedding where the couple sent out a full Covid-19 instruction along with the invite letter about do’s and dont’s that needed to be followed at the wedding. Apart from that, we recently made an invite that stated, “Love is in the air but so are the germs. Sanitise your hands.”
Invite designers also reveal that for guests who are not able to attend the wedding due to gathering restriction, couples are sending out personalised wedding announcement gifts and hampers with unconventional notes. Delhi-based wedding invite designer, Sonal Aggarwal Jolly, founder of Turmeric Ink says, who crafted one such invite that stated, ““Is saal thi shaadi, agle saal karenge party. Tab tak ke liye stay hale and hearty,” says, “These one liners are a great way to stay relevant and add a bit of fun to such gloomy times.”
She further adds, “As the guest-list has cut down and have become limited, couples are happy to do quirky messages and the take non-traditional route with invites. They want to have invite that resonate with their lifestyle and personalities unlike the physical ones where one can’t experiment much. And people also wonder that how video invites are cheaper than the traditional ones as it is just a video but these ones go upto a lakh.”
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