The Big Fat Indian wedding season is on. If not for the Coronavirus, you would have had at least a couple of weddings to attend at this time of the year. Even though some of the couples have postponed their weddings due to the pandemic, there are many, who still opted to move forward with the biggest celebration of their lives.
It is still risky to plan or attend a wedding; however, with right precautions, you can ensure your safety. Please keep in mind that it is totally fine if you do not wish to attend a wedding due to the pandemic and you can politely decline the invitation. If you are confused about planning or attending a wedding, here are a few tips, applying which, you can keep your surroundings and yourself safe:
Safety checklist when planning the wedding
- Live stream the wedding to guests, who could not attend due to safety reasons.
- Follow contactless greeting etiquettes, such as salaam, or a bow, or Namaste.
- Maintain social distancing guidelines to make your guest feel safe. You can add more tables for seating with more space between each guest.
- Have seated dinners, as it will prevent the guests from being near food at the buffet or the bar. If you want a buffet, it is best to have multiple smaller stations.
Precautions to be taken when attending weddings in 2021
1. Carry the mask
One of the most effective ways to keep yourself safe is to wear a mask. As a responsible guest, you need to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Even if you are indoors, continue wearing a mask. Generally, couples offer masks to guests but it is best to bring it yourselves for your safety. There are many masks available in the market that look cute in pictures and you can also get masks that match your outfit.
2. Maintain distance
All of us are aware of the fact that coronavirus spreads easily from one person to another and, hence, you must maintain distance from others. You might feel weird about not being able to hug your loved ones; however, it is more important to keep everyone safe. You can always hug them once it is safe. As a guest, you should not put the couple in an uncomfortable situation. Thus, always maintain a distance of six feet during the entire ceremony.
3. Wash your hands regularly
Coronavirus can be contracted easily from surfaces, which is why it is important to wash your hands as often as possible. If it is not possible to use the bathroom, keep a hand-sanitiser with you throughout the celebration. Many a couples hand out sanitisers at the entrance or they have it placed at the tables.
4. Stay outside when possible
It is safe to be outside whenever possible and if the ceremony is indoors, you should arrive right at the time when it starts and leave as soon as it is over. If you have to travel to the wedding, consider the risks. Remember to buy
travel insurance if you are flying to the destination.
5. Monitor the symptoms
Keep track of how you are feeling until the wedding day. Do you have a sore throat, bad cough, fever, or a stuffy nose? If you have any of these symptoms, you should skip the wedding because you might be infected and could put others at risk as well.
Even if you take all the precautions, it is possible to catch the virus. If you fall victim to coronavirus, it can drain your savings and put you in trouble. Such events explain the importance of a
health insurance cover. Get the extra protection from illnesses and ailments with the right policy.
If you are unable to make it to the wedding, communicate with the couple and send them your blessings.