With Delhi’s wedding guest list cap, hosts pick Gurugram venues : The Tribune India

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, November 22

With the Delhi Government limiting the number of attendees in social gatherings, including weddings, to 50, party hosts have started making a beeline for Gurugram venues, which are allowing 200 guests. The declaration by the Delhi Government has come as a blessing in disguise for venue owners in Gurugram, struggling with economic woes post Covid. Many had even shut their premises.

People are now flocking to the venues with booking requests for wedding functions starting from November 25. A majority of these requests have come from those who had planned functions in Aero City hotels and Chattarpur resorts and farmhouses.

“I had virtually shut my marriage lawn, meant for over 300 people. We had no booking this season, but were suddenly flooded with calls from Delhi residents, ready to pay double the price per plate. We have five big back-to-back bookings,” said a jubilant Alok Yadav, owner of a wedding garden on the CRPF Road in Sector 12.

The banquet manager of a high-end hotel in Udyog Vihar said: “A majority of Gurugram residents had got bookings done in Aero City owing to competitive prices, but now everybody was back. We have booked all available venues in the hotel in the past two days.”

All sought-after venues are already full for the upcoming days. People have now gone as far as Manesar to seek alternatives. While venue owners are rejoiced, people are a harried lot.

“My daughter is scheduled to get married on November 30. I had invited 150 guests and this happened at the last moment. I had booked a premium venue in Chattarpur and paid the minimum price for 100 plates. I have now changed the venue to a hotel in Sector 29, Gurugram. I have to pay double for a plate and am not even getting a refund,” said Suresh Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 14.

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New Era Cap: A Fashion Homerun

Baseball legend Babe Ruth is an all-American hero and a household name. Yet, he is hardly a style icon. In fact, for a sport known globally as “America’s national pastime”, baseball has been slow in conquering the world of Fashion. The baseball cap became its most prominent style ambassador. It wasn’t until players like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez came on the field that fashion industry began to pay attention off field. Jerseys, windbreakers, high socks, the dugout aesthetic started to find their way into editorials and designer collections.

Hip-hop giants were the earliest adopters.  Jay-Z boldly claimed “I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can” in Empire State of Mind and the line rang true. Eminem honored the Detroit Tigers by touring in a Mathers 8 jersey with Rihanna, but it became available to fans four years later. Baseball and fashion played a game of stops and starts. However, Babe Ruth himself said, “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” In 2018, a GQ headline read: “Baseball is stylish now!” Finally!

One of the brands that has spearheaded the fashion revolution in baseball is New Era Cap. Founded in 1920 in upstate New York, it helped transform a uniform cap into an international symbol of self-expression through sport and style. Its centennial celebrations capitalize now on proud history of forward-thinking engagement with teams, fans, and artists. The latest drop features headwear and apparel co-developed with Georgia rapper Offset, the Atlanta Braves team and Major League Baseball. The five-items capsule is a passionate shout-out to the city of Atlanta: unique patterns, mixed logos, signature phrases.

“Hip Hop and New Era go hand in hand. This collaboration is for The Culture. It’s proof that little black boys from Atlanta can excel beyond imagination. I can’t wait to see my caps on everybody,” said Offset at the launch.

Given all the extra attention to the state of Georgia in light of its historic Democratic turnout in the 2020 Presidential election, the collection just might impress everybody. Remember, there are no recounts in baseball and fashion.

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Wedding industry vary of 50 guest cap, again

With the wedding season round the corner, the wedding industry was hoping to recoup losses incurred during the year due to the pandemic. But now with the acceptance of Delhi government’s proposal to cap the number of wedding guests at 50, those associated with this industry say it has once again cast a shadow on their survival.



Bride and groom wearing face masks have been a common sight at weddings during the pandemic. (Photo: Sameer Sehgal/HT (Photo for representational purpose only))


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Bride and groom wearing face masks have been a common sight at weddings during the pandemic. (Photo: Sameer Sehgal/HT (Photo for representational purpose only))

“We were getting requests for wedding planning every day. So many people who had postponed their wedding due to the lockdown are planning their nuptials in the coming weeks. What will happen to their plans now? Will they uninvite people now?,” says Tushar Malik, a Delhi-based wedding planner. He adds that this is the wrong time for this decision since there is just a week left for the wedding season to kick start in the Capital. “The season for weddings this year falls between November 24 and December 12. From an average of 300-400 guests, people have reduced the gatherings to 150-200. We have made plans as per the previous guidelines, and are taking all precautions. But now the new order leaves little room for improvisation,” says Malik, sharing how he has been advising people to opt for destination weddings since the Covid-19 situation in Delhi is pretty grim.

“There are over 10 lakh families associated with our business, many of whom we had called back from their home towns when the business picked up . The return of this cap might mean the death of our business,”

– Sandeep Madan, banquet hall owner

Even banquet owners are in dismay, due to the return of 50 guest rule for weddings. Community Welfare Banquet Association in Delhi had met with authorities, asking for concessions. “From florists to vegetable sellers, cleaners, cooks — there are so many people associated with us. This decision adversely impacts everyone,” says Sandeep Madan, who owns a banquet hall in north Delhi, adding, “This is the peak wedding season, lasting barely two weeks. We make a bulk of our earnings in this period. There are over 10 lakh families associated with our business, many of whom we had called back from their home towns when the business picked up after restrictions were relaxed. The return of this cap might mean the death of our business!”

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