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.