Leo Burnett and Shaadi.com have innovated a whole new way to help couples get married, without even stepping out of their homes during lockdown. With their latest initiative #WeddingsFromHome, the entire wedding ceremony and celebrations are conducted virtually, from within the safety of their homes. Conceptualised and executed by Leo Burnett India, the first virtual wedding took place on April 14.
The first couple to get married was Avinash & Kirti from Ghaziabad who went ahead with a traditional Hindu ceremony albeit via video conferencing. Shaadi.com and Leo Burnett pulled out all stops to ensure that nothing is amiss for the couple on their big day. From make-up and mehndi artists to dhol and sangeet performances by family everything was carefully planned out. Wedding invites were sent with video call links and even a special backdrop was designed to create the right atmosphere and setting. With over 200 people joining in via video call, the couple was surrounded by friends and family as they tied the knot. Post the wedding, special food delivery was organized to the houses of all guests to distribute sweets and food. Highlights of the wedding were also showcased on Shaadi.com’s social media handles.
Commenting on this, Adhish Zaveri, Director – Marketing, Shaadi.com said, “Weddings From Home is an audacious act with a strong purpose at the heart of it. At the root of its success are two critical factors. One, repurposing existing technology to drive discontinuous value and two, allowing people to celebrate their big day with as much fanfare, regardless of the lockdown. Who would have thought that you could have a sangeet performance and Dhol- Tasha in a virtual wedding?” As this wedding comes to a close, another couple Sushen Dang from Mumbai and Keerti Narang from Bareilly will be getting married.”
Speaking about the initiative Rajdeepak Das, Managing Director India & Chief Creative Officer Leo Burnett South Asia said, “Firstly this is one of the most unique and ambitious plans - a virtual wedding and we are thrilled to have partnered with Shaadi.com to make this a reality. Kudos to the team for taking on the seemingly impossible task of within 48 hours lining up make-up artistes to pandits, to designing wedding invites. They truly went all out to ensure that no aspect of the wedding is overlooked from the sangeet to the mehendi to the final ceremony. The human spirit is indomitable and we always find a way out of the toughest times and what better example of that than hosting a wedding in the times of social distancing. This is the first of many weddings to come.”