Couple visit hospital on what should have been their wedding day

10 Aug 2020

Meet Chandni and Sahana, a couple who spent what should have been their wedding day spreading the love at a local hospital  

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Couples have been celebrating what should have been their wedding in many creative ways during lockdown and the ban on weddings. From zoom call ceremonies in front of a screen, to spending some quality time together, dressing up and having a nice meal together along with a glass of bubbly the choices have been endless. 

Although small ceremonies are now allowed, but receptions are not, many couples are still choosing to postpone their weddings until next year when they hope to be able to still hold the wedding they’ve dreamt about for so long. 

Chandni Makhecha and Sahana Banduge are a couple from Morden in South London, who got creative with how they celebrated their would-be wedding day. 

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Chandni says: “My fiance and I were due to be married on Friday August 7 2020, but instead we decided to try to volunteer at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, in the ward my grandma (who we call Grandma Mak), was admitted to this week. 

“We are childhood sweethearts and have been going out for 12 years, since we were 16. Finally, he decided to pop the question in Norway last May and we were all set to go for our 2020 wedding. However, things changed and we weren’t allowed to get married so have postponed to next year. 

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“However, we didn’t want to be beaten by coronavirus. Rather than dwelling on the fact we couldn't get married, we wanted to do something to help our community in this time of need. Sadly, my grandma was admitted to hospital last week. She is doing okay, but we asked the ward if we could volunteer in her ward on our wedding day and give out our wedding favours and flowers to other patients. We wanted to help them and also spend our wedding day with my grandma too – she's an extraordinary woman and we wouldn’t have felt right not seeing her on what would have been our wedding day. 

“It was a lovely day at St Goerges Hospital, bringing joy to the patients and seeing their smiles meant everything. Unfortunately we were unable to volunteer due to strict COVID restrictions, but we were still lucky enough to share our wedding favours, cake and treats with the nurses, doctors and patients. They were delighted and it made our day extra special. I would describe the NHS nurses and doctors as angels on earth, they have the biggest hearts and are taking such good care of the patients during this difficult time.  

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“We’ve postponed our wedding at Northbrook Park in Farnham exactly by a year. We loved the venue from the day we set eyes on it. We pictured a very floral and rustic wedding surrounded by beautiful trees and their famous peacocks. 

“We plan to have a traditional Hindu ceremony in the morning with drums, music, fire and dancing. In the evening, we will have our registry civil ceremony where the signing of the marriage takes place followed by a reception. I’ve already bought my off the shoulder, lace white dress (Miss Stella York) and cannot wait to wear it!  

“We were all set to go with our invites, the DJ was booked and catering sorted but in June we decided that we would have to postpone the big day as we wanted to accommodate 200 people and this was simply impossible during the pandemic. We really hope that next year we will be joined by all of our loved ones around us to celebrate our wedding day. 

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“After going to the hospital, we drove over to Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead just to take some time to reflect, enjoy the sun and breath in the fresh air. It was also nice to end the day surrounded by lots and lots of flowers!” 

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