During this pandemic the big question is, “Can I still have my dream wedding?” To give us an update and share some insights on how weddings are being handled in the middle of Covid-19, we asked a wedding planner, a caterer, a fashion designer, and an event stylist about their own experiences and the changes they’ve been making so they can continue to help couples push through with their weddings. Please continue to stay updated on the latest guidelines together with your suppliers especially if stricter quarantine measures are placed in your area.
For The Weekend Planner, all meetings have been moved online including sourcing and meeting with their couples’ suppliers. Though they have to meet with their clients virtually, their team still makes it a point to establish meaningful connections and conversations in order to get to know the couples’ tastes and preferences.
On the day of weddings, The Weekend Planner team adapt their strategies according to safety protocols as well.
The first question The Weekend Planner ask their couples is if they would be really happy with an intimate wedding instead of rescheduling to a later date. For those who decide to push through with an intimate wedding, their team helps manage the couple’s expectations and prepare them for sudden changes along the way, since community quarantine guidelines also change at any given time. During the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, it’s still possible to have a wedding but with stricter restrictions. If your area is placed under MECQ, only up to 5 people are allowed to gather. It will be a micro-ceremony with the priest, the couple, and the parents of the couple.
Consultations and design drafting are still ongoing for Fashion Designer Rosenthal Tee over video calls. Even choosing fabric is done online nowadays. Being a trusted designer by many, Rosenthal Tee’s clients know that she will always give them the most suitable options even if they can’t go over fabric choices in person right now. When there is a need for brides to visit her studio for fittings, she and her team are equipped with the proper personal protective equipment such as face shields and masks. Her studio undergoes regular disinfection as well.
Since intimate weddings are usually more simplified during this pandemic, dress designs are also pared down. But even if the designs are simpler, the quality of silk and lace which Rosenthal uses still makes her bride’s dresses top-rated pieces which can stand the test of time.
K by Cunanan knew they needed to make changes in the way they normally operate to adapt to a new normal of catering weddings during this pandemic. They made sure that safety is always first for their clients and staff. Though the uncertainty of the situation makes it harder for suppliers to go about their operations, what’s important is to be flexible and to be informed.
One of their memorable experiences recently was of a couple whose wedding was affected by the Taal eruption and Covid-19. This led the couple to reassess what truly mattered to them and ended up pushing through with just 10 guests for an intimate wedding.
K by Cunanan also reassures their couples that they are ready to support any changes they would have to make in their wedding plans. Knowing that this is a confusing time for everyone, they would like to help ease couples’ worries and stress.
Adhering to quarantine protocols of the local government of Cebu, First of April Designs had to lessen their team’s manpower for decorating by 70%. Since there was also a curfew in their province, they made it a point to ask their clients and the venue operators to include take down and pack-up time on the day of the event so that couples and suppliers won’t have to feel rushed. One of the main issues they had to solve, however, was sourcing flowers.
Despite these adjustments, your wedding can still reflect what you envisioned on your mood board and who you are as a couple with some personal touches and some creativity.