IT was March 2020. Cebu and its people braced for the unknown. There were talks of lockdowns. Panic found its way into the hearts of many. Essentials and food items flew off the shelves of groceries and into several homes. The pandemic was like a stick lodged into the wheel of progress. Momentarily, life was stuck.
Six months later, while some are slowly getting back on their feet ready to live life in the new normal, some have gotten back to considering getting down on their knees—and proposing to their beloved. Yes, even romance took a pause. Weddings, like most other events, were put on hold. Those in the business of putting up the grandest displays of love during weddings are now looking at these ceremonies in an entirely new light.
“Minimalist weddings are oftentimes overlooked due to the obvious simplicity, but with the current situation, many are now opting for one,” explained Alnair Agujar, proprietor and creative director of Chasing Perfection Events and Styles.
Chasing Perfection Events and Styles is an emerging weddings and events planning company based in Cebu. Like other events companies during the pandemic, it offers clients with several options based on their needs, desired budget and vision.
“Couples want to have their once-in-a-lifetime event as memorable as it can be, and something that they can look back to. Elegant themed weddings never get old, so many are opting for one. The editorial we did shows that even with small weddings, we can still use this theme/concept. Small weddings do not need to be simple and dull. We can always recreate the simple to make it look fab and sophisticated, and most of all picturesque.”
In this case, there’s no way that simplicity means holding back. Perfection still demands rigorous work and a flurry of excellence. The couple still needs to invest in the right suppliers, coordinators etc.
“These are the people who will help the couple achieve the wedding of their dreams. The output should last a lifetime,” explained Alnair.
With health protocols now in place, like social distancing and the restrictions on mass gatherings, the wedding guest list may not be as extensive as it would have been before the pandemic. But for couples who are excited at the prospect of spending their entire lives together, scaling down may not necessarily mean going back to basics, but rather, getting back to love, the reason for it all.