Here’s a pandemic wedding advice: Embrace ‘minimalism’ | Weddings with Yankee Candle

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With the unsparing onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, it's no surprise that the wedding industry has taken a hit. Event venues and wedding vendors have closed their doors, timelines have gone out of the window, and a lot of couples are left scrambling to postpone or even cancel their weddings.

However, while it may still take time before the actual resumption of large in-person events or gatherings, some couples are determined to push through with their wedding plans amid the new normal by opting for a smaller and more intimate ceremony. 

With this, we asked some wedding industry pros about their take and practical reminders on planning a micro or intimate wedding in light of the pandemic. 

Eventcetera
In braving through the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eventcetera, a decade-old, Manila-based events company, takes its cue from the classic adage "better be prepared than sorry."  Maja Montelibano, founder and creative director of the company, and her team gathered up their past experiences and used them to stay above the current crisis.

"It is part of our job to always prepare for the worst and to find another way out of a difficult situation to ensure the seamless flow of our events," said Ms. Montelibano. With relentless commitment and passion at its vanguard, Eventcetera has been providing its clients quality event styling and planning services, helping them to curate meaningful and purposeful celebrations. When it comes to weddings, the company highlights the tangible attributes of its events—all the more so the intimate details that reflect its clients' vision and personal flair. 

Despite the challenges brought about by the new normal, Eventcetera continues to deliver and address the varied needs of its clients. "We make sure that we highly prioritize their overall wellbeing," Ms. Montelibano affirmed. "Our goal, primarily, is to ensure that they can celebrate their special day with their loved ones safe and protected."

Maja Montelibano, founder and creative director of events company Eventcetera. Photo from Eventcetera.

What are the pros and cons of pushing an intimate wedding amid the pandemic?
Our way of mounting events is guided by the “less is more” principle. We believe that weddings are now more meaningful and cherished not because of lavish decorations or grand setups but of how personal and private couples prefer it to be. Smaller crowd means more time spent with each loved one present in the event. However, we also know that small celebrations are not for everyone and some couples would choose to postpone their weddings because they really wish to celebrate with a big crowd. This is when it becomes a disadvantage because since it's still uncertain when it will be safe again to hold big weddings, these couples may have to wait indefinitely before they can begin planning their wedding again. 

Photo from Eventcetera

Could you share with us some intimate wedding concepts/ideas that are feasible in our current situation?

Aside from keeping a small crowd, we also suggest having an outdoor celebration and taking advantage of the dry season that we're currently in. We also highly encourage our clients to make sure that everyone in attendance, including suppliers, is tested negative for COVID-19 and still complies with the imposed health and safety guidelines.

Photo from Eventcetera

What are some wedding styles would you recommend for an intimate wedding?
Quality vs. quantity. Embracing the minimalist methods means focusing on the details and making sure that while we try to achieve extreme spareness and simplicity, we are not compromising the overall elegance and style.

Photo from Eventcetera

Any piece of advice for couples who are planning to get married this year? 

For couples who are planning their wedding this year, the process may be more challenging now that we're still in this crisis but remember that you always have each other. Be mindful of each other's preference without compromising the safety of anyone involved. There is no “one-size fits all” way to plan a wedding because each couple will have their own priorities and goals. Stay true to your values and keep in mind that we're always here to assist and help you in your wedding planning journey.

Photo from Eventcetera



Here’s an easy way to make your wedding day extra special

There is no need to struggle drumming up something extraordinary to make your wedding stand out among the rest. Whether you go for a classy setup or a simple one, it's no secret how setting up a scent-scape can completely transform such an occasion into something magical and worth remembering.

Yankee Candle Philippines offers a vast array of evocative scents that can help you not only set an enthralling atmosphere at your wedding, but also find the perfect favors for your guests. From classic favorites like Lemon Lavender and Balsam and Cedar, to new and popular fragrances like Pink Sands and Fresh Cut Roses, it's almost improbable that you would run out of options.

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