If you’re yearning for more ways to bond with your S.O. safely at home or are merely looking for more reasons to lure him into your newfound love for K-Dramas, consider this short list. Some of these may be a rewatch for you, especially if you’ve been around the K-Drama block for a while. But we’re sure that if your fiance will join for the next round, there will be no qualms in watching any of these with your man.
Below are five K-Dramas you might want to try for your next date night or when you want to get your mind off wedding planning. Here’s a tip: Start the first episode with your favorite K-eats!
Thinking of wedding souvenirs your guests will truly appreciate can be tiresome, and it would admittedly be easier to just go with the usual suspects. However since weddings have shifted since the pandemic, so have our habits and what we think is important. Souvenirs that just take up shelf space in homes are definitely out of the question. And we believe, so are souvenirs that are far too luxurious. Here are five giveaways we’re sure your guests will appreciate even after your wedding day:
1. Formal face masks – Weddings these days are giving formal face masks their entourage or loved ones can wear to the wedding. If your wedding party is small, you may consider sending them face masks that will suit their formal or semi-formal wear. Choose neutral colors like champagne, gray, silver for the ladies and dark gray or black for men. Plus points if your mask includes filters. Make sure to send it to your guests before the wedding if you wish for them to wear it to your wedding. Check out The Masq Collection.
2. Sanitation kits – What’s a better way to remind your guests to practice safety protocols than to provide them with everything they need on the day? Some local government units require hosts to provide guests with sanitation kits. You can either personalize it per guest or add details of your wedding designs, such as your monogram. You can also put a cute message such as this sample from Etsy, “Spread love, not germs.” We suggest 70% ethyl alcohol, just as Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.
3. Abaca fans – This giveaway may seem ordinary and run-of-the-mill but at a time when ventilation is important, having a fan handy at all times is very useful. Another advantage: since many are opting for outdoor events, a fan can also keep us cool or help give shade during the day. Since this will remain with your guests after the wedding, consider personalizing each one to make your guests feel how much you appreciate their physical presence.
4. Indoor plants or succulents – Since everyone has grown a green thumb during the pandemic, giving away indoor plants or succulents will surely make newbie plantitas and plantitos happy. You may also think about giving herbs if it reflects your personality as a couple better. A cute tag like “Let your love grow” as in the photo below would look great.
5. A jar of Kisses – Okay, this sounds a bit ordinary but with the right tag it becomes perfect for a pandemic wedding. Attach “Socially Distanced Kisses from the Newlyweds” and your guests will love the pun as well as something sweet as they head home from your party.
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Because you cannot over-communicate these in a pandemic–but you can definitely do it with style
Ensuring that our wedding celebrations are observing safety protocols is now a given for all couples. If you haven’t thought long and hard about how to enforce safety protocols on your big day, here’s our friendly reminder: it is prudent to expect that your guests will likely find it difficult to follow all the protocols at all times. With this mindset, you can plan for “the worst” while “being hopeful for the best.”
First things first, hiring a wedding coordinator is one of the best decisions you can make particularly when it comes to observing safety protocols. This saves you and your relatives from having to remind family and friends to wear their masks properly and to observe social distancing.
Another trend we’ve seen in Covid weddings around the world is displaying reminders around the venue, similar to the signs we see in establishments today. Of course these signs are getting a bit of an upgrade to be wedding-worthy.
Below are 7 signs we found online and available for purchasing on Etsy. Simply buy the file, download, and have it printed! Our tip: print more than one sign and display in different “high traffic” areas.
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Relaxed, informal, bold colors, and big announcements
We’re not sure if we’ve said it yet, but we at Inspirations.ph absolutely love intimate weddings. And we love how, now that this is the way to go, couples and wedding suppliers are running with it and making weddings just as meaningful and as beautiful. Here’s our prediction of 2021 wedding trends, some are already being done by couples right now while others are just about to be all over your news feed and mood boards.
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As the year that rocked weddings comes to a close, we look at the wedding trends 2020 has hit a pause button on
Just as is traditional in Philippine weddings, the holidays have brought upon a slew of weddings. Even if the first half of the year saw many couples and their weddings thrown off course by quarantine and a global pandemic, 2020 is ending with more newlyweds who’ve finally tied the knot.
Be grateful, work with your coordinators, and live in the moment
This year brought many couple to tears even before they walked down the altar, because just getting their foot in the door was complicated by a global pandemic. But love always wins. Even though weddings were on hold for a while this year, many have found a way to push through with their plans of getting married. Here we put together the top 12 advice from couples who've gotten married in these trying times. These are great reminders, whether your wedding is grand or intimate, outdoor or indoor, during the time of coronavirus or not. Read on.
1. It’s okay to feel anxious.
“It is normal to feel anxious and stressed during this time, but don’t get stressed with things that are beyond your control. If you really want to get married, do it. What is important is to be with your loved one and receive God’s blessing.
For the guys, we need to be sold out with our decision. Kaya I was the first one who accepted na okay lang whether it’s going to be small or big. Papakasalan ko pa rin siya. Kasi wala naman nag-bago eh. It’s not the time or the place. Be firm with that decision and it doesn’t matter kung maiba man yung plano or hindi. But it’s that “I’m going to marry you”, and I think kailangan maramdaman yun ng fiancee niyo. That you’re really sold out. Doon nila makikita how you’re going to be leading them as well. Then we’ll see paano natin ito nalagpasan together.
“It still and will always be the best day ever, regardless. Be practical. Be flexible. Be open to changes. Let life surprise you. The wedding is only the beginning. There is so much more to look forward to in the journey of marriage.”
“It is not what we have, but who we have in the wedding that really matters, may it be a little set-up in a resto elsewhere or a small gathering at the church with 10 guests. As long as you have each other, your loved ones, and the Lord, it will be all worth it.”
“When the church door opens, don’t bother thinking about details you might have missed. Just enjoy the moment… Always follow the proper safety protocols. Only take off your masks when taking official photos.”
“We’re living through a time of curveballs, and we all just have to weather through it and be grateful that there are still things worth celebrating at such a trying time. After all, this is an unprecedented time, so don’t worry about the fact that your wedding may be a little different from how it was done before! Especially during this time, anything and everything can go wrong, but as long as you manage to make it through, the mishaps are irrelevant! It’s the happiness, love, and joy that you’ll remember.”
Be flexible and open to other plans. They must also constantly cooperate and coordinate with all their suppliers, since both parties are affected and paddling though the unpredictability of the times. And if couples will push through the wedding, they must prioritize the safety and health of their guests. They may also optimize the current technology to their advantage.
Plan for a simple wedding--as simple as possible. Always remember that everyone's health and safety comes first. As hard as it may be, let go of the mindset that you have to have a big wedding celebration to make it special. Focus on what matters, and realize that what makes a wedding special is your love for each other and the people who truly matter to you.
“Spiritual ka man or hindi, kailangan niyo siyang ipag-dasal. Kasi i-g-guide kayo eh. And kung makikita niyo sa buong process namin, mula proposal hanggang wedding, laging may pattern.”
“Sabi namin, Diyos na ang nag-guide sa amin sa lahat ng pangyayari.Nagtitiwala kami sa proseso, ipinag-darasal namin siya,kahit alam namin na problemado kami sa pera, problemado kami sa resources… Napapagaan ‘yung sitwasyon dahil may pinagkakatiwalaan kayo. Hindi niyo kayang i-kontrol [lahat] pero merong may kaya na i-kontrol 'yung hindi niyo kaya. Dahil kaya Niyang kontrolin 'yun, nandun kami sa, ‘Okay, enjoyin nalang natin ito.’”
Focus on what you want as a couple. This is really a day that should be for your happiness, and you will see that the people who will choose to be there for you want your happiness too. Plan ahead of time, so you will stress less. Don’t expect too much! Expect that some people will not make it and that’s okay. Set your expectations low in terms of weather or last minute problems, so that on the day itself everything will seem like a blessing. Be prepared. Have a nice breakfast and enjoy every moment!
You also have to learn to let the little things go, in the grander scheme of things, the marriage is truly more important than the wedding. And yes, the wedding should be beautiful, special, and the absolute best. However I truly believe that God will provide the beauty and the magic you expect to have, even if there will be some things that you initially wanted but will have to let go due to the circumstances.
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1. House of Hermosa – Gideon Hermosa is an international floral and event designer whose most recent grand celebrations include KZ Tandingan and Anna Cay’s weddings, Sarah Labati’s birthday celebration, and Daniel Padilla’s surprise party from Kathryn Bernardo. Look up #Gideonized for more of his works.
2. Michael Ruiz – Event stylist Michael Ruiz is able to transform any space according to your vision, be it floral and fresh, to rustic elegance, to full on drama of black and red tones. Look up #michaelruizeventstyling to see his various recent works.
3. Teddy Manuel – Who isn’t familiar with Teddy Manuel’s works? The floral and event designer has also been sharing his talents and teaching floral styling through TM Master Class and TM Floral School. Recently he’s styled Gabbi Garcia’s 22nd birthday, Dani Barretto’s daughter Millie’s first birthday, and many weddings since the lockdown–whether at home, in restaurants, and even out of town. The #teddymanuelexperience will surely leave you pinning lots of his works onto your mood boards!
4. GMT Philippines – Can’t choose between these three event stylists? Book them all–Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz, and Teddy Manuel–as GMT Philippines, to style your wedding!
5. Pong Niu – Feel like getting that barely there freshness of Coleen Garcia at her wedding? Or maybe you want a bit of Miss Universe glam ala Pia Wurtzbach? Book Pong Niu, the makeup artist behind Coleen’s wedding and some of Pia’s recent projects.
6. Banggo Niu – Simplify your wedding planning by booking the mother and son tandem, Pong Niu for makeup and Banggo Niu for your wedding gown. His designs flatter women regardless of body type and he’s always able to bring out a bride’s best features. Whether you’re looking for a structured gown or that flowy feminine touch, Banggo Niu can create the wedding gown of your dreams.
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The doctor's orders are face mask, face shields, social distancing–plus a large dose of understanding and respect
Inspirations.ph asked Dr. Anna York Bondoc, doctor, pulmonary specialist, former congresswoman and wedding supplier to explain to us how we can celebrate life's milestones safely. Below she answers questions like should we test our suppliers? What exactly is COVID exposure? And should we still invite senior citizens to the wedding? Read on for her easy to understand explanations on these important matters plus her advice to all to survive this pandemic.
Can we really have safe weddings?
A properly done wedding is even safer than going to the grocery. I have complete trust in the professional ability ng ating planners. I know the wedding professionals personally. I really stand by my statement that when properly done, a wedding can be safer than the events you are doing by yourself or the daily events you are doing.
What is properly done?
Step one is, before we talk about ventilation, number of persons, I stress personal responsibility. Ito po yung wearing a mask, a face shield, social distancing, and yung behavior during the wedding. That alone has power. As I mentioned before, the mask and face shield, 90% [protection] yan ‘eh. Yung ating social distancing [recommendation] was formulated with both persons without a mask. So if both persons are wearing masks—mas lalong safe. Of course I cannot tell you the answer to, “Doktora, when wearing masks, what now is the safe distance?” Wala kasing study yun. Pero let’s take comfort that we are piling layer upon layer of safety. Kung ano yung butas ng isa, natatakpan nung isa. Parang nag-tatapal-tapal tayo.
Anyone who is more than 6 feet away, safe kayo doon. Valid exposure to COVID is 15 minutes of interaction or talking without masks. Kung may singing—singing is actually rated higher than coughing or sneezing—that was first formulated without masks. Marami na rin pong documented na matagal kausap 'yung COVID patient pero basta naka-mask, okay lang sila. It is really 15 minutes of talking without masks or prolonged exposure of 2 hours in an air-conditioned room without ventilation. Ang exposure po talaga is nag-usap ng walang mask. With regards to surfaces, further studies have now shown that we cannot say that the surface exposure is zero but definitely mas mababa ang importansya na binibigay sa surfaces and more importance on ventilation, aerosols, and droplets.
What about testing? Should I test my suppliers?
Testing is only pang dagdag. We cannot live on testing only, no matter what kind. Testing is good. Ang caveat lang is it is effective in the window periods. Negative tests do not give you the freedom to walk around without a mask.
It’s not necessary to swab test. It will give you an added comfort, maybe psychological, but if our behavior will not change—will we remove our masks? Can we remove our face shields? I would say no. In terms of the actual safety—because there’s two, actual physical safety and psychological or how you feel—if hindi lahat i-swab test, wala rin point yung swabbing. Kasi, magkakaroon ka talaga ng loop holes kasi hindi lahat na-swab.
Swabbing kasi is not meant to catch people randomly. It’s meant for, if you were exposed then you know when you were exposed, para we can calculate the days and we can judge anong dapat natin gawin. Hindi yung get random people on the street and swab them. It doesn’t work that way. And ganun yung nangyayari sa wedding industry. With regards to suppliers only getting swabbed, nahuhulog yan more sa psychological feeling of safety. Para masabi sa mga guests, “Na-swab po yan don’t worry.” But if you are an intelligent guest, you’re still not getting near me without a mask or a face shield and you know namay loop holes yung statement na yon. So my take on that matter, for the suppliers, talagang wala tayong choice eh. For the ones requiring, sana let’s think about it muna. Try to think kung psychological lang po siya. If you don’t want to swab anyone, it’s a perfectly logical route and the better scientific route.
How do you minimize transmission during the reception?
As we all know at this point, outdoors is better than indoors. We seat people not directly in front of each other but in the Z formation. Before we had round tables of 10 but dadami yung tables because mababawasan ang chairs and settings. Meron din pong acrylic barries, nakakatulong po yon. We trust naman our food servers and I trust our caterers. Again if you’re uncomfortable, you can attend the wedding and go home before the reception. Pabalot niyo nalang pero malungkot din po yun eh, so as long as we follow the safety protocols, I think we’ll be ok.
Should we bring lolos and lolas to the wedding?
First question, ano po ang pakiramdam nila about going? If they really want to go, I can’t say don’t bring them. Kasi sensitive din po ako sa mental health ng mga seniors. Malungkot din po ang maiwan sa bahay and a wedding can be a momentous event. Kung sakalipo na comfortable po sila sa bahay po sila and zoom nalang po, that’s fine. Kung mag-i-insist po sila, hindi po ako mag sasabi na wag silang dalhin—but maybe with caution? Another is ask them if they want to eat.Baka pwedeng ceremony nalang. If they want to eat, maybe they can eat ahead or later? So my answer is yes, with cautions and precautions.
What kind of face masks should we wear to a wedding?
A surgical face mask is more than enough. A cloth masks with layers is also very okay. If wearing it for 2 hours is long, you can bring a fan with you. Also using the fan helps stirring the air around you.
Dr. Anna’s last tip:Lawakan po natin ang pag-unawa natin, this is a sensitive time. Wala naman wrong decision at this time, kasi pamilya nila yun eh. What our family will decide ay iba sa kabilang pamilya. Second is respect. Kung ano yung decision nung iba, please respetuhin po natin because at the end after the pandemic, we’re still family, we’re still friends.