ICYDK, on February 6, 2020, Kris Bernal got engaged to Perry Choi. And for the longest time, the two decided to focus on their careers and the construction of their future home. But it looks like they're back to planning the big day! The actress posted a vlog featuring the team who'll turn her dream wedding into a reality: Charisse Tinio (the owner of Nice Print), florist Gideon Hermosa, and event planner Kim Torres.
Kris wrote, "I'll share with you one of my most anticipated lifetime event preparations: my wedding with Perry. The pandemic helped us realize a lot of things, so we decided to scratch our pre-pandemic plans and make a plan based on the new normal. I'm really excited to share this milestone with you PLUS the tips on how to prepare a wedding in the new normal based on our experience!"
Sticking to her word, the video is all about having the experts share their insights, in case you're *also* in the middle of planning a wedding.
Like, how many guests are allowed at a wedding these days?
According to Kim, "it depends on the church" but that the largest number of guests she's experienced is 50: "Sometimes, meron pang 50 na kasama na yung suppliers." Gideon adds that you have to consider that every city has its own set of rules, which keeps changing, too.
Because of this limit on guests, all three experts say that weddings are more personal these days. The couples are more able to interact with each and every person they invited. Mas relaxed. Less production. Fewer expectations.
Did the prices of suppliers change (pre-pandemic vs. during the pandemic)?
Gideon shares that it really depends on the couple's preference. A wedding can have 30 guests but could still look like an event with 100 people. He also mentions venues because there are some that don't allow ceiling decors, for example, so "male-less 'yun sa budget mo." But for things like photo and video, the prep work required didn't change, so the prices are usually the same.
Charisse reveals that because of the pandemic, people are able to save more on the food expense "because that's per head."
Are swab tests required?
Swab tests are always encouraged but not required. That's still up to the couple. Though you should really consider it, guys; Kim adds, "Para very comfy kayo on the day na all of them [tested] negative."
What's their best tip for anyone who wants to get married during the pandemic?
Charisse starts, "You have to keep an open mind. Everything is fluid. It changes every week. Your heart has to be steady enough to understand that these are trying times. Hindi siya ganon ka-simple...but then again, nothing is impossible. It seems very tough, but it is doable."
According to Gideon, "yung iba, parang nasa-sad kasi yung dream wedding 'di na masusunod. Actually, you can still follow your dream wedding...everything, halos same pa rin naman. Importante lang talaga [that] you have to follow the safety protocols."
When it was Kim's turn, she says, "We are in an uncertain situation...so as a planner, if you want to get married this year, you need to know your priorities. You need to know your goal. Why are you getting married this year or next year?"
Watch Day 1 of Kris Bernal's wedding planning:
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