With Metro Manila transitioning to General Community Quarantine, many restrictions have been lifted, but there are still certain limitations set in place to keep the general population safe. These changes have left many people wondering what they can and cannot do under GCQ. One of the more prominent questions being asked right now is if couples who had plans to get married in 2020 can push through with their weddings.
The quick answer? Yes. Couples may choose to still get married under GCQ. However, there are a few restrictions you’ll need to keep in mind. Traditional large-scale weddings and receptions most of us are used to are strictly prohibited under safety and social distancing guidelines from the government. As such, intimate weddings will be the main option for couples looking to get married during GCQ. Here are a few things you need to know:
Churches will allow couples to get married in their chosen church. What has changed is the number of people allowed during the wedding. Church officials have said that only immediate family members of the bride and groom, as well as one pair of sponsors, are allowed to be present.
Alternatively, couples may opt to go with a civil wedding for now, just to make things official. However, the number of attendees is limited to immediate family members for the sake of having witnesses to the civil wedding.
The government has allowed intimate weddings to push through since the move to GCQ last June 1, 2020. Government guidelines, for now, are only allowing gatherings of up to (10) people. This is for strict compliance and many wedding suppliers are restructuring their services to ensure this 10-person limit is followed.
The government has allowed event spaces to resume operations, provided that all events will follow the 10-person limit. Given this, couples who plan to push through with their weddings during GCQ should try to look for more intimate GCQ wedding venues, such as Restaurant 101 or The Atrium. Similarly, it’s a good idea to look for event spaces that offer in-house catering options to help limit the number of wedding suppliers present. On the other hand, couples may choose slightly more unconventional venues, like village clubhouses or their own homes, and opt to hire a catering service, like Enderun Events.
Fortunately, many event spaces and catering services are offering Intimate Wedding Packages to help make planning intimate weddings easier for couples. These packages often come complete with venue, catering, and styling, easing the stress of having to plan a wedding and “reception” from scratch.
You may view Enderun Events’ Intimate Wedding packages here.