With Alert Level 4 raised over the Taal Volcano and the threat of imminent hazardous eruptions in the coming days, soon-to-wed couples set to get married in Tagaytay and nearby areas are highly encouraged to reschedule their nuptials.
According to seasoned wedding planner Rhed Sarmiento, who was present for a wedding in the area during the eruption, mounting a ceremony outdoors proved next to impossible. As per her firsthand account of the situation in Tagaytay last night, January 12, her couple’s garden reception was spoiled by continued drizzling that brought along ashfall, which eventually turned their surroundings into mud. “All our utensils, along with the souvenirs displayed on each table, gathered dust,” describes Rhed. “You can even smell the sulfur. Ganun katindi. Some tree branches were falling na din kasi bumibigat siya because of mud.”
Unable to push through with the outdoor reception in Angelfields Nature Sanctuary, Rhed and her team successfully moved the festivities to a nearby restaurant in Nuvali instead. “As we left Tagaytay last night, the ground was very slippery and there was zero visibility,” Rhed tells Preview.
In lieu of all this, like most wedding planners, Rhed suggests to move your wedding date, especially if your nuptials are slated for the next two to four weeks. However, if for some reason, rescheduling isn’t possible, consider changing venues outside of Batangas instead. But if you’ve already got your heart set on getting hitched in Tagaytay, Rhed says it’s safest to wait it out and set a new date for after June. “Most likely naka-recover na mga areas and venues by that time. The safety and security of all the guests and suppliers are very important.”
Additionally, Bride and Breakfast, a Philippine-based wedding website, also cautioned against pushing through with any wedding plans, given the current situation. “If your wedding is happening in the next few days, consider possible options of changing location, and in extreme cases, even the date. Safety is top priority,” they wrote on an Instagram post, before detailing the steps couples and wedding suppliers should take. Read up on it below.
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