JUNE is the traditional month for bridal fairs, giving the prospective bride and groom at least six months to get their wedding together before the most popular period for Philippine weddings — December to February when the weather is cooler and chances of rain much reduced. But the coronavirus, as it has with most aspects of life, has thrown a greasy spanner at all the white lace and promises, as both weddings and bridal fairs find themselves in limbo thanks to quarantines, social distancing, and the need to wait for a functional vaccine. But just like other aspects of life, the digital world has provided a lifeline.
The hotel Conrad Manila has mounted its first ever “Online Wedding Fair,” done in partnership with Bridalpod.ph. It is ongoing until June 14 at Bridalpod.ph Online Wedding Fair. .
In a press release, the hotel points out that the “‘virtual event’ marks a milestone where soon-to-wed couples can have memorable, safe and convenient ways to plan their inspired wedding celebration with some of the wedding industry’s best brands, and work with the most professional and creative minds on the biggest day of their life.”
Like a bridal fair in normal times, the virtual fair offers exclusive hotel wedding packages, as is a venue for couples and wedding planners to search for providers of all aspects that make up a wedding: the gown, flowers, makeup artist, photographer, videographer, stylists, etc.
Among the features on Bridalpod.ph are Interactive virtual halls and booths, mobile-first responsive design available on any device, suppliers grouped by category/ field and their respective portfolios, and, of course, the discounts, special promotions and packages which draw couples to fairs.
The Conrad Manila is a popular choice for weddings, and when times get better, brides and grooms will be able to hold their weddings at the pillar-less Grand Ballroom (it can accommodate up to 500 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 900 for cocktails) assured that the hotel will be following “stringent health and safety measures in accordance with global and government standards including social distancing practices.” And as experts are now saying that the COVID-19 video is less transmissible in open-air venues, the hotel also has a 2,300 sq.m. outdoor space “with sweeping views of the city landscape” for open-air wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions.