MANILA – A local wedding website is encouraging soon-to-marry couples in the Taal area to keep an open mind following the eruption of one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes.
The tourist favorite Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4 – which warns of a “hazardous” eruption in the next hours or days – since it first spewed ash last Sunday.
The natural calamity has since displaced communities, caused widespread damage to agriculture, cancelled flights, and put a halt to long-planned, important life events such as weddings.
Bride and Breakfast, considered the go-to wedding website in the country, advised couples to put safety as their top priority as they consider their options amid the Taal eruption.
“If your wedding is happening in the next few days, consider possible options of changing location, and in extreme cases, even the date,” it said in an Instagram post.
The website added: “Be considerate of the safety of your guests, your wedding suppliers, and even yourselves. Anyone who is exposed to the ashfall can possibly experience adverse effects. Health and safety is crucial.”
Bride and Breakfast went on to remind couples to stay calm despite the situation as this is “not something you can control.”
“Calmly go through decision-making and discussions for solutions with your partner, family, and team,” it said.
In an article published Tuesday, Bride and Breakfast shared stories from wedding suppliers who were serving clients in the Taal area during the eruption.
Makeup artist Joan Quizon recalled how the bride cried after it started to rain mud, and when guests and relatives decided to leave the reception early.
Photographer Myio Okamoto, meanwhile, observed how the program was drastically shortened so everyone can go home safely.