As onion prices in the Philippines have skyrocketed in recent months, a Filipino bride opted for practicality over traditional aesthetics by walking down the aisle with a bouquet of onions.
April Lyka Biorrey-Nobis, a 28-year-old bride from Bingawan, Iloilo City, walked down the aisle with a bouquet of onions that weighed about 11 pounds on January 21.
The unique venture was extended to their main sponsors who carried them onion corsetsand to her bridesmaids, who were also walking down the aisle and holding her onion wreaths.
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“Initially, we wanted to stick to the original tradition of flowers for the entourage,” the bride told the Iloilo Metropolitan Times, according to Coconuts Manila. “But while browsing social media, I saw a bouquet of onions with a hint of flowers. I asked my groom if we could use onions instead of flowers as after the wedding the flowers would wither and just be thrown away. So why not onions instead? It’s so convenient that it can still be used after the wedding.”
Biorrey-Nobis’ wedding coordinator told the Philippine News Agency that she ordered a sack of onions online from a supplier in La Union.
The couple originally set aside 15,000 Philippine pesos (about US$275) for traditional flowers. However, they ended up paying only 8,000 Philippine pesos (about US$147) for the sack of onions.
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Although the couple had to forgo the traditional tossing of bouquets to avoid injury, they gave the bulbs to their guests as gifts.
“After the wedding, the onions were given to our godparents and bridesmaid to have onions as souvenirs,” the bride said. “I also gave my bouquet to our relatives for their daily use.”
Onion prices have reached as much as 600 Philippine Pesos (about $11) per kilogram in local markets, which is higher than the Philippine minimum daily wage.
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However, prices are expected to drop 80PHP per kilo after importing 21,060 tons of onions into the country.
The imports were approved by the Ministry of Agriculture to fill the supply gap and halt the commodity’s skyrocketing price in the Philippine market.
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