Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Just Can't Get Enough

Today, I came across a blogspot page and happened to like his site. I then, searched for the creator of the skin and checked on other themes he has and look at this new's sooo charming. Guess, I won't stop searching for templates until I find the one I really like.

Hmm, for now I think I will stick with this until I see the design I am asking from a friend. Hope she'll be able to generate something for me. I can't wait!

Let's see in a couple of days or probably weeks?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wedding Accessories Anyone?

When I started my wedding coordination business, I met a couple of experienced coordinators and wedding vendors who really became my inspiration and yes, some of them became my friends and mentors. One of them happens to be the beautiful Ms. Gerri Diokno of Home and Bridal Essentials.

When I first saw her creations, I was really in awe to see that such creations exist and I never had the chance to discover them when I got married! If only I can turn back time. But then, to ease my frustration, whenever I have clients and they would look for wedding accessories, I would always recommend her. Though I was not able to have these items for my wedding, I am delighted to see my brides have these on theirs. They were just irresistible. Here are some of her creations, see for yourself!

Two Hearts
(bible, pillows, second veil, unity candle set, flutes, cake cutter)

(flutes, invitation, cord)

Hair Vines


I simply love them! Oh, did I not tell you yet? These pieces are 100% originally designed and hand-made by Ms. Gerri and that's what makes it even more special. Oh and by the way, I am not, in any form, being paid for to post this. Neither I am advertising the products for my own good. This post is just a review of one of the products that I know best.

So girls, if you are a bride planning your wedding and would want to check or ask her for a particular piece that you would want to have on your wedding, here are her contact details:

Home and Bridal Essentials
Gerri Diokno
(strictly by appointment only)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Looking New?

Yeah! I happened to see this design from Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates and here, I was able to get a layout I like, finally! Do you like it?

I have been wanting to change the layout since day 1 but I can't seem to find the right one that suits my taste. And after a couple of weeks blog hopping and searching for designs and even requesting for some quotes (yes, I was willing to pay just to get a fabulous skin), I found this and I am so happy with the result. Though it was not a 3-column layout with 2 right sidebars, it's fine by me. I really liked it.

Oh and by the way, Lena (the author of the site above) got a couple more layouts so check her site if you are in search of designs. Hers are so nice. I highly recommend them.

Thanks Lena for making such a nice skin.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Alvarez - Lingao Nuptial

Allow me to reminisce the days when Bride's Company officially started operating. I have been doing weddings for free before I officially started my very own coordinating firm. I've done events for relatives and friends and that is where I discovered that I can handle an event.

The very first couple who trusted us their wedding? They are Myrna and Miguel Alvarez. The couple was referred to me by my friend who knew I was starting a coordinating firm late 2006. Myrna was her officemate and she was introduced to me via SMS. On our first meeting, I was very nervous because this is the first time that I will be hired as Bride's Company Events Specialist coordinator and not as a friend. And so, I met the couple.

Myrna, was very very friendly. She wants a detailed wedding yet she still want to keep it to her budget. And for that, you will become proud of her for she has gotten the wedding she wants within the budget the set. A very careful money handler. Miguel, on the other hand was very considerate. For starters, we've had several flaws, I must admit. But you know what, Miguel understood that we were still on the process of learning, in an official events coordinating environment.

I would like to tell you that without Myrna and Miguel, we will never be where we are now. They have helped us a lot during our learning stages and they were very supportive and understanding. Your is an unforgettable wedding.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Client Feedback

What do you think is the most important thing to receive for us events planners? Feedbacks! Yes, we love to hear from our clients about the service we rendered. This will generally help us identify what we lack and what we still need to improve from the perspective of our customers.

Today, I was very very glad to hear from a bride that their family was very very happy about our services during their wedding last December. I haven't blogged about the wedding yet because I still don't have pictures but I want to share to everyone that this day is again another day when I received a sincere "Thank You!" from a bride for a job well done.

I still have to get permission from the couple to blog about their wedding, too! I don't want issues to arise so I want to be on the safe side =)

Anyway, that's all for now. Pictures to follow when I already got the approval.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Weddings and Wedding Planners

Weddings are such a very happy event for a couple who will finally tie the knot to forever seal their love for each other. Wedding planners, on the other hand, are the ones who get so busy preparing this event in behalf of the couple. Why do they complement?
Wedding planners are not the one of the most sought-after supplier/vendor for weddings way back 10 years ago. For most couples, they are just additional expenses for a wedding. Most of them think that a wedding could pass through the assistance of relatives, family and friends. Hiring a wedding planner during these times would mean you have the luxury to spend additional for unnecessary expenses. Yes, planners are often tagged as unnecessary expenses even during these days. Is it perhaps, people don't really mean how important planners are during these times?

Allow me to share with you my own personal experience and my perception about wedding planners when I was planning my very own wedding. I thought I'm a super bride. I can do every thing without the assistance of anybody. But yes, I did! However, there were consequences to my being brave-enough-to-shoulder-everything drama. I took care of all the major details. My dream reception setup was brought to reality - it was really hard labor setting up a stage on top of a swimming pool while the foundations were set underwater. Most of the suppliers I got became my friends and up until now, my contacts. But hey, the minor details were forgotten - the bible, the rosary, the matches. Simply because everyone is busy during that day. My friends whom I entrusted everything were just as excited as I am and eventually forgot what their tasks were. It did not end there. Because of being busy taking care of everything, I got sick and I am sick on the day of my wedding.

My personal experience proved that having a wedding planner is just as important as having a caterer on your wedding. Why? Even only for the wedding day itself, you will need someone, experienced and reliable to do the things that you will not be able to take care of during your big day! How about your family or friends? Well, they deserve to be happy on your wedding day as well and they are your guests, not your servants for the day =). There is also a misconception that your sponsors (maid of honor, bridesmaids) are your supposed to be coordinators on the wedding day. Well, to tell you, you chose them to be by your side on your wedding day because you want them to cherish that wonderful moment with you and they are there to share your joy. They can be there to help but hey...don't they deserve to sit and enjoy your wedding? Think about it.

Nowadays, wedding planners are everywhere. Almost every couple hire one just to ensure that their wedding will go on smoothly as planned and not a minor detail will be forgotten. Planners are now of importance simply because most couples already realized that hiring one would mean additional cost but it really means you save a lot of work. The budget you set can be managed by your coordinators so that you won't go beyond your set allowance for the event. Reputable suppliers are also recommended to you to lessen the leg work and sourcing out. So think. There are still more that planners can do. Just talk to them and let them know what your requirements are. They will help.

If you are to get married, would you hire one?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Dorado - Del Rosario Nuptials

The images are not all ready yet. I have already edited a few but I assume that the bride is really really waiting for this (I love you, sis!). Anyway, pardon me for the time being for you will only see a couple of pictures on my shutterfly account since all the pictures were taken in raw format and I can't edit everything yet. But, I guarantee you will see more on RD and Tinee's site. She's not really much into pictures you know (sarcasm).

photo taken by hubby

I personally know the couple for they are my friends. Tinee, is my batch mate in our previous company. Both of us were hired on the same day. As the company tradition, new joiners are to be introduced across all departments in the office. We went through several departments and on one, there is RD. RD, who has remain single for the longest time, was not really looking out for a girlfriend. Known for loving his family and being a responsible son, he never played with girls once. And just simply because they glanced at each other meaningfully during the introduction, a spark of love came alive and that moment marked the day they fell in love with each other.

Five years passed and they decided to tie the knot to seal their love for eternity. It was solemnized at the Chapel of Transfiguration of Jesus in Caleruega, Batangas last November 28, 2008. The touching exchange of vows made me walk out of the chapel to avoid being caught by the camera crying. And my guess was right, those who cried were shown in the onsite AVP at the reception. The program was hosted by Missy and was held at Splendido. The site is very very nice. You will be mesmerized at how it was designed beautifully!

photo taken by Bimbo

The event was enjoyed by everyone. Family, relatives and friends from different companies, batches and housemates were present to witness this wonderful event and the couple were very lovely that day. Tinee is radiantly glowing with the make up that made her look her best (finally, you didn't look like a homo - hehe). The make up was just right and the lips, the lips were so red! Charming!

photo taken by Pat Dy

The event was coordinated by Kath Lee of 168 Events Management - she is the Matron of Honor and one of the bride's best friend. Photography was handled by Pat Dy who captured every moment superbly beautiful. Bob Nicolas on videography and he presented the guests with one of his best onsite AVP creations. The setup done by Splendido was very fascinating. The food was great! There is a live feed so all the guests could see what is happening at the program area.

The program ended with a blast of fireworks - beautiful!

photo taken by Bimbo

Pardon me for the few pics, sis - just visit it next time and there is more to come! Congratulations and best wishes!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Wedding by the Lake?

Since this is the very first official entry for this blog, allow me to let you know why I came across the picture as the site header for the time being...yes, I plan to update the picture from time to time for my readers to have something to look after every time they open the site.

Well, the picture is the wedding of my sister-in-law last February 23, 2008. It was held at Christ the King Parish in Muzon and the reception was at Lake Villa. So have you got any clue from there?

white tulips for the Bridal bouquet from Kuya Neil of Perfect Joyce

the couple at the Lake Villa Resort

after the ceremony

The wedding was very solemn and the ceremony was touching with their exchange of vows. As the event planner of this very momentous occasion, I showered the bride with loose petals while entering the church (one of my staffs went all the way up to the choir area to do it). And again, more loose petals upon recessional.

outside the church

jaguar mkV from Don Robert's Bridal Cars

The catering was done by Marielle's Catering headed by Marinel. The food was great and the overall setup was handled by Kuya Neil of Perfect Joyce. Quite a tedious wedding for there are a lot of last minute changes but the effort was paid off. The program which was hosted by Dr. Lovina Vaswani was amazing and the guests enjoyed the games. We prepared some nice games for the couples which was participated by the relatives. It was fun!

post ceremony pictorial at the lake side

my favorite shot - still at the lake side

Although the couple lives in Canada and we barely had enough time to talk, AIM and Yahoo Messenger became our best buddies in terms of communication. This is not the first time handling an overseas couple, but this is the first time I handled an overseas couple for Full Coordination - thanks to Isis (my other sis-in-law) for being at my side all the time.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Introducing - The Wedding Gazette

Finally, on the 1st of January 2009, I am officially announcing my official wedding blogsite. Personally, I did not use my company name on the blog for it is not search friendly.

Well, just to give you an idea, this site will be all about my wedding coordinating experiences and thoughts as well as lessons learned and the recent happenings on my events. I will be posting here pictures, advice, tips and guides for brides and grooms.

So to those who are planning on getting married, this is the one site for you so keep on reading.