I never thought that planning a wedding would be this fun and exciting. It makes me stay awake until the wee hours of the morning chatting with brides or grooms in other time zones, answering emails, and updating the nerve-wracking RSVPs not realizing that I still have to sleep and prepare for another hectic day.
It makes me wake up early and look forward to whatever “To do” that I could accomplish every day. Time is very important. Every minute counts. We are given chances to grab, opportunities to take and no second to waste.
As a wedding planner, I have timelines to be followed, guidelines to be observed, deadlines to be met, limitations to be seen and most importantly goals to be realised. Satisfying and making every couple happy is my major task. I always want to be on the right track. Should not miss anything. I have to be always ready and must be on the go. Must always be up for new challenges; making sure that we are still working within the budget and having some brain-draining sessions just to explore my team’s creativity and think of new and useful ideas for every wedding we plan. From choosing the perfect song for the bridal march, thinking of the designs for the candles and matchboxes, organizing the program and a whole lot more.
Some people think that a wedding planner/coordinator’s job is so easy. Others would say we are just ushers or helpers at the church and reception. Some of the guests would think we are just ordinary people, I’ve been hearing people calling us “alalay” or “yaya” but I would like to let them know that we are not. We are professionals. We are coordinators. We are the partners of the couple in making their wedding a truly wonderful and memorable one; working hand in hand together with equally professional wedding suppliers.
Imagine how a wedding would be like not having a professional planner to coordinate on that day. How chaotic it could be without us? You might probably see a panicking bride, a stressed mom, a perspiring groom, or a sister who was not able to witness the ceremony because there are so many things that need attention to detail and they have no one to act on it. We, the coordinators take care of it and we implement what is planned. We assume possible circumstances, anticipates urgencies and we are always ready for unexpected situations. Name it, perhaps we had experienced it. From sunny to stormy moments we have to stay put and perform our duties. We always put our hearts in everything that we do. Just like what they say, don’t sweat on the small stuff. Let the professionals handle it.
Let the suppliers do it. Just make sure to hire the right people to make your wedding a success. On second thought we are not fairy godmothers. We don’t do magic. We can only do so much with what the couples give. Wedding suppliers have so many duties to do, hundreds of people to please, and high expectations to be exceeded; and it is not an easy thing. We all need a lot of patience, proper time-management, pure dedication in everything that we do. Every successful event is a fruit of our hardwork. We study, we plan, we strategize, and we execute the event in the best possible way we can. It’s not all about the money. There’s more to it. Sometimes it’s about passion, personal growth and achievements.
But in spite of the tons of work that need to be done, planning my GEMBSO couples’ wedding gives me so much eagerness and satisfaction. It makes me smile and imagine how it would be like on that big day! I always see things in a positive way. Because, I know that I’ve invested so much time and effort to make everything fall into its proper place. I never thought that this would somehow change my attitude towards trusting other people too. I realised that sometimes taking a big risk could also do you good. Working with couples you haven’t seen and with wedding suppliers whom you do not know is somehow stressful just like dealing with different kinds of people with various personalities. But in the course of planning a special occasion I found out that trust and communication are just few of the essential keys for having a smooth sailing wedding preps and a seamless wedding day 🙂 I also gained a lot of friends in the wedding industry and my clients too became my buddies, friends and ‘kumares’ 🙂
Now, having worked with one of the best team I know, My Gembso Team, I just feel that on every wedding I plan and coordinate with my ever-reliable angels, yes they are my Angels. Every detail will be properly taken care of. And to tell you, every wedding is as special as the couple’s love story.
I always look forward to see happy couples, grateful parents, appreciative guests, friendly suppliers and I love to end every event with a happy heart knowing that we were able to make another GEMBSO Event at its finest and beyond.
As I put myself to sleep after every event I planned, my heart is always filled with happiness and heartfelt gratitude to God. Because I know that He was there with me; watching me, and guiding me in every decision I made.
By : Majella Magpantay @JustMeMajella