A Heartfelt Message from Mr. and Mrs. Baby

One way that made me realized my worth as a Wedding Planner. #ILoveMyJob

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Have you ever realized your worth in your chosen field or profession? I just want to share this message from one of my GEMBSO Couples. Their message of appreciation and gratitude keeps me going and love my job even more.

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A Heartfelt Message from Mr. and Mrs. Baby (Joel & Chona Lirio)

I have known Ate Majelle for so long. She was a schoolmate since elementary and high school. She was also one of our church youth group’s (KALIS-SMEP) leaders that I’ve looked up to and grown up with. There’s no question that she’s really a good person, but from our recent endeavor together her great personality and how beautiful a person she is had shine so brightly and had been deeply engraved in Baby’s and my heart.

I’ve gotten married recently and got Ate Majelle as our on-the-day coordinator. But that was not our original plan. From the start of our wedding preparations, we thought Ate Majelle’s service was quite pricey and opted to book another “cheaper” alternative (discounted maybe, but I tell you, it’s not cheap at all).But since wedding preparations does not go smoothly and perfectly as planned (especially for demanding and brutally honest persons me and Baby are) there were several changes along the way. 12 days before our wedding, for some “professional” reason, our photo-video team decided they could not work with us anymore and to add more insult to injury, our “professional” coordinator decided that she would be out of reach for 23hours while the whole fiasco was going on!!

I needed a coordinator real quick. And more than that, I needed a friend. With my Math/Logical/Statistics/Algo brain still turned on (this happened while I was at work), my brain started searching within my imaginary phone book looking for an intersection of Event Coordinator AND Friend groups. And that’s when I thought of Ate Majelle. Called her immediately, my reception was bad and then she called me. Me and Baby was in panic mode and did not know what to do. But we called the right person. From that time, everything was great and perfect. We managed to set up a great team from great people and developed great new friendships with everyone who worked with us on our Wedding.
This is not a paid advertisement, but I’d like to point out some points on how professional Ate Majelle really is:

1) She eats, sleeps and breaths Templates. Right after our first meeting, 11 days from the wedding, even before the meeting was over, we’ve already received 5 emails with 5-10 templates each. Templates/Forms we need to fillup to give all the details of our wedding. This just shows how organized and detailed she is on her work.
2) She’s always 5-10 mins early. And I was always late. But she’ll always remind you how important time was.
3) She does not procrastinate, she sticks to her schedules. Her OTD Coordination is not really “on-the-day” it starts weeks and months before the wedding. This is to make sure that her OTD coordination works PERFECTLY ON THE DAY.

But we do not consider her to be the best Wedding Coordinator because of the points above. It was because she was a friend. She was human. She shared our emotions. She shared our dream. She shared the load of being passionately in love of having a great day on the day of our wedding. Weddings are for one very emotional. Wedding couples are very emotional, and Ate Majelle understood that. I have forgotten how Me and Ate Majelle and the rest of our church youth group would stay up late to prepare for a recollection or for our church’s Senakulo. How she would sacrifice sleep to just have a perfect play, act and church event.

Ate Majelle was everyone’s Ate. And now it’s a wonderful thing to know that she’s extending her “Ate”-ness to couples around the world. This is her job, but this is also her passion. It’s good to know that even though the Wedding scene has been heavily comercialized, there are still some people who really cares about the couple and their wedding.

Ate Majelle, sobrang maraming maraming salamat. You didn’t just organize our wedding, but you helped us figure things out when it was all a mess. And you were a friend who keeps reminding us that is was about Me and Baby, it was about love. Thanks!!

My Thoughts About This Week’s Kalyeserye

Some thoughts to ponder and learnings to apply in real life.

In this day and time people think that one must always meet their standards and everything must seem to be into their liking. When it turns out to be on the opposite side most people tend to be judgemental not realizing how it would affect others. Reel is different from real, the sad part is not everyone can differentiate and understand which is which. Voicing their opinions and suggestions are welcome but freedom of speech comes with a great responsibility. One must not add fuel to the fire. One must not gossip about other people especially when they don’t know the real story, purely speculating leads to having negative thoughts and it’s true that overthinking kills. It’s sad to see that more fans have seem to forget why KS is here in the first place. It’s here to teach us lessons in life not only kilig.

We know that in every relationship may it be friendship or a more intimate one, open communication is very essential it always goes with TRUST, RESPECT and LOVE. Though there will always be the paki-alamero, intrigera, ingitera, and the judgemental ones we must always remember that what we see in KS is just part of the KS journey, AKTINGAN lang. What happens outside KS is way different. Alden and Maine showed us that though there maybe “selos and tampo” moments in KS both of them know the real score, no one will do anything to hurt the other.

We may have different perspectives, views and opinions but at the end of the day we must ask ourselves why are we in this fandom in the first place? What brought us here? Are we doing what we believe is right or are we just after the ‘kilig’? When everything goes out beyond what we like are we going to just bash and hate?

I hope it’s never too late for everyone to realize how ALDUB nation was genuinely formed. That our love and admiration for MAINE, ALDEN and the LOLAS led us to be the strongest and most respected fandom. I’m honestly praying that together we can face the trials we are having right now. We can’t have everything together in one seating that is the concept of ‘tamang panahon’ that we all enjoyed and loved. Let’s just notice the inner sweetness and concern of the REAL Alden and Maine for each other, by the way I see it, LOVE is so evident. Love is already in their system and nothing or no one can take that love away.

Everything I Have

holdinghandsAs they say, you can’t give what you don’t have. You can only share something that belongs to you.  In spite of all the challenges, earthly competitions, doubts and the pressure you still manage to prove that you are worth it. You will never waste that chance given to you and you will make sure that for her you will always be enough. You may not be the richest man, or the most powerful, most handsome or the most sought after bachelor, but as long as you have the purest intention to willingly give everything that you have, that is priceless, that is beyond words. That is more than enough for your woman to be forever grateful for having you.

For the guy who has the guts to give his all just for the sake of love, this one is for you.

“Everything I Have” by Clay Aiken

I feel like I never measure up to who you see

Sometimes I think I can’t give you all the love you need

You keep changing everyday

Amazing me in every way.

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything I have

I never dreamed I could ever feel the way I do

I hope and pray I will always be enough for you

 I can only do my best

I have to trust you with the rest

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything I have

I promise I will hold you through the changes and fears

When life seems unclear

And when I can’t be right there with you

I know there’s angels by your side

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything… I have

by Majella Magpantay @justmemajella

Wedding Preps In The Eyes Of A Wedding Planner

What a Wedding Planner thinks, feels, and sees in every Wedding she does.

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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