Team CoreeNell #PaandarWedding

One Amazing Team! If you do it with Love nothing will go wrong. Just give your full trust to your chosen suppliers and they will not fail you!

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I was so excited when I found out that my sister, Coreene and Nell, now my brother-in-law have already decided to get married, it was December of 2014. Since I pretty much know them, I already have envisioned how it would be like on their wedding day. As the Wedding Planner, I exactly knew who the right people to call and trust. I knew who would be the perfect partners for their special day. And I was right! We actually made the right choices. We got the best team suitable to us. The team who can carefully take care of the couples’  needs, likes and wants. The team that is dependable, reliable, admirable, passionate, dedicated, and committed. A team of experienced wedding suppliers that has a reputable name; synonymous to the kind of product and services that they have been providing through the years.

This team made sure that every little detail,the nitty-gritty ones will be taken into consideration; that everything will be handled accordingly based on how we planned it. Though this couple is one of the most unique ones and easy to work with, they surely have some expectations in their minds that we all gladly exceeded.

If you are going to ask Coreene what she wants, she would just say “Simple lang, basta may Pink, Ok na ako dun!, Kung ano sa tingin n’yo ang maganda, masaya na ako dun! Madali naman ako kausap, basta may pink at may hearts!” She just wants to have simple, memorable and happy wedding and have it witnessed and celebrated by people who matters to both of them and their families.

For us wedding supplier one of the hardest word to define is the word ‘simple’. Everyone has a different point of view or perception of the word. I know most suppliers would agree with me. Simple could mean a lot, it depends on how you describe it.

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Coreene and Nell’s wedding had been a mind-boggling and nerve-wracking challenge to most of their wedding partners especially to their florist/event stylist – Willy Tongco of Fioridella and their Couturier – Adam Balasa of Adam Balasa Couture. When they asked Coreene and Nell about what they wanted the answer was

“IKAW NA BAHALA!, Ikaw ang mas nakakaalam ng maganda! Ikaw ang magaling dyan, Kaya mo na yan!” WE TRUST YOU! Wala akong pegs basta may pink masaya na ako dun. “

Willy Tongco, my friend, thank you for being so kind and for accommodating our requests. You did not just wow everyone with your set up and paandar, you have exceeded our expectations. Ikaw na talaga Willy, kaya naman sabi nga ni Coreene, matagal ka na n’ya gustong isako kasi wala kang ginagawang hindi maganda. You are very creative, iba ka talaga! Salamat at #NaWillyTongco kami. You are truly #BatangasFinestFlorist Thanks to your team, Ate Jhec, Cesar, Jorge, Nonoy and Dennis of Fioridella flower shop.

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Adam, kapatid, maraming salamat sa mga ganap mo. First time na nangyari na ang bride at buong entourage ay walang kaalam-alam sa mga design, sa magiging itsura ng mga gowns na gagawin mo at hindi man lang kami nangamba. Hinayaan ka namin gawin ang sa tingin mong maganda, babagay sa bawat isa sa amin at hindi kami nagkamali. We put our full trust in you and you delivered, you never fail to amaze us. You made us all look great on our gowns the mothers and the rest of the entourage. You have made Coreene the prettiest on her wedding day. You have enhanced what she already has and showcased her assets and hid her flaws. Amazing ka! Good thing she was able to give justice to the very elegant and timeless gown you have made for her. She was in love with her wedding gown and everyone was asking who was she wearing. She is so happy and proud to say, we are all wearing Adam Balasa! #BatangasFinestCouturier Thanks to Jinn Ross and Myri for the assistance too!

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Georgia, thank you for making my sister the most beautiful bride on her wedding day iba talaga pag #Georgiafied lakas maka-feeling celebrity. Special thanks to JR Medrano, Pauline Prieto and Rubi Sarmiento for taking care of the girls’ hair and make up. Ang saya lang pag kayo ang kasama. Chillax lang. We love it!

For their cake, Myra & Lea of Nanay Aveling’s asked them the same question and they just said we just want it to be simple with hearts design in shades of white and pink. They just made a very beautiful cake perfect for the couple; and to our surprise when they sliced it the color of the cake was pink too. So sweet and so cute! I know nahirapan din kayo sa challenge ni Coreene. Thank you talaga!

 

For their invitations, they just wanted it simple and classy with touches of white and pink.  Anna and Nikki, eagerly assisted us in choosing the perfect invitation and they made it just the way the couple wanted it.  While Dennise and Josie of Design Plus assisted us with other printed stuff and Rizah of Paper Creations took care of the Misalettes. I can really depend on all of you basta usapang papel, prints, invites, envelops atbp. Kayo number 1 sa akin!

The Souvenirs for the guests were given by the MK Family (Kuya AJ, Ate Maricel & Baby MK) while the souvenirs for the principal sponsors were made with love by Coreene with  the help of Tito Jed and Jovel.

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With regard to lights and sounds, we can never go wrong with RM Lights and Sounds.  Tito Ray Mayo, Jobert, Alvin and Jeff of Team RM made sure that the mood lighting, special effects, musical scoring and audio will be just right for the program. Again kayo pa rin ang favourite lights and sounds supplier ko. You are indeed one of the best and may malasakit sa program at sa katrabaho. Mabuhay kayo!

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When it comes to music Totally Mesmerized is our most trusted partner in providing awesome and pleasing entertainment to our guests. Sa galing nila parang CD ang pinapakinggan mo, siguradong mapapakanta at mapapaindak ang mga bisita walang halong bola. 

Sabi nga ni Coreene, kahit di ko pa alam noon kung kelan ako ikakasal eh alam ko na kakanta sila sa kasal ko. This team will always be family to us and to GEMBSO. Shout out to Tiffany, Diane, Jun, Billy, Richard and Tito Joel for serenading our guests. We all enjoyed listening to you. You totally mesmerized everyone. Thanks to Sheila, Joseph and Vier too we miss you guys.

Special shoutout to LA Mago our Banquet head, Ronald Perez, Jay Ilagan, JM Arandia, Cathy Albañez, Maricel Perez, and Aldwin Aguda together with  the other friendly staff and crew of Pontefino Hotel for giving us superb service and warm assistance. I am honored to have been working with all of you. You are truly an asset to your company. I am still looking forward to have more GEMBSO events with you on board.

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There is no doubt that everyone enjoyed the service and the printed pics from Photoman and the cocktails and drinks served by Shakers Big Punch 808 mobile bar. Thanks Ryan and to your boys! Unlimited! Todo-todo hanggang magsawa kaya lahat happy.

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The couple chose Nice Print to tell the story of their wedding day. They were the ones to whom Coreene and Nell have entrusted the most significant milestone in their lives as one. We handpicked the members of the team to cover; it was led by Hazel Santillan Naval, Jeff and Emerson together with nine others. The onsite photo was awesome and the shots were beautiful the onsite video was great and heartfelt! Thank you Bien, Flor and Rhecy for the assistance and correspondence too.

Thanks to Tito Emie Rojas, from GEMBSO who drove the bridal car, to Ate Mathy for making sure that no one will be hungry. Thanks for the lunch you have prepared for the entire Team CoreeNell.

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Thanks to all the office staff and boys of Most Holy Trinity Parish. Special thanks to Rev. Fr. Daks for officiating the ceremony.

Shout out to Angel G. Magtibay of Pontefino our Account Executive and to Ate Meann Remo for the full support and assistance we warmly appreciate your presence and help! Maraming Salamat.

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To my ever-reliable, loyal, hardworking and dedicated GEMBSO Angels Ate Rose, Ate Bure, Maya, Sahlie, Janeth, Ian and Sherwin you all did an excellent job. Ang gagaling n’yo daw I am so proud of you. To my past Gembso Angel JC thank you for being an extra photographer that day. To all my other GEMBSO Angels Mommy T, Tito Jed, Tio Lebs, Ate Jeng and Joanna thanks for coming! We are very happy we had our mini reunion.

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To Deo, Jelai and Jovel who flew all the way from Dubai and Qatar just to be with them on their wedding day thanks for the “wagas” na effort.

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Pati na rin si #TeamPanis na special surprise for Coreene! You already! Hahaha! You have made Coreene and Nell’s wedding even more special. Thanks for the effort!

Lastly, I would like to express my warmest appreciation to all of you wonderful and amazing people who have been an integral part of the success of this event. You are all exceptional. You have made simple and ordinary things more meaningful because you have always been giving nothing but your best. You’ve been doing it extraordinarily with LOVE and COMPASSION.

To Coreene and Nell, Ate Maj and Deo are so happy for the two of you.  Thank you for giving me and the whole team your full trust. We are honoured to be your wedding partners. We love you and you will always be my favourite GEMBSO Couple.

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The Big Sister On Being Emotional

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you and me – sisters forever!

One week to go. Time flies so fast, I mean really fast! Wedding preps done! Just have to do the printing of docs. I am having whirlwind of emotions and I can’t even start writing my speech. Though speaking in front of many people is something that I have been doing for so many years as a host. I still can’t get enough of the tension that I am having right now. Why is it so hard to write something for someone really special to you? I can’t organize my thoughts, I just have to do it short but heartfelt. How can I sum up almost 30 years in just 1 or 2 paragraphs or a max of 3? What is dragging me, is the thought of me delivering my speech without even crying. Being “mababaw ang luha, baka di lang hanky ang kailangan ko.” I would probably need a glass of water and a box of Kleenex. I have to put that on my note to self! I have to brace my self that I can do it with grace without my make up being ruined.

Oh Majella, OO, ikaw nga! Umayos ka! Kaya mo yan!

Having just a glimpse of their big day essentials made me teary-eyed; can you imagine how it would be like on the actual day itself?

From the very start I know everything would turn out to be great. Every detail is exceptionally taken care of by some of the best partners I know. Having special people around you would make every single moment memorable. All the brilliant ideas that we were able pull and give life; the superb dedication and commitment that we put in this wedding and the outstanding performances that everyone will do are just few reasons for me to say that it is going to be awesome!

I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. But above all feelings that I have, I am happy and I am honored. This wedding is my baby and the couple who will be tying the knot will definitely be my favourite! Just as they claimed it.

To my other Gembso Couples don’t be jealous. They are just too special to me, we are a family.

#‎SimpleJoysNiMajelle #‎GembsoWedding #‎CoreeNell #‎GembsoCouple #‎WeddingPlannerDuties #‎MaidOfHonor

G-E-M-B-S-O

G – GREAT
E – Exceptional
M – Memorable
B – Brilliant
S – Superb
O – Outstanding
#AlagangGEMBSO – Alagang May PagmaMAJal

Did you know what GEMBSO means?
G – GREAT
E – Exceptional
M – Memorable
B – Brilliant
S – Superb
O – Outstanding

We used adjectives not on the SUPERLATIVE degree. Because we at GEMBSO believe that if you make your wedding the greatest event of your life; the most exceptional occasion; the most memorable day; if you thought of all the super brilliant ideas for your big day; if you put the most superb effort in every detail; and if you give your most outstanding performance then any other momentous event that would happen after it like having a baby, a bigger family, celebrating silver and golden anniversaries and the list goes on will just be considered as a regular event in your life. Weddings must be special, unique, very you. It has to be fun, unforgettable and truly a wonderful one. But after your wedding you still have to continue to appreciate, create, celebrate and look forward to a better, happier, and more memorable milestones as a couple and as a family. GEMBSO can help you plan it and make your dream wedding comes true and enjoy any other occasion that comes after it.

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GEMBSO has been Planning beautiful weddings of lovers who want to spend the rest of their lives together. Creating memorable moments they will cherish for a lifetime. Working with equally competent, passionate and great wedding partners. Making exceptional programs that guests would really enjoy. Thinking of bigger and more brilliant ideas for every wedding. Providing superb service to all brides, grooms and celebrants and giving morethan our 100% of outstanding service, with utmost dedication, commitment, hardwork, and joy. GEMBSO Events and Beyond is committed to always give you an Elevated Wedding Experience #AlagangGEMBSO – AlangangMayPagmaMAJal

To all the couples who chose us, trusted us and loved us Maraming Salamat po. To all our Wedding Partners we are looking forward to plan more GEMBSO weddings with you. To my GEMBSO Angels you are really Angels here on earth let’s have more event at its finest and beyond and to God Almighty Thank you for all the blessings you have been graciously giving me and my GEMBSO family. Thanks for all the guidance, love, and wisdom.

Walk down the aisle with no worries. Imagine it. Experience us!

Have your events the GEMBSO way.
‘Coz you deserve to have an event at its finest and beyond

(c) Digital Picman : Bride : Rhea Bunquin – Siguancia / Groom : Darren Siguancia

An ALDUB Kind of LOVE! by Majella & GEMBSO

An Aldub Inspired Project that is meant to share LOVE and give HAPPINESS to soon-to-weds from ALDUB Nation.

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AN ALDUB KIND OF LOVE PROJECT by MAJELLA & GEMBSO

How can you say that you are thankful and blessed? In life we all look at things differently. We see things, events and people depending on how we want it. But blessings come to us each and everyday, it can be in big or in small packages, there are also some that seem to be so hard to perceive or usually left unnoticed. I believe that everyday we are given equal opportunities to be a blessing. We just have to choose to be a blessing to others in any way we can and we’ll be doubly blessed.

I have learned the importance of sharing and being a blessing to others.Here are the seven ways on how one can become a blessing?

1. Learn to share what you have.                                                                                                    2. Give but don’t expect anything in return.
3. Think of other’s feelings, welfare and being.
4. Put others happiness first before your own.
5. Inspire others to be a blessing too.                                                                                        6. Always spread good vibes, love and happiness.                                                                       7. Pray for others and wish them well.

As a Wedding Planner, I always enjoy listening to my GEMBSO couples’ love story. There is always something new; something unusual that makes their story unique in its own way. I am amazed on how God has written their story and believe that there is really forever. Whenever I plan and host for weddings, I get inspired with the ways on how they met, how he asked the question and how she said YES! Life is always full of surprises and LOVE usually takes us by surprise; it comes unexpectedly, no orientation needed. I have been so blessed to witness so many couples’ stories of love for almost 10 years now. In line with GEMBSO’s 10th year anniversary in the wedding industry and the celebration of my birthday I would be delighted to share the blessings that I have been receiving; and my way to give back is by doing one thing I love the most the best way I know how.

I have decided to let a couple from ALDUB NATION to have the chance to Experience #AlagangGEMBSO – Alagang May PagmaMAJal.

I am praying that this project will be a success and I am also hoping that this campaign would reach the right people who deserves to win. It may not be in monetary form but rest assured that in every wedding I plan together with one of the best team I know, my GEMBSO Angels, I know that every detail will be properly taken care of and we treat each wedding as special as the couple’s love story.

Let’s all celebrate the month of LOVE with so much gratefulness, appreciation and joy.

Please don’t forget to share, repost, quote tweet and re-tweet. God bless us all.

#REJOY on Maj & GEMBSO

I certainly believed Picasso when he said, everything you can imagine is real. Just like the way our wedding has been planned; it was both SURREAL and MAGNIFICENT. #REJOY

When you trust the people you chose to be part of your special day, they will exert more effort to make you happier.

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Mr. and Mrs. Reginald and Joy Andal 
I certainly believed Picasso when he said, everything you can imagine is real. Just like the way our wedding has been planned; it was both SURREAL and MAGNIFICENT.
I remembered two years ago, it was December of 2012 (as in last-day-of-the-year) when hubby and I called for a meeting with one of the finest wedding planners in this galaxy – MAJ, Majelle Magpantay.

We met at Hot and Cold Cafe at 11 in the morning and we were completely mesmerized on how Maj really carried the name of Gembso Events and Beyond – her being so full of superb ideas brought to life a wedding that seemed to be surreal – making her one of the most sought- after events planner of all times.

What also made the wedding special is the fact that our personalities clicked like a match made in heaven – add that to the fact that our biological families are attcahed in a way we could’ve not imagined possible.

Then there came the ginormous preparations and paperworks ( well, just so we know, Maj is really one hell of a strict coordinator when it comes to deadlines – which I am always missing, teehee ; and just as every Gembso Bride experienced it to be Maj would then release her Amazona powers so that you’ll make it on time hahaha iloveyou sis ). But that one rare characteristic of hers is what really set her apart from the rest – because of that OUR DREAM EVENT is as splendid as we hoped it to become.

Aside from the fact that the TEAM is really the best – We are very thankful for the lasting gift and bond of friendship that it created. Being with them on a side trip is surely a mind blowing experience – no dull moments- just full of laughter and tears of joy that came from laughing our hearts out. We didnt even realize that its almost midnight or the next day and we do need to go home. We couldnt forget the most sumptuous Caldereta at Gembso’s Kitchen! 🙂 we would normally raid Maj’s house and then stay there till night to eat ( even if there’s no meeting while chatting with “boss” ).

And on our wedding day of course, Maj and the team has been very professional in handling every detail of the wedding – from the littlest things to the great ones. Thank you to Ate Rose who has been my angel for the entire ceremony ; Ate Rizah for perfectly crafting our save the dates, menu card; place cards and many more. I am thankful that all of us are really very OC with all the details 🙂 Maj thank you for crafting and conceptualizing my perfect wedding cake! You are really a genius! 🙂 thank you also for finding that invitation maker that certainly suited our personalities 🙂

Surely, we missed all the chatting, group dates, coffee, shoe shopping, food search and many more.

There are many more things to be thankful for and I am afraid that the pages wouldn’t fit – so from the bottom of our hearts – OUR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE to the GEMBSO team for planning the most important event in our lives.

For all those who are planning on a celebration or event – hesitate no more! Choose Maj and the GEMBSO team – you’ll never go wrong!

TIPS for SOON-TO-WEDS: Matters About The Wedding Guest List

Your big day is yours to enjoy with the people you love and the ones who are happy for you. Make the right list!

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As a Wedding Planner, here are my thoughts on matters about inviting guests and making the list.

In every occasion that we have in our lives it is only necessary to invite the important ones. It is not mandatory that you invite the whole neighborhood, the friends of your siblings, all the kumpares and kumares of your parents and most especially it is not required for you to invite all your officemates and batchmates. Provided that there will be some “Tampo” issues that might arise but soon it will also subside. What matters most is you have the people who love you and those who will do whatever it takes just to be with you on your special day.

They are the kind of people who will never complain about the attire that you asked them to wear. The ones who will immediately respond to RSVPs because they will not afford to miss your big day. Those who are excited to do long travel just to make it on time before you march. Those people who will patiently register and wait for their turn on the buffet, those people who will participate on your program and the people who still want to stay even if your done with your program.

Your big day is yours to enjoy with the people you love and the ones who are happy for you. Just enjoy every moment of it, make the most of your big day. There is no room for regrets on your wedding day. Just be happy. 

Here is a simple guide.

Rank your guests.

1 – HIGH priority (guests you can’t live without – Immediate Family Members, Entourage, Super BestFriends)
2 – MEDIUM priority (guests who are so dear to you and very important to be there for your big day)
3 – LOW priority (everything will be ok regardless if they will be there or not)

Criteria …

Will they make us happy? Yes or No
Will they stay until the end of the program? Yes or No
Will they exert all the effort with no hesitations and no complains just to make it on time for our wedding? Yes or No
Will they bring extra people or kids we are not comfortable with? Yes or No
Will they make our wedding memorable and fun? Yes or No
Is it really necessary for us to invite them or we are just forced to do so? Yes or No

I hope this can help you to have a tailored guest list for your big day. Happy preps.

Rudy & Yolly Echavia’s 50-Year Journey to Forver

Rudy and Yolly proved that even if they had a short courtship, one of the secrets to a lasting marriage is to continue loving each other, making sure that you put your partner’s happiness first.

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Rudy & Yolly Echavia

There are only a few people in the world who are lucky enough to find their one true love. Not everyone can spend the rest of their lives with the person they chose to marry.

Finding “the one” makes you want to rush to forever – to not waste even a single second, away from your soulmate.Finding “the one” opens the doors to God’s abundant blessings. Starting a family, having wonderful children and grandchildren are the best blessings anyone could ever ask for.

Fifty blissful years – that’s how long God has kept Rudy and Yolly’s marriage in the cradle of His loving arms. God made sure that He will continue to bless this wonderful couple with so much and more. Rudy and Yolly have shown that, despite numerous trials and shortcomings, God has been in the center of their family life, never fleeting, always lighting their way.

We as witnesses to their love story can say that True Love cannot just be measured by how long you’ve known each other.

Rudy and Yolly met in December 1963, became friends, lovers and tied the knot on May 21, 1964. Just like the song “What Matters Most” Rudy and Yolly proved that even if they had a short courtship, one of the secrets to a lasting marriage is to continue loving each other, making sure that you put your partner’s happiness first.

Love cannot be measured by time. Love can be measured in a way only the heart knows how.

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The family of Rudy and Yolly Echavia

I would also like to extend my warmest thanks to the awesome family of Rudy and Yolly, their loving children Cathy, Judith, Roland and Dorothy Dots Echavia-Magtibay together with their families for choosing me. For trusting me for letting me coordinate and host this very special milestone in their parents’ lives.

Photo credit : Dorothy Echavia-Magtibay / Digital Picman

By: Majella Magpantay

A Heartfelt Message from Mr. and Mrs. Baby

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

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!!

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