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Last January 8, 2017 we did what was our 4th wedding for the Makalintal Family.  Our first wedding with them was in 2005, and over the years when a sibling would get married, we were happy to be part of creating beautiful memories with them.

Rene  Makalintal & Princess Carla Rizo exchanged vows at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Lipa with their reception at Lipa Summit.

 

As much as we have enjoyed our work as planners and coordinators for the past 10 years, we have decided to limit our acceptance of event coordination to our old clients. For New Clients, we are pleased to offer you Hair and Make Up by Lala Miranda. It was a decision shift our services as we feel this would be of more benefit to our clients while being in the wedding industry which we have always loved through the years. You may view Hair and Make Up posts on Make Up By Lala Miranda website and on this FB page link: Make Up By Lala Miranda 

Most Oustanding Winner in Evening Make Up (Hair Asia 2014) Bridal Make Up and Commercial Make Up (Hair Asia 2015)

Most Oustanding Winner in Evening Make Up (Hair Asia 2014)
Bridal Make Up and Commercial Make Up (Hair Asia 2015)

Morning and Evening Bridal Looks

Morning and Evening Bridal Looks

Here’s the thing…. So many times I try to explain to couples.  You are only good as their plan.

It is a common problem among coordinators that they get clients with unrealistic expectations.

When you hire a wedding planner/coordinator for OTD (On The Day Coordination):  Remember- it is you, the Client that “Plans” the event. The Coordinator will only “Execute” your plan.

So as the Client, you are also the “Planner” .

The Wedding Planner/ Coordinator is not really the “Planner” of your wedding but will only “Execute” your plan. So let’s be blunt.  If your Plan sucks… so will your wedding!

If you want them to plan it, then get their package that allows them to participate in your planning process. But remember, ultimately it’s your wedding so the final decision belongs to you. Your  Wedding Planner can advise you until they turn blue. But if don’t take it, or pay attention… Hey, don’t blame them.

For our 5th year Anniverasary, FL Events will be holding a FREE wedding planning seminar for couples. This is aimed to help couples get started in their plans, even discussing possible concepts they may want for their wedding.

This includes trying to make a budget and possible cost cutting measures depending on what they are willing to do. We want to bring some focus into your planning stage.  There are no strings attached to this seminar. We are simply grateful for the 5 years we have been blessed with.

Interested parties may call Dr. Lala Perez at (+63) 918-9021015 for arranging your schedule. We only take 3 couples at a time for the seminar so that we are focused on your needs practically on a one-on-one method.

Seminars will be held on the Month of August, on Saturdays. We hope to see you.

 

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

A Catholic Wedding at Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

A Catholic Wedding at Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

Ron Ebron & Reika Ono’s Wedding was held last April 25, 2009 at the Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas.  Originally, the ceremony was to be done at the Helipad of the Club with the view of the Lake. Sadly, the unpredictable weather made it impossible. So we had an alternative site at the Cafe Liberica of Mount Malarayat. Yes folks, it was a Catholic Wedding.  How we did it? It was a question on everyone’s lips. We made very special arrangements with the Archdiocese.

It was a beautiful ceremony. Their Officiating Priest, Fr. Thor Villacarlos prepared a meaningful  homily injected with humour.  Ron  sung the Bridal March and Reika sang her vows ala Lea Salonga “Two Words”. Fr.Thor himself was so moved he was teary eyed and comforted by Ron.

The entire wedding had a Japanese Theme. This can plainly seen with the Japanese lanterns included in the flowers arrangements both at the aisle and the ceiling decorations in the Ballroom. The centerpieces at the reception also had a “Zen” inspiration to them created by Tess Alparas of Notes & Flowers. The Cake was decorated with Cherry Blossoms by Sugar & Blooms.  It was a night filled with music hosted by Miss. Sol Aragones ( a well known TV Journalist), with entertainment was provided by Sentimental Groove with very special performances by the Bride’s Cousins, Parents of the Couple and finally, Ron & Reika themselves. The night ended with a fireworks display. 

View the slideshow of the Couple’s Preparations and the Ceremony Photographs by Erron Ocampo of Imagination Photography.

Here are some tips on how to deal with wedding suppliers. Let’s start on how  the client should deal with Wedding Planner/ Coordinators.

Wedding Planners & Wedding Coordinators

One thing that Clients have to realize is that Wedding Planners & Coordinators are only as good as their Client’s Plan.  I’ve seen this often enough through our own experiences and with other collegues in the wedding industry. Coordinators when they get together often talk about how they lament their clients and wish they  would have a more realistic view of  wedding preparations and what goes into execution of the event.

Remember, they are not responsible for situations:

  1. where they were not told information or not endorsed to them properly by other suppliers or the clients themselves.
  2. misinformation or late information
  3. interference of any guest or relatives
  4. not providing them materials to be used for the ceremony or reception, or if you forget to tell them where these materials are, or forget to tell them that it’s needed at all.

Coordinators are not supposed to follow you around

Coordinators  are also not  meant to tag around following clients around throughout the event. Some Brides tend to think that they have to be followed around by their Coordinators and pick up after them.  They are not “Nannies” or “Yayas”. They try to distance themeselves from the couple in order to stay away from being included in photos. It’s not practical to have all your photos with any person under foot beside you all the time. Remember, they are busy running around trying to make sure everything goes right.

Try and  look at the bigger picture

So many things can go wrong.  From the minute thing, to a gigantic one.  There are times when the Coordinator will have to make tough choices. Most of the time, they will choose to prioritize issues they feel can snowball into disasters.

There are types of persons that could be described as “Nitpickers”. They are people that will look at the smallest thing to find something wrong or “Nitpick” at it and make it into a big deal.  Are you one of them?  If you think “this went wrong, or that went wrong”, did you stop to think the other things that could have gone wrong and did’nt  because someone was there to troubleshoot it?  Things definitely would be worse if the Coordinator wasn’t around. Will you be looking and over focusing on details you think went wrong? You will be missing the more beautiful moments of the wedding. So look at the bigger picture.

Perfect Weddings are a Myth

There is no such thing as a perfect wedding. The most a planner/ coordinator can hope for is that the wedding is a memorable one. Oftentimes, the effort the event planner & coordinator gives is taken for granted.

E-Mail Fraud

Recently, one of my former clients called me asking if I heard the e-mail going around. I had no idea what he was talking about. But apparently, someone hacked into my e-mail and sent a message to everyone in my  contacts list with a message that I was in Nigeria and was robbed and needed a “soft loan”. I tried opening my e-mail, and guess what? I could’nt open it. They changed my password as well! I guess they were going to use it to send directions for anyone who was going to fall for it.

Fortunately, I was able to open my e-mail using the “hints”, and change my password. I sent everyone an e-mail regarding the “Scam”. I have a new e-mail adress now too.

People really have no conscience at all. These guys that do these Scams for a living.

I hope this experience will warn other people of Scams like this.