Jaded about weddings, not!

Back when I was fresh out of university and in between job hunting, I became part of an events coordinating team. We mostly did weddings and I can no longer count how many. When I started getting a traditional 9-6 job, I would still moonlight whenever my schedule with the first job would allow it.

The head of the team has a good reputation in the wedding industry and we consistently placed in the top wedding suppliers list. A formidable team and having to work with top notch photographers, videographers, gown designers, and other wedding suppliers are my two sources of pride as a wedding coordinator. A few months back, our head – a married woman with two kids – has officially informed the team that she’ll no longer be doing weddings.

It was sad news. I thought we just got back to business as she’s been on hiatus to focus on her kids. Sadly, the team just got together for the last time to coordinate for her good friend (well-known gown designer) whose parents were celebrating their golden anniversary. Despite the sad news, the celebration was still a blast. We were reunited with supplier friends and more importantly, the event went smoothly.

Despite my love for events, I must admit that working on weddings eventually felt like routine. These days, I can barely recall significant details of most weddings we’ve done. May be because of poor memory or may be I’ve fallen into the preps-ceremony-reception-turn over mentality.

But the upside of it is that I’m well aware of my role as a guest or as part of the entourage. Primarily, as a guest it really is about enjoying the front seat in the celebration. You get to experience the event unfold and need not fuss about the details behind the scenes. As a member of the entourage, you have to actively ask the couple for which part or task they will need help on. And just gamely do it. But the part where I unconsciously find myself critiquing the suppliers is a gray area. I’m not sure yet if it’s something to be enjoyed or ignored.

A little over two weeks after my last gig as a wedding coordinator, I was a bridesmaid to a couple who were both really good friends of mine since 1998. We were classmates all through out the four years in high school. We belong to a big circle of friends and have gotten close to each other’s families and other friends. The June 30 wedding will certainly be one wedding I’ll remember for quite sometime.

 

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Taal Lake

Quick facts about Taal Lake (Global Nature Fund)

  1. Third largest lake in the Philippines
  2. Second largest lake in Luzon
  3. Home to a venomous black and white “sea snake” (Hydrophis semperi)
  4. Home to the only freshwater sardines in the world, Sardinella tawilis
  5. Within the lake, there is a small volcanic island (Taal Volcano) that also has its own lake (Crater Lake)

Of Taal Lake and thoughtful gifts

The view of Taal Lake was taken on the day of Cham’s wedding in Club Balai Isabel in early January. I went with three friends from college and didn’t have enough time to prepare for a gift since the invitation only came a day before. Apparently, the bride was trying to reach me days before but to no avail. Of course I was willing to go out-of-town to join the once-in-a-lifetime celebration but I wouldn’t want to attend without a gift. Good thing that my friends were okay with just contributing for the group gift they have prepared. They diy-ed a honeymoon basket. It contained a pair of wine glass, bottle of wine, popcorn, popcorn bowl, and movie dvds. It was one of the most thoughtful and memorable gifts I have seen. Thanks to Jeffy for that idea.

Since it was just a day trip, I never really get to explore Taal and see the crater lake. Plus I’ve also read about a heritage village, so that’s another must-see on my next visit to Batangas.

For Stephanie

Feisty, outspoken, religious, and straightforward Stephanie is tying the knot this December.

Steph and I met in the school year 2002 – 2003. We were fast friends, were close to two other girls, and belonged to a section of aspiring Mass Communication students. My friendship with Steph, also known as Sweet or Tipay, was physically short-lived. I moved to another city to continue my studies, she changed course and got busy with earning her Nursing degree. Despite the years and the distance, the friendship was unchanged. Steph was and still is one of my closest friends. As her close friend with events background, I am now tasked to help plan the wedding. A task that is my pleasure to fulfill, I must say.

The couple, Steph and Ramil, want a Filipiniana-themed wedding in Steph’s home town, Sagay City. The couple already knows how they want their wedding to play out and it has their personality written all over it. Bravo! Now, we just have to sort and work out the details.

Recently, I came across an article about Charlie and Paula’s wedding and knew this was the same vibe and direction that Steph and Ramil would want. Instead of me explaining what a Filipiniana-themed wedding is and why I think Charlie and Paula’s wedding rocks, please click the photo below to see their wedding video. Or read on Paula’s thoughts and see photos of her wedding in this article.

I think Charlie and Paula’s wedding is simply, wonderfully regal! If their wedding is a sneak peak to how meaningfully Steph and Ramil’s will play out, my excitement is just beyond limits.