1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS?
I have been a wedding planner for seventeen years. I planned my very first wedding in the year 2004 and have been loving it
2. IS EVENT PLANNING YOUR FULL-TIME WORK?
Yes, event planning is my full-time work. However, I am also the Philippine Licensee of the #1 Wedding Planning School in America called Weddings Beautiful Worldwide. In the Philippines, I teach, train, mentor, and give an internationally recognized certificate to wedding planners who successfully finish the course.
I also only accept two weddings in a month to ensure the quality of service to my clients.
3. HOW DID YOU START YOUR CAREER AS A WEDDING PLANNER?
When I was young, my dream was to become a lawyer. Hence, the reason why I took up a pre-law course from the University of Santo Tomas, where I earned the degree, Bachelor of Arts, Majoring the Legal Management. Coming from a family of businessmen and lawyers, I was exposed to different fields. After graduating, I realized that being a lawyer was not for me because for me to have clients, they would need to create problems first for me to solve.
My right brain always functioned better than my left. I am a creative person who loves music, arts, and basically, anything that does not have to do anything about academics, haha. Given that line of thought, I found myself curating personalized souvenirs for all sorts of events. In my first business venture, I came across several wedding planners who asked for commissions. I got frustrated and disappointed because they already pay these planners, but they still go behind their client’s backs to earn more. I wanted to write a book to expose their practice (too ideal?). I spoke to my family, and they said that if I would like to be listened to, I would need to be an authority in weddings. Hence the reason why I stumbled upon an internationally recognized certification course where I earned the title “Certified Wedding Specialist.” When I was about to start with the book, my brother told me to change the system; It is best to be in the system. So my story began as a wedding planner and continued to this date, ensuring that my company complies with the best and most professional business ethics in the wedding and events industry.
4. ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY WEDDING ASSOCIATION/S?
Yes. I am a member and currently the President of the Weddings and Events Professionals Association of the Philippines (WEPAP). I am also a member of the international association Weddings Beautiful Worldwide.
Previously, I was part of the Philippine Association of Wedding Planners (PAWP) and the Association for Wedding Professionals International (AWPI).
5. DO YOU ACCEPT DOUBLE BOOKINGS?
No. I only accept one booking in a day. I also limit the coordination service that I take to two clients per month.
6. DO YOU ATTEND EVERY EVENT?
Yes. I am present at every event. However, in the light of the pandemic, I am usually visible until the ceremony. I plan from a control room during the reception to ensure that the risk of my exposure is minimized because, during meals, the guests will be taking off their masks.
7. WILL YOU HANDLE EVERY ASPECT OF THE WEDDING PLANNING?
Yes. I work hands-on with each event I plan. You can expect me to be with you every step of the way personally.
8. WHAT TIME WILL YOUR TEAM ARRIVE AND DEPART ON THE DAY OF OUR WEDDING?
My team will arrive five hours before the start of the ceremony. After the reception program, our service is deemed completed when our team fulfills the final endorsement to your assigned point person or a competent alternative.
9. IF WE DECIDE TO BOOK YOU, HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU SEND THE CONTRACT OVER FOR US TO REVIEW?
After you decide which package to avail of, you may send me an email or SMS, and I would be happy to send you the contract on the same day as your request date.
10. WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT POLICY AND WHAT MODES OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Fifty percent down payment is due upon confirmation of the date. The remaining balance is settled cash on the wedding day or in check, deposited three days before in my bank.
We do not accept credit cards. The modes of payment accepted are as follows: cash, check, and bank deposit.
11. ARE THERE ANY OTHER FEES THAT WE MAY INCUR ASIDE FROM YOUR COORDINATION SERVICE FEE THAT WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
Usually, crew meals are not part of the package. You have an option of giving us a meal or a meal allowance. If your wedding is outside Metro Manila, out of town fees will be charged on top of the coordination service fee to cover the team’s overtime fee and transportation. Accommodation is optional depending on if it is necessary.
12. ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING, HOW DOES YOUR TEAM COMMUNICATE?
If the team is far from each other, mobile phones are used. If the team is close by, two-way radios are used. In the absence of any, due to signal constraints, everyone from my team may function well because everyone is trained to handle and execute an event despite any conditions. Each team member has been briefed and is well aware of all instructions given by the couple to me.
13. ARE WE REQUIRED TO BOOK VENDORS YOU RECOMMEND?
No. But I would be comfortable working with vendors I know and have worked with in the past. I am, however, willing to work with vendors that I do not know if they have been recommended to you by someone you know with a pleasant experience with the said vendor.
14. WHO HANDLES PAYMENTS ON THE DAY?
The payments are usually endorsed to my team on the day of the wedding by your assigned point person. My team will receive the payments with a prepared voucher and have the vendors sign as payment is received. The payment vouchers will be endorsed to your assigned point person after all payments have been disbursed.
15. WHAT IS THE LARGEST WEDDING THAT YOU HAVE HANDLED?
I have handled a wedding with one thousand and two hundred guests. I also do the annual mass wedding of Pag-Ibig Fund entitled, “I Do, I Do, Araw Ng Pag-ibig” with 800 couples and around 500 guests. You may search this in You Tube.
16. IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHICH WILL UNABLE FOR YOU TO GO, WHO WOULD STAND ON YOUR BEHALF?
My team has been with me for more than a decade. They can function with minimal supervision and is capable of deciding on my behalf. I am very confident that they can execute an event with or without me. My team is my extension, and I trust them with all my heart to have the best interest of your wedding in mind.