Tuesday, September 13, 2011

String Quartet: Booked!

Today is special for me and for the Filipinos because one, it is my 1st year at my current work ( yehey!) and two, Ms. Philippines Shamcey Supsup won 3rd runner up at Ms. Universe Pageant 2011 ( Kudos and congrats Shamcey!). Anyways, I'm still at work but I'm kinda bored hehe. I already know the info I needed for my new task, but I'm just not in the mood to start yet :D So for some ice breaker, I'm going to share our latest wedding preps update, we already have a string quartet for our reception yipee!!:D

James really loves music. He knows how to play guitar, that's why he told me that he will be the one to choose who will be our string quartet. The string quartet we booked was my first choice, I told him about them before, but that time he wasn't that interested with wedding preparations yet hehe. So weeks have passed, while researching again for new suppliers, I came across another string quartet that plays modern songs, so I became interested with their services. I even emailed the team's manager and inquired regarding their current rates, and we decided to pencil book them. Unfortunately, because of some undesirable circumstances, we have to change plans because of our new budget. The current rate of the quartet I wanted to book was somehow expensive, so we decided to research another string quartet that plays well and within the price range we set aside for it.

One day, James sent me some links of string quartets to choose from. I checked the sites he gave me, and found one with good feed backs so I emailed them immediately. I called the team's manager, and asked for their rates,but when he found out that our wedding will be December next year, he said he's not sure if he could book us this early . Upon knowing this, I decided to look for another group until I remember that the first string quartet that I liked was within our new price budget, so I immediately popped their site to James.

Their site was reconstructed and with new video files. This time, their new videos are in HD format so you could hear their performance clearly. James loved their music and how they performed so he said to me,      "Han, okay na ito, i-book mo na sila kaagad." The string quartet that I'm talking about is the LEGGIERO STRINGS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA.

Last Friday, September 9, 2011, we had a meeting with Mr. Jack Yapchulay. He's one of the pianist in Leggiero and the other one is his wife, Mrs. Merlie Yapchulay. They are a family of musicians, his 3 kids play the violin and cello, how cool is that?:D We set the meeting around 7-7:30 p.m. at Figaro, Shang-rila Mall at Mandaluyong. I'm with mom and we got in the place early so we just bought hot choco and frap to pass the time while waiting for him ( Sis Ayeth didn't come because she has an early event to attend to the next morning). I texted him again around 7:30 pm, but he said I got the wrong number so I texted Mrs. Merlie for confirmation. He got in our meeting place around 8pm (kinda late from our agreed time, good thing we're really not in a hurry). He apologized for being late and told me that he didn't read my text message well, so he thought I texted the wrong person. He's a nice guy with a lot of stories to tell. He told us their performances on other events and weddings, mingling with celebrities and how intelligent and talented his kids are. By the way, their family joined the talent show contest on TV 5 named TALENTADONG PINOY because of their son who loves to join talent contests.

Good thing we decided to book them this early because they're going to increase around 2-4k next year. Another nice thing about them is they can also play modern songs like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars...etc. I really wanted to have a string quartet that can play both modern and classical songs in our reception so that's really a plus factor to me.

If you wanted to see their performances, here's their website: http://www.leggierostrings.com/

Hurry and visit their site now, so you could still avail their old rate for the year :D

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thank you :)

It's been months since we started preparing for our wedding. Though my hubby to be is still far away ( but in two months he'll be here yehey!), I was able to book all are major suppliers, and now I'm scouting for minor ones. We're going to visit them one by one when he gets back here.

Before,whenever I suggested suppliers, he will just say "whatever you like, it's fine with me". I sometimes feel that I'm just the one who's excited with the wedding preps. Well I can't blame him though, because one, he's too far away and two, he can't just browse over the net in the office, because clients might see him (his broadband connection promo expired, so he doesn't have internet connection anymore in his room). Maybe I'm just having the " alone b2b mode" that time hehehe :D

One day, I just panicked. Due to unpredictable circumstances, our original wedding budget was cut down to some amount. Because of this, I have to revamp our excel sheet and I informed him about it. When I was about to explode of worry (worrying that our wedding budget won't fit in anymore), he calmed me down by asking if I could send him the excel sheet I made, and he'll edit it himself. I immediately emailed him the excel sheet then minutes later, I got a new one from him wherein he added columns telling how much  is our new budget, how much did we saved from the suppliers I booked, how much is the exceeded amount ( in case there are exceeded packages we acquired from the suppliers we previously booked) in short he edited the excel sheet to make it easier for me. I suggested some revisions and emailed it back to him, minutes later he sent  the revised one and voila! come to think of it, we still won't exceed even though we reach the max amount of each allotted budget for our suppliers :) I'll just do my best to cut down expenses, and scout for the best but affordable suppliers :D

Maybe, somehow, he got worried to of my panicky attitude hehe. I'm just happy that he made things easier for me. Aside from editing our wedding budget excel sheet, he even chose who will be our string quartet for the reception. He researched some quartets over the net and gave it to me, but when I shared to him my first string quartet bet ( they are not the string quartet I initially wanted to book, but they are in my list because they are affordable), he fell in love with their music :). He even downloaded some of their video clips in you tube (They uploaded new HD video clips in their website, and oh boy, they are good indeed! Their clips before were blurry and the audio was shaky, that's why I didn't appreciated their performance that much). He pushed me to set a meeting to them immediately to avail their low rate promo, because it's indicated in their website that they will increase next year.

So next week Friday, together with our head coordinator Sis Ayeth, I'm going to meet our prospect String Quartet. It's none other than the LEGGIERO STRING QUARTET :) If I'm not mistaken,They are a family of musicians. My h2b is very keen with music, since he knows how to play the guitar. With his skill and love for music, I know he chose well who are string quartet will be :D

Thanks hannie, hoping for more help from you in the future hehe mwah! :-* see you soon! :D