Wow, is 2017 seriously over already? This has been a WHIRLWIND year, in a really awesome crazy way. Make it Mariko has grown and expanded our reach like no other, and we’re so thankful for every single client, community, and organization that has crossed our paths this year. We look forward to growing our family even more in 2018!
Olivia and Steven’s wedding was nothing short of a fairytale. When Olivia originally reached out to me about planning her wedding, I was immediately excited about their vision — a small, intimate wedding at Tilden Park with white vintage furniture. I said, count me in! Read More
I knew Tim from my previous job working at Waymo, the self-driving car team, so when he asked me to help plan his wedding, I was overjoyed! When I met Tim & Jake together for the first time and heard their vision, I knew that I was in for a treat. Tim & Jake got engaged atop Mount Heavenly in Lake Tahoe. In the spirit of ancient traditions Jake proposed to Tim with three stones to signify a trinity of unconditional (Rose Quartz), divine (Sugilite) and familial (Malachite) love.Read More
I’m so excited to be starting a new blog series at Make it Mariko called “From a Wedding Planner” where we’ll give you tips and tricks to planning your wedding, from the perspective of a Wedding Planner!
What questions should I ask
my potential Wedding Venue?
See below for our list of typical questions that we’d ask of any Event Venue that we talk to. Hope it is helpful!
-Gina MarikoRead More
When I was introduced to the movement around SOMA Pilipinas by my friend Desi Danganan about a year ago, I knew I had to get involved. I had just launched Make it Mariko a few months back, and was ready to get back involved with the community especially rallying around Filipino entrepreneurs. So I offered to help produce a “launch party” for SOMA Pilipinas as a way to help spread the word about the district and get people excited and proud. I knew I’d be in for some work, but had no idea how much work…
We eventually came up with the idea for the Creative Night Market based on the vibrant night markets in Asia and we started to see this beautiful concept coming to life, with an amazing team of Filipino entrepreneurs and #Entrepinays. We worked hard for the next year on the concept: raising money, finding sponsors, getting permits, and making it real.
On Friday August 18th, we officially launched UNDISCOVERED SF: A Creative Night Market for the Bay Area, and the Filipino community responded.
Shay and Oliver were such a kind and beautiful couple with a unique vision for their wedding. They were set on having a small, intimate wedding with less than 50 people. Shay was living in Florida, and Oliver in Vallejo. This would be the first time that their families would meet, and they wanted it to be a personal experience where everyone would have time to get to know each other.Read More
Well, it’s been about a year and a half owning my own business, and it’s definitely been a roller coaster ride (the awesome scary kind). I’m the kind of person that is used to doing things my own way, so bringing on new team members was a little scary. But I did it, and hired two interns this past year who have been amazing helpers and taught me a lot about what it takes to be a great manager (shout out Megan and Monica!).
But it’s time — time to expand the team, and let go of some duties, and bring in some fresh new ideas. Because if I’m not growing, I’m staying the same, and the same is boring.
So I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hiring the FIRST part-time addition to our team – a new Event Coordinator! My business is my baby, and I care about it a lot. But as my mom always says, I need to build and grow. So I’m ready. If this job description sounds like something you’re interested in, please apply. I promise it’ll be a roller coaster ride of awesomeness, and who knows what surprises will be at the end 🙂
Please pass this along to anyone you know would be interested!
– Gina Mariko
Every year, San Franciscans flock to Ocean Beach to witness amazing sandcastle being built at the Leap Sandcastle Classic. This year, Make it Mariko was excited to be chosen as the new event producer to help the local nonprofit organization, Leap Arts in Education raise critical funds for high quality Bay Area youth arts education.Read More