The Venue Coordinator vs. Wedding Coordinator

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Now that Engagement Season is in full swing, we are meeting more and more couples who question the difference between their coordinator included by the venue and having an independent wedding planner / coordinator.

Is a Venue Coordinator not the same as Wedding Coordinator?

Understanding the difference between a wedding venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator (or wedding planner) can be vital to the success of your wedding weekend, as well as keep your stress and anxiety level low.

The Venue Coordinator

Venue Coordinators are employees of the venue in which they work. They act on behalf of and as a liaison between the couple and the venue’s operations team. Their main focus of responsibilities are those pertaining to your experience with them directly from showcasing the venue, consulting about your food and beverage choices and formalizing your catering needs (if caterer is onsite), arranging menu tastings and processing the final invoice.

On wedding day, their primary focus is delivering their contracted services, exclusively which may include ensuring the venue setup is accurate according to what the caterer instructs, the food gets served on time and that vendor breakdown happens seamlessly and without liability to the venue. In addition, a Venue Coordinator often departs once the meal is served. This may be an important consideration if you are looking for support for the remainder of the evening or would feel comfortable with someone to manage the breakdown of all vendors.   Important note: while you may have worked with one individual throughout the planning process, there is no guarantee that you will be provided with that same individual on your big day.

The Wedding Coordinator / Planner 

A professional Wedding Planner is your personal consultant, with a wide-stemmed focus on every detail in curating your dream wedding.   From the initial planning stages [providing venue options, reviewing contracts, researching and recommending suppliers and recommending vendors who are perfectly paired to your personalities, budget and needs] to wedding day preparation, [creating an itinerary/timeline, organizing your ceremony rehearsal, confirming details with all contracted vendors] your wedding planner is able to be your guide for every option available to you and for every decision you need to make.   They are, for all intents and purposes, your professional advocate in this process.

Come wedding day, the Wedding Coordinator will be with you from start to finish, ensuring your hair and makeup finishes on time for photographer arrival, ensure you arrive at ceremony on time, oversee time management for overall day from ceremony, recessional, cocktail hour transition, flow of timeline, speeches, dancing etc., prompt entertainers and vendors, ensuring that photographers are in place so a shot is never missed, instructing and managing everyone behind the scenes, while at the same time catering to you and your family. You may not need full-service assistance, so most Wedding Coordinators also offer partial services to accommodate your needs!

While the necessity of a venue coordinator is essential, there is simply no substitution for having your own planer / coordinator who ensures your every need and request is delivered, as well as can properly act on your behalf on wedding weekend!

Marrero Events strongly recommends that every couple consult with a professional wedding planner immediately upon becoming engaged.  Whether you end up hiring a planner or not, the education, guidance and tips you can obtain through a professional consultation can be priceless and save you not only thousands of dollars, but limitless stress and anxiety!

Marrero Events Named BEST OF BOSTON Weddings 2017

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MARRERO EVENTS NAMED WINNER IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2017

Eleventh Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

BOSTON, MA / January 4, 2017— MARRERO EVENTS is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2017 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace. This is the fifth year Marrero Events has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings.

In 2017, only 2% of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its eleventh annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2017, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan and book their own unique wedding.

“We are thrilled to once again be named among Boston’s best wedding professionals.  We take such pride in our work, trying to always exceed our clients’ and vendors’ expectations in all that we do.  We look forward to another successful year ahead,” says Paula Marrero, Owner of Marrero Events.

The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professional to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

 

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.

 

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About Marrero Events

Marrero Events is the premier planner in New England, specializing in working with both local couples and those planning long distance.  They excel in flawless detail, menu design and managing the most challenging of events. Celebrating their tenth year as the premier wedding planning firm in New England in 2017.

 

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource and marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest

invitationwordingguideblogHappy Engagement season! It’s Alexandra from Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations here. A big thank you to Paula and the Marrero Events team for having us guest post with them today.

 

As you dive into the planning process, and the to do list deadlines start to approach, you’ll find stationery questions begin to pop up that don’t involve your color palette, font preferences and design vision. One that often tops the list early on will be the proper way to word your wedding invitation and the etiquette guidelines to follow. That’s where we come in!

 

If you’re like most couples, you want your wedding invitation to be a direct reflection of you as a couple, while still keeping with proper etiquette. Our team of design lovers put together a pretty little infographic and guide to help aid the process of selecting all the right verbiage. We’ve also added in some tips and tricks giving a clearer explanation on what the different attire options are and how many postage stamps a wedding invitation actually needs.

 

Looking for more? We created an extra long list of 21 wording examples for absolutely every celebration style. You can take a look at the mega post up on <a href=“http://blog.theaerialistpress.com/21-best-wedding-invitation-wording-ideas/”>our blog</a> for a little extra help. We are also happy to answer any other questions you might have in the comments! 

Groomsmen Gifts

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There’s no single criteria to determine the coolest groomsmen gift as “cool” can mean many different things for most guys. That said, scoring truly awesome favors come with a bit of pressure, more so when the recipients are such loyal friends of yours.

No matter the type of groomsmen, a great rule of thumb is to make sure you get them gifts you would be glad to have yourself.

Take the stress out of groomsmen gift shopping with these tried and tested tips from Groovygroomsmengifts.com.

Keep it personal

Expressing your gratitude to these faithful men is best conveyed through gifts that hit close to home. Be mindful of your groomsmen’s different personalities and select gifts accordingly. Say you had a beer-loving pal in the group – a personalized wall-mounted bottle opener would be fitting. You can amp up the cool factor by having his name, monogram, or a short message engraved.

Find something functional

As a gentleman, you know that men consider functionality a key element when making a purchase. The last thing your mates need is another impractical item collecting dust in their basement. But keep in mind that functionality is subjective and unique to each groomsman. Case in point, personalized wallets are great gifts for your best men.

Wrap it up

Presentation matters when it comes to gift giving as it sets the bar for excitement. A superb gift requires an equally impressive packaging. Getting that genuine gasp of enthusiasm out of your buddies does not necessarily require impeccable gift wrapping skills. In most cases, groomsmen gifts come in neat packaging that are good on their own. Personalized gifts in a cool wooden box adds a manly touch to your groomsmen mementos.

Go for quality

Quality is one of the most important measures of a great gift. It cannot be stressed enough how sturdy finds add to the gift’s cool factor. Your gift symbolizes the bond you have with your pals; best make sure these are tokens that will stand the test of time. Opt for good quality finds like this travel bag.

 

 

Marrero Events named one of Boston’s Top 20 Wedding Planners

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BOSTON, MA:   Marrero Events, a leading wedding and event planning firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, was named this week as one of the Top 20 Best Wedding Planners in the Boston / New England region.   “With well over 300 planning and design firms, this recognition is an enormous honor; we are in excellent company,” says Paula Marrero, Owner of Marrero Events.

“We work so very hard to exceed the expectations of our couples and their families, and this recognition is so appreciated.   As we are launching our new division geared specifically toward LGBTQ couples, this significant industry presence solidifies the philosophy we work daily toward.   Weddings aren’t as simple as they once were … we are there to make the day uniquely special for every single couple we work with.”

After planning events for Celebrity Chef, Todd English, Marrero launched her firm in 2005 and the results have been exceptional. Planning to grow their presence throughout southern New England, Marrero Events is one of the premiere event planning firms and specializes in working with long-distance couples planning their wedding from afar.


About Marrero Events

Marrero Events, a premiere wedding planning firm based on Boston’s north shore, has been planning and executing events for clients since 2007 and continues to be the preeminent source for discerning clients throughout New England, servicing clients from Boston through southern Maine and destination locations across the globe.   For more information, please visit http://www.marreroevents.com.

 

Contact

Jennifer Michaels

Marrero Events

jennifer@marreroevents.com

Ph: 978-304-0773

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The Pocket Planner … offering Wedding Planning Guidance

pocketplannerPlanning your wedding from your phone has been the promise of countless wedding websites to date. Dozens of wedding magazines have tried to advertise this service and they have all failed. Where is the website for the couple that wedding planning assistance without the hefty price-tag? Where is the website that isn’t cluttered with advertisements and doesn’t give vendor recommendations based on how much a particular vendor pays the website? Where is the website with  professional planners to answer questions instead of the websites that hire random people with no wedding experience to give out advice and recommendations?

IT’S HERE. FINALLY. WELCOME TO THE POCKET PLANNER.

The Pocket Planner is a website where couples can get real advice, customized templates and vendor recommendations from experienced, professional planners who are knowledgeable in your specific region.

Imagine a website where you can select the package right for you and be paired with a professional wedding planner in your area just by answering a few simple questions about your dream wedding day. That’s right! Planners are local to you and know your region and your available resources!

No more national wedding websites providing you with a “concierge” that has no experience and is getting paid to recommend vendors paying them for endorsements. This isn’t a filter system. It is a customized planner program. Your wedding is real! Why shouldn’t your planner be real too?

There are no advertisements and no venue or vendor can pay our team of planners to be recommended.  They are hand selected based on their reputation and knowledge of the industry.  Finally … a resource for everyone!

Visit us today at The Pocket Planner.

A glorious wedding on Thompson Island

A photo speaks volumes …. and these photos tell a beautiful tale of happily ever after!    This beautiful couple celebrated a glorious wedding on Thompson Island, offering the very best view of the Boston Skyline available!  Enjoy …. 

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Marrero Events Welcomes Alex Ferraro to the Team

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Marrero Events, New England’s premier wedding planning and event design firm, is proud to announce the addition of our newest team member, Alex Ferraro.

In addition to working directly with our Couples and Venues, Alex will specialize in further developing and managing our Same Sex Weddings Division as we see a tremendous need for more LGBTQ  resources in the Boston and surrounding areas.

After college at American University in Washington, DC, Alex’s career began in the financial arena of the corporate world.  Through financial market changes, corporate development and finding his passion for the service industry, Alex transitioned his career into hospitality.
With this diverse background, Alex has cultivated a passion for excellence that sets him apart from most.  He thoroughly enjoys establishing unique relationships with his clients in order to provide the best experience possible.  His attention to detail, knowledge of latest trends and creative approach to planning and executing events are why he is an integral part of the Marrero Events  team.

Marrero Events expands to Southern Maine

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For the love of Maine … yep, Marrero Events certainly has the love of Maine, and we’re proud to announce that in addition to being the premier wedding planning firm throughout greater Boston, we are expanding our services to include Southern Maine Weddings!

Marrero Events has been designing memorable weddings and events in Maine for several years but have decided it’s time to make it official!   There are so many beautiful, unique wedding venues in Maine, not to mention the many private homes and estates perfect for a tented celebration!

If you are considering a wedding near the beautiful rocky coast of Maine, you have so many lovely choices including Hidden Pond Resort (refer to our earlier blog post for more about this fabulous resort), Wells Reserve at Laudholm (refer to earlier blog for one of our favorite weddings of all time at this property!), The Colony Hotel, The Nonantum Resort just to name a few!

Please contact us at info@marreroevents.com with any questions and to learn more about how we can assist you in your wedding and event planning!

 

Boston Magazine features Boston Wedding Group Expert Advice

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3 Reasons to Engage Expert Wedding Professionals to Plan Your Big Day

Now more than ever couples are employing full-service wedding planners to hash out details and assemble harmonious teams of vendors ranging from florists and hairstylists to DJs and photographers – all so they can enjoy the fun parts of the process, like cake-testing and dress shopping instead.

We consulted New England’s full-service marriage resource composed of more than eighty wedding industry professionals, the Boston Wedding Group (BWG) to learn how hiring the right planning team can make the entire wedding experience more blissful.

Here’s why hiring the perfect team of wedding pros will get you hitched without a hitch:

1) You won’t turn into a Bridezilla thanks to your helpful team

When the euphoria of your engagement settles and the reality of wedding planning sets in things can get stressful. After all, there are lots of legal obligations like wedding licenses and government forms for name changes to deal with, not to mention locking down your venue, attire, entertainment, menu, flowers, etc.

Don’t freak!

Instead, select a BWG planning professional like Unique Weddings by Alexis so you can relax and know everything’s happening how and when it should. After all – according to Alexis of Unique Weddings by Alexis – “a true wedding planning professional knows the pitfalls couples can run into and will even make back up plans accordingly – all while saving them time, money and their sanity!”

LisaAnn DuKaten, BWG partner from Sacred Spirit Sanctuary, shared the sentiment and added, “If you’re not using a professional, you’re probably using a friend or family member to help plan your day instead. If that all goes well, wonderful. But when it doesn’t, it can cause strain and damage relationships.”

Avoid the pitfalls and strained relationships that can come from the stress of wedding planning and engage a partner like BWG for back-up instead!

2) You’ll have a trustworthy network at your fingertips.

As with any relationship, it’s important to feel a sense of comfort when selecting the right partners to plan your occasion. That’s why only the highest quality experts gain acceptance into the BWG community. First, all businesses must pass a rigorous application process and adhere to a code of ethics before they can be employed to help carry out your celebratory day, so you can walk down the aisle with the utmost respect and elegance.

And why is this screening process so important?

“Simply put, you don’t know what you don’t know,” said BWG partner, Paula Marrero of Marerro Events. “It’s essential to trust a professional to educate you throughout the process to ensure that you are getting the very most for your money in every capacity.”

Jil Person of BWG’s partner, Person + Killian Photography agreed, adding “Couples often don’t realize until they are in the midst of the planning process all the little things that pop up. Having the right professionals helps avoid so much unnecessary stress during an already emotional journey.”

3) All aspects of your special day will be cohesive

What makes the Boston Wedding Group unique is their unmatched network of over eighty industry experts who work individually and together for a smooth, cohesive affair.

“Our experience provides us with invaluable knowledge to see the entirety of the event as a whole” said Kate Monteiro of BWG partner Capers Catering. And that’s because BWG partners in all categories offer a high-level of commitment while working in tandem to heighten your overall experience.

Take Mimosa Fresh Flower Design. These BWG experts prove how dramatically spaces can be transformed thanks to the perfect blooms. According to Mimosa Fresh Flower Design’s Teresa Fung, “If you don’t have a planner your florist can potentially step in with event design…if you do have a planner, a florist can create stunning pairings between things already selected like linens, chairs and table settings.” – all the more reason to trust a wonderful network that understands how to work together to achieve a common goal!

 

4) Your partner will make vendor selection simpler.

Because BWG limits the membership of their vendors to three companies per category (officiants, photographers, and bands, for instance) you can bypass the pain of having to start from square one in the search for the best service providers – and avoid sifting through any sketchy duds!

And what’s beneficial about working with the cream of the crop is they come to the table with endless amounts of inspiration for clients in the form of friendly consultations, helpful blog entries and real-life experience that’ll have you living happily ever after in no time.

Ready to take the plunge? Contact the Boston Wedding Group and begin planning the happiest day of your life today!