The Six Best Tech Tools to Help You Plan Your Wedding

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Your smartphone really has been there through it all. You used it to plan your first date with your now-fiancé; you saved the first text message that said “I love you “; you even used a black-and-white Instagram pic of the ring to share the news with friends and family. Now your phone’s going to pull you through the wedding planning. With these six tech tools, your phone’s about to become your ultimate bridal buddy.

The Knot

The Knot is the Web’s number one wedding destination for brides-to-be, and you can use it to help design the wedding of your dreams. Use their ultimate wedding checklist to stay organized and on-task, and download the app to browse real weddings for inspiration and save gorgeous photos you can share with your bridesmaids.

Wedding Budget Controller

Avoid any financial surprises with Productify’s Wedding Budget Controller. This app will estimate all your wedding expenses and help you identify areas to save. Update your wedding-planning finances with drag-and-drop features and compare estimates to real costs. You’ll be happy on your wedding day and especially when the bills roll in.

FTD

Visit FTD’s wedding collection to find the perfect flowers for your big day. FTD groups its offerings according to color palette, so you can easily find bouquets and boutonnieres in pastels, autumn colors, purples, whites, reds, etc. You can also set up your account so you receive reminders about your order via email or text.

TripIt

While you’re shopping for dresses and mailing invitations, take a mental escape to dream about the honeymoon. TripIt is a travel organizer that automatically creates a daily itinerary after you forward confirmation travel emails, such as airfare and car rentals, to plans@tripit.com. Leading up to the romantic vacation, you can access and edit trip itineraries and sync trip plans to your Apple calendar. Don’t forget to check out maps and weather for your honeymoon destination.

Pinterest

Ah, Pinterest, where it all began. You hadn’t even met the love of your life yet, and you were already drooling over various bridal collections and adoring vintage wedding photos. Stay inspired throughout the wedding-planning process by using the Pinterest app as a resource for hairstyles, decor, floral bouquets, backdrops and desserts.

Simply Yoga

A daily yoga practice will settle your mind and tone that bod for the most important day of your life. Engagements can get stressful while trying to secure the venue, find the right bridesmaid dress and battle the opinions of your mom. The Simply Yoga app provides 20- to 60-minute workouts that you can follow wherever, whenever. Break away from researching vendors and turn your phone into your personal yoga instructor. As you breathe through extra yoga pose, you’ll feel physically relaxed and mentally revitalized.

Remy and Carson | The Codman Estate

Friday, January 24th, 2014

 

What do you envision when you think of the perfect Spring wedding, complete with outdoor ceremony, luscious estate backdrop, lots and lots of romantic and vintage details, not to mention a stunning Bride and Groom?   I’d be willing to bet that at least some of the photos below of a very special wedding come to mind!  Remy’s Mom, Cynthia, has a wonderful sense of design and it certainly showed in the touches she added to make Remy and Carson’s day just perfect!   The Codman Estate is such a serene and peaceful venue, and it set a beautiful scene for this lovely couple.

We hope you enjoy this wedding, because we certainly did!  We wish you happily ever after, Remy and Carson!

Wedding Coordinator: Marrero Events, Courtney Graham

Caterer, Cupcakes and Popcorn Bar: Capers Catering

DJ: Dave Hodges, 5 Star Events

Wedding Venue: The Codman Estate

Photography: Joyelle West Photography

Tent, Linens and Rentals:  Peterson Party Center

Florist: Frugal Flower, Sudbury, MA

Invitations: William Arthur, The Dotted I, Concord, MA

Carriage Lights: Marrero Events

Ceremony Musicians: Riverview Chamber Players

 

 

 

 

 

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Escort Cards … Express Yourself!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

 

Your invitations have been sent.  The RSVPs are received.  The wedding is merely weeks away.  The excitement builds …  and then comes the DREADED task of assigning tables (and oftentimes seats) to your family, friends and undoubtedly a few guests whose name prompts you to ask, “Whose side are they on again?”

Creating a fun, inviting and charming escort card setup will enchant your guests, as it’s the first glimpse into what’s ahead for the evening.  This component, however, comes at a time when time is racing, nearing the Wedding Day finish line so very often couples will opt for simple, traditional escort cards out of ease and timeliness and – to be frank – because they don’t wish to make any further decisions.  However, if you plan ahead and have some options in place for when the guest list is finalized, you can very easily include a memorable escort card theme that will leave your guests in awe!  Here are some of our favorites …

Adding something so simple as a card holder can make the entire table look so elegant!

Everyone loves finding photos of themselves!  What a fun way to personalize your tables!

Great option for a rehearsal dinner or welcome gathering which is Casino themed!

Who says you have to wait until after dinner for dessert?

Love these bells for your guests to ring after I DO!

Perfect way to infuse color into your theme!

Ideal for a destination wedding!

Love, love, love this pop of color and whimsy!

 Want to give back?  Have guests plant their own seedling after your wedding!  Love will continue to grow!

Add a little fancy to your cards with adorable miniature bow ties!

Artists anyone?  Great for use at an art gallery or museum wedding!

Simple and elegant is always in style!

Simple LOVE this idea for out of town guests to see where everyone has travelled from!

This is just so pretty on so many levels!

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Escort Card Teaser

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Tomorrow we will be blogging about fabulous and fun escort card ideas that will make you forget standard, traditional place cards!  Until then, enjoy this whimsical display which offers guests wedding wands to celebrate as their escort cards!

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Marrero Events receives OneWed’s Golden Feather Award

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Marrero Events has received top honors, voted best Wedding Planner by OneWed, one of the most innovative site for wedding resources!   From sparking imaginations, to providing practical help, to talking about the big hard questions with no easy answers, OneWed provides the tools and support to make planning smarter and better – things like proprietary matching technology which helps pair couples with the perfect vendor, smart checklists ensuring event planning runs smoothly, wedding websites to communicate with your friends and family, and a community of other couples, experts, and newlyweds.   Visit them today at www.onewed.com

 

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Jeremy and Josh | Peabody Essex Museum

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Jeremy and Josh … what a way to begin our wedding season of 2013!  This couple’s painstaking attention to every single detail of their fabulous North Shore wedding is captured so well by mega-photographer, Ashley O’Dell.

I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did.  Wishing you happily ever after, Jeremy and Josh!

Wedding Planner:  Marrero Events, Paula Marrero

Venue:   Peabody Essex Museum

Photographer:  Ashley O’Dell Photography

Catering:  Capers Catering

Entertainment:  Entertainment Specialists, Mike Amado

Florist: Flower Kiosk

Calligraphy:  Jan Boyd Calligraphy

 

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How to Gift the Bridal Party When Having a Destination Wedding

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

 

If you and your intended are like nearly 25 percent of couples today, a destination wedding may be in your future. For many brides and grooms, it’s a way to combine their honeymoons with their weddings. For others, it may be a necessity. Because so many couples today live thousands of miles away from their family members, having a destination wedding at a midway point or back home is often more convenient for relatives and friends.

Destination Dilemmas

Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of destination weddings is trying to get everything, including dresses, tuxedos, shoes, wedding favors, bridal party presents and decorations to the chosen venue. It can be quite a headache as well as costly to ship everything you need from your hometown to the site of your nuptials. By choosing the right items for your bridal party favors, you can effectively cut your delivery and transportation costs while also eliminating some of the problems of hauling all your supplies to the wedding site. These suggestions can also be used for other items you will need to make your destination wedding complete.

Buy Before You Arrive

In most cases, you are going to be much better off purchasing your bridal party gifts in your hometown rather than waiting until you get to your destination wedding site. Even though you might think you could save some money on shipping or luggage fees by purchasing items once you arrive at your wedding location, you will probably be too busy and stressed out to want to deal with running around finding gift items. Plus, if you are having your wedding at a popular tourist spot, prices could be considerably higher than what you might find on similar items back home.

Size Matters

If you do opt to purchase bridal party favors prior to arriving at the destination, it’s important to look for small, easy to ship or carry items, especially if you are flying. To save money, shop early so you have time to comparison shop and look for items on sale. For example, if you wait for Macy’s sales, you can often find beautiful jewelry, such as earrings or a bracelet to go with your attendants’ dresses, at a fraction of the regular price.

Be careful when transporting valuable items, such as jewelry, to your destination wedding. According to CBS New York News, more than 200 thefts from passenger luggage are reported at John F. Kennedy International Airport each day. So it’s important to never place these items in stowed luggage and to remember to take valuables out of your carry-on if you are asked to check them in at the last minute.

Send it to the Venue

No room in your car or in your suitcases for wedding party thank you gifts? No worries if you are planning to get married in the United States. Consider either shipping your gifts or having them mailed directly to your destination if you’re purchasing items from an online site. Of course, you need to discuss this first with your wedding venue so that it can be prepared to accept your supplies and gifts.

Purchase an Experience

Sometimes, it’s just easier to purchase a special activity as a gift for your bridal attendants, especially if your destination wedding will be abroad. Plan a surprise excursion, such as a snorkel trip, to show your appreciation. Or you might want to treat your entire bridal party to massages if your destination features a spa.

Courtney and Kevin | Kennebunkport, Maine

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Best-selling, award-winning novelist J. Courtney Sullivan has researched and written her fair share of stories when it comes to being engaged and getting married (teaser for something upcoming).  With the majority of her books taking place in Maine, Marrero Events’ founder Paula Marrero immediately said “YES” when asked to plan Courtney and Kevin’s Wedding Weekend in Kennebunkport, as Maine holds a very special place in her heart.

Courtney and Kevin’s wedding was truly the kind of wedding that memories are made from.  With their loving family and friends in from all over the country, they celebrated their seaside celebration at what can only be called a quintessential Maine locale!  We have lots in store to show everyone, but for the timebeing, we want to wish Courtney and Kevin congratulations and wish them the happiest happily ever after!    More soon ….

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Courtney Graham Joins the Marrero Events Team

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Marrero Wedding and Events is pleased to announce the addition of Courtney E. Graham to its growing team!


Courtney joins us as Associate Event Planner and has already been sourcing and developing new ideas to provide our couples with resources which will make their weddings truly unique.

A graduate of Endicott College, Beverly MA with a degree in Hospitality Management and a concentration Event Management, Courtney has spent the last two years as an Event Coordinator for The Catered Affair at The Boston Public Library.  Prior to the Boston Public Library, Courtney was with the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center.

Courtney brings to Marrero Weddings and Events her passion for wedding planning and for “Making the Event a Lifelong Memory”.  She has the personal touch with Clients that allows them to focus on making their dream a reality as Courtney focuses on them.  Her experience in planning and creating events from the casually elegant to the simply breathtaking makes Courtney a perfect addition to the Marrero Team.  Please join me in welcoming her!  Courtney can be reached via email at courtney@marreroevents.com.

 

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Paula Marrero Featured in WellWed Magazine

Monday, March 4th, 2013

WellWed Magazine recently did a feature on Marrero Weddings and Events’ founder, Paula Marrero.

In addition to being one of Massachusett’s award-winning, most sought after wedding and event planners, Paula’s knowledge of the industry and her love for her clients truly sets her apart, as is noted in this amazing feature!

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