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.
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.
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.
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 ….
Marrero Wedding and Events is pleased to announce the addition of Courtney E. Graham to its growing team!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Ladies, it’s that time of year to begin working on fine-tuning your upper arms so that you can look picture perfect for all of those wedding day photos! This workout below is all you need to rock that strapless gown and look gorgeously toned for your wedding photos!
Planning a wedding can be one of the most exhausting tasks you ever have to complete, and it is easy to underestimate. Until you have begun to plan your own wedding, you can never have a true grasp on the number of factors and decisions that go into making the event beautiful and enjoyable. For that reason, it is always helpful to have some sort of checklist to rely on as you begin the planning and organization process. Here are some particularly worthwhile tips to help get you started.
First Move: Your Guest List
Before you make any other decisions regarding the planning, design, and organization of your wedding, you will need to write out a guest list and determine how many guests you will need to accommodate (thus determining your venue options). There are simply too many factors of a wedding that can’t be decided until you have at least a rough idea of who will be attending. This should always be one of your very first steps.
Choose A Date & Venue
Once you have a guest list figured out, it is time to choose a date and venue – and it is important to make these decisions together. When you take into account the time of year you want to get married, the weather at that time of year, and the competition you may have with other events while booking venues, it makes a great deal of sense to consider date and location simultaneously. To plan your wedding, you need to choose a time and place that compliment each other and work for the majority of your guests.
Devote Time To Rings
While the engagement ring may already be picked out, it is a good idea to begin to educate yourself on wedding rings. Head to a site like 77Diamonds to look at wedding rings early in the planning process. To begin with, the wedding bands will be very important to you and your spouse, and thus should be chosen before you get into the complex details closer to your wedding. Additionally, knowing what you will spend on rings can help you to plan your budget for the rest of your wedding.
Pick Decorative Themes
Instead of choosing specific design aspects for your wedding right off the bat – the flowers, the reception decorations, etc. – try thinking of an overall design theme. This might be a mood, a colour, or a set of colours, and it is usually fairly simple. Still, it can keep you more organized if you pick a theme before choosing specific decorative elements.
Stick To A Budget
As you get into the more specific details of your wedding planning – the ones with price tags – try to stick to a budget. It can be tough to know exactly how much you need to set aside for a wedding, but even having a rough idea can stop you from making unnecessary or extravagant purchases. Needless to say, weddings can get very expensive, and with a budget you can be sure to spend your money on the most important factors first.
With all of this said, the most important thing to do? Contact a wedding planner who will look out for your best interests (and budget) and keep you grounded every step of the way!
Planning an Indian Wedding can be somewhat challenging due to the large number of vendors and guests involved, the venue logistics for all of the cultural components and the mix of cuisine, however, Amee and Travis’ wedding was one of the easiest and most beautiful weddings we have had the pleasure to plan in quite some time! Amee and Travis are a lovely couple and it’s nearly impossible not to immediately be captivated by Amee’s engaging personality, elegance and fun-loving smile! She and Travis wanted a smaller Indian Wedding – wait, do those words even go together?? After searching most of the unique venues in Boston and beyond, they decided that Massachusetts Horticultural Society / Elm Bank offered the perfect mix of natural beauty, outdoor space and second-to-none photo opportunities! Beginning the day with Travis’ arrival on horseback, the mandap was set and guests arrived and were ready to celebrate with this amazing couple! The tent was dripping in elegance and was draped in romantic fabric and chandeliers. Amee’s gift to Travis was an adorable floral elephant which amused everyone! LifeFusion Photography captured every moment of this magical day and didn’t miss one of the many details which were so much a part of this beautiful gem of a wedding! Amee and Travis, it was a delight to work with you both and I truly know that you will live happily ever after ….
Wedding Planner: Marrero Weddings and Events
Photographer: LifeFusion Photography
Tenting: Sperry Tents
Florals: Allison Phalen Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Cakes for Occasions
Entertainment: K2 with Chris Cole
Hair and Makeup: Demiche Beaute
Lighting and Decor: DesignLight
Ahhhh, Wisam and Jack … what an amazing couple!
Planning their entire wedding from across the country in Seattle made for a lot of fun phone calls indeed! This adorable couple knew exactly what they wanted and, more importantly, what they did not! With a fall wedding on the gorgeous grounds of the Crane Estate, the bride showed up looking absolutely glamorous in part due to the ladies at Demiche! The ceremony on the grand allee was breathtaking, albeit a bit chilly for October, and the beauty that was created indoors by the talented Karla Cassidy Designs took everyone’s breath away! Lauren of Person and Killian was onsite the entire day, capturing every special moment of this couple’s reception and, as always, made the day even more special by making sure each detail was perfect before shooting! The customized menu created by Capers Catering featured pan seared salmon with butternut squash and tender braised shortribs. After dinner, guests were invited to join the couple for their first dance in the Estate’s Ballroom where they were able to enjoy a photobooth by Shutterbooth Boston, a belly dancing performance and danced the night away to music with C Zone’s Greg Capozzi! Following dinner, Capers Catering set out a themed candy station and their infamous milkshake shooters with homemade chocolate oreos were the hit of the evening!
Jenny’s Wedding Cakes created an elegant cake as always that tasted even better than it looked.
This couple has a lot to be thankful for … and I am thankful to them for allowing me to be part of such an amazing journey. Happily ever after to you Wisam and Jack!
Wedding Planner: Marrero Weddings and Events
Venue: The Crane Estate
Music: C Zone Music
Hair and Makeup: Demiche
Flowers and Decor: Karla Cassidy Designs
Photobooth: Shutterbooth Boston
Wedding Cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes
Caterer: Capers Catering
Photographer: Person and Killian
We are thrilled that Celia and Jake’s gorgeous and unique wedding has been published in the 2013 Spring/Summer issue of The Knot Weddings! Thanks to Celia and Jake for having such an amazing wedding, to Jason Angelini for his amazing photography, and thank you to www.theknot.com for featuring such a fun couple!
Since it’s January, we wanted to revisit some of our very favorite weddings over the past year or so … and what better way to begin than with that of Celia and Jake! This beautiful couple were married at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and their attention to detail really made for a spectacular wedding! We hope you enjoy ….
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