I’m Engaged …. now what?

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Recently engaged?  Congratulations!

Already overwhelmed with the infinite number of options available to you from venues to photographers to DJ’s and bands to florists to everything else?   You are not alone.

First and foremost, take a deep breath and enjoy this special time in your life.  Remember that it’s the celebration of love that brought you here and try your best to not take on too much too soon.   This, however, is not to say that you shouldn’t get to work on your initial decisions if you would like to marry within the next 16 months.  Here’s our best advice and some helpful guidance as you navigate your way through the first few weeks (or months) of being newly engaged.

Venue, Venue, Venue … we speak with hundreds of couples each year and the absolute worst time of the planning process for them is before they select their venue.  Why?  Because the venue marks one of the most important and determining factors when planning the wedding.   Once you have decided and committed to the very important first decision – selected your venue –  you will undoubtedly feel a sense of relief and enjoy that “ahhhh” moment because along with your venue choice, you have also committed to a wedding date, time of year, and location where the majority of your wedding weekend will take place!  Whew!    After this, it gets much easier!

After deciding on your venue, it’s best to take a bit of time to research photographers whose work appeals to you.  While many venues offer a listing of “preferred” vendors, this doesn’t mean they may be the right fit for you.  Don’t be afraid if the photographer you select has not worked at your wedding venue before.  It’s their job to scout the location and familiarize themselves with the property prior to your wedding to make sure they will be well prepared!  It’s much more important to focus on selecting a photographer with whom you connect, with whom you have a good “fit” personality wise because you will spend a great deal of your private moments on wedding day with this vendor.  Don’t be afraid to ask the experts and trust your wedding planner’s advice on vendors.  They are looking out for your best interest on all counts!

After the photography decision, you want to book your entertainment for your reception as soon as possible in order to have the most options from which to choose.

DJ or Band?  DJ’s can certainly play a wide variety of music, and it’s music that YOU choose … any reputable DJ company will provide you with a “play” list and (more importantly) a “do not play” list so that the music played at your wedding is uniquely suited to you and your guests.  It is the DJ’s job to read the audience and play music accordingly to keep everyone dancing!

While DJ’s can be versatile and certainly more cost-effective than bands, many couples opt to have live entertainment for their reception.  BE SURE to consult with an industry professional before retaining your wedding band, as costs can vary from $4,000 to upwards of $15,000 so make sure you know exactly what you will be getting for your money and review all contracts thoroughly before signing.

Now that you have secured your venue, photographer and entertainment, you can take a breather before considering all of your options for the remaining vendors such as hair and makeup, ceremony music, officiate, caterer and/or dessert vendor, stationer, lodging and transportation.   It is best to make these decisions with the help of your wedding planner.  With so many choices ahead and to maximize your budget, it’s no longer considered a luxury to have a wedding planner on your team.   Having an educated, experienced planning team on your side will benefit you and your family enormously in countless ways, including staying within budget and explaining the differences and choices available to you on all decisions.  Make sure to ask all of the right questions when you interview wedding planners and designers so that you can select the team that is just right for you, as you will work together with this team closer than you will with any other vendor.

Stay tuned for our next blog post about how to decide on the best wedding planner for you!

 

 

Marrero Events Wedding PUBLISHED in Southern New England Weddings Magazine

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It’s always nice when looking through some of my favorite industry magazines to come across one of our own weddings!  Southern New England Weddings Magazine’s 2015 Issue has just hit the newsstands, and we are thrilled to have Caitlin and Eben’s wedding featured on three glorious pages!   Boston is so beautiful and offers so much variety for wedding options and for guests alike!   If you’re lucky enough to have a perfect day for your outdoor wedding, you have so much to celebrate!  Each year, we are eternally grateful to the wonderful couples who trust us with their wedding!   Thank you to SNEW Magazine for capturing this special couple so beautifully!

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Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Holiday!

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Everyone here at Marrero Events would like to wish you all a very happy, safe and wonderful holiday season filled with bits of magic everywhere!

Winter Wonderland Holiday Party

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Each year we are lucky to end our “season” by planning one of the most elegant events all year!  Our client hosts this annual party for their corporation and employees, and it is THE party of the season north of Boston!    The guests arrive to a private location where they are shuttled up to the main residence.  As they enter the residence, guests are greeted with an array of colorful and refreshing holiday cocktails as they enjoy the elegant decor designed by the Host’s wife, a fabulous interior designer.

We pamper the guests and they are offered nearly 20 passed appetizers, two interactive entree stations and a dessert station second to none!  This party leaves everyone in the holiday spirit each year and if you don’t believe me, take a look and tell me what you think!  Enjoy …..  and happy holidays to everyone!

 

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Special thanks to our wonderful vendors:

Event Planner … Paula Marrero for Marrero Events

Catering … Tables of Content

Entertainment and Lighting … DJ Raffi Music and Lighting Productions

Rentals and Linens … Peterson Party Center

Desserts … Jenny’s Wedding Cakes

Made-to-Order Sushi … Basho

 

Wisam and Jack | Crane Estate, Ipswich

Ahhh ….  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

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