deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Wedding | Arielle and Andy

Weddings at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park are always unique and special in their own way … after all, it’s a world-class Museum and has some of the most jaw-dropping art exhibits and sculptures found anywhere.  But Arielle and Andy’s wedding was extra special for us as their tented wedding at deCordova Museum took place during one of the best weekends of wedding season!

With a dream team consisting of Photographer Corinna Raznicov, Caterer East Meets West, Florals by Ilex Flowers, and design by Marrero Events, this wedding is one that will always hold a special place in our art-loving hearts!   Below is the first part of a multi-segment feature on this beautiful, artistic, and colorful wedding!

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!

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.

Why “Discounts” Hurt Weddings

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Everyone loves a good discount. A bargain. A value. But value is relative and comes in a lot of forms. What we offer our clients is a value because the service is great.  It works best when our clients who hire us, trust us, want to work with us, allow us to do what we do best!   We provide a client experience, not just a service. But a bargain, now that’s a little different. When I go to Nordstrom Rack, I feel accomplished because I didn’t spend as much on the Kate Spade as if I were to go to the Kate Spade store. But we all know the bag I got on discount was last season’s model. It’s discounted because it’s not the best that Kate Spade currently offers. And that’s how discounts should work- discounts are provided when the quality is not the same or the service is pared down.

But even then, when potential clients want to pare down services for a better rate, it makes me nervous for them.   Yes, we are a year out from your wedding, you want to do this, you can do this… awesome, right?   Not awesome. When you hit that three month count down, your whole world will be begging you to hire help at any cost. As a professional planner myself, I couldn’t and wouldn’t go through it again on my own for my own wedding. The emotional toll is exhausting.  I’ve been doing this for over 10 years on a full-time basis.  I know what you don’t know and, more importantly, what you don’t know that you don’t know. We cannot pare down our service or process– in doing so, we lose quality, your day suffers and even our own reputation is at stake. Our vendor and venue colleagues expect a certain level of service when working with us and we aim to provide it. Mainly, because it is what is best for you and the one chance you have for a flawless wedding day.

To be totally and fairly honest, when I’m asked to give a discount, I’m a bit offended.  These days, I think blogs train brides to ask for discounts so I don’t take it personally.  But I do raise my eyebrows a bit. Can you imagine if I were to walk into my dentist and ask for a discount? That’s just not how things work. We are a real business that offers real services, real education, real guidance and – most importantly – real ability to make split-second judgement calls on your wedding day on your behalf.   In addition to what you see, there is so much that you don’t see from our office rent, staff, taxes, insurance, marketing, and so on.  What we excel in may not be a tangible product that you can hold in your hand, but it’s still a service … a very valuable service that is a product of years of experience, knowledge, education, and being in the trenches.

So for these reasons and more, we also do not request discounts from the vendors we work with.  I know right here I may have lost half of you because the whole reason you are here is because The Knot or some other pretty blog told you that your wedding planner would secure some discounts for you.  Here is the real deal ladies and gentlemen … when asking a vendor for a discount, what they hear is “I do not value your service” and what they then do is provide weaker service. YES, some of our vendors are able to provide discounts and – more importantly – extra services and/or products for the same rate, because having us leading the charge means they don’t have to do as much leg work and can eliminate some of their hours and maybe even staffing. So while it’s not a discount, you will certainly be getting the most you can for your money.

The best way for me to save you money is for you to allow me to do my job in the first place – connect you with the right vendors, create a feasible timeline for the weekend, act as the conduit between you and your vendors to ensure that everyone is playing well in the sandbox and to guarantee the most flawless of wedding days.   By asking for a discount, by securing a “day of” coordinator vs. hiring a full-service consultant to guide you from making poor initial choices is the safest way we can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  Which we do.  Every day.  For every wedding.   Remember that we have been educating ourselves for years on what you are trying to research in one month.

The bottom line is that when you value your vendors, they value you and put your wedding first. Your goal is to be someone’s priority and being that means making them a priority as well. As great as they sound in theory, I promise you with all of my heart, discounts will negatively impact your wedding day.  Things WILL go wrong on your wedding day; it’s inevitable.   But how the professional and experienced vendors that you hire and respect enough to pay their requested fee will handle is is where you get everything you pay for.

While I think it’s important to educate you on how discounts can negatively impact you, I also think it’s important for you to know that your vendors are real people with real hearts. We really do care! We aren’t ‘no’ people and we want to help. We may not be able to give discounts but talk to us about your hesitations, we may have some other tricks up our sleeves that can still accomplish your goals. Remember, the better your wedding day is for you, the better it is for us. Talking about money is hard, we are looking for the best value, but the reality is that we are all on the same team. We are all invested in making your wedding day the best day of your lives thus far!   Please trust in the vendors you hire!

As said so eloquently by www.marreroevents.com and www.heavenlydayevents.com

Do I Need a Wedding Planner?

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Whether or not you “think” you can afford a planner, want a planner, want to work with a planner, there is simply so much that a newly-engaged couple knows about the process.  Couples owe it to themselves to consult with a professional wedding planning firm prior to committing to any wedding vendors. Professional wedding consultant firms can educate and guide you so that you make wise and cost-effective choices regardless of your budget and vision!    Check back soon for our next post on Finding the Right Wedding Planner for you.

Jeremy and Josh | Peabody Essex Museum

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.

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