Thirteen Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner today

Paula Marrero, Owner of Marrero Events has been a Boston Wedding Planner for more than a decade, and during that time has certainly seen her fair share of potential wedding disasters.

“The single most important element to a successful wedding weekend is preparation, and no matter how well prepared all parties are, inevitably something happens that requires us to jump into ninja mode, make split-second judgement calls and find a solution in time that the client, their guests and the celebration are not affected,” says Paula Marrero.

Thinking you have all bases covered?  Think again.  Unfortunately as hard as you may have worked to ensure wedding day perfection, there are so many moving parts which all need to a align perfectly within a very short timeframe and this oftentimes culminates in wedding-day chaos.  We have listed below 13 actual scenarios which occurred during our 2017 wedding season and we hope that you will educate yourselves and hire a professional wedding planning firm to protect you from any of these affecting your wedding day.

  • Your wedding photographer (notorious for their poor communication) spent half of your wedding reception on Instagram instead of capturing the special moments of your day.  We can’t say this enough ~ ASK vendors for honest references within the wedding community.
  • You spent months designing your wedding, only to find that on wedding day the florist and decor vendors hadn’t confirmed with the venue that all elements were allowed and now your magical “starry night” vision is without any candlelight.
  • Your wedding cake was included in the venue package but the venue coordinator assumed you followed up and the cake never arrived (thus, no wedding dessert).
  • Your photographer didn’t check sunset times and plan enough time for outdoor / daylight photos and now your only wedding photos are of you inside your venue amongst your guests.
  • Your outdoor, tented wedding is a flooded mess because you weren’t aware that a tent should be installed days in advance to warm the ground.
  • The sales team  you contracted with at your hotel has left … their replacement takes over and then leaves …. and then THEIR replacement takes over and leaves.   Yes, actually happened.
  • Your venue has three weddings booked your wedding weekend and you are fearful you’ll run into the two other Brides and Grooms while you’re there.
  • Last-minute family members can’t book a room at your wedding venue because they called too late.
  • The transportation you booked realized on the day of the wedding that they didn’t map out the route well enough and now will run 25 minutes behind.
  • The band / DJ’s electricity requirements are higher than anticipated and now there isn’t enough power for the band, lighting, and caterers at once.
  • Delicate family relationships … enough said.
  • Intoxicated guests wanting to “just say a few words” during the toasts.
  • The event coordinator being MIA after guests were seated for dinner.

Do I Really Need a Wedding Planner?

Engagement Season is around the corner, and we will soon be inundated with new inquiries from excited, newly-engaged couples.  This is actually my favorite time of year because I love meeting new couples and watching their anxiety fade after just a few minutes of speaking with them.  You just got engaged!   Where to even begin?   There is just so much to know, so many unsolicited opinions coming at you from well-intentioned friends, family and co-workers, so many vendor options, so many proposals that are impossible to compare to one another.  Yikes!

When a Bride or Groom first reaches out to us, it’s usually pretty clear that they don’t have any idea what they are supposed to ask (unless they’ve downloaded some “Questions to Ask” off of a site such as The Knot, WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings or Brides).  The point is this … you simply don’t know what you don’t know!

If you retain nothing else during your entire engagement, I want you to remember what I’m about to tell you … no matter where you are in the wedding planning process, whether you literally just got engaged last night or you’ve secured some (or most) of your vendors, the single most important thing you can do for yourself and (and your family oftentimes) is to call a professional, experienced, educated wedding planning firm for an initial consultation.    The reason for this isn’t necessarily for you to hire a wedding planner.  Maybe you need one (of course you do) and maybe you don’t.  BUT I will tell you this – you’re foolishly making decisions and spending money if you have not consulted with an expert first.  Wedding planners see it all … they know the good, the bad, the pretty, the ugly, the inside reputations of venues and vendors and everything that goes along with all of it.   A professional, experienced and talented wedding planning firm should be able to consult with you, answer all of your questions, gently guide you if you don’t know what questions to ask, and allow you to exhale from the worry and overwhelming number of options you are immediately faced with when you get engaged.

Some couples tell us, “I’m not sure if we need a wedding planner but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to talk with you first.”  This is perfect and after we learn more about you, your wedding vision (if you have one yet), your personality and what is causing you the most anxiety, then we can help YOU decide if hiring a wedding planner is the right decision to you.    Hiring a wedding planner isn’t a luxury; in fact, it’s a brilliant decision for those couples who want the best of everything at the most cost-effective cost.  A professional planning firm (full-time office hours, planners who do nothing all day but plan weddings vs. wedding planning as a “side gig”) can direct you on how to spend your money wisely, effectively and determine what’s most important to you.

A planner may not be right for everyone, but a consult with a planning team IS THE RIGHT THING for every single couple.  Whether you choose Marrero Events or another professional planning firm, make smart decisions during your wedding planning process and educate and arm yourself with all the knowledge you can prior to securing any vendor or making any decisions about your wedding weekend!

One last thing …. planning firms don’t work only in the city they’re based.  We travel throughout the world working with our clients, and the point I’m trying to leave you with is to not be afraid to call a planner you trust no matter where they are located.  Location is far less important than trusting someone to help you plan the biggest day of your life thus far.

Marrero Events can be reached at 978.304.0773 or info@marreroevents.com.

 

 

Kristina and Paul | Misselwood Wedding

Marrero Events has been planning beautiful weddings for nearly a decade (lucky us!) and most couples come to us not knowing exactly what they envision for their wedding day.   Then came Ms. Kristina, one of the most remarkable Brides I have ever had the pleasure to meet.  Kristina has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl, and she knew exactly what she wanted from day one, including her husband Paul!  Their oceanfront wedding at Misselwood was a flawless blend of classic elegance with unique and modern touches.   Working with Kristina and Paul for over two years to bring their wedding dreams to life was truly one of the most unforgettable adventures I’ve had the pleasure to experience!   Now it’s time for you to enjoy their wedding day!  Enjoy ….

These darling cookies were customized by The Painted Pastry

Beautiful Kristina and Paul … even her toes are darling!

Special thanks to a stellar vendor lineup including:

Wedding Planning:  Paula Marrero of Marrero Events

Photography:  Shannon Cronin Photography

Videography:  City Point Films

Venue:  Misselwood

Caterer:  Off the Vine

Entertainment:   TSG Weddings

Flowers:  Dana Markos

Fabric:   Exquisite Events

Wedding Cake:  Topsfield Bake Shop

Hair and Makeup:  Charlotte Phinney

Stationery:  Gus and Ruby Letterpress

Calligraphy:  Janis Snell

 

 

 

Stunning Ways To Incorporate Beautiful Blooms Into Your Wedding Celebration

 

As much as we love pom poms and buntings which are used for decoration, flowers are still the number one way to decorate your wedding site. Flowers play a major role on your special day. They are only the main aspect that brings all the elements together to enhance the beauty and create the romantic tone of your wedding. They can instantly change the feel of a room and you can use them to dress everything from your pews to your wedding cake.

These days, many couples prefer to buy their wedding flowers through the internet. The internet is a new and unique way to order flowers for any occasion and send flowers to your loved ones or at the place where you want to deliver. Selecting the right flowers for your wedding ceremony can transform a simple venue into a wonderfully lush and colorful indoor garden.

Fresh flowers provide the ample opportunities to add a bit of originality to your wedding day. Your florist provides you an amazing way from which you can add a twist to the usual wedding flower decoration. From being a medium of decoration to a religious symbol, fresh flowers serve a variety of purposes at a wedding. In fact, flowers are a perfect match with a decadent and potent mix of color, emotion, and celebration.

When brides come in for a floral consultation, many of them are only thinking about wedding bouquets and table centerpieces. While these are certainly two of the most important ways to incorporate flowers into your wedding, there is a wide array of other places where flowers can be used to create awe-inspiring beauty. As the wedding bouquet is one of the most important ways to use flowers, let’s start with the most popular bridal accessory the wedding bouquet.

  1. Wedding Bouquet

The wedding bouquet is not just a bunch of beautiful flowers which are tied together. Wedding bouquets are actually a part of a wedding tradition that symbolizes good luck and fertility. In ancient times, generally, wedding bouquets were made from pungent herbs, spices, chives, garlic and strongly smelled flowers. Because there was the belief that the evil spirits, ill health, and bad luck could stay away from the bride. But nowadays this tradition is followed only for adding the beauty and show the personal style of a bride.

  1. Centerpieces

Aside from the bridal bouquet, centerpieces are the main part of the reception. The centerpieces are one of the decorative reception elements that every guest will notice when sitting down to eat. The use of fresh and beautiful blooms as centerpieces helps in adding color to your entire wedding venue and impresses your guest by their sweet fragrance. Wedding centerpieces are one of the easiest ways to incorporate flowers into your wedding celebration and enhance the beauty of simple tables.

  1. Cake Decoration

Most of the wedding florists often recommend using some edible flowers to decorate your wedding cake and to showcase of your bridal bouquet. It is such a great inspiration for many couples. Generally, wedding cakes are pure white in color, but the cake bakers use some colored sugar or some edible flowers to decorate the cakes and enhance the beauty of their cakes.

  1. On the Altar

 Flowers are one of the great ways to dress up your altar or the table at which you will sign the wedding certificate and exchange your vows. By using beautiful and meaningful flowers, you can make the altar look like heaven and one of the most memorable places of your wedding venue. For creating the stunning look, suggest your florist incorporate fresh blooms and some green foliages by keeping in mind your wedding theme and style.

  1. Flowers as Decor

Flowers can be incorporated in myriad ways to create visual points of beauty. Usually, flowers are used for decorating the wedding venue, but you can use various different varieties of blooms as pedestal displays, guest book tables, suspended decor, and chair adornments. Fresh flowers are a lovely way to brighten up the aisle and even directly perfume your ceremony site.

 

deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Wedding | Part Deux

Today we continue to revel in the beauty that was designed for Arielle and Andy’s wedding at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.  Their tented wedding at deCordova was a spectacular event for sure, and although Marrero Events loves all weddings at deCordova, this particular wedding was a standout as the Bride and Groom incorporate vibrant colors such as orange and greens, and we enlisted the help of Ilex Flowers to create one-of-a-kind metallic “structures” to adorn the head table.  We invite you to continue to enjoy this special wedding as captured so flawlessly by the incomparable Corinna Raznicov Photography ….

 




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

the-wedding-planner

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

cropped-boston-wedding-coordinator-19.jpgPRESS RELEASE

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.

 

# # #

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

cool-groomsmen-gifts

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.