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 firstname.lastname@example.org.