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

 

 

 

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

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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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