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.

 

 

Boston Magazine features Boston Wedding Group Expert Advice

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3 Reasons to Engage Expert Wedding Professionals to Plan Your Big Day

Now more than ever couples are employing full-service wedding planners to hash out details and assemble harmonious teams of vendors ranging from florists and hairstylists to DJs and photographers – all so they can enjoy the fun parts of the process, like cake-testing and dress shopping instead.

We consulted New England’s full-service marriage resource composed of more than eighty wedding industry professionals, the Boston Wedding Group (BWG) to learn how hiring the right planning team can make the entire wedding experience more blissful.

Here’s why hiring the perfect team of wedding pros will get you hitched without a hitch:

1) You won’t turn into a Bridezilla thanks to your helpful team

When the euphoria of your engagement settles and the reality of wedding planning sets in things can get stressful. After all, there are lots of legal obligations like wedding licenses and government forms for name changes to deal with, not to mention locking down your venue, attire, entertainment, menu, flowers, etc.

Don’t freak!

Instead, select a BWG planning professional like Unique Weddings by Alexis so you can relax and know everything’s happening how and when it should. After all – according to Alexis of Unique Weddings by Alexis – “a true wedding planning professional knows the pitfalls couples can run into and will even make back up plans accordingly – all while saving them time, money and their sanity!”

LisaAnn DuKaten, BWG partner from Sacred Spirit Sanctuary, shared the sentiment and added, “If you’re not using a professional, you’re probably using a friend or family member to help plan your day instead. If that all goes well, wonderful. But when it doesn’t, it can cause strain and damage relationships.”

Avoid the pitfalls and strained relationships that can come from the stress of wedding planning and engage a partner like BWG for back-up instead!

2) You’ll have a trustworthy network at your fingertips.

As with any relationship, it’s important to feel a sense of comfort when selecting the right partners to plan your occasion. That’s why only the highest quality experts gain acceptance into the BWG community. First, all businesses must pass a rigorous application process and adhere to a code of ethics before they can be employed to help carry out your celebratory day, so you can walk down the aisle with the utmost respect and elegance.

And why is this screening process so important?

“Simply put, you don’t know what you don’t know,” said BWG partner, Paula Marrero of Marerro Events. “It’s essential to trust a professional to educate you throughout the process to ensure that you are getting the very most for your money in every capacity.”

Jil Person of BWG’s partner, Person + Killian Photography agreed, adding “Couples often don’t realize until they are in the midst of the planning process all the little things that pop up. Having the right professionals helps avoid so much unnecessary stress during an already emotional journey.”

3) All aspects of your special day will be cohesive

What makes the Boston Wedding Group unique is their unmatched network of over eighty industry experts who work individually and together for a smooth, cohesive affair.

“Our experience provides us with invaluable knowledge to see the entirety of the event as a whole” said Kate Monteiro of BWG partner Capers Catering. And that’s because BWG partners in all categories offer a high-level of commitment while working in tandem to heighten your overall experience.

Take Mimosa Fresh Flower Design. These BWG experts prove how dramatically spaces can be transformed thanks to the perfect blooms. According to Mimosa Fresh Flower Design’s Teresa Fung, “If you don’t have a planner your florist can potentially step in with event design…if you do have a planner, a florist can create stunning pairings between things already selected like linens, chairs and table settings.” – all the more reason to trust a wonderful network that understands how to work together to achieve a common goal!

 

4) Your partner will make vendor selection simpler.

Because BWG limits the membership of their vendors to three companies per category (officiants, photographers, and bands, for instance) you can bypass the pain of having to start from square one in the search for the best service providers – and avoid sifting through any sketchy duds!

And what’s beneficial about working with the cream of the crop is they come to the table with endless amounts of inspiration for clients in the form of friendly consultations, helpful blog entries and real-life experience that’ll have you living happily ever after in no time.

Ready to take the plunge? Contact the Boston Wedding Group and begin planning the happiest day of your life today!

Marrero Events adds Award-Winning Florist to the Team

Karla Cassidy Designs has been a preferred vendor of Marrero Weddings and Events for nearly three years and based on the oooohs and ahhhhs from our Brides when they see their dreams become a reality on their wedding day, we have made a wise choice.

We are proud to announce that effective February 1, 2012, Karla Cassidy, Founder and artist behind the delightful creations of Karla Cassidy Designs, has partnered with Marrero Weddings and Events, enabling us to provide even greater services and amenities to our Couples.  Karla brings with her nearly seven years of floral expertise, and to say that brides love dealing with her is an understatement.

“As we continue to provide our clients with the most experienced team in the wedding industry, we are so happy to have Karla on board and to be able to offer our clients an expanded range of event design services,” Paula Marrero says.  “Karla’s genuine love for event design and passion for creating all things beautiful is a welcome addition to our repertoire and we are so happy to be working together.”  Paula continues, “Karla has begun working with our brides on their design consultations, and she has really added a unique dimension to our already personalized service.  Couples walk into our design Studio and can’t believe their eyes as we they are witnessing a customized, smaller version of their venue as they imagine it to be on their wedding day.  They love being able to touch and manipulate their linens, floral creations and rental options.   It’s wonderful to add more fun to the planning process, which can certainly have its stressful times.”

To learn moreabout Marrero Weddings and Events, The Studio at MWE or to schedule a consultation, contact us via phone at 978.304.0773 or via email at info@marreroevents.