Meet the Experts: Marina Vorobyev and Ida Kroell

Marina Vorobyev and Ida Kroell

Expert Wedding Planners from New York City


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Ida Kroell

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Marina Vorobyev

On the blog today: Marina Vorobyev and Ida Kroell

Marina Vorobyev is Founder and CEO of Spector Communications, and Events and Communications consultant Eventland. Ida Kroell is CEO and Founder of Eventland an event planning & production company.

These ladies have worked together for over three years and have assisted with over 70 weddings. They specialize in LGBT weddings, but have planned weddings with varying focuses and niches.

Here is part of our Q&A with Marina and Ida.

Q: How did you get into the wedding business?

Marina A: I worked in a wedding hall and enjoyed the looks on people’s faces as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Ida A : I planned events for as long as I can remember and was asked by a friend to help plan her wedding – and loved it! My mom is the planner of all of our family events, from weddings to baby showers. I always wanted to be like her – full of energy and creativity.

Q: How long have you been in the wedding industry

Both A: Three years

Q: How many marriages have you planned/assisted in/with?

Both A: Together approximately 70.

Q: What things should a couple keep in mind when planning a destination wedding?

Marina A:

  • Remember, not everyone can afford to go. Don’t expect gifts. If you still want gifts, set up a website for people to give you honeymoon experiences.
  • Ask as many questions as possible.
  • Pinterest is your best friend.
  • Don’t expect your bridesmaids to buy their own dresses if they have to fly to a destination.
  • If you can, fly in a few days before to taste the food.
  • For a destination wedding, I HIGHLY recommend to hire an event planner that specializes in your destination. They know vendors and they can decorate. The decorations are a different story. In my opinion, unless you are just decorating with flowers, decorations can be expensive which means that if you are Pinteresting and want something interesting, you may have to bring an extra suitcase with your decorations. In addition, please warn your friends and family that you may require some of their time for crafting.
  • Also, please note that destination weddings may not always be cost effective.

Q: What things should a couple keep in mind when planning a destination wedding?

Ida A:

  • Make a list of who you NEED to be at your wedding. Ask them if they are able to make it IF you decide on a destination wedding to x-location. If they can’t make it – there’s your answer. If they can – start planning as long time as possible in advance.
  • AND hire a planner immediately.

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