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The Rare Affair

MA
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ABOUT US

My name is Jennifer Pearl and I am the owner of The Rare Affair. In all of my years as an Event Director, I have come to gain a certain talent for keeping a bride calm. A couple of years... Read more
My name is Jennifer Pearl and I am the owner of The Rare Affair. In all of my years as an Event Director, I have come to gain a certain talent for keeping a bride calm. A couple of years ago, one venue manager asked me, very seriously, "how many bad brides have you had?" I thought for a moment and said with all honesty - "none". To my surprise, she said that I hadn't been in the business long enough. I don't think so. I have been in the business for over ten years in both the corporate and private event industries. I have learned to prepare for an event thoroughly. Plan for what could happen and always be prepared for it if it does. My brides trust their event in my hands. They are relaxed, laughing and doing what they expected to do on their wedding day - enjoying a really, really great event. Because of this, I was dubbed - The Bride Whisperer. When the first vendor called me this, I thought it was silly. But then I had another and then another and well, it stuck. It became my underground nickname. To be honest, the reason for our high client satisfaction, is my staff prides itself on service. We make sure that your entire bridal party has staff tending to their every need. We explain what will happen throughout the night making sure people know where they need to be and when. We diligently keep your event on time making vendors happy but most importantly - your guests have a great time celebrating with you! I am now proud of this nickname because it shows that we know how to put those fires out - and in many cases, you'll never know whats gone on behind the curtain. But we're there. For you, your family and your guests.

Here is just a short list of the crazy, behind the scenes fun! I have been known to climb under sticky trolley benches looking for cell phones, cleaned an aisle full of ornately swirled rose petals before Mass (which started fifteen minutes after the ceremony), dug through cluttered warehouses full of props, watching a tent set up for hours - in the rain. I've walked through pastures in rubber boots measuring for dancefloors, done the dishes when the caterer "forgot" and left, watched the live tornado warning while the Bride is steps from the aisle, bandaged a knee for a guest who missed a step, ran for extra toilet paper, cleaned makeup off gowns, applied deodorant, booked hair at the last minute (literally) due to a stylist no show, quieted a child during the vows (with Goldfish, of course) and have been known to keep some doggy treats in my pockets - just in case. I am that kind of wedding director. The hotel won't do that, neither will the golf club. Sadly, your best friends won't either - they are all dolled up too! Maybe your Dad will, but he's already stressed! Let us be your runner! We LOVE it! Besides, I'm not late, snooty, over priced, side eyed or snarky - just absolutely experienced in what may come.

Your once in a lifetime, honestly fun friend who just made sure

"your wedding was awesome!"​​ Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
We currently staff three planners.
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
All types - even themes!
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
No. We support all realms of religion.
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
25 - 300

REVIEWS

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Michelle2533
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Jennifer. Hiring her as our wedding planner was the best decision we made. She is so knowledgeable, she can tell you the best band, where to get your dress and everything in between but more importantly she knows how to keep the wedding party happy, how to remove stains from your dress, and how to get everyone down the aisle smiling, no matter how nervous they are. She even bandaged up one of my guests who got a cut on their leg!
She saved us way more money than it cost to hire her and she made our lives easier throughout the entire planning process. I can safely say that hiring Jennifer guarantees an overall great wedding experience.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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lennyn
Wedding:
6/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Wonderful person to work with. Very professional but a lot of fun too.
Services Used: Officiant
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Kristy13
Wedding:
6/25/2010
4.5/5.0
Jennifer was able to take our vision and make it a reality! She referred us to some great vendors, manage our massive bridal party and the many personalized details of the planning process. If I were to describe Jennifer, she would be the perfect bridesmaid, loyal, honest, and a dedicated friend who understands the significance of the little things. The wedding was beautiful and all of our guests were amazed with the creative details and how seamlessly the evening transpired. They kept asking who Jennifer was, following with the comments like "She is amazing!" and "What a firecracker, she doesn't stop!" It was truly an affair to remember.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Michael
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Jennifer is a true professional!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Wilma
Wedding:
12/17/2009
4.9/5.0
)We contacted her for assistance as a day-of-coordinator, but she provided much more than that. Through her professional contacts and business, we were able to obtain wedding invitations, chairs, and gifts for ushers/best man/matron of honor/reader at a substantial discount. But her services as a coordinator were the best value of all. Every meeting that we had with her was so useful and helped us feel comfortable that we were moving forward and meeting deadlines.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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pjkarlsen
Wedding:
10/8/2009
4.9/5.0
The services received by Jennifer Pearl was amazing. On this very special day for a bride, I will say that the services went beyond just a service. The Rare Affair goes out of their way to make everything a success. Though our services were not a full all out wedding, everything was done as we expected which was great. We had no worries even up to the last minute details. Thank you so much.

Pamela and Linda
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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YAMILETTE
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I went through a rollercoaster planning our wedding and Jennifer stuck by us through thick and thin. We CHANGED our wedding date 4 times. She was there for US AT ALL TIMES! A bride should be relaxed and calm. Stress Free. I was all of the above THANKS to Jennifer. I recommend Jennifer and her crew to any bride. She is the BEST! We are sad the wedding planning is over. Her favorite Quote: "everything will work out GIRLE " At the end everything did!! Everything turned out beautiful. Thanks to Jennifer things were perfect. We stressed and worried for no reason! We don�t' know what we would of done without Jennifer! She saved US!
So who ever is reading this review and thinking about giving her call DO IT! You will NOT REGRET!!!!!! Trust US!
Thanks Jennifer!

Yami & Peter
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Jim
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Jennifer was right on top of things throughout the entire event and during the planning stage. Made my job as a Lighting supplier easier by being on site to answer any questions. Highly recommended. One of the best planners I have worked with!
Jim Powers
CJC Event Lighting
www.cjceventlighting.com
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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xolilmegsox16
Wedding:
6/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Jen is awesome! She really made the day stress-free and relaxing which is exactly what you want on your wedding day. I would highly recommened her to anyone, with Jen you cant go wrong! Thanks Jen for all of your hard work and dedication, we truly appreciate it. I cant wait to see you again when my sisters get married!

Megan and Brandin McClay
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Moongirl
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but the best things to say about Jennifer and her assitant. They were wonderful, one step ahead of me the whole time. Her timeline was perfect, the whole day ran smooth. I could just sit back and enjoy my day knowing that everthing was being taken care of. She was very professional and sweet and had the best advice. I would hire her again in a heartbeat for other functions.

Thank You Jennifer =)
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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P
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Initially we went back and forth on whether or not we wanted to hire a DOC... We knew it was a smart idea since our wedding was going to be across the country, but we had personal and professional experience in party planning and our event was small and short.

We decided just to talk to a few and after striking out with most of them (It seemed like they wanted to take over our wedding), we talked to Jennifer and hit it off immediately. She went above and beyond ALL DOC duties and truly made our day special, organized and most importantly fun for us and our guests.

We both now see how a DOC is just essential and I can't recommend Jennifer enough.

--Paloma y Patrick
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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grange
Wedding:
9/27/2008
5.0/5.0
Jennifer Pearl of The Rare Affair was a godsend for us. Her experience and knowledge of vendors was invaluable to facilitate our successful wedding. She would always return calls within 24 hours and went out of her way to make sure that everything was set just the way we wanted. She was very patient with us and gave us great confidence that everything would run smoothly on our wedding day.

On the wedding day, she and her assistant were at the venue the whole time making sure everything ran smoothly. Jennifer's extensive experience and good nature made it a much less stressful experience for us. She was well worth the cost.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Mark
Wedding:
8/31/2008
5.0/5.0
Jennifer Peal you did the most amazing job for my only Daughter’s wedding on August 29th through September 1st 2008. The Rare Affair is a fantastic choice and great value in wedding planning. I must confess that I thought being a wedding planner was not near as difficult as I now know it is! And to think that my wife and I would have had to deal with all of the naturally occurring nuances inherent in a large wedding event ourselves if you were not there, what were we thinking! “A nice way to say PITA stuff!” Jennifer you are worth your weight in gold. Your knowledge, presence, professionalism and dedication to details made it possible for my wife and I to thoroughly enjoy our Daughter’s wedding and all the special guests that came from far and near in celebrating this most special occasion for my wife and I. From the Maggie Masters Invitational Golf Tournament, all the transportation needs, the Wedding itself and the After the Wedding Brunch you did the most incredible job. In so much as we have thoroughly enjoyed all of your professionalism we have decided to make you our one and only event planner. I cannot wait to work with you again because I know that the event will be so much fun and so incredibly memorable! We love you for what you did! Use me as a reference!!!!!

Mark Donnelly
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, DJ, Flowers, Invitations, Photography, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Julie
Wedding:
8/17/2008
5.0/5.0
Jennifer Pearl and her staff at The Rare Affair are truly exceptional. As a day-of-coordinator, Jennifer reduced my stress levels in the few weeks before my wedding by visiting my venue with me, confirming all of my vendors and developing a wedding day time-line. On the day of my wedding, Jennifer was there to take care of last minute details and organize the general flow of the event. I was able to enjoy my day because I knew my event was in good hands. She even had a steamer on hand for wrinkles! My only regret is that I did not hire her for the whole evening! I cannot recommend Jennifer and her company highly enough. She was truly priceless.
Services Used: Unique Services
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alexandria
Wedding:
8/9/2008
5.0/5.0
jennifer pearl was amazing my wedding was beautiful thank u so much jen
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Ceremony Music, Flowers, Invitations, Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Tina
Wedding:
8/2/2008
4.3/5.0
Service and responsiveness was great. From the time I hired Jennifer she was very responsive and made sure everything for the rehearsal and wedding day was confirmed. She was very efficient and made sure everything ran smoothly on my wedding day.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Caro
Wedding:
5/25/2008
5.0/5.0
Wonderful help and execution of our wedding. thank you! Jennifer was able to work with what WE wanted, and created a smooth rehearsal and final wedding day! She was attentive and very available even though we had the "least involved" package. Yay!
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/21/2007
5.0/5.0
Jennifer Pearl was my son and his fiancee wedding consultant and now my daughter wants to use her for her wedding next year after seeing the job Jennifer did for her brother and sister in law. She is organized, fun and made our weekend stress free! She went out of her way to make this a personal adventure for the bride and groom and the wedding party too! We had an absolute blast because we didnt worry about a thing. If we had any questions or problems, Jennifer handled them all. Thanks Jennifer for a wonderful wedding weekend. We were actually told that this was the best wedding people had ever been too!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Flowers, Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Transportation, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
The Rare Affair responded with the following comments:

Lauren! I loved every minute of the planning with you and your family! Everyone getting together and chatting for hours on the lawn watching the ocean - what could have been better? It truly was what a wedding is meant to be - being a part of that is my icing on the cake :) Can't wait to see what Taryn has in mind for her wedding!
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Beth
Wedding:
7/21/2007
5.0/5.0
There is no way I could've done the wedding of my dreams without the Rare Affair. It was amazing to have Jennifer Pearl to work with. She knew how to get me everythign I wanted for a great price. If I had to do it all over again, i woudl still use the Rare Affair. I have already recommended her to many others including my sister in law.
Services Used: Wedding Planning
The Rare Affair responded with the following comments:

Bethie! It was so fun to work with you and Ryan from our "miserable" road trips in the beginning to seeing Ryan relaxing with a shave on his wedding day! It was so cool to see you all run around the manor like you owned the place! I am pleased you had a relaxing time and were able to enjoy some special moments with your families!
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Beth
Wedding:
7/21/2007
4.8/5.0
The Rare Affair really helped my husband and I pull all of our crazy ideas together into something reasonable to afford. We were paying for it ourselves and were on a tight budget. We had a very basic idea of what we wanted for a wedding and did not want it to be traditional at all. We wanted it to be more about the celebration with our friends and family. I tend to be a worry wart and The Rare Affair was always there to answer my questions and do tons of research for me. She even found a barber to come all the way from Boston to Gloucester to give my husband-to-be a surprise straight-razor shave that he has always wanted. She helped to deal with the small family problems that came up and dealt with my vendors wonderfully. She found us a great photographer for our budget and is now working on my sister-in-laws wedding. I highly recommend.
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Deborah
Wedding:
6/23/2007
4.8/5.0
Jennifer of the Rare Affair was phenomenal and totally worth every penny. From even before our first meeting, she was extremely responsive and extremely helpful. When most of my friends got married, I remember hearing about the planning process and how time intensive and horrible it was. None of them had fun planning, because there was just so many little details to take care of. I can honestly say that I had fun planning my wedding. Jennifer worried about the details and my husband and I got to focus on having fun with the process. She came up with ideas, when we had none. She made every appointment and followed up with every vendor. When we had a question, she had the answer. Whatever I asked for or inquired about, she was able to find, including the most perfect fuschia wedding dress ever, a casino room for the reception and a live action artist! She made things happen and got things from vendors, that I never would have had the time, patience or resources to get.

Not only did she make the planning process smooth and fun filled, the day of the wedding went perfectly as well. Everything was on time and went so smoothly. She took care of us while getting ready, down to making sure we got lunch (she even ordered the room service) and making sure the guys were on time. I didn't have to worry about the vendors since she was there to check on everything. Even when my bustle was stepped on and ripped out, she was right there with a safety pin. I'm sure there were issues that day, but I can honestly say that if there were, I didn't know about them or notice them. And since I didn't have to worry about ANYTHING, I got to enjoy the whole experience, seeing the look on my fathers face during our first dance, dancing with my new husband, and playing craps with friends and family, with not one thought about what needed to get done or checked.

I can't say enough good things about my experience with Jennifer and the Rare Affair. I feel as though we got a deal with all the time, effort and feeling she put into our wedding. At times, I truly felt as though she put as much effort, if not more, into my wedding as she would have her own. Thank you!
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Stacey
Wedding:
6/2/2007
4.8/5.0
Thank you SO much for helping to make my wedding day PERFECT and take all of the stress of the little details off my mind on the biggest day of my life! You were one of the best investments I made :)
Services Used: Wedding Planning
The Rare Affair responded with the following comments:

Hi Stacey!

You were a dream to work with and you were so creative with your own personal touches for the big day! It was a true pleasure - again best wishes for a happy and healthy marriage!
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