We cannot thank you enough for being the most amazing wedding planner we could have asked for. The wedding was truly magical and we honestly could not have done it without you. It was truly a pleasure working with you, you really went above and beyond for us and we are so grateful.
We wanted to thank you and Beth for your dedication, loyalty, creativity and patience in helping make our dreams come true for our perfect Lake Tahoe wedding. I don’t think this card is big enough for me to write all of my gratitude towards you and your determination to understand our vision and implement it! It literally was beyond perfect and beyond our expectations.
The weekend could not have come together so smoothly without your help and organization, and we thank you for keeping us on track of our budget, schedule, checklist etc.. And we are so appreciative of the easy and convenient communication by email since we were planning this long distance. Although stressful at times (trying to make decisions!) and you were able to ease my nerves and take that stress away.
I loved being so calm all weekend long and really enjoying every second of it and being able to take it all in! It was the best and most fun day/weekend of our lives and we loved being married. Thank you again for everything!
In the haste of the wedding coming to a close that night, we didn’t get the chance to thank you for all of your efforts in making our wedding day so special. What a magical day and evening – it truly was a gorgeous wedding – people cannot stop talking about the setting, the music, the flowers, all of it. People are raving!
It went by in the blink of an eye… Thank you for your tireless efforts and countless hours. It was sensational!
I used Merrily Wed's full service bridal package for my wedding in September of 2011. I cannot say enough good things about working with Merrily and her team, how the wedding turned out, or the level of communication between us during my engagement. From the first time I met Merrily, I just knew that she would be the person to make my wedding dreams come true. I knew that I wanted a elegant yet whimsical wedding, and I knew that I liked the color purple, and that's it, as I've always been the kind of person who is not detail oriented but likes nice things.
Merrily asked me all sorts of questions to understand my vision for the wedding and then went from there and came up with an amazing design. Everything from the flowers to the linens were special, interesting and more "me" than I could have even picked out. She had amazing ideas from everything from which caterers to use to the best way to honor a deceased parent during the ceremony. She took every initiative to do big things like find a me a Rabbi in Lake Tahoe and help me stay on budget to small things like figuring out how much liquor to buy for the wedding.
On my wedding day, Merrily took care all of the details and let me be completely stress free so that I could enjoy the time with my bridesmaids and family. She took care of everything perfectly - AND she was 8 months pregnant at the time.
I cannot say enough good things about Merrily. Anyone who gets to use her for their wedding is guaranteed to have an incredibly special event and is extremely lucky.
We were thrilled with Merrily's wedding planning services. She is an exceptional wedding coordinator and we highly recommend her. We booked Merrily's Simply Bliss package, which is basically a month-of coordination package. We also used Merrily's services to help us coordinate a wonderful post-wedding brunch on Lake Tahoe. Our only regret is not booking one of Merrily's more extensive wedding planning packages. We are so glad to have hired Merrily as our wedding coordinator because she ensured that we had a memorable and beautiful wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, which occurred in June 2011.
Merrily is professional, creative, responsive, attentive to detail, organized, positive, kind, and flexible. I found Merrily by viewing several of her weddings on Style Me Pretty, which are a very accurate reflection of Merrily's planning skills and creativity. I very much appreciated Merrily's ability to work both with me and my mom, who was handling a great deal of the planning. Merrily seamlessly coordinated with all of our vendors. She provided helpful reminders and planning sheets, spotting many details that I would have overlooked. She also provided many wonderful ideas relating to the decor, room organization, and the wedding timeline. For example, she helped design a gorgeous and unique candy buffet table. Merrily made me feel very much at ease and confidant that our wedding would be wonderful.
And Merrily ensured that we had our perfect wedding. The day ran smoothly and seamlessly thanks to all of Merrily's thoughtful planning and organization. She had not yet coordinated a wedding at our venue, which was new, but you would have thought she had coordinated dozens of weddings there. Merrily ensured that we stayed close to our timeline, that our wedding party was organized and ready, that our vendors were prepared, that our guests knew where to go, and that our wedding decor and details were in place. We cannot thank Merrily enough for all of her help.
Merrily Wed is the absolute best money you will EVER spend on your wedding day. She and her team are worth every cent and more. To any bride, to any groom who is even considering getting married in Lake Tahoe, PLEASE just do yourself the favor and allow yourself to enjoy every minute of it... from the planning of your vision, to the execution on the actual big day. Merrily will make your entire experience fun and inspiring, and ON the actual DAY of your wedding.. You will not have a worry in the world. Every concern, every moment of stress, every detail will be taken care of. You will have NOT a thing to do except enjoy your day and spend all your time dancing with family and friends. It is the simply the most amazing experience to plan the biggest day of your life with someone who loves their job, with someone who makes your vision come to life, and with someone who takes away all the stress so you can simply be happy.
My husband and I were married this past summer in Lake Tahoe. I am a control freak - I am an absolute details person, a party planner myself, and frankly I wasn't quite sure how I was going to trust anyone to execute my vision. I knew what I wanted, but I didn't know how to make it happen. In my first five minutes of meeting Merrily, I knew she was the right planner for me. She loves her job. She is in awe of the flowers, the place setting, the tents, the details, the invitations, the cake... her eyes light up just talking about it. With her passion and sense of professionalism, I knew I had found my planner.
For the next 8 months, Merrily was on top of everything. She responded to every email within a few hours. She has an answer for every question and she kept me on track with the details I neglected to even consider. She was so sweet to my mom (my mom loves her!), and she met my whole family just two months before the big day. She put us at ease, and so hat I never once had to feel stressed. Friends of mine thought I was the most easy going bride they had ever seen...and I just told them: when you have a planner who just keeps you on track and who knows what you want, then you just don't have anything to worry about! She puts a TEAM behind her -- the caterers, the florists, photographers and bands. She works with vendors she recommends, or with vendors you have picked, and she turns them into a TEAM which works around the clock the day of your wedding so everything goes together flawless.
My guests have told me that my wedding was the best wedding they have ever been to. Of course I'm bias but I'm not all too surprised. The event was flawless, beautiful, amazing, gorgeous and fun..and I got to enjoy every minute of it because Merrily had it covered. I would pay anything for that moment, for that experience…because our wedding was truly something that I will never forget. Thank you Merrily!
Merrily is absolutely the best. From the moment that my now husband and I got engaged, we dreamt of gathering all of our friends and family on the shore of Lake Tahoe for our wedding in the Summer of 2009. Merrily helped us create a day that far surpassed anything we ever could have imagined. The first awesome thing she did was find us the perfect private home on the west shore for our wedding and reception.
I am extremely detail oriented, but live in the Bay Area, so having someone like Merrily, based in Lake Tahoe, was extremely helpful. She worked with all of our ideas (of which I sent her countless) and helped me incorporate every detail into the wedding. For example, when I asked if she could find a solo guitarist who could play sing-a-long songs by a campfire at the end of the night, she found us the best guitarist in the basin.
In addition, Merrily never stopped surprising me with incredible ideas of her own. Keeping in mind our budget, she was always thinking of interesting and affordable ways to make our wedding very "us" and incredible vendors.
In addition to being creative, Merrily is fantastically detail oriented. She always knew exactly when things needed to be completed, and was diligent about helping keep me and my family on track and on schedule. By the time the wedding came along, I had absolutely no concern that anything would not be done perfectly.
Thanks to Merrily, my husband and I look back on our wedding day with the fondest of memories. Thank you Merrily!
My husband and I knew we wanted to get married in Lake Tahoe and originally planned on organizing it all without a wedding planner. We are very familiar with the area and did lots of research and site visits on our own but we had a hard time finding the perfect location for us. In our research we came across Merrily Wed and thought we'd take a look at her properties and what she offered.
We were immediately drawn to the properties she has access to and the overall style and feel of her weddings. The property we were interested in was covered in snow when we first saw it - Merrily happily put on a pair of snow shoes to give us a tour of the site!
We had a wonderful experience working with Merrily and Christen of Merrily Wed. In nine fast months they helped us plan and throw a gorgeous wedding at a lake side property on the West Shore. The wedding was everything we wanted. During the planning process we appreciated their responsiveness, ideas, enthusiasm and professionalism. They were very conscious of our budget in helping us bring our ideas to life. We found their recommendations and advice to be very valuable - but never felt pressured to use any particularly vendor or service.
Oh, and they were so much fun to work with! Their spirit and positivity were contagious - you can tell they love what they do and are always looking for new ideas and resources for their brides.
The wedding was simply stunning - our guests are still talking about it several months later.
I am very happy we ended up using a wedding planner - it helped me keep a bit of sanity during the process! Overall we had a very positive experience working with Merrily and Christen and are absolutely thrilled with how our wedding turned out. If you are planning on getting married in Lake Tahoe we definitely recommend giving Merrily a call!
“I just needed to write you and to thank you for making our day truly perfect. We haven’t stopped talking about the amazing weekend we had and our guests continue to express their happiness. We not only had a great time during the whole wedding weekend, but we could not have felt more relaxed and comfortable. Your design work created exactly the look I wanted. The look was truly stunning, but relaxed at the same time and it helped create the elegant but laid back, joyful celebration I wanted everyone to experience. EVERYTHING came together so beautifully, and you did not miss a detail. I appreciate everything you did to make our day, our weekend, truly perfect. You are so talented! I knew the feeling I wanted, but you took my few ideas and created a spectacular look and feel. Thank you again for everything! We could not have been happier on our wedding day!”
- C. Shackleton, client
“Thank you so much for all of your hard work planning our wedding day. We were beyond thrilled with how wonderful the day turned out and couldn’t have imagined anything more perfect! You made this whole process manageable and fun – even when it seemed so overwhelming at first. It was a wonderful experience working with you. We appreciated all the vendor recommendations, advice, attention to detail and creativity you showed through this whole process. We have such wonderful memories of our weekend and we really owe it to you for making it all come together…”
- S. Eppehimer, client
we have kept talking about just how perfect, beautiful and ‘better
than we could have imagined’ our wedding was. Everything was
smooth, seamless and incredibly enjoyable… most of which I owe to
you and the incredible team of wedding professionals you helped us
choose. I was overjoyed the day of the wedding and still get
butterflies just remembering each and every moment. I so appreciate
all of your extra-keen attention to detail, your great ideas and
suggestions along the way, and your absolute professionalism
throughout the planning and final execution. It was everything I
could have dreamed… and much more. Thank you, thank you.”
- C. Rivinus, client
“We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your
hard work over the past few months. Our wedding day was the most
incredible day of our lives – completely stress-free and full of
love and laughter. Your vendor recommendations proved to be
absolutely perfect – we were so incredibly happy with our dinner,
the flowers, the hair and make-up… everything!! I personally
cannot thank you enough – I felt 100% taken care of from start to
finish and never, ever had to worry about a thing. Thanks again for
- The Schlagenhaufs, clients
“Words cannot begin to describe the gratitude I have for you. Your
help over the past year has been so amazing. You’ve been pragmatic
when I was overly romantic, you’ve kept our family on track,
introduced me to an incredible group of helpers, and worked so hard
to make this day unbelievable. We cannot ever thank you enough for
your kindness and generosity. Thank you!”
- K. Jones, client
“Christen, we cannot stop talking about Saturday… and neither
can our family and friends!! Thank you so much for all of your hard
work and planning and organization – we thought the wedding was a
hit! My dad was thrilled with every detail of the wedding and how
smoothly everything went. We attribute the success of the evening to
both you and Merrily’s professionalism, attention to detail,
planning and organization. Throughout the whole wedding process I
was so impressed with your responsiveness, ideas, enthusiasm and
coordination. We feel you went over and above being accessible to
us. Your counsel was very comforting and trusted!”
- The Neumanns, clients
“We both wanted to let you know how unbelievably blown away we
were with the way everything turned out on our wedding day! We
honestly cannot thank you enough! Every single detail was above and
beyond our wildest dreams! We seriously loved every single thing
about that day! So many people tried to give us advice that
SOMETHING would go wrong on the wedding day and not to let it bother
us or ruin the day. Well, there is not a SINGLE thing that went
wrong and we owe it all to you! You truly did the most amazing job
and we are eternally grateful… thank you, thank you!!”
- The Millers, clients
“We just wanted to thank you for helping make our wedding a
perfect day. We will never forget it. Everything ran so smooth and
it was first class all the way. Our guests were so amazed with
everything – they all say that it was the best wedding that they
had ever been to. Merrily, I appreciate all of your hard work that
you did this past year – we came a long way baby! You are very
talented and I feel so fortunate to have hired you. Thanks for being
there for me when I had questions and concerns. You are amazing!”
- K. Barringer, client
“Thank you so much for all your hard work! You have made my dreams
come true and I will always be appreciative of that. You are
fantastic and I’m so lucky to have gotten you!”
- R. Sakie, client
“Merrily, we are back home and are still a little sniffly that the
whole thing is over… It really was a pleasure working with you,
the wedding was so perfect and you really did think of and manage
every detail. Wow. Every time I talk to my mom, she tells me again
that it was the best wedding ever – that’s how I know it was
perfect! Thank you!”
- C. McGavin, client
“We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done to help
us plan our wedding and make it all come true! It has been an
absolute pleasure to work with you and we admire your creativity,
organization and professionalism – but especially your warmth and
thoughtfulness. Thank you again!”
- H. Jager, client
“Just one thing, YOU ROCK!!! You can calm down my daughter like no one else, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart!”
- S. Bowe, mother of the bride/client
“Merrily - this short little email does NO justice to how grateful and amazed I am by everything you did this past weekend. Well, everything you did for 8 months -- but the culmination of it all led to Saturday... and it was nothing short of spectacular. The flowers were GORGEOUS… the food was the BEST food I have EVER had at any wedding… the table setting was stunning... the organization, the flow, the details. I cannot believe what you did. I felt one hundred percent at ease at my own wedding, thinking of nothing but having a great time. I was no longer a host, but a guest. You took care of everything. Merrily -- you gave me the best day of my life and for that a million times thank you… thank you. YOU are amazing. I am SO grateful that I found you and that you accepted to work with me! As I remember, you were near full for weddings yet you took me in! HOW lucky am I!”
- A. Diessner, client
“ ‘Thank You’ is simply the very least we can say for everything you have done for us in the past year. You have been simply wonderful and our wedding was absolutely perfect. Thank you for everything.”
- The Warners, clients
“It was absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for everything and for your superb organization and all of your excellent recommendations. It was literally our dream wedding and we could have never done it without you! You made the day appear effortless and flawless and it was stress free for us. Thank you for being patient with us and helping us get all the details just perfect!”
- G. Merry, client
“Our wedding day turned out to be more magical than we ever could have imagined. You are so fortunate to have the skills to create such a beautiful event. ‘Thank You’ just only begins to express our gratitude.”
- The Hardies, clients
you very much for all the assistance and support you’ve provided
our families and us. We truly appreciate all your help. Thank you
- A. Allegrini, client
“Thank you for your work and patience. This wedding
will be beautiful thanks to you. You kept us on track and have taken
such care in the fine details. We appreciate it greatly! It’s been
a joy working with you.”
- B. Grandy, client
“I really can’t thank you enough for making my dream
come true! We never could have done this without you. The amount of
work you have put into our wedding is amazing. We really appreciate
all of your dedication and kindness. Thanks again!”
- J. Belloni, client
“I gotta say…there are so many little things that I would be
holding on to and thinking about and wondering how it’s all going
to work, but I have been able to let things go – thank you for
giving me that confidence…”
- K. Rossiter, client
“Thank you so much for all you’ve done. You made this wedding so
easy for us! We would have been lost without your advice and we
appreciate all the time you spent in the process. You do so much
behind the scenes, that be assured, didn’t go unnoticed. It was a
pleasure meeting and working with you.”
- M. Miller and M. Fraser, clients
||“We truly love our wedding day Merrily; there is
nothing we would change about it if we could (except to slow it
down!), and it was everything we could have imagined that it would
be. Thank you for everything. Without even knowing so many of the
details, we know you did so much to make our wedding day so
grace-filled and easy, and we thank you from the bottom of our
hearts. We had hung so many hopes on that day, dreamed of it through
so many tough moments, that we feared it might not live up to our
expectations. It exceeded them. And we know that you had so much to
do with that. As our day approached, and it was tempting to get
bogged down with details and worries, our constant refrain was
“Merrily will take care of it”. You did. Thank you.”
- The Roodhouses, clients
“My wedding weekend was amazing – totally magical and enchanting and I can’t thank you enough for your creativity, ideas and just being on top of everything. Once I let the stress go I just had a totally amazing time and loved all of it. Thanks again.”
- A. Berger, client
Working with Merrily was one of the best decisions I made throughout my wedding planning process. She was not pushy or difficult at all to work with, and she provided all of the knowledge and guidance for me and my fiance (now husband) to make the right choices for us and our wedding.
One of the most important and most flattering things to note about Merrily is that during the entire year that we worked together to plan our wedding, I always felt like I was her only client and never even once felt she was working with other brides to plan their own weddings, although she had an entirely booked Spring, Summer and Fall of weekends full of weddings.
She was always accommodating and aware of my personal style and details while adding her knowledge and expertise to help make the ultimate best decisions. She worked with me to accomplish exactly what I wanted- a day that was a reflection me and my husband. She is also great about giving her opinion when I asked for it, and stepping back when I knew what I wanted.
We were married at a historical lakefront location that required complicated coordination on just about everything- transportation, catering, etc... It all had to be brought on site. The ceremony was on the lawn where the dinner was being served and the whole area had to be turned over during the cocktail hour!
The big day went off flawlessly and without anyone knowing how much time and effort had put into the whole thing (the way it should be). On my wedding day, Merrily kept everything on schedule and organized and most importantly kept me relaxed and able to really enjoy my day. I was not worried or stressed for one minute as I knew I was in good, very professional hands. Many brides are excited about their wedding day but are so relieved when it's over and done. Not me. I would do it all over again because I had such an amazing, wonderful day; all thanks to Merrily.
In the end, Merrily also turned out to be a friend (especially with the amount of time we spent working together!). She's someone I still stay in contact with and would recommend to anyone getting married in Tahoe. She was a great help and a big part of the reason that all of our wedding guests said our wedding was the most beautiful (and fun) they had ever seen or been to.
I tell everyone, that the second-best decision I made planning my wedding was hiring Merrily. The first was saying yes to my husband.
Merrily makes the impossible possible. And not just once - but repeatedly throughout the wedding planning process. For example, my husband and I had been researching venues and talking to other wedding planners for about a month before we found Merrily. And while most wedding coordinators we met were nice and some seemed as though they would both do a good job and be a good fit for us, none could deliver exactly what we were looking for: a lake-front wedding for a large group at a private home. Everyone told us it couldn't be done because there wasn't a venue that could accommodate a group our size. We stumbled upon Merrily in a stroke of supreme luck. I described to her the research we had done, what other planners had told us and what we were looking for. I told her that I was afraid what we wanted wasn't possible. In the minutes that followed, Merrily described a venue to me that was exactly what we were looking for. When we visited the site, covered in snow, a few weeks later I was afraid I would be disappointed but she was right - it was perfect. She had listened to what we had explained and found what about a dozen other wedding coordinators had insisted wasn't available. We were thrilled and impressed.
Merrily continued to impress us in the months that followed as we planned our special weekend. Merrily is professional, exceedingly competent and an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a seemingly endless cache of ideas and suggestions but never forces them upon you or takes it personally if you decide to choose something else. Merrily is organized and helped me as the bride be organized too! She sent me payment reminders, handed out hourly schedules for the day-of to the wedding party, helped me research countless ideas, and introduced me to vendors who met my budget and offered what I was looking for. (and I should say our vendors were all AMAZING. The food, music, flowers, photographs, etc- were OUTSTANDING.) With Merrily, there is no need to reinvent the wheel and do your own research - she does it for you.
Merrily goes above and beyond what I ever expected a wedding coordinator would do. For example, one afternoon I got a call from Merrily who had gone to look at the actual china that we had decided to rent. I never asked her to go see if it was ok, because, quite frankly, it wasn't a detail I worried about. But Merrily is a perfectionist. She called me to tell me that the china and flatware looked worn and over-used and that this troubled her. But she had already found a solution. She had visited other vendors, taken photos of their inventory and priced out a monetarily equivalent package to the one we had previously chosen. And she was right! The new vendor had brand new china and flatware that was higher quality, more beautiful and the same price as the simple set-up we had originally chosen. I'm not relaying this story because the china made the wedding that much better - I merely mention it as an example of the lengths Merrily goes to to ensure that everything is perfect.
Neither my husband, our parents, nor I have a single complaint about working with Merrily - and as I am sure you can tell from reading this review, we couldn't recommend her more highly. That said, prospective brides and grooms out there, should take the time to research their wedding coordinator because this is a very personal decision. You will spend a lot of time with this person and she (or he) needs to be someone you get along with - not necessarily someone who will be your best friend, but it is important that your wedding coordinator is someone whose work style, temperament, and personality is one that you enjoy, respect and work well with. Weddings are inescapably complicated and emotional events - your wedding coordinator is someone who should make everything better not worse.
Merrily was undoubtedly that person for us. She helped us craft our vision, was a calming influence on two large (and opinionated) Italian families and always followed through on what my husband and I wanted - even if that meant moving the location of the bar the day before the event!
Our experience with Merrily from the first conversation months ago to our friendly emails after the wedding has been nothing but positive and we felt very lucky to have found her. Quite simply, the wedding we dreamed of never would have happened without her. She worked tirelessly so that we could enjoy every second of our day. And we did. Merrily is the best of the best. It was truly a privilege and a pleasure to work with her.
I would not have had such an amazing wedding without the help of Merrily!!
My now husband and I hired Merrily the week before going on a 3 month trip through South America, but with a date set for the following summer and places and vendors booking up quickly, we had to book some things while we were traveling. Merrily was so great, sending me all her recommendations on photographers, caterers, etc. Most importantly, she gave me the time lines I needed to get things done....when you are traveling like we were, it is hard to keep track of what day it is. We booked our caterer from Peru and our photographer from Bolivia. How great is that. I couldn't have done anything like that without Merrily.
After getting back and finishing all of the details, we were up in Tahoe for the wedding. The California forest fires were burning all around and smoke was blocking the beautiful view from our wedding location. There was also a chance of thunderstorms Friday through Sunday. To top it all off, my seamstress in SF did a horrible job on my dress! At this point, my stomach was in knots. I could not have dealt with all of this without Merrily's help. She was checking website after website to track the weather, she was telling me everything was going to be ok, and she sent me to the most amazing seamstress, Jo McDougal, who fixed my dress. With that kind of stress you need someone there for you, and Merrily was there for me.
The smoke cleared (somewhat), the sky was sunny and blue, and my dress looked great. Merrily took care of everything that day, making sure all the details were taken care of while I enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids. I didn't have anything to worry about, and that is how it should be on your wedding day!
I can't say enough. You will be very happy if you have Merrily as your wedding planner!!!
My husband and I feel so lucky to have found Merrily! Planning a wedding can be so stressful...especially if you have to talk with vendor after vendor. Not to mention being 4 hours away from the location. Merrily took care of all the details. We had a few phone conversations but mostly emailed. Merrily listened to our thoughts and did not try to create something we did not want. She has excellent experience and shared what works best in Lake Tahoe. Our wedding day was amazing! Even though Merrily was several months pregnant she was still on top of things. Everything ran so smoothly and we did not have any worries. Friends and family are still raving about “the most beautiful wedding ever!" Well worth the cost especially if you live in the bay area and want to have the perfect wedding in Lake Tahoe! Merrily stays in contact with us and even remembered our first anniversary this past week. Thanks again Merrily!
I just wanted to take a few minutes to discuss what a wonderful experience I had working with Merrily. I absolutely have no complaints! We got married last September in gorgeous Lake Tahoe and my friends and family are still talking about our wedding. They have all said that they have never been to a more beautiful, unique wedding before.
The reason I hired Merrily was because she was so easy to talk to and she was the first coordinator to be prompt about returning my calls from the beginning. I knew that I needed someone personable and responsible for the job and Merrily was my girl!!!!
If I was to do it all over again, I would have hired Merrily again. She was 9 months pregnant at our wedding and still managed to stay until the very end. Who does that? Every last detail was taken care of on our wedding day. All I had to do was to sit back and enjoy the most important day in my life.
My husband is extremely picky and was so impressed with all of the details and the planning that went into our wedding. He had no complaints the day of our wedding. He never thought that I could pull that off and I certainly could have not done that without Merrily's expertise.
Thanks for the memories, Merrily!!!!!!!!!
The best wedding gift I gave to myself was hiring Merrily! Born in Lake Tahoe, I always knew I wanted to get married with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop, but living in Los Angeles was going to really make the coordination of all the vendors, contracts, etc. very difficult.
I quickly started calling a number of different coordinating agencies and sent emails out to each trying to set-up meetings and get a feel for their services. The first and only person who promptly called me back and answered all my questions was Merrily Rocco of Merrily Wed. Being in the consulting business myself, I recognized and appreciated the immediate attention and turn around. From that day forward, Merrily and I began the year-long planning process of our August wedding.
Merrily scheduled on-site visits to multiple estates within the area where my family and I went with her and envisioned 200+ people sharing this special day with my husband and me. After deciding on the perfect private estate overlooking the lake, Merrily handled all the contract agreements, provided me with a detailed pricing schedule to help us budget accordingly, gave multiple catering company websites and menus for my family and I to review, listened to our specific requests for music and provided a fabulous DJ recommendation, and helped provide lodging choices for the guests as they came in for the big event.
What I like most about Merrily is that she always listened to my suggestions and requests and managed to incorporate them into the wedding planning. If I wanted to have more lights around the dance floor - it was done. When I wanted my aunt, who is a professional florist, to do all the table decorations, alter, and wedding party flowers, Merrily worked to get her proper access to the site multiple times so that she could accessorize and complete the transformation of the wedding site. Merrily's organization and coordination of multiple vendors throughout the day, made the day perfect. I can honestly say that we didn't have a single hang-up the entire day and I attribute this to the hard work of Merrily. She kept us on queue and took all the stress off of me, my husband and our families. All we had to do was show-up and enjoy!
The last thing I would like to mention is that Merrily didn't treat my family and me as current clients, but rather as close family friends. When the Tahoe fires hit last June, and my parents lost their home of 24 years just two months before my wedding, it was Merrily who sent my parents and sister new jackets for the coming winter. It was Merrily who successfully worked with David's Bridal Corporate to get my shoes and veil, which were lost in the fire, replaced at no charge. These details are what my family and I remember most and appreciate so much about Merrily. Merrily, her staff and the services she provided helped to make our wedding day and all the planning prior to the day absolutely flawless!
Merrily! I love this woman! I don't even know where to begin. We could begin at the beginning, when I told Merrily, "well, let's see, I'd like to get married near the lake... outside... that's about all I know." So how did she figure out exactly what I was looking for and deliver it? It's still kind of a mystery to me, but I think it has something to do with months of patience, lots of creativity, and tireless efforts to work closely with me, my husband, and my mom.
Merrily found an estate that was perfect for our needs - actually a lovely vacation home, right on the lake, owned by a lovely couple that rents out for one wedding a summer. She visited the estate multiple times (while I was living in Chicago), measuring, imagining, drawing plants, re-drawing... and laid out a fantastic ceremony and reception.
My whole family went up to Tahoe for a long weekend and Merrily arranged great meetings for us with the vendors I'd selected (based on her recommendations) - it was really fun working with these women, they love working together and clearly have the logistics of weddings down to a science. With that said, they all (Merrily, as well as the florist and the caterer) put so much creative energy into my wedding and came up with such great ideas, it made me feel like I was the only wedding they were doing all year.
I hired Merrily about 14 months before my wedding. Anything can happen, right? Yes: one day she called to tell me that she was having a baby a mere 2.5 months after the wedding day! Even if she hadn't been 6 months pregnant, I would have been surprised how hard she worked on the day of our wedding. She was out directing the small army of people building and arranging stuff, she managed the rescue of the altar when it fell in the lake during setup, she arranged and perfected flowers, rocks, petals, table arrangements, guest cards, ...man, there was a lot of stuff... and of course kept us all on schedule and in the right place at the right time. The day went incredibly smoothly. I didn't worry about anything, except keeping myself from crying and smudging the eye makeup.
If you think I'm over the top in gushing about Merrily, you should read one of the emails my mom writes to prospective brides looking for references. Every time she gets the chance to write one of these, I am convinced she spends hours crafting a new letter. (Let's just ignore the part where she takes digs at me for going to India for 3 months in the middle of wedding planning season.) My mom is a little more detail oriented than me, and definitely a much better party planner. Since she's the expert, I'll just quote her here: "Merrily is very creative, easy to work with, prompt. She pays attention to detail and keeps everything on track. In short, she is a very accomplished professional. I really think she was an angel."
As my mom says, I think you'll be lucky if you get to work with Merrily.
I am the mother of the bride and I'll start off by saying Merrily Rocco was absolutely outstanding to work with.
My daughter and her fiance met Merrily about a year before the wedding. We went to Lake Tahoe for a meeting in August 2006 and another one in March 2007 and were in touch by email throughout the year. (We live in New York City, my daughter and her husband live in San Francisco.)
The wedding and reception took place in July 2007 at a private estate on the shore of the lake. There were about 85 guests. Merrily was involved every step of the way and was instrumental in making the wedding couples' vision a reality.
Merrily is very creative, easy to work with, prompt. She pays attention to detail and keeps everything on track. In short, a very accomplished professional. In addition, the caterer, florist, hair-and-make-up, musicians, photographer and limo service that she recommended were wonderful to work with as well.
I have no cautionary advice. Further, to be honest, I don't think my daughter was the easiest bride to work with. Last year, she lived in Chicago where she was finishing graduate school. She spent three months last winter in India. So she didn't always respond to questions in a timely manner. -- Yet Merrily always, gently but persistently, keep her moving towards decisions. I really think she was an angel.
The wedding was gorgeous and everyone had a wonderful time. Really wonderful. In fact, three girl friends who worked with me in advertising were guests. They thought it was one of the very best parties they had ever attended. They heard me rave about Merrily for a year.
Bottom line... I think you'll be lucky if you get to work with Merrily.
“I think it’s so great that as a business person you actually
care about the personal aspect of your customers!”
- K. Burrows, client
“Thank you again for everything. The wedding turned out amazing
and we keep getting compliments on the whole event. We truly
appreciate everything you did, the wedding was more than we
imagined… I was completely unstressed just because I knew you had
everything under control. Everything from the decorations, time
management, signs, favors, vendors was perfect. Thank you again. We
still keep talking about the wedding and how it turned out.”
- J. Frey, client
“Thanks so much Merrily. You honestly have made this process so
painless for us and totally possible. I don’t even know how we
would have planned a wedding… thanks.”
- N. Bernardi, client
“We wanted to thank you for doing such an amazing job and for
allowing us to relax and enjoy our lives for the past year! We had
so many people tell us last night that ours was the most beautiful
wedding that they had ever been to and we have you to thank for it.
There were raves about the location, food, flowers etc. Everything
- The Fishers, clients
“We can’t say how pleased we are with our Big Day. You were the
greatest help of all and we couldn’t have done it without you.
This couldn’t have been more beautiful or fantastic. Thanks for
- The Howells, clients
“I just wanted to thank you and Christen for helping create an absolutely fantastic and perfect wedding for Justin and me, our families, and friends. We were beyond thrilled with the wedding. I want to have it again! I am so glad that you worked with us. My only regret is that we didn’t hire you earlier! You are so organized, responsive, creative and attentive to detail. I appreciated all your reminders, charts, and ideas. You were so pleasant to work with as well. …thank you again!”
- M. Maczek, client