Our Reputation

Merrimakers catering with Weddings of Distinction is unreal. The food is just incredible and the service is unmatched. They do not make mistakes and it truly is fine dining. I was married in July at the Bonnet Island Estate and my guest are still raving about the food – it was the best they ever ate!
Can I do it all over again!?

Bryannah

Bryannah & Bruno
7/21/17 Bonnet Island Event

Dear Gianna,
Thank you so much for everything! From Day 1 you’ve been nothing short of excellent about everything we needed. We truly enjoyed working with you and you’ve really made things easy for us. You’re so good at what you do! Thank you also for your enthusiasm and great spirit! Love, Chris & Joan

Joan & Chris
7/22/17 Neshanic Valley Event

Hi Mary,
Thank you SO much for everything. You guys were awesome and I’m so grateful for all of your hard work towards making our unforgettable and amazing day come to life. I genuinely had so much fun! You’ve been so sweet and compassionate and accommodating and I will never stop feeling grateful. You are so great at your job and I’m so glad that you are who we got to work with. Gianna was also greattttt at running the show!!!!!

Janette was INCREDIBLE also. She is just so amazing at her job. I will never stop being blown away by how she was just discretely always one step ahead and hiding in every place she was needed. She did everything and more to make the day as easy and enjoyable for us as possible. The girl deserves some praise so please pass it along to whoever should know! She kicked major butt!

Thank you again!
All my best and more,
Carly

Carly & Jay
7/15/17 Bonnet Island Event

Hi Mary,
Just wanted to thank you for all your help with Lindsey & Will’s wedding! We were so happy with everything – it was truly a perfect day. Your staff was wonderful – Ellie and Jeanette were so great! We really were able to enjoy the wedding and not worry!
Thank you for all your guidance along the way – your suggestions were all appreciated- and you were right about the receiving line! We continue to have our guests rave about Bonnet – they were so impressed with how beautiful everything looked, and best food they ever had at a wedding!
Lindsey and Will had a wonderful day – and the pictures show them just beaming the entire day and evening! Can’t ask for more than that.
Thank you again for all your help and patience !
Take care,
Shari & Rick

Lindsey & Will
6/10/17 Bonnet Island Event

Andrea,

Thank you SO MUCH for everything you did leading up to the big day and of course all you did on the big day. It was definitely one of the best days of my life. You guys had everything PERFECT! I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Please extend my gratitude to Ellie and Colleen! They were both awesome as well.

I’m going to miss talking to you :(. But I’ll just send you an email every once and a while 🙂

Thank you so much again. We really appreciate you guys making our day fantastic!

Love and kisses,

Karyn and David

Karyn & David
6/23/17 Bonnet Island Event

   Hi Gianna,
Thank you so much. Everything was fabulous on Friday. You did an exquisite job and the food was delicious.

Thanks again!

Melissa

Thomas Edison State University
6/9/17 Off Premise Event

Thank you for a job so well done by your girls yesterday at our SHS outing. They were charming, helpful and terrific. Meghan handled everything like a pro. Kudos to her and the whole staff.
Bill

Bill
6/13/17 Neshanic Valley Event

Andrea,

It has been absolutely fantastic working with you! Thank you so so so much for everything that you did to help plan our wedding day over the past 20 months! Everything was incredible – The venue, the weather, the food. I can’t tell you how many wonderful compliments we have already received from our guests about how that was the best wedding they have ever been to. It was everything we dreamed of and I wouldn’t change a single thing!

We will definitely visit when we are in the area!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Lindsay and Austin

Lindsay & Austin
6/3/17 Bonnet Island Event

Hi everyone,

I wanted to reach out and thank you all so much on everything you did for the shower yesterday and all that lead up to it.

Everything went beautifully and I received many compliments on the venue, food and particularly the over accommodating staff.

It couldn’t have gone any better.

Again thank you so much and I look forward to working with you again for future events

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Best, Courtney

Courtney
6/3/17 Neshanic Valley Event

Laura,

We don’t know how to put into words how appreciative we are of you and the entire Merri-Makers staff for making our wedding truly a dream come true. You were such a pleasure to work with from day 1. You were responsive and thorough and always made sure we knew you were there to walk us through every step of the way. We truly could not have done it without you. You helped me get through the most difficult time in my life and never made me feel alone in taking over a huge responsibility in planning our wedding alone. For that, I am forever grateful. You made wedding planning easy.

The service Michael and I received our wedding day was more than we could have ever dreamt of. Our bridal attendants and Maitre D were on top of everything and always made sure we had any and everything we needed. And we actually ATE on our wedding day! Everyone always says you don’t get to eat on your wedding day, but the team made sure we did! We wish we could do it all over again since it went by so fast!

Our guests raved about the food and service and we have a few friends wanting to plan their children’s weddings at the Ashford!

You and the team will always hold a special place in our hearts and The Ashford will forever be our favorite place. We hope we can attend a wedding as guests now!

All our love,
Ashley & Michael
#WeddingDiBellasAreRinging

Ashley & Michael
5/12/17 Ashford Estate Event

Hello All!

I apologize for the delay in sending this email to all of you! It is long over-due! I want to thank you and all those involved for putting on the best wedding reception of all time for Christine & Lou. I don’t say this lightly as I’ve been to some great ones–including my own!

When Christine & Lou first got engaged, she knew that Bonnet Island was the place for her and she was right! I can’t begin to express how impressed we were, day one, with Andrea and the Estate. She was ALWAYS available to us (even on her days off when she shouldn’t have been), and her warmth and pleasantness was only outdone by her expertise and attention to detail. As Christine and I discussed the details and sometimes couldn’t figure out the answer, we’d both say, “let’s ask Andrea!” Of course she knew the answer (always the problem solver for us) and would recommend an A, B or C approach. We had a minor problem with a preferred vendor who wasn’t getting our message. We brought it up to Andrea who said, “would you like me to call them?” We replied, “yes!” and before we even left the venue she had resolved the issue. We became very dependent on Andrea and I asked her, “will you be at the reception?” She said, “Yes, I’ll get things going but don’t worry! Ellie will take great care of you!”

And she was right! Ellie was a pleasure to work with and clearly runs the staff like a well greased machine. She, along with Donna-Marie (D), not only made Christine and Lou’s day perfect but me and John’s too. She made sure we were enjoying ourselves as much as Christine & Lou. Her (their) attention to the details is the best bar none! Christine & Lou’s one request was that they made sure they ate the good food. Ellie and D took that message to heart and protected their food and eating time like it was their own. They did the same for John and I too. If I tried to do anything, Ellie would stop me and say, “no, that’s my job!” I’m so not used to being waited on like that! At the end of the evening, Ellie and D both thanked us–WHAT? The thanks go to them!

All of our guests raved about the cocktail hour, the hors douvres and the dinner! Hats off to our Chefs for the evening!

The ability to continue the party and stay overnight at the Estate brought the fun to a new level and our overnight guests enjoyed every part of the beautiful estate! Thank you to the overnight staff person who checked on things, kept things clean and was so helpful as we moved our things out the next day. All the people and vendors associated with Bonnet Island and Merri-Makers are a class act–including Neptune Liquors who were so easy to deal with.

The biggest thank you came from Christine & Lou. I asked them the next day, “is there anything you would have changed about the reception?” There was an emphatic, “NO!” Christine then said, “I had very high expectations and the actual well exceeded them!” In fact, a Mother stopped by on Sunday morning( her daughter’s wedding is in July). She asked me how things went and if I could give her a few tips or “opportunities for improvement.” I hesitated and thought hard (I can usually come up with something) and said, “NO! Nothing! Everything was perfect!”

As we move forward with creating another special event for Megan & Eddie next year, it is nice to know the right team is in place! You have the formula for making everyone feel special and thank you so much for making it so for Christine and Lou. Megan and I will look forward to working with you again this year!

All the best,

Cathy, Mother of the Bride

Christine & Lou
5/20/17 Bonnet Island Event

Hi Mary,

We just got back from our honeymoon and finally wanted to say thank you SO much.
The day was everything I dreamed of and more – everything from getting in & getting ready to the after party was absolute perfection. You and everyone at Bonnet are amazing and there’s no doubt we picked the right place. Everyone is still raving about our venue and the food and the entire night.
We so appreciate everything you did leading up to the day and hep the day of – thank you to Ellie too and all of the staff, who were all extraordinary.
We wish we could replay the day over & over & over – it was perfect.
Thank you again!
Sam and Kacey

Hi Mary,
I just wanted to thank you and the wonderful staff at Bonnet Island Estate for making Samantha’s
Wedding a Fairy tale come true.
I knew the day we walked into Bonnet this is where Sam and Kacey would get married. There was no looking back .
I’ve heard nightmares about wedding day …… What I experienced at Bonnet April 22nd was complete opposite. Not a glitch.
Everyone at Bonnet was beyond wonderful. They were there for everything and anything ….Not a detail missed.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making my daughter’s wedding so special.
I can’t wait to be invited to Bonnet as a guest .
Sincerely,
Laurie, Mother of the Bride

Sam & Kacey
4/22/17 Bonnet Island Event

Hello Laura,

I have been thinking about you and your amazing staff since the wedding – my family, friends, and I keep reliving the day over and over! Although there are no words to express my gratitude to you, Kelsey, Lisa, Rachel, Melissa and, JC – I want to simply say thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us give Brittany a fairy tale wedding day. I can’t praise all of you enough for your true professional, yet warm and friendly service.

I know you were aware of some concerns I had prior to the event, but I knew the day of the wedding, by the greeting we received from your staff, that I needed to just sit back and enjoy my daughter’s special day! Your attention to detail was extraordinary and your service was impeccable, and ALL our guests took notice! I am still getting phone calls not only about the beautiful venue, the quality and taste of the food, but particularly, the friendly and excellent service. One of my friends actually said, ” I have never been to a venue where the entire staff is so nice and friendly – they must love their jobs!” There is one staff member that I would like to call out and his name is Seth. I asked him to please remind our guests to use the cameras that were placed on every table. Not only did he remind everyone – he took it upon himself to take photos of all our guests with the cameras! So please, thank him for me! He is just awesome! ❤️

And now for the food…….WOW!!! Rick, Jack, and the entire kitchen staff truly blew our minds – the food far exceeded our expectations! Absolutely, hands down, the best wedding food ever! Not only was it simply amazing, but the presentation was over the top! The personal greeting that Brittany and Joe received from Rick and Jack was very warm and added a very special touch to their day. Lastly, the spread in the bridal salon was just beautiful and it provided a bit of privacy and rest for the bride and groom before joining their guests. That was a very nice touch and much appreciated!

Again, I was completely overwhelmed by Kelsey, Lisa and Rachel! They felt like old friends to us – so warm and friendly and completely attentive to any of our needs! There was never a time when they were not right behind us attending to anything and everything! Brittany’s wedding was an incredibly emotional day and it was an absolute dream to have them become a part of that very special day! So thank you Laura, for providing us with those amazing women! ❤️

Lastly, thank you again Laura, for taking our hands and guiding us to host an unbelievable fairy tale wedding for Brittany & Joe! You made this stressful event so easy! You reassured us that you had it all covered – and you did! Phone calls were always promptly answered, coordination with our vendors was covered, and you always gave us the best advice. And YES, WE HAD PLENTY OF FOOD!! Most importantly, you are just a very sweet lady who made Britt and I always feel welcome and comfortable! So thank you for your friendship. ❤️

There were so many kind words and gestures from you and your staff, and I thought you should hear just how amazing, incredible, and terrific they all were to myself, my family, and friends! You have all touched our families’ hearts, and we will always have the fondest memories of all of you on Brittany and Joe’s wedding day!

I only hope and pray that we will plan one more wedding together!!

With Much Love & Appreciation –
Dina, Mother of the Bride

Brittany & Joe
4/8/17 Ashford Estate Event

We had my wedding reception at The Ashford in December 2016, and also had our wedding party stay at the house over night. We couldn’t have been happier with all aspects including: the responsiveness from Laura, the on site coordinator between The Ashford and MerriMakers, and the day of coordinator, Gianna, who was incredibly flexible, kind, organized and gracious. JC was also assigned to our wedding and stayed throughout the after party and was incredibly kind and helpful. The Ashford provided outstanding service at all points of the night – from welcome drinks, to cocktail hour, the reception and after party. Food and drinks at both the cocktail hour and the reception – including desert – were superb. We loved how flexible the caterers were with changes we wanted in order to personalize the menu options, and how Laura worked so closely with us and our other vendors in order to ensure that our vision for the space came to life. For example, we wanted to get creative with the floor plan, during both the cocktail hour and reception, and Laura and Gianna were more than happy to work with us. In addition, we wanted to personalize our after party menu that Ashford hosted and MerriMakers catered, and not only were they willing to do this, but we were extremely pleased with the amount and quality of food at the after party. We had a little over 250 guests at our wedding and it was a very comfortable fit. They also do an incredible job of making the bride and groom, as well as their families, enjoy every minute of the night by taking care of every “Behind the scene” moment and coordination the day of. The Ashford provides a bridal attendant who helps the bride with any and all individual needs upon arrival. Lisa was assigned to our wedding and she was so kind, thoughtful accommodating. Lastly, we found all of their vendor recommendations very reliable. We got our wedding cake vendor and florist through recommendation from Laura, and we were extremely happy.

Caitlin  

Caitlin & Stephen
12/3/16 Ashford Estate Event

Dear Andrea,
Wonderful, fabulous, magical, unbelievable, special…..these are just a few of the words I can use to describe Claire and Sean’s wedding!
You, Ellie, Donna and ALL of the staff made the evening a beautiful day for us all. From the time we arrived on Thursday until we left on Sunday there was not a single detail that was missed. Claire and Sean were so thrilled. It really was all the little things you did for us. The bride and groom loved that someone brought them a bite to eat in the salon, the groom and groomsmen loved their before gathering, and Tim and I loved that you were all so attentive to us , even seating us in the correct chairs. We had an extra guest at the last minute and he had a chair and a meal at our table. It has been a pleasure working with you. I can’t even remember if you were still there for the ceremony but the sword arch was a special moment for us all! Everything , every detail was lovely!

Thank you again for all of your help and support over the last year. It was quite the party and it will be remembered fondly by everyone especially the happy newlyweds Claire and Sean!

Best regards,
Tim and Annabelle, Parents of The Bride 

Claire & Sean
4/15/16 Bonnet Island Event

Good Day Andrea;
I want to express my gratitude for making Allison & Johnathan’s wedding an absolutely spectacular event. At times the detailed information you wanted from us seemed a bit over-the-top, but I came to appreciate your dedication to that level of detail to make sure the bridal couple and me, as mother of the bride, could focus all of our attention on enjoying the day and visiting with our guests.
I’ve heard nothing but compliments on the venue, the food and the service during the wedding. Several comments included the words, “the most elegant and fun wedding I’ve ever attended” (from John’s grandfather).

Thank you for allowing us (mostly me) to move freely during the day, thoroughly enjoying the hustle and bustle of the preparations. The salon setting was so perfect for Allison and her bridal party to relax, move smoothly, comfortably and enjoyably through their preparations for the wedding.

Please extend a special thanks to Ellie and Cate. I didn’t quite understand their roles at the beginning of the day, but grew to understand and completely appreciate their attentiveness, event and people management. I appreciate they had a sense of humor and often smiled with us as they efficiently accomplished performed their jobs. I thanked them in person, but want to make sure that their bosses, as well as yours know how well you execute your jobs.

I am totally happy with Bonnet Island (even the rouge raccoon added a touch of excitement), Merri-Makers and their staff. Please share my comments with your managers and feel free to use me as a reference.

Regards,

Janet, Mother of The Bride 

Allison & Johnathan
4/14/16 Bonnet Island Event

Taking a little time to catch my breath! Had to at least send you a quick email to let you know that everyone is raving about your venue and the wedding. I’ve been hearing that the service and food was top notch and that it’s the best wedding they have ever attended. I’m gonna have to get used to the idea that every future bride and mother that was present that night wants to have their wedding there as well! It is clear that everyone who works there from the top to the bottom takes pride in their work. Laura has worked with me since the beginning, never once losing her professionalism despite my type A personality. She is a gem! She held my hand throughout the whole process. Kelsey was a delight. Her patience, attention to detail and calming nature guided me through the last week with ease. And having Mr. Bott work on my wedding first hand was especially appreciated. His knowledge and expertise made for a flawless event!

Janet, Mother of The Bride  

Mallory & Michael
4/1/17 Ashford Estate Event

The staff and service we received from Merri-Makers Catering at The Ashford Estate was nothing but the best. From the moment we showed up for our drop off and rehearsal any of our stresses or worries were left at the door. Throughout the night and the next morning, our guests were even complimenting the quality of service that was given. Lisa was our bridal attendant and she was phenomenal, a very special woman we will remember for years to come. Gianna was our Maitre’ D and she was great. She made sure everything was going smoothly and assured us many times, this is our day and she would take care of anything. Lastly, Laura was the woman we spoke with from the very beginning and was with us throughout our entire year of planning. She answered every question, e-mail, and phone call quickly and thoroughly and also assured us that choosing Merri-Makers Catering would be the best decision to ensure our wedding would be the absolute best, and it was!

Danielle  

Danielle & Stephen
3/25/17 Ashford Estate Event

Dear Jack,

We met in October 2015 at a food tasting you hosted which we thoroughly enjoyed. I am also an alumnus of Johnson & Wales University and I thought you did an excellent job at my daughter Brittany’s wedding on December 19, 2015 at The Ashford Estate, which was a truly impressive location for that event. Your attention to detail and the outstanding quality of the food during the cocktail hour was remarkable, but I was most impressed by the lovely presentation of the Filet Mignon and Jumbo Shrimp which not only looked great, but was hot while being served to such a large group. I would like to Thank You for everything that you did; so many people told us it was the best wedding they ever attended. I must agree with them.

Charles 

Brittany
12/19/15 Ashford Estate Event

Thank you for providing the catering services for our wedding at Bonnet Island Estate! The service, display and food were all amazing! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! We received so many complements on the menu. Thank you again!

Nicole & Mike 

Nicole & Michael
6/11/16 Bonnet Island Event

Before booking our dream wedding at Bonnet Island Estate, Alex and I read dozens of online reviews from other couples raving about everything from the delicious food, to the impeccable service, to the romantic atmosphere. Boy were they right! Our wedding day was an absolute dream! Merri-Makers staff was beyond attentive and lived up to all their 5-star reviews. From the morning when I arrived at Bonnet Island to the last song of the night, Alex and I did not lift a finger. The staff was always one step ahead with tea when I was cold, my favorite cocktail when I was too busy dancing, and ready with a giant plate of food during cocktail hour so Alex and I could try everything! Our bridal party and family felt the same way. The staff made everyone feel so special! We never once felt like we were “just another wedding”.

Merri-makers staff deserve all the credit in the world! We were fortunate enough to work with Andrea, who is practically a living saint! She is always smiling and is amazing at her job. We did not have a wedding planner but we certainly did not need one with her on our side. She would promptly answer any question we had and helped with so many of the little details. She guided us in the right direction to choose many of our vendors, who were also all fabulous. She even ran our rehearsal when our reverend was unable to attend last minute. We are so grateful that we were able to work with her, as she made our experience that much more incredible. My bridal consultant and our Maitre’D also deserve so much credit! They both are responsible for making the entire day and night run so smoothly. We changed a few details about guest arrival and the ceremony last minute and thanks to them, we never had to worry. They made sure every detail of the day was perfect!

Four months after our wedding, we are still receiving reviews about the food! Alex and I changed many of the cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres to personalize the menu and Merri-Makers did not disappoint! Every display was beautiful and the food was just as delicious! We were so thrilled with everything! The dessert was also a huge hit! Everyone especially loved the cookies and milk shooters!

We cannot thank the staff of Bonnet Island and Merri-Makers enough! Because of all of them, we had the most magical day that we will forever remember! We feel so blessed to have been able to work with such professionals and would HIGHLY recommend Merri-Makers to any couple looking to make their already awesome day that much more special! We are still reminiscing and flying high! THANK YOU!!!!

Jenna

Jenna & Alex
11/4/16 Bonnet Island Event

When looking for a wedding venue I was pretty sure of a few things. I wanted a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic food, friendly and accommodating staff and top notch service. I got all of those things at The Ashford Estate. People left out wedding in awe because it was truly an incredible experience for us, our families and all of the people who joined us on our special day. You cannot beat that place. It is a fairy tale venue. My husband and I were thrilled with our choice and if we could do it all over again we wouldn’t hesitate to choose The Ashford Estate again and again.

Andrea

Andrea & Mark
8/13/16 Ashford Estate Event

My husband and I had our wedding at the Ashford Estate in November of 2016 and it was just more amazing then I ever thought possible. Laura from Merri-makers is so great, and made wedding planning and coordinating seamless. I met with her a couple times throughout the year leading up to our wedding and she is just an amazing person. She made myself, my husband and my parents so at ease with wedding planning. When we designed the menu it was up to our imaginations. She never said no to anything, and was able to accommodate a different entree for my husband and father no problem. I know the guests loved the food, because I am still hearing about it.

I want to give huge shout outs to Kelsey, Taylor, and Lisa. These girls are AWESOME I had so much fun with them the day of my wedding. It was almost as if I was just hanging out with my girlfriends, except they were on top of everything. I could not have asked for a better maitre’d and bridal attendants. When I look back at my wedding I still think about them, and how much more special they made my day. The staff at Merri-Makers is one of a kind. I wish everyone was able to experience the professionalism, friendliness, and just overall amazing service I received from them. I hope I get to run into them in the future because the whole staff will always hold a special place with me for how flawless they made wedding planning and my wedding day.

Thank you Merri-Makers!

Emily

Emily & Jonathon
11/4/16 Ashford Estate Event

Mary,

We are back from our Honeymoon, and STILL reminiscing about how wonderful our wedding day was. It is all because of you and your amazing Staff at Merri Makers and Bonnet Island Estate that made our day totally unforgettable! We still have guests raving to us that it was the BEST food they have ever had!

I cannot say enough about you and the impact you had on our decision to book Bonnet Island Estate. From the moment my Mom and I walked through the door, your energy and optimism put us at ease! You made us feel like we were at home, and that we were truly important to you. It was also amazing to us that you said “everything would be taken care of on the day of our wedding.” At the time, I could not even imagine what this actually meant, but on the day of our wedding, I could not get over the 10 star service we received. From the rehearsal, the set up of all of my decor, to drinks being poured while we got ready, to our bags being delivered to our rooms, you making sure I ate, organization of guests and bridal party, timing of food and so on! I still cannot get over how seamlessly everything happens at Bonnet! So many of our guests have been telling us this as well!

Many people told me before our wedding “the day goes by so fast and you won’t even get to enjoy it” Well, I feel like we truly got to enjoy every minute! Luke and I both felt relaxed and stress free, and it is all because of you and the team!!

I will never forget the moment right before you opened the doors for me to walk down the aisle, you and Ellie looked me in the eye and said take a deep breath and tell me when. That is a moment of the day I will remember forever!!

I hope Luke and I get the chance to return to Bonnet Island Estate in the future! The day was like a Fairytale! I cannot even put in to words how much we appreciate everything you and your staff did for us to make the experience so amazing!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Lindsey & Luke

Lindsey & Luke
10/28/16 Bonnet Island Event

Hi Laura,

I just wanted to reach out and thank you again for helping make my wedding day so perfect! You were so incredibly helpful, attentive and detail oriented; making my day completely stress-free. Your staff was also wonderful– Lisa and Taylor were so great! People are still talking about the event– the venue, the food, the service– everything was flawless. As I relive the moments in my mind, I wouldn’t change a thing and I treasure each and every second of that day. I sincerely appreciate your hard work and I truly cannot imagine the day without you there. Thank you!!

Best,

Amanda

Amanda & Michael
11/5/16 Ashford Estate Event

Hi Laura,

Would like to give a HUGE thank you to all involved in making my daughter Jamie’s wedding a great success.  Everything was top notch beginning with the dropping off of items on Thursday to our leaving the estate on Saturday morning.  I can’t say enough about the staff and forget about the food which I received sooo many compliments on.  Everyone had such a great time and I would highly recommend the Ashford Estate.

Thank you again,

Judith Z.

Jamie & Brian
11/11/16 Ashford Estate Event

Andrea

I speak for both of us when I tell you it was the best night of our lives and was even more than we could’ve imagined.

You and your staff were incredible and made an already awesome event that much more special.

You should know the feed back we’ve already received from our guests is over the moon. “Unlike any wedding they’ve ever been to.” We’re still flying high right now. Thanks a million.

Alex

Jenna & Alex
11/4/16 Bonnet Island Event

Where do I begin?  My husband and I were lucky enough to be married at The Ashford Estate last month and I can say that they surpassed our wildest dreams of what our wedding would be like.  From that very first visit with Laura 15 months before the wedding, down to the very day of our wedding I couldn’t believe how easy they made the process.  With a background in event planning I was concerned that I would be managing my wedding throughout the day.  Everyone at Merri-Makers and Ashford made sure that the only thing that we were focused on was taking in the day and having an amazing time.  They thought of everything and if they noticed that something wasn’t right they took the initiative to make it right without stressing anyone out.  The grounds at The Ashford are stunning– everything from the surrounding area, to the charming barn that we were married in, to the jaw-dropping beauty of the ballroom.  The food was exceptional and our guests said it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding.  As the cherry on top, we were lucky  enough to have rented The Estate for the entire night so both my grooms family and my own family were able to stay in the 12 guest rooms upstairs, that are truly nicer than any five star hotel’s accommodations.  I can’t thank Merri-Makers and Ashford enough for helping provide my husband and I the wedding of our dreams!  We are so excited to be coming back next summer when my sister gets married there and I know her wedding with be just as perfect!  You are the best!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!  Xo, Kait and Dan

Kait & Dan
9/9/16 Ashford Estate Event

Our September wedding at The Ashford Estate has been described over and over by our guests (and even people who just saw the pictures) as “a fairy tale.” But, to us, it was the culmination of more than a year’s worth of coordination with one of the most amazing groups of professionals ever! From our first meeting with Laura to our incredible tasting experience (which made it really hard to narrow down our menu) to our maître d’ meeting and rehearsal with Kelsey to our wedding day with Kelsey and Lisa, Merri-Makers greatly exceeded our expectations and even our wildest dreams! Laura was incredibly responsive to my many, many questions, especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding. At our rehearsal and on the day of the wedding, Kelsey and Lisa made sure everything went smoothly and tended to our every need (and even things we didn’t know we needed). And, despite hosting several beautiful weddings that weekend, the entire Merri-Makers team, including the first-class wait staff, made us feel like our wedding was uniquely special and important. We were able to enjoy our wedding day without any concerns that our guests would be treated with respect and receive impeccable service, and we had the wedding of our dreams! The only downside is that, despite having the best day of our lives, we can only get married once…but, true to form, Merri-Makers has invited us to come back for our anniversaries or when we’re in the area. And, of course, we’ll be taking them up on that offer 🙂

Samara & Mikhaile
9/18/16 Ashford Estate Event

What sets Merri-Makers Catering, at Neshanic Valley Golf Course, apart from the rest is the staff. The team of this venue runs everything from the beginning of planning your event to the day of with knowledge, expertise, efficiency, flexibility, valuable advice, and guidance. From the very beginning, when we first visited this location on our search for a wedding venue, the staff and location stood apart from the rest. The location alone is beautiful. The staff makes you feel welcome and by the end of your event, it feels like you’ve become part of the family. Our wedding was exactly what we dreamed of and so, so much more. The team here has a willingness to help in any way possible, to the degree that from the moment we set foot on the premise the day of our wedding for photos, through our ceremony, and reception, we didn’t have to think about a thing. Everything ran flawlessly. We feel so lucky, privileged, and blessed to have been able to work with Gianna. (We would be lying if we said we weren’t secretly dreaming of ways to have another event soon, just to have the opportunity to work with her!)

Amanda & Rich
10/14/16 Neshanic Valley Event

Our wedding was on September 3rd, 2016! We had the most fantastic and memorable day at The Ashford Estate. From the beautiful landscapes, to the gorgeous barn where we had our ceremony, are to die for! The main estate and ballroom are out of a fairytale, for sure! Our day was just magical! This venue is truly a spectacular place. Everywhere you look there is a gorgeous ‘backdrop’. That helps when you have an amazing photographer like Kay English. Our photos are absolutely gorgeous with the help of these gorgeous grounds The Ashford Estate has! The entire process was amazing as well. We worked with Laura, who was fantastic the entire time. From phone calls and emails, to our meetings leading up to the day, it was all such an enjoyable process. The entire Ashford Estate and Merri-Makers team make the planning extremely easy and incredible. Taylor and Lisa were our bridal assistants. Helping me out all morning, then attending to my husband and I the entire evening. So eager to help and make our nights as enjoyable as possible. They were absolute dolls, too! The 12 beautiful suites they accommodate in the main estate are pristine in every way possible. Each room has its own decor style and feel. The bridal suite is such a dreamy room. We loved staying here and so did our guests. Merri-Makers did an awesome job as well! The food was out of this world amazing! From cocktail hour, up until our dessert displays, everything was on point! Our guests were in awe with every detail during cocktail hour. Our dinner courses were spectacular!!! You will not regret having your gorgeous wedding day at The Ashford Estate! We highly recommend it!

Danielle & Jacob
9/3/16 Ashford Estate Event

Mary

I wanted to thank you for all you did to make Jessie and Zach’s wedding  such a perfect day. We really appreciate the professionalism and attentiveness of the Merri-Makers staff and especially yourself and Ellie.  The day was everything we could have hoped for and more because of all you did.

If someone asked what would I change if we could do it again I couldn’t think of a single thing (other than making the time go by more slowly). You and your team did an amazing job from coordinating the flow to making sure the needs of the bride, groom and families needs were immediately met and every little thing in between.

Thank you again for a great and memorable day.

Jim

Jessie and Zach
10/15/16 Bonnet Island Event

 Just a note to officially thank you and the staff at Neshanic Valley for a great Season Closer even.  Grantley, Frank, Justin, Gianna and the rest of the Neshanic and Merri-Maker teams turned a good golf day into one that everyone is talking about.

Sincerely,

Fran

EWGA
9/25/16 Neshanic Valley Event

We can’t thank you all enough for making our wedding day absolutely perfect!  Laura was amazing from the very beginning of planning to days after when we were searching for lost sunglasses.  The staff was polite and attentive, and the food was delicious!  Our guests are still raving about our wedding ten months later!  We had the wedding of our dreams thanks to all of you!

Andrea & Justin

Andrea & Justin
10/24/15 Ashford Estate Event

Laura,

I cannot begin to thank you for everything you did to make Alexa and Drew’s wedding absolute PERFECTION!  The attention to detail was second to none.  The food was delicious, the staff – amazing doesn’t even come close to how wonderful everyone was, the set-up and decor – fabulous, and the ceremony at the gazebo – magnificent!

Please extend our thanks once again to Kelsey, CJ, Lisa, Taylor, and the entire staff for taking such good care of us!  Alexa was thrilled with the attention Kelsey, Lisa and Taylor provided to her throughout the entire day.  Both she and Lisa cried at the end of the night as they hugged!  A truly priceless moment!

Our hearts are truly full of joy.  This wedding was everything parents dream of for their children.

Thank you once again!

Lynn

Alex & Drew
9/24/16 Ashford Estate Event

Andrea,

 Truly a wonderful day, despite the rain!!!  The umbrella processional was actually pretty neat!  I will definitely write a review.

 I have to say that a great time was had by all.  We got so many compliments from the guests and more importantly, Megan and John couldn’t have been happier!  The food was delicious and the attention to detail by the Bonnet Island staff (from the pre-wedding preparation to breakfast the morning after) was amazing! We didn’t have to lift a finger.

 Thanks for all of your help!  Please extend our thanks to the entire staff for a very memorable day!

Reggie

(The mother of the most beautiful bride !!!!)

Reggie

Megan and John
8/21/16 Bonnet Island Event

Laura,

I just wanted to send you a quick (informal) THANK YOU for everything you and the staff did to make our day an unforgettable event. It was truly the most special day of my life- simply PERFECT! It was such a spectacular day from beginning to end and everything came together magically.

Please also pass this message along to Gianna (I LOVE her!), Taylor, and all those who helped me celebrate this amazing day.

You are all the BEST at what you do.

Kristi

Kristi
8/5/16 Ashford Estate Event

   Dear Rick and Cindy,

Thank you for your very generous donation of a Bar-b-que for our family fun day. We are blown away by your kindness and support of our mission

All the best,

JoAnn and Sean

Allaire Community Farm
7/10/16 Off Premise Event

Andrea,

Our wedding day was absolutely picture perfect. It was truly a dream come true. We want to thank you and the staff at Bonnet Estate for all you did to make our day so wonderful. Ellie and Jessica were amazing!

Thank you for the invite to come back to Bonnet. It really means a lot to us and we will definitely take you up on that offer!

Again thank you for helping us create the wedding of our dreams!

Dana and Andrew

Dana and Andrew
7/16/16 Bonnet Island Event

Scott and I wanted to thank you so much for all you did to help us get ready for the night of our wedding. Ellie thank you for being so helpful the night of and your awesome bustling skills. Colleen thank you for being an outstanding bridal attendant, you kept me calm and comfortable, and for that I am truly thankful. In all, everything was amazing. We heard nothing but compliments on everything. Not one food complaint! That’s unheard of

Thank you all so much!

Mr & Mrs E.

Jenna and Scott
7/8/16 Bonnet Island Event

Laura,

Thank you again for such a wonderful weekend. I can’t begin to put into words how amazing the entire experience was and your staff completely outdid themselves! People are raving and saying it was by far the best wedding they have ever attended. I’m still on cloud nine!

Thank you again for everything! You’re fantastic at what you do!!

Thanks!

Carrie

Carrie and Pasquale
6/26/16 Ashford Estate Event

Laura, We can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us! We had an amazing night! Food was great, staff was great, it was all perfect!!

Thank you again!

Tiffany A.

Tiffany and Chris
6/23/16 Ashford Estate Event

Andrea,
Once again our annual fundraiser went seamlessly thanks to you and your staff. It’s a great feeling year after year to know that everything will be taken care of from the reception area to the outside bar and food.

The ability to walk into the Club and know our guests will have a good time makes all the hard work beforehand worth it. Thank you again and see you next year!

Very truly yours,

Kip

Kip B
6/15/16 Neshanic Valley Event

Thank you so much Laura!! I regret hiring additional help because you guys were fabulous – I did not need another coordinator.

Thank you so much for helping create a day we will remember forever. It was truly a magical and perfect day.

We will need to visit the estate again soon!!! All the guests are still raving about it, saying it was the best wedding venue and most beautiful wedding they have ever been invited to!!

Thanks again!

Anna

Anna F
6/11/16 Ashford Estate Event

All,

Thank you for making Danielle & Kyle’s day a wonderful one! They commented multiple times on how seamless and effortless the day was for them and how much they enjoyed everything!

As always we love working with such a talented, thoughtful and professional team. We look forward to doing it again soon.

Best,

The Styled Bride Team

Danielle & Kyle
6/4/16 Ashford Estate Event

Laura,

I wanted to take a minute and thank you and the team. Everything was so perfect and more than we could have asked for. Your attention to detail made the day so much more special. You guys are amazing, we could not have asked for a better team. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day so great. It was such a pleasure dealing with you over the past year and we are sad our planning adventure is over. Please send our thanks to everyone, especially Gianna, Kelsey and Taylor. They were so much fun!!

With tremendous love and gratitude,

Mr. & Mrs. Nick T.

Kaylee and Nick
6/3/16 Ashford Estate Event

Dear Andrea-

What an amazing experience and thank you for helping us achieve a night we will always remember. Everything was perfect all the people that were involved were so efficient and more! When I first arrived, I came by myself and as I pulled up to Bonnet Island, I thought “I bet I am the first person to arrive as a bride alone.” No fan fare, no entourage. Don’t get me wrong I was looking for some alone time away from my family to clear my head. When I open the doors to the estate, both Mary and Ellie were waiting with open arms. We hugged and yelled with excitement for a few seconds and it felt like I knew them a lifetime. It was unbelievable! They made me feel so relaxed, not that I was nervous but it was more of a feeling like I was home.

As a person that did not require a lot of attention, they knew just how to stand back and let me know they were there. Colleen was fantastic too! She was so kind, efficient and thoughtful.

When the evening was over, David and I looked at each other and said “did this really happen?” It felt like we dreamt it! The evening was everything and more than we even imagined. Thank you for making our day come together so beautifully and for adding to the magic!

Fondly-

Pam and David A.

Pam and David
6/3/16 Bonnet Island Event

I wanted to take a moment to provide kudos to you and your staff for the incredibly great job your team performed at our recent golf outing at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course.

The food, service and attention to detail were meticulous. Many of our guests were highly complimentary of the level of your team’s level of competence.

Without equivocation, I would recommend Merri-Makers for any upcoming event.

Thank you again and see you next year.

With kind regards,

Jim

Cento Amici
5/17/16 Neshanic Valley Event

Hi Mary-

I just wanted to thank you for all you did to make Samantha and Sean’s wedding a success! Ellie, Codie and the staff were fabulous! The guests raved about the venue, the food, the service….it couldn’t have been better. Samantha and Sean are on their way to Hawaii but they will be sure to put a great review on The Knot when they get back.

Thanks again-

Kim

Kim
5/14/16 Bonnet Island Event

Laura,

Scott and I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and you staff for making Saturday the most magnificent day of our lives! All of the help we received leading up to the event, as well as all of the help the day of was fantastic and we couldn’t have pulled off such a flawless day without you and your team.

The backdrop of the Ashford was amazing, as we knew it would be, and each picture we have is amazing!!

Jamie & Scott

Jamie and Scott
5/7/16 Ashford Estate Event

Laura,

Mike and I cannot thank you enough for making our wedding day a dream come true! You, as well as all of the staff members at the Ashford Estate, were truly a joy to work with. Mike and I will cherish the memories from that day forward! Our guests continue to compliment the amazing venue and incredible service! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We look forward to visiting where our story began again in the future!

Mike and Wendy

Mike & Wendy
4/30/16 Ashford Estate Event

Andrea,

We received compliments galore! From the color of the linens, to the food, to the table service, etc. etc.

Thanks to you and your staff this luncheon turned out to be a big success. You displayed a great commitment to making sure everything turned out right, for which we are most appreciative. It is safe to say we will be returning for an encore.

Sincerely,

Cathy H. and Kathy H.

Neshanic Garden Club
4/28/16 Neshanic Valley Event

I just want to take a moment to compliment your staff. Gianna was amazing, she went above and beyond in her duties. She made sure we had everything we needed! Kelsey as well as all the bridal attendants were wonderful. Melissa made us feel so comfortable. These ladies truly made our experience at The Ashford Estate magical. Thank you for having great staff!

Best Regards,

Karyn, Amanda and Av

Amanda & Av
4/16/16 Ashford Estate Event

Billy and I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this past Saturday the best day of our lives!! Every single part of the day was absolutely perfect and the Ashford estate was absolutely magical. It really was a fairy tale wedding!

From start to finish you made the entire process so easy, fun, and pleasant. It was truly a pleasure to work with you and get to know you. Your ideas, recommendations, and thoughts were all so spot on and perfect and we are so incredibly appreciative for helping to facilitate the entire event.

The barn was stunning, the food delicious, and your entire staff was so nice and accommodating. Please thank everyone on our behalf!

We hope to work with you again down the road and we truly wish you the best and thank you over and over!!!

All the best,

Hannah & Billy

Hannah & Billy
1/16/16 Ashford Estate Event

EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING! Yesterday was the best day ever. We can’t thank you enough for everything. You have been amazing through the whole process. Ellie, Kelsey, Jessica and the rest of the staff last night were so helpful. Everything was truly flawless. People kept telling us it was the best wedding they ever went to! We are on cloud nine!

Christine F
12/12/15 Ashford Estate Event

Andrea and the rest of the crew from MerriMakers were a dream come true! I’m SO glad we decided to go with MerriMakers at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Branchburg, NJ. They truly are the best! Endless thank you’s for making our perfect day PERFECT! Thank you from a very happy bride!

Courtney R
10/24/15 Neshanic Valley Event

I can’t tell you how amazing the night was and how amazing your staff was! Thank you so much! It was truly a fairy tale evening…

Noelle
10/3/15 Ashford Event

We just got back from our honeymoon, and wanted to let you know we had the absolute wedding of our dreams. We could not have had a better day if we tried. All of your help and assistance from beginning to end played a huge part in making our day so spectacular. Thank you a million times over! We hope to see you again!

Alyssa M.
8/22/15 Ashford Wedding

THANK YOU FOR THE BEST DAY EVER!! You have been the biggest help in this entire process! Our maitre’d-s yesterday were both PHENOMENAL. Please thank both of them again for us. They made the day stress free and enjoyable!! They were so organized and bent over backwards for everyone. We had the greatest wedding day and have loved the process of working with all of you.

THANK YOU AGAIN!! 🙂

Lindsay and Brian
Bonnet Island - 8/8/15

I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest gratitude and thanks to you, Ellie, and your entire staff for making Matt and Mariangela’s wedding day an unforgettably spectacular affair that was executed beautifully at every level. My phone has not stopped ringing from guests who wanted to thank us and to let me know that the estate venue and the staff and quality of food provided them with an experience that they have never had before and that, my friend, is a testament to you and your team! Keep up the fantastic work, and rest assured that I will recommend you to anyone I come across that is looking for a venue that will provide them an experience of a lifetime!

Lou M.
Bonnet Island - 10/10/15

I want to thank you for your help in making the wedding such a success. We along with our guests had a ball and we”re reliving it as we reminisce and look at the pics.

I found out the next day that you and Cody spent a good part of the cocktail hour fixing and pinning up the bustle. Thank you so much for doing such a good job with that and for not allowing me to know about it as I would have been upset and nervous.

Your professionalism, warmth and hospitality will always be remembered and is so appreciated. Your entire staff at Bonnet helped make our daughter”s wedding spectacular!!!

Have a great rest of the season. God bless you.

Neda D
Nika & Jack's Wedding 8/2/15 - Bonnet Island

I know this is a bit late, but I wanted to say a very sincere thank you to you, Ellie and Jess for making my wedding so special and stress free. From day one, you made the planning easy and it never felt overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough for how helpful, kind and patient you were.

The day of my wedding, the three of you were just amazing. I never felt like I had to think about anything or get anyone where they needed to be. Jess was like an angel, she seemed to know what I needed before I did! She was such a great help and so sweet. Ellie made the night run so smoothly and really took care of so many logistics so that I could really enjoy the party.

Thank you and the entire team for making our day so special, personal and stress free. You guys are truly the best and it was a pleasure to work with you!

Sarah T.
Bonnet Island wedding summer 2015

I just wanted to thank you and everyone involved in helping to make my daughter’s wedding such a special evening. Laura you were so helpful and accommodating every step of the way for the last year.

The wedding was just beautiful from the enchanting barn filled with amazing flowers to the wonderful service and delicious food.

I am overwhelmed with all the messages and phone calls from family and friends. Everyone was saying it was the most memorable and best wedding ever.

The only way to describe it was magical!!! An affair to remember!!!!

Most importantly my daughter and son in law were thrilled with every aspect of the evening. Even though the weather was not ideal Laura, you helped provide solutions for everything.

Also a very special thank you to Kelsey Carroll. She was so attentive to the bride and grooms every need and as sweet and nice as could be. She is a gem! XO Thank you again!

Marietta D.
10/3 Ashford Wedding

I would like to express my sincere thanks for the wonderful wedding of my niece on Sept. 26. Your venue is absolutely lovely. Most of all, however, was the ease with which the entire event unfolded. I have been to dozens of weddings, and at nearly every one there is some hitch or glitch which holds things up and creates stress for the bride and wedding party. Not so in this case. Things moved along so smoothly and seamlessly that everyone was able to enjoy the celebration. This kind of perfection requires an enormous amount of behind the scenes work. I realize that a wedding or other event is only as good as its planner. Andrea Testa is wonderful. The phrase which comes to mind when describing Andrea is grace under pressure. She circulated among the guests, making sure everyone was enjoying their meal, were satisfied and not in need of anything. She attended to all of us with genuine concern, warmth, and attention to detail. My niece later told me that Andrea was also a huge help with her and her bridesmaids, everything from providing bobby pins for updo’s to assisting with dresses. She is a gem, and most capable.

I will highly recommend Neshanic Valley Golf Course to anyone seeking a beautiful venue for a wedding or other celebration. Your staff are thoroughly professional, and my niece got the lovely, memorable day she and her groom deserved thanks to Andrea Testa.

Hope D.
Neshanic Wedding - 9/26/15