We cannot say enough great things about experience with Merrie-Makers at Mallard Island!

We celebrated our wedding day on 11/18/22 and it was absolute perfection. Gianna worked with us from start to finish and made everything so easy for us- we didn’t have to worry about a thing! She was such a huge help throughout the entire process.

The food, service, accommodations, were all A+++. I can’t think of one thing we would’ve done differently… our guests were over the moon happy and full of compliments as were we.

I wouldn’t look anywhere else!

It was incredible and definitely a day to remember.

Staff – Chris and I both felt the staff were very professional, helpful, patient and attentive. I have never been served like that before in my life! I am very thankful for all their help the day of the wedding. Shoutout to Brooke for holding our drinks, phone, and everything else we carried around, moving my shoes to the other room so they weren’t lost, making sure our food was boxed up and everything else that she helped with that day.

Food – The food was AMAZING. To tie this back with how great the staff was, Chris and I did not get a lot of time to eat dinner and were so sad we could not enjoy our delicious meals more. It was such a great surprise to have had our meals boxed up and sent home with us the next day! Truly the best surprise the next morning.

My overall experience was truly incredible. Between the exceptional staff, the most delicious food, and an absolutely beautiful venue it was the most memorable day of my life. I appreciated that all the rooms were very clean in addition to how nice they were!

I am incredibly thankful to everyone who helped make it possible!



The day was perfect! Surely a wonderful memory for the bride and groom.

The food was delicious, the servers were accommodating and pleasant. Ellie was a big help as she made sure we ate and had drinks which time was hard to find to do those things!

Overall it was a great experience! The 70 degree weather in November also helped make it a perfect day!! We were very grateful Mary let us use the Keurig coffee machine in the morning as one less thing to remember on Sunday morning.

We have another daughter who I hope when she is ready to get married will want to have her wedding at Bonnet Island Estate!

Kathy E.

Thank you so much! And OMG we had the most perfect night. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations!!!

Gianna was absolutely amazing from the beginning. We truly couldn’t thank her enough. The staff and everyone throughout the night were so attentive and thoughtful. I always had a drink in my hand and everyone made sure we ate and enjoyed ourselves!

I think our favorite part was in between the ceremony and reception when the staff set up a full table of the cocktail hour food for us!!! I could go on and on.

That was the most memorable night for us. We are SO happy we chose Merri-Makers!!!

The food was beyond and all of our guests commented how amazing the food and service was. Thank you!!!!

Happy Holidays 🙂


We were so thrilled with EVERYTHING at our daughter’s wedding!! Our guests were saying and are still saying that it was THE BEST WEDDING and THE BEST FOOD they have ever had at a wedding!! The service was IMPECCABLE! The Maitre ‘Ds were AWESOME! ALL the food was EXCEPTIONALLY DELICIOUS!!!

Laura was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL throughout the entire process of planning and implementing all the wedding details! The rooms were more than luxurious and comfortable!!! WE ARE TRULY VERY HAPPY HAVING HAD OUR DAUGHTER’S WEDDING AT THE ASHFORD ESTATE AND MERRI-MAKERS!!

Our only tiny blip which was not noticeable to anyone except us, was that we thought there was going to be a separate Martini bar aside from the regular bar. We asked the Maitre’D during the last half hour of the reception and he said it was incorporated in the regular bar. It would have been great to have signage saying that when the reception started so our guests and us knew where to get the Martinis we paid extra to have. Otherwise, EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!

Thank you ALL again, We have such wonderful memories of a wonderful wedding weekend!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas season!

Mark and Janeen C.


Gianna was absolutely amazing from the start!!!

We loved every moment of our special day. T

he staff were so attentive and thoughtful. They went above and beyond our expectations!!! Always had a drink in our hand thanks to the staff and full bellies!!! Food is unmatched!!!

Our family and friends loved it too. Once you see the bridal suite, you’ll be sold!!

From the Mother of the Bride:

Laura was amazing, she answered the brides constant calls and texts day and night, especially as the wedding day approached when they were very frequent.  She had no idea when booking the Ashford Estate she was going to get that kind of help in all areas from venue to food to all the vendors.

The vendors were from the preferred vendors list and we were so happy with them as well.  The bride was told not to use the vendors from the venue but she went with them anyway and was so happy because everyone worked so well together to make the day go perfectly.

The food was amazing we got so many calls from friends and family how delicious everything was.  Even those we expected to comment, raved about how good everything was.

Lorraine was wonderful during the reception part of the day.  Very attentive and helpful.

Megan got the biggest shout out.  We absolutely loved Megan and cried when we hugged her goodbye the next day.

Everyone went above and beyond which made us so comfortable and we were was able to relax and enjoy the day.


By far the best vendor decision we made!!

The staff at Mallard Island Yacht Club went above and beyond for our big day. I was never once worried about how the day would go because someone was with me every step of the way.

Gianna was also a pleasure to work with. She communicated everything we needed to know (and more) and was extremely helpful throughout the planning process.

I have worked in this industry before so I know how much time and effort and attention to detail it takes to make an experience spectacular and they completely knocked it out of the park!

Our wedding day was everything we could have dreamed of and more. From the day we booked at Bonnet, Mary took such good care of us. If it wasn’t for her, we would not have had the smooth day we had.

The day before drop off/ review was so great. Ellie & Mary knew everything and explained everything so well. I appreciated the schedule & notes they took.

Day of, every single staff member was kind and attentive. The bridal attendants were so thoughtful and attentive as well. There was a moment during our photography session that I started to feel tired for the first time that day. The bridal attendant came over and offered water & champagne immediately without me having to say a thing.

The private cocktail hour was such a nice touch.

Also, the night manager was amazing! It felt great to know everything was going to be taken care of and the next morning we didn’t have to worry about a thing.

I would 10/10 recommend Bonnet (in fact, I want my sister to get married at Mallard or Bonnet too!!).


Mallard Island and Merri-Makers were AMAZING!!!

I first met Gianna at a tour for Mallard in January 2021 and she has been amazing since the fist day I met her. She was so organized and helped me through the entire planning process. We met multiple times throughout the year leading up to the wedding and she made the entire wedding planning process easy and stress free. The day of the wedding- I couldn’t ask for anything better.

The staff at Mallard and Merri-Makers were INCREDIBLE. We had bridal assistants that helped with EVERYTHING. They helped me stay organized with vendor tips, helped my husband sew his button back on his jacket after it popped off, brought me a drink whenever I had an empty hand!!! If there was a problem- I did not know about it and it was handled.

The place itself is beautiful. My cocktail hour was outdoor and the views are gorgeous. It was a windy day but the building blocked the wind so no ones hair got ruined! :D. The food was incredible. My guests were raving about how much food was at cocktail hour and how good it was!! When it was time for dinner, the service was unmatched. White glove service, the staff was so kind and friendly, the food was so delicious. We had chicken, steak, salmon offered and everyone said the food was so the best wedding food they ever had. Not one complaint.

After dinner we opened up the doors on the dance floor and my guests LOVED it. It was a perfect night and we had the summer breeze while dancing all night. I also rented the Mallard with the overnight rooms so we had our bridal party stay over. All of my guests had an amazing time and said it was the best wedding ever!! I could go on and on about Mallard, Gianna, Nancy, Lauren, Merri-Makers…everyone was amazing. I had the best wedding day ever!!

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