Hi Laura,

I can’t thank you enough for all of your help throughout our wedding planning process. Our guests could not stop raving about the venue and the food. They were truly blown away, as were we.

We were so stressed leading up to the wedding with the rainy forecast and rise in COVID cases. But as soon as we arrived at the Ashford on Saturday, I just knew we were going to be fine. You, Megan, Maddie, Julia, and all the people behind the scenes were rockstars. Alex and I, and our families, are still basking in the glow of our wedding day. Please send our thanks to the entire Merri-Makers team!

All the best,

Chloe and Alex

Hi Laura.

We just wanted to reach out and let you know how much we appreciate everything you and your staff did to make Chloe & Alex’s wedding celebration so amazing!

Your attention to detail and the level of service were beyond anything we’ve ever experienced.  The venue was so beautiful, no one even minded the rain!  The bridal attendant and Maitre d’ were especially outstanding.  We know that so much happens behind the scenes to coordinate an event like this, and we felt confident that we were in excellent hands.

Our guests could not stop raving about The Ashford, the food, and basically, everything!!

All of the vendors were unbelievable, but I’d like to give a special shout-out to Annie, the owner of Prop Hair Studio.  She and her makeup artist took care of Chloe and the moms in the bridal salon, while the rest of her team worked on the bridesmaids in their own studio, which is about 15 minutes from the Ashford.  They were incredibly accommodating and professional, and all the girls looked fabulous!

You made a memory that will last for the rest of our lives, and we thank you and your staff for that!!


Faith & Ed S.

Hi Laura…

Gianna and Daniel just got back from their honeymoon and today we received a highlight video of the wedding.  All I can say is that we could not have chosen a more beautiful venue than the Ashford.

None of that would have gone as smoothly without you.  Thank you for all of your assistance and of course, the rest of the staff, and especially the Chef, who all did an outstanding job… everything was just amazing!!!!


Rosemary & Alan T. (& Gianna and Daniel)


Just a follow up to our wedding event Saturday.

We were so pleased with how everything went!  From your outstanding coordination to the estate staff, to the Merri-Makers people, the culinary were all simply extraordinary!  Really. We couldn’t be more happy with the service, the staff and of course the food!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You and your contractors really have the process and delivery of service down to a science. I used to oversee executive culinary and service to senior executives at Johnson & Johnson, and we’ve had restauranteurs as guests… we all agreed you folks delivered!  And the real measure was Noelle and Will who said everything was perfect!

So pass along our appreciation to all those who were involved and property ownership please. Your attention to every detail was much appreciated!  Thank you!



Hi Laura,

Thank you so very much for all your kind and patient assistance in planning the most perfect wedding for Amanda and Matthew.  It totally exceeded our expectations!

From the moment we arrived at the estate on November 20th, we were taken care of in the most gracious manner.   The ceremony at the barn was magical!  The cocktail hour was one that our guests will remember and talk about for years to come.  Some actually thought that the cocktail hour was the main meal.  The food was so flavorful and the creative presentation was pure perfection!

The ballroom and the tables were set up beautifully.  With the addition of the lighting and Michelle’s amazing floral masterpieces and candles, the room was so incredibly elegant.  Again, truly exceeding our expectations, and I am such a perfectionist!

Dinner was plated beautifully and absolutely delicious.  Many compliments,  especially the potatoes.  Yum!  Everyone loved the desserts!!

All of the staff, from Amanda’s bridal assistants, to Justin and Meghan, to the waitstaff and beyond, everyone was superb.

Neptune went above and beyond by accommodating us with specific wine and liquor requests and with the large amount of guests, no one seemed to wait very long to be served.

A wedding to be cherished forever!💕

Thank you again, all the best until we meet again,


Maria Y. and family


Merri-Makers catered our wedding at Mallard Island and the food was amazing.

The tasting day that they have prior to choosing the menu was so fun and the accommodated some special requests that we had. Cocktail hour had SO much food, dinner was amazing, and desserts were so plentiful for those that still had room!

No guest will leave hungry!

Gianna, Andrea & The Bonnet Island Staff,

Were do we even begin?  We fell in love with Bonnet the second we pulled up for our appointment.  It gave us that beachy feel we were looking for.  From then on every conversation/interaction we had with you guys was so pleasant.  Andrea was such an amazing planner and helped us deal with the stress of a global pandemic.  It was handled with such ease, she made us feel so comfortable with our decision to postpone, and it ended up being the best decision.

Our wedding was one of the first of the season and all regulations were lifted, finally we were in luck!  The day of our wedding was an absolute dream.  Although it went by fast, it literally was the best day of our lives.  From start to finish, it was perfect.  All of our friends and family have been talking about our day non stop.  The food was amazing, that you Merri-Makers.  The staff and service killed it.  So amazing that Bonnet was literally our house for the night.

We appreciate everything you did for us.  Especially keeping us calm even though there was literally a monsoon outside – haha.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season,.  We will stop by soon!!


The B’s

When we first booked our venue (a Weddings of Distinction property), we were a little nervous that they had a caterer we HAD to use — what if we weren’t impressed with the food? Well, we should never have worried! We were floored by the variety, quality, and quantity (!!) of food that our guests were treated to on our big day.

We got our first taste of how lucky we were at our tasting, where we sampled a little bit of everything and were able to make little adjustments, like mixing and matching the various meats and sauces, to customize the menu to our exact taste.

As for the big day, it exceeded all of our already high expectations. Starting with cocktail hour, the spread was truly eye-popping — there was something for everyone, and each hors d’oeuvre and station-based dish was as beautiful as it was tasty. The Chinese food station, the mini tacos, and the grilled cheese/tomato bisque shooters were the biggest hits — we had guests cornering the staff to chase down seconds of their favorite dishes.

The entrees, though, are what really differentiates Merri-Makers from the competition — they were by far the best wedding mains we’ve ever had. People loved the fish, the filet mignon, and even the chicken and the vegetable napoleon. They accommodated every dietary restriction, even the more unusual ones. Dessert was the cherry on top. It was such a treat to have passed sweets in addition to our wedding cake. A little something for everyone!

Really, I’m so impressed. So much better than the other wedding food we’ve enjoyed. We never thought people would walk away from our special day still raving about the food, but here we are!!!

WOW. This was the most perfect day imaginable.

You will be treated like kings and queens for the entire day. The staff was amazing – from planning (and answering my thousands of emails) to the most perfect day, where your every wish comes true.

The venue is gorgeous with so many different locations to take photos (pier, chapel, beach, rooftop…).

The day was everything we wished for- I wouldn’t change a thing.

Dear Mary

It is with tears, laughter and warm thoughts we are remembering Loredana’s and Jonathan’s wedding day. The day is a wonderful memory that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives.

We are so grateful to you for making the day so special for us. We all remember a day at least eighteen months ago when we asked you if we needed a wedding planner and you said “No you have me.” We had no idea what that really meant at the time.

You and your staff made us feel like we had nothing to worry about; we could relax and enjoy the day, which we did.

Please know that your care has added to Loredana’s and Johanthan’s happiness as they start their marriage; and to Susan and Bill’s desire to have Loredana’s day as an expression of their love for her.

With gratitude, Susan, Bill, Loredana and Jonathan


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