We got married at the Ashford Estate & the food was INCREDIBLE! Our guest can not stop raving about the lamb chop station we had at our cocktail hour. Best they have ever had they rave! The cocktail hour food, salad, dinner, and donuts were out of this world. Because as we all know wedding food can be hit or miss. Merri Makers is a massive hit! They know what they are doing.

Also their service is outstanding! I can’t even put into words how attentive, professional, and great the staff of Merri Makers are. I could not have asked for better. Thank you so much Merri Makers for making our wedding day amazing & unforgettable

Laura (and team!)
Thank you so much for hleping me have a wedding that exceeded all expectations! My entire family and bridal party was so blown away by how amazing everthing was – from the delicious food to the attentive staff and the beautiful grounds.

I hope I am able to attend a wedding at the Ashford just so I have a reason to come back!

Thank you so much for everything!

Brianna & Phil

PS – Kelsey and my bridal attendants were absolutely incredible!! Please let them know for me!

Merri-Makers was outstanding!! They not only catered our wedding at the Taylor Pavilion but their catering package includes a wedding coordinator. We had Patty as our coordinator and she was absolutely fantastic; from when we first met with her when we were just thinking about booking them and then all through our year long planning process Patty answered our millions of questions as well as thinking of details and solutions before we even had questions. The whole company was easy to work with and quick to respond for every interaction, and everyone we met at Merri-Makers was friendly and super helpful. The actual day-of the wedding went without a hitch because Patty and her team saw to everything and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The food was DELICIOUS and was served so nicely, we even got special bride and groom plates delivered right to our table! We would 100% recommend Merri-Makers to anyone looking for the best catering service and wedding coordinators.

We hired Merri-Makers to cater our wedding reception held at my Parents’ home. It was an easy choice to book Merri-makers. We originally planned to be married at the Ashford, but then opted to do the event at home for sentimental reasons. We have attended a couple of events at the Ashford and the food was awesome each time. Our wedding was 175 guests and Merri-makers helped us transform the grounds and our barn into the perfect venue – no small feat for a space that you can’t rely on previous logistic plans! The food and display was perfect. Our guests are still telling me how delicious their meals were, and that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. The staff was also incredible. Guests have remarked on the level/quality of service, but also about how the staff blended into the event and made sure everything was seamlessly in place. The next day the team broke the event down and cleaned up. We didn’t have to lift a finger. Can’t thank Patty and the team at Merri-Makers enough for making our special day so perfect.

Laura and Kelsey:

Diane and I can’t thank the two of you and everyone at The Ashford Estate and Merri-Makers enough for guiding us through and hosting our wedding for Jaime and Cale! It’s a marvel to see how professional, pleasant and calm you all remain during the entire evening. The accolades and raves from our guests about everything this past Saturday are simply stupendous and continue to fill our email inbox. We couldn’t imagine having been able to plan this without your expertise and attention to detail, and especially in pointing us to the various vendors that were just fun to work with and totally awesome!

Jaime and Cale had a most memorable wedding and we only wish we were still celebrating!. They were especially grateful to Taylor and Lisa for the VIP treatment they felt they provided and I know everyone at the after party particularly enjoyed Bonnie. Such a class and considerate team of people plain and simple.

Diane and I could only repeatedly say to ourselves at the end of the evening that everyone and everything completely exceeded our expectations! And, all of our friends expressed this wedding in their minds was the “event of the year” and that The Ashford Estate and the entire evening was a spectacular success at such a beautiful venue.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from us, but I wanted to get a note out to you before the magical feeling of a perfect night fades just a little with time.

Our Warmest and Fondest Regards for a Fantastic Evening!

Diane and Phil

Hi Mary,
I think we are all still on cloud nine thinking about the BEST WEDDING EVER at Bonnet Island Estate for Jackie and Justin! It truly exceeded our expectations.
I wanted to personally thank you again for the excellent service and personal touches. The staff was phenomenal, especially Lauren (who i thought was actually going to spoon feed Jackie) she was so attentive. Also, Elle who made us feel “at home” and Melanie who made sure I was never without a drink.
What a beautiful day and memories to hold onto forever. Thanks again to all at Bonnet Island!! I’m sure Jackie and Justin will be sharing some of their special photos with you.
All the best,
Linda P.and family

The Ashford estate is beyond stunning. Every inch of the property is immaculate from the party spaces to the guest-room bathrooms! The staff is so attentive and were there for my broken bustle, to hold my bouquet, or to clean my dress before I even knew I needed it!

I am attending a wedding there as a guest next year and can’t wait to go back and see it from another point of view! They made my day more than I even imagined. You cannot go wrong choosing this venue.

Hi Mary,

Just wanted to thank you, Lauren, Ellie, Deb, and overnight person – forgive me –  do not remember her name and all the servers and people that asssted in making Katie and Logan’s event run wthout a hitch!!

It was absolutely fabulous! We have received so many compliments about the venue, the food, music, etc. Everyone was raving – Best Wedding Ever!!!

You are all wonderful and do an outstanding job running a tight ship and putting everyone at ease.

Thank you again!


Ruthanne and Rich B.

Thank you so much. It was just perfect. You and Laura, and your team, were just a pleasure to work with, and you put together an event that Daniel and Kristin— and all of us — will have wonderful memories of forever.

Dear Rickand Patty,
On behalf of the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle and all Brielle’s Residents, in particular those who had the pleaseure of attending the June 1st Centennial Celebration, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the manner in which you and your staff serviced our event.

The food and entertainment were nothing short of spectacular, the service provided by your emplyees exceeded our expectations, and most importantly, everyone who attended had a wonderful time and left in an ebullient mood.

I would be remiss not ot offer your our highest compliments for an extraordinary job well done.

Thanking you, I remain on behalf of the Centennial Committee, the Mayor & Council and all concerned,

Yours Sincerely,
Mayor “Tucker” Nicol

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