Where do I start? The Merri-Makers have truly made our wedding the best day of my life. Kelsey really made the day go seamlessly. I can not thank her enough for easing my mind and keeping everything on track. Lisa and Taylor were so helpful and were a great help. The venue was beautiful and the staff was lovely. Would highly recommend them!

I had my wedding at Bonnet Island Estate last weekend and everything was wonderful! I could not have dreamed for a more perfect venue for my wedding. Mary and Ellie were both wonderful and the Bridal Attendants were absolutely amazing. The food was delicious and all my guests have been raving about the day! I cannot thank Weddings of Distinction or Merrimakers catering enough for making our special day perfect!


Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Grafton and I wanted to send you a note, thanking you for making our wedding day the best and most beautiful day. We so appreciate your flexibility and patience with any questions we had, throughout the entire year and a half of planning. From the vendor recommendations (which were all fantastic), to helping us talk through after party ideas and food options – everything came together so nicely. We felt much more at ease knowing you had everything taken care of, even the littlest of details, like our one guest with a vegetarian dish and having a few of our guests check in their rooms a bit early. Keeping us on top of anything we needed to provide you, like final headcount, made everything run more smoothly and kept us on track and up to speed with our own checklists. You were truly meant to do this job for a living – it shows how much you love and care about what you do.

Ellie was also wonderful on the day-of, making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Our favorite pictures were ones during the sunset, which she recommended that night. And she did a great job setting up our decorations. We could not thank her enough. The bridal attendants were also very helpful, polite, prepared and did a great job. Please send them our thanks and best wishes.

Bonnet Island blew all our guests away – from the food, excellent staff, and beautiful landscape and views. Our guests who stayed overnight at the venue loved their rooms and could not have been more comfortable.

We hope we get to attend more weddings at Bonnet to come back and remember our wedding day. We recently went jet skiing at Route 72 wave runner over 4th of July to pay Bonnet a little visit.

Thank you again, Mary. Our wedding would not have been so perfect without you.

All the best,
Juliann and Grafton

Hi Laura!

I’ve been meaning to reach out since we got back from our honeymoon because we cannot stop talking about the wedding. You, Kelsey, the bridal attendants, and just EVERYBODY was absolutely incredible. The service could not have been any better – honestly you blew our expectations out of the water. I cannot thank you enough for making our day better than we could have ever imagined. That day it all felt surreal because of how perfect it was, and even looking back at pictures I still cannot believe how beautiful it all came together! Everybody told us it was the best Wedding they’ve ever been to and it could not have been possible without all of you.

Again, cannot thank you enough! I will be daydreaming about the amazing food for a long, long time!! Please pass our gratitude on to everybody involved.


Good afternoon Patty and Rick:

Thank you for another fantastic Merri Makers event!  We are so grateful for your attentive service, your attention to the details, the delicious food and outstanding preparation that made Rachel’s Bridal Shower a joy for both John and I to host.  We’d like to thank Chris and his assistant for another special food display. The experienced, pleasant and professional wait staff members were fantastic. Patty, you are a true professional and it has been a pleasure to work with you. You were always there when we needed you and even when we weren’t sure if we did!!  Thank you for making our guests feel special also.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with your team and would be happy to provide a reference to anyone that might require it in the future.

Rick, you have a fabulous organization! Thank you for your personal touch and your concern about the details!  We look forward to working with your team again.


Elizabeth and John


Hi Laura!

I’ve been meaning to contact you all week- it’s been crazy- we’re actually in Miami for Alyssa and Kyle’s med school graduation!

I just wanted to tell you how completely spectacular the wedding was last weekend.  You, Kelsey and the entire staff were just remarkable- anticipating our every need, allowing us to just sit back and enjoy!

Every guest could not get over how perfect everything was- the delicious food, the fabulous service!

All I can say to every one of you is:




Nan T.


Hi Andrea,

We just wanted to send a quick note as were driving to the airport to thank you and the whole Bonnet/ Meri Makers team. Everyone was incredible to work with and made the day so so perfect. Ellie and Lauren especially were absolutely amazing and anticipated my needs before I even knew I needed it. I had multiple people come up to me saying how well taken care of we were and they were. It was the absolute BEST DAY. I can not say enough good things.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Lots of love,
Haley and Scott

Merri-Makers catered my 60th Birthday party at the Taylor Pavilion in Belmar, From start to finish Patty Kliegerman did an excellentjob in guiding and advising me on planning this special party. The Room looked beautiful when I walked in and saw my vision come together. The Food was excellent, although being the host I did not eat much, but got so many compliments from my guests about how good everything was and a few requests on who the food caterers were.

Having hosted our daughter’s wedding at the one-of-a-kind Ashford Estate, We found the stunning elegance of this venue equal to the culinary expertise of Rick Bott and his Merri-Makers team! These are wedding professionals deserving of your utmost confidence. There was attention to every detail of food quality, taste and presentation. All staff members had that intangible hospitality gene for serving guests with a generous spirit and dignity. These included the strolling servers, the bartenders, the wait staff, the early morning breakfast crew, the cleaning staff and the after party bartenders, to name a few. Laura, who was our main contact, was an absolute pleasure to work with and was an integral part of our decision to choose the Ashford Estate. She helped ease and simplify the decision making process and her recommendations were spot on. We found her confidence contagious and quickly felt comfortable to allow these amazing professionals do what they do best – make all the memory magic happen. It was the event of our dreams. Thank you Ashford Estate and Merri-Makers!

Laura, I just wanted to take the time to reach out and thank you again for everything regarding our NYE wedding. The day was just spectacular (even despite the rain!) You and your staff are truly top of the line. My mom and I kept commenting the whole night at how seamless everything was. You guys run a well-oiled machine there! There was nothing the staff didn’t have a solution for and I am so grateful for all the hard work. We really had the most incredible day and I will continue to re-live it all my life!

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