My husband and I had our wedding here this past Friday and it was everything we had ever dreamed of and more. Almost every guest commented on how attentive and nice each and every staff member was and how this was the best wedding food they have ever eaten!

I can’t thank them enough for being so accommodating during a year of such uncertainty. The second I arrived that morning I felt at ease.

They truly went above and beyond to make our day so special and allowed us to just relax and enjoy the entire night.

From day 1, Bonnet Island Estate did not disappoint!! Gianna with Merri-Makers is the BEST!

Planning an executing an event during COVID was challenging, but Gianna was there every step of the way. The service, the staff, the food, the atmosphere, every.single.thing was on point!! We have received compliment after compliment from our guests saying how wonderful everything was, and most saying it was “the best wedding they have ever been to”… and its all thanks to the team at Bonnet Island!

If you are considering this venue, go for it… you will not be disappointed!!

Dear Laura,

GI & I would like to send our gratitude to you & the rest of the Merri-Makers & Ashford Estate staff for bringing our vision to life on our wedding day.

We thank everyone who was involved from the beginning up to the very end of our special day, no matter how minor the role was. You all knew how to make it as stress-free as possible ensuring that we remember to eat, dance and to enjoy our day. I just binge-watched The Crown & I would like to send a shout-out to Taylor & Bethany for making me feel like the Queen of England that day.

We’d also like to share that our family & guests were truly impressed by the event, some of them even saying that at least they get to experience this in their lifetime. They kept on raving about how beautiful the estate was and that the quality of food and service were impeccable. Everyone had fun with the cocktail hour selections and couldn’t say no. Even my brother, who’s a chef & picky-eater, rushed to me during dinner just to say that his steak was wonderfully seasoned & melt-in-your-mouth, cooked to perfection.

It was a wonderful event and we’re glad that it was our wedding day. Happy, we think, isn’t even enough to say how delighted we were to choose & put our trust in Ashford & Merrimakers to celebrate this life event.

Once again, thank you and we will cherish this event always.

Much love,

Jeliz & GI

Hi Rick…

Now that the dust has settled, I want to reach out to you and thank you so very much for your patience, professionalism and soft guidance on how to proceed with Catie‘s wedding when the weather started to turn bad. It was a rough go but the day turned out perfect because of you and your team. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. When our journey started with Catie‘s engagement to Jeff, we never would have thought that it would have turned out to be so incredibly stressful ….. I would not wish a Covid wedding on anyone.  But your guidance was my lifeline to sanity… Ha ha ha ha!

Thank you so much and I pray that the next wedding season is much less stressful for you! God bless.


Dear Gianna, Justin, Rick & Team,

We cannot thank you enough for all your help and work you put in to make our wedding so perfect!  We could not have pulled off a safe and beautiful wedding without you.

The food and service was even better than we could have asked for.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.  Have a happy & healthy holiday!


Nicole & Brian P.

Hi Laura!

I just wanted to let you know that we were all thrilled with how everything turned out on Saturday. Your entire staff at the Ashford is amazing!  Geri (I apologize if spelling is incorrect) was there whenever I may have needed her. She actually anticipated things before I did and was ready. And she always had my next drink ready!  My daughter Lauren had only good things to say about Taylor and Lauren- they were so attentive and such lovely girls. Also many thanks to Justin too as we knew he was there to handle anything that may have come up. We soon realized after being there only a few hours that morning that we were in very capable hands which helped us relax and enjoy the day.

A big thank you to you for always being available to all of us whenever we had questions or concerns – which we did ever since the original wedding date had to be postponed.  You were a pleasure to work with!

The food must not go unmentioned as it was amazing.  We were so pleased with our selections for the cocktail hour.  And I am so thankful that the staff put together a generous sampling for Lauren and Joseph to enjoy privately. They then did the same for Paul and me and I’m so glad they did. I spent so much time socializing and greeting people during the cocktail hour and didn’t really try the food until we had our private sampling. As for the main course- the steak was cooked to perfection and the halibut was absolutely delicious.

We received so many compliments on the wedding reception. We knew that the venue and it’s beautiful grounds would be gorgeous. We knew that that food would be delicious and it was. But what truly made the day run so beautifully was you and your team.

Many thanks!


My review will likely be a little long, but my experience with Merri-Makers Catering was nothing short of exceptional, and in a time when there are a lot of brides feeling unsure, I hope that this provides some comfort and confidence in your decision-making because if you book with Merri-Makers, you will not be sorry. When I booked my wedding at The Mallard Island Yacht Club for June 19, 2020, at that time Merri-Makers was not the caterer for the property yet but were going to be as of 2021. In the early days of COVID-19, my original wedding date was cancelled, and we picked a back-up date of July 24, 2020. Just about 8 weeks before the new date, the original caterer ended up having to close their operations and Merri-Makers took over earlier than their scheduled date. As stressful as it was to have to start over with a new caterer on top of everything else, I cannot even begin to express how much it turned out to be the greatest blessing in disguise. We were introduced to Gianna, who over the course of the next 8 weeks became our lifeline, our greatest cheerleader, our strategist, and most importantly, our friend. I can’t imagine anyone else putting in the time and effort that she did and being so dedicated to making our wedding how we were envisioning it and keeping it within the ever-changing constraints set by the state. At one point we had 3 different plans, layouts, and menus. She had a back-up plan for her back-up plan and she and the team at Merri-Makers were not going to give up on giving us our dream wedding. We ended up bringing the entire wedding completely outside, utilizing the beautiful veranda for our seating instead of the ballroom and it was gorgeous. We were able to have all of our family and bridal party there to celebrate with us, and it was the perfect evening. I haven’t even gotten to the food yet, which was absolutely fabulous. We have two big (and opinionated) Italian families, and all we heard from everyone was how incredible the food was. I’ve had multiple people tell me that the filet was not just a good “wedding filet,” but one of the best filets they have ever had, period. There is a reason Merri-Makers has been around 40 years, they are the best at what they do. The best part of all of this was not only did everyone walk away saying that it really felt just like a completely “normal” wedding, but because Merri-Makers took every precaution possible (temp checks, masks, gloves, sanitizing stations, etc. ) every single guest at my wedding also walked away completely safe and healthy. There just aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are to Gianna and her staff at Mallard Island, as well as all of Merri-Makers for making our dream wedding happen. If you are considering Mallard Island, or any of the Merri-Makers properties, do not hesitate at all and know going in that you have the best of the best catering your special day.

Dear Rick-

On April 23, we sent Patty, our Event Coordinator, an email with an invitation for Merri-Makers to collaborate with us to turn our annual fundraiser into an at-home virtual event, The Online Broadway Bash.

Six weeks later, on June 4, your refrigerated truck pulled into its familiar spot in the theatre’s parking lot to deliver 119 pre-packaged, four-course meals for our volunteers to pick up and deliver to our VIPs from the shores of the Raritan Bay to the banks of the Toms River.

You and your team took on this unique task with the same hands-on, service oriented approach and culinary expertise we were introduced to at last year’s Broadway Bash, and executed the project helpfully and flawlessly.

Speaking with participants in the days following the event, time and time again we’re getting the same feedback regarding the meal: “It was delicious!”

The success of this dinner-at-home endeavor provided a unique way for us to connect with our supporters during a time when we otherwise wouldn’t have much opportunity to do so.  By the time the internet stream of The Online Broadway Bash had ended shortly after 9pm, we had met or exceeded every financial goal we had for this event including our live appeal for donations.

Thank you for playing a major role in making this event a success.  We look forward to working with you again.

Best regards,

David A.


Hi Laura,

I hope you’re doing well and staying safe during this time. I finally received our wedding photos back and wanted to share them with you! Everything looked absolutely amazing, people are still talking about how flawless the wedding was!!

Thank you so much for all that you did, it made all my dreams come true!


Thank you so much for making our wedding day the best day of our lives! You made the process so stress-free!

We cannot believe it’s been three months already! We look back on our day with such fondness and pure joy – and so much of that is because of the amazing work of you and the amazing team at Bonnet.

Thank you!
Jess & AJ

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