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!!

THE BEST DAY EVER. The entire Bonnet Island Estate property, the staff, the food and ambiance exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience overall.

The entire day was catered to us, what we wanted and loved and it just came out so perfectly. The staff was so helpful and knowledgeable, they were kind and accommodating and helped us through planning and the actual day seamlessly and with great attention to detail. The food was delicious and they catered to my celiac (gluten free) needs without hesitation.

Our guests continue to reach out to us about how much they enjoyed themselves and how impressed they were…that is so meaningful to us. We have people coming to celebrate our love and we want them to be happy too. I could sit here and write for hours but all I can say is, if you’re trying to make a decision and want to have the most beautiful, glowing, happy memories, choose Bonnet. Get the rooms, stay overnight, make the most of it. Life is short and we wouldn’t have done anything differently. Cheers

A dream come true. The estate, it’s amenities, the staff, the food, the grounds….all of it is a 10/10 and made our wedding weekend beyond our expectations!!

It’s more than a beautiful venue…it’s an experience. We often reflect on how choosing Bonnet was the best decision we made around our wedding and how we’re so grateful.

Andrea is incredible — so attentive, patient, professional and a joy to work with. The whole team is!! They truly make you feel like Bonnet is yours – for the wedding weekend and forever. We cannot recommend Bonnet Island Estate enough – it’s absolutely gorgeous and every single thing is taken care of so seamlessly and professionally.

Thank you for everything Bonnet team!!!!!!

Our wedding with Merri-Maker’s at Mallard Island Yacht Club this past October was seriously a dream. Gianna, our event coordinator, made the entire process leading up to to the wedding extremely easy, straightforward, and fun! We are very sad we do not have the pleasure to continue planning with her!

The day & night of our wedding exceeded our expectations in every way possible. We knew the service, food, and overall experience was going to be amazing but it was far better than we ever imagined it would be. The venue is obviously beautiful but Merri-Makers really takes it to the next level and we genuinely felt like everyone involved was just as excited to be a part of our day as we were. So many people told us it was the nicest wedding they had ever been to, and while we may be biased, we would have to agree with this!

We HIGHLY recommend Merri-Makers/Mallard Island Yacht Club to prospective couples.
Only downside to the entire experience is that it had to end!

The moment we walked through the doors of Mallard Island Yacht club, my husband and I knew we could not imagine ourselves getting married anywhere else. Not only did it provide us our dream estate venue, on the water, guest suites and all (WOW).. but the team at Merri-Makers genuinely went above and beyond to create the most special, personal, and seamless experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

We worked closely with Gianna throughout the entire process, who immediately made us feel like we were planning a wedding with a sister or life-long friend. She was responsive, organized, and SUCH a pleasure to work with. G had an answer to every ridiculous question I’d ask, a recommendation for vendors big and small, tips on how to navigate a wedding on LBI.. etc. She always had our best interest at heart – I did not feel the need to hire a wedding coordinator having her guide us through every step of the way. I left my wedding planning process feeling like I had a new friend, which is amazing of itself.

On the day of the wedding, I was absolutely blown away at the attentiveness of the entire staff. Everyone from the bridal attendants (they had water on deck for me all day long, bustled my train, fixed my hair, etc- cannot say enough about these fantastic girls), to the overnight manager (we woke up to her setting up a beautiful breakfast and packing up all our items from the night before, etc – the SWEETEST!), to the maitre d (checked in on us all night, and reminded me to change into my second dress, was having too much fun and would have actually forgotten – a queen)… we were provided with an experience I’d only ever dreamed of.

All of the little details at Mallard are what made our day feel like one in a million. From the open air dance floor, the stunning bridal suite, the boathouse chapel, the groom shack, personal flags waving in the wind, any menu revision and food that my guests are still raving about (seriously – go for the scallops and the lobster rolls), the fire pit, the views, the grace of the entire MIYC team– Let this review be your sign to book. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an experience we will never forget.

EVERYTHING was perfect. There is so much we could say but I will say broadly that the entire day exceeded our expectations. We received so many compliments from guests on how organized and attentive the staff was and how great the food was. Many people said it was the nicest wedding they had ever been to!

Gianna was amazing throughout the entire process and day of the wedding. We are sad our relationship with her has come to a close in regards to the wedding planning process because she was such a pleasure to work with! The bridal attendants Kelsey and Kaylee, along with Nancy and everyone else who made day run so smoothly were amazing as well.

We wish we could do it all over! Please let us know if there are any specific questions you would like us to answer or any testimonials/reviews you would like us to write – we would be more than happy to do so!

Thanks for everything!


Sarah & Mike



On the day of our wedding we were truly blown away by the Merri-Makers staff. We have had a wonderful experience with Andrea the entire time. She was truly a savior and could not have been sweeter!

On the day of the wedding, Andrea and Kristy met me outside and immediately helped us get in the dress and luggage for overnight. Kristy was a sweetheart and was awesome the ENTIRE day. She must have stayed until almost the end of the night. She took care of everything..including taking some side pictures and sending them to me so I would have some! Emmy was our other attendant and was  wonderful as well. Both Emmy and Kristy made sure we had whatever we could possibly think of and made sure we always had a fresh drink and plenty of water. They were also pros when it came to bustling my dress.

I’m sorry but the name of the Maitre d’ is slipping my mind. We did meet with her and she seemed nice. We honestly didn’t see her much the day of the wedding, but clearly she made sure the whole operation ran smoothly.

All of the waitstaff were absolutely wonderful and very professional. I know I keep gushing over Andrea, Emmy and Kristy, but they are all-stars! Between the three of them, they anticipated every want/need and took care of it. They have great personalities and truly made the day that much better.

Thank you so much for training such a wonderful and special team!

Thank you,


We could not be more pleased with the Merri-Makers team. Not only was the food exceptional, but every staff member was friendly and professional, all striving to make us and our guests feel special.

Weeks later, we still have friends and family contacting us to say “that was the best wedding food we’ve ever had.”

Thank you for contributing to the best day of our lives!


Victoria and Chris C

Choosing Ashford was perhaps the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process.

They made our dream wedding come true — from customizing a fusion menu for us to meeting multiple times on every single little detail of the wedding, Laura and team treated us with such kindness and attention from the beginning that we are forever grateful. Not to mention, during the actual wedding weekend they took such good care of us — I always had an attendant giving me water, helping me go from one thing to the next, and the Laura, Megan, and the entire team knew what was happening at every step. When things could have gone wrong, they stepped in and saved the day.

Ashford was stunningly beautiful and the perfect place to get married with the best team 🙂

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