R.L. Sisson Events is a wedding planning business based in Bar Harbor, Maine, that also serves the Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle areas. Rachel, owner and planner, grew up surrounded by planning and entertaining. This naturally led her to a hospitality career, where she first started gaining her experience. Her experience drove her into launching her very own wedding planning business, which has been Rachel's passion ever since. Now, she works closely with each couple to help them plan and carry out the wedding of their dreams.
R.L. Sisson Events works with couples planning both small and large weddings. Rachel has put together two main package options to help couples with different needs. The Partial Planning package offers communication throughout the planning process, assistance with details and design, budget management assistance, remaining vendor selections, comprehensive timeline and schedules and overseeing the setup, issuing vendor payments and an onsite event team. If you are looking for the most comprehensive assistance when planning your big day, the Full-Service package will handle all your planning aspects.
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Corey Heyward · Getting married on 03/28/2020
Friendly, Sincere, Resourceful, and Invaluable Wedding Planning
Rachel was a sincere and incredible help during our hunt for a venue in Hancock County! Although we did not end up getting married in Maine (a choice only based on travel restrictions of our guests), we were able to make a fully informed decision based on the help that Rachel gave us regarding venue, catering, and rental information. Especially considering that we do not live in the area year-round, having someone there to explore possibilities was invaluable. She went above-and-beyond in providing us many options during pre-planning, even though it was not a guarantee that we would choose Maine as our wedding location. If we ever do have an event in Maine (because it would be an amazing place for a celebration), Rachel will be our first choice! Thank you so much for everything, Rachel!Sent on 09/22/2019
Tessa · Married on 09/08/2018
The Best Wedding Planner
Rachel was absolutely amazing to work with and made the whole wedding planning experience fun and easy for us. A friend recommended Rachel and we are so grateful because working with her made the whole process really enjoyable. We had conceptual ideas about what we wanted to do, but she knew how to make it happen and thought of every possible detail, so we didn't have to worry about forgetting something important. Not only is she the most organized and knowledgeable person, but she literally knows every single vendor in the greater MDI area, so working with her makes everything run seamlessly.Sent on 12/14/2018
We live in NYC, but were getting married in Bar Harbor and Rachel was so generous with her time and expertise. Going on site visits, scoping out options, sending us photos, answering all our random questions! She is on every last detail, but never made us feel overwhelmed. Her calm and collected demeanor made us trust her completely and she exceeded all our expectations.
Not only did she make everything run smoothly, but she was so kind and thoughtful, too. At the end of the night, she had a box of desserts for me and my husband because we both got so caught up dancing that we never made it to our dessert table! She is simply the best!
R.L. Sisson Events's reply:It was an absolute pleasure to work with you both! To witness the love and joy shared on your special day was truly magical! Wishing you all the best and I hope to see you when you're back in the area.
Carissa · Married on 08/18/2018
We met Rachel when we first looked at College of the Atlantic as our wedding venue. I volunteer at the school, so the idea of getting married there already held appeal. When we realized that we would also be working with Rachel, we immediately stopped looking at venues. We were fortunate enough to have Rachel's assistance as coordinator, and not just a "day-of" organizer. She was an essential part of the planning of our wedding and her attention to detail ensured that all of the timing, vendor contacts, and orders were trouble free. She thought of all the details, large and small, that made the difference. I had *a lot* of DIY projects and quirky ideas that I wanted to incorporate into the reception, and had the added issue of distance (we live 2 hrs away, and our florist was coming from NJ). Rachel handled all of this with grace and the highest degree of professionalism. She fully embraced my "vision" of the day and brought it to life. I can't thank her, and her assistant, Nina, enough for their tireless efforts in those last 48 hrs. They not only got everything done, but it was done beautifully, and perfectly in keeping with what I had pictured in my mind. We also had minor weather issues, but with back up plans in place, the passing rain was a minor distraction. In the end, it only enhanced the ceremony.Sent on 09/17/2018
It is the mark of a true professional for the client to not even realize the full extent of the "job" until after it is completed. As the guests left, and only Rachel remained, blowing out candles and turning off the lights, I realized just how much she had done to make our day perfect. By the end of the planning process, I felt like I was working with a friend who was just as invested as I was in making the day special. Rachel helped us accomplish this, and more. We will be forever in her debt.
R.L. Sisson Events's reply:Thank you, Carissa and Kevin! It was an honor to implement your beautiful vision! You truly have a knack for this, Carissa, I should hire you! It was a pleasure to get to work with and get to know you. Wishing you all the love and happiness!!
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