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 three main package options to help couple’s with different needs. Her first option is her Wedding Consultant and Coordinator package. With this option, Rachel will come in and handle all of your wedding needs on your big day. This includes overseeing the set up, issuing vendor payments, coordinating, and more. The Partial Planning package gives you a bit more assistance with details and design. This option covers everything in the consultant and coordinator package but also includes extras such as additional communication, budget management assistance, and any remaining vendor selections. 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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Tessa · Married on 09/08/2018
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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!
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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.
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Ali · Married on 08/04/2018
Rachel is INCREDIBLE. Seriously. My husband, parents, and I went into the wedding planning process with ideas, but without experience planning weddings or big events. We live in California, and were planning our wedding in Maine, and Rachel helped us make all the pieces come together from 3,000 miles away. She is so smart, really takes the time to listen to your ideas, and comes up with fantastic, thoughtful suggestions. For example, we were really hoping that the wedding could be at our family cabin, but it turned out the space was too small to be tented for the reception, so Rachel helped us have the ceremony at the cabin, and found another fantastic nearby venue for the reception. Every single one of her vendor suggestions was spot-on. Over the course of the year that we were planning, she made us feel reassured and excited every step of the way. And then, on wedding day, she was totally extraordinary. From making sure everything was in position for the ceremony, to bringing my husband and I appetizers and cocktails as we were buzzing around saying hi to loved ones, to coordinating between vendors, she was there. At one point during the toasts, it started raining, and my husband realized that his dad had left the top to his convertible VW bug down — Rachel stealthily grabbed the keys from the best man and went to go put the top back up! She was ON it. So impressive. We loved working with her and HIGHLY recommend her. Don’t hesitate to work with her!! Thank you, Rachel!Sent on 08/23/2018
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