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Emily H. · Married on 06/27/2020
The best it could have been, but even better
A wedding is only as good as the planning behind it, and our wedding was near perfect despite the global pandemic happening around us. The simple fact is that it would not have been the wedding of our dreams without the help of Mary. She worked with us to start planning our wedding, and continued providing support and guidance as the world shifted. Her guiding hands helped keep everything safe, but just as beautiful as we originally intended. We not only worked through cutting down our guest list to fit the changing mandates, she also was a God send on the day of working with each guests comfort levels. She was like the wind, everyone was aware of her but in an unobtrusive manner. Her presence was calming, refreshing, and steadying. She really won my now husband over when he went to ask for her help in moving a table from outside. See, this particular table was for guests from out of town who when originally making plans wanted the table to be outside for extra precaution. The wedding was so well handled (all with Mary's guiding touches) that they felt comfortable moving inside. The moment he asked, she waved her hand and the team that she already had standing by for that exact purpose leaped into action to quickly resolve the dilemma. If you're looking for a stellar planner in general, hire Mary. If you're looking for a planner to navigate even the toughest waters, definitely hire Mary!Sent on 07/13/2020
Olivia T. · Married on 05/08/2020
Great full-planning experience
We truly cannot recommend Mary enough. She was with us every step of the way in planning our wedding. From the venue search to the day of details she had everything under control and made our day run smoothly. She is always prompt to answer emails or phone calls and will help you navigate any bump in the road. Our vendors even commented that she went above and beyond in their interactions with her to make their jobs easier as well. Beyond her excellent logistical and communication skills she also has a great eye for design and was able to take our vague ideas of what we wanted and turn it into a beautiful scheme the day of our wedding. Even better she did all this and kept us below our budget! You should definitely consider her for your wedding planner- we couldn't have done it without her help!Sent on 12/19/2019
Leslie C. · Married on 01/04/2020
Our Dreams Came True
We first asked Mary for help with planning our wedding after I had spent many sleepless nights fretting (and yes, panicking) over how one could possibly pull everything together without help in less than 6 months. By the end of the day, Mary’s optimism, professionalism, and support was so reassuring that we were able to rest in absolute confidence that everything was going to be great.Sent on 01/22/2020
Throughout the entire process, Mary had a handle on the way things were going to unfold and kept us informed and prepared for what to expect and how to handle it. She didn’t notify us of everything she was doing behind the scenes—rather, she kept things off our radar when it would simplify our lives and worked proactively on tasks that would do the same. She had everyone involved channeling all communication through herself during the wedding week and she did so with joy!
We were particularly impressed at the way Mary took charge of the rehearsal. She worked incredibly well with our family and friends, which was super important for our private wedding where our loved ones took on several roles that couples typically contract out. She thought of every detail, especially the ones which we would have failed to plan entirely. Mary successfully timed out the entire day and ensured we all had black and white timelines for the day: the bridal party’s preparation, venue prep, travel, arrivals, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and cleanup.
There was one point on our wedding day, just a couple hours before the ceremony, when my Maid of Honor and sole bridesmaid was MIA and because the cell service was poor, I couldn’t reach a single family member or friend to help me finish getting ready and get me to the ceremony. I called Mary, and within one ring she answered and handled the situation with all the coolness in the world. It was true all along that this was an event that we could not handle with our loved ones alone, and it couldn’t have been plainer when Mary was the only person who was reachable. Mary made it her priority to be effortlessly there for us.
Our wedding ceremony was phenomenal. I look back at all the mood boards and ideas we’d collected and see that we really had everything we dreamed of and the vibes were exactly as we had hoped they would be. Our guests gushed about how romantic and moving our ceremony was, which we definitely felt, too. Everyone said the reception was fun in ways that they hadn’t experienced at weddings before. For us it went by in a flash, but there were moments that stand still in memory because we were so present in the celebration, and we’re able to recall those dances and speeches and hugs in vivid detail whenever we want. Mary handled everything that night so we would have those gifts for the rest of our lives.
We couldn’t be happier with her services and the moments she helped us plan.
Megan · Married on 12/07/2019
Wonderful and seamless
We have nothing but wonderful things to say about our experience using Mary as our wedding planner. We met Mary for the first time and described our vision for our wedding day and she helped make it come alive step by step. She was knowledgeable and offered great recommendations but was never pushy with suggestions. One of my concerns was that we had splurged to book my dream wedding venue and so needed to try to keep other costs in other areas down to not go too over our budget. Mary had created an in depth file and helped us find options that were both beautiful and within or budget. Both my husband and I are very busy healthcare workers so having Mary be in communication with our vendors and know she had everything under control was such a relief. We were able to relax and truly enjoy the process. She was available at the drop of a hat with my last minute questions and requests leading up to the day. Finally, having her the day of the wedding was truly the best thing we did for our wedding. My husband, myself and our families were able to be completely focused on the day and the moment, not the minute details. It was only days after the wedding that a friend told me about a near issue that Mary had identified and solved before I ever even knew it existed. She truly made our day seamless and I couldn't be more thankful.Sent on 01/17/2021
Rachel · Married on 09/01/2019
I can't imagine the month-of/day-of WITHOUT Mary
I never knew how much planning, how many contracts, how many follow ups, how much EFFORT goes into planning a wedding until I had to do it myself. It is ALOT! And Mary really helped me manage the stress / enjoy the month before my wedding by taking the reigns -- she followed up and coordinated with all our vendors AND put together the most amazing day of timeline to distribute to all parties. It made me feel calm and confident that it would all come together, and it did. Then the day of was a literal dream; being able to enjoy the party with everything flowing so effortlessly was everything I wanted in a wedding reception. Thank you Mary!Sent on 11/01/2019
Lauren · Married on 06/29/2019
Mary is amazing!
I could not imagine having my wedding day run as smoothly as it did without Mary's help and guidance. From our first conversation, she made me feel comfortable and confident in taking on this planning process together. I was able to contact her with any questions or concerns I had which made me feel assured we were always moving in the right direction.Sent on 07/05/2019
Mary is very attentive and organized- she listened to what I wanted and ensured that all details which I cared about were executed. Throughout the wedding day, she continuously asked me if I needed anything and how I was feeling.
Overall, my experience with Mary was nothing but positive. If you are looking for someone to lean on and trust throughout this process- look no further. Mary will get it done and make you feel confident that your day will be just as you had planned if not better.
Ari · Married on 05/26/2019
Our experience with Mary was absolutely perfect. Definitely one of the best decisions we made! I cannot think of a single thing I would change. I was most interested in finding someone who would pick up where I left off, and make sure everything runs smoothly during the wedding so we could enjoy ourselves. From the time she stepped in, Mary was always available either by text or email, and relieved our stress with a quick response or additional information - whichever was needed.Sent on 07/12/2019
I originally spoke with Mary over the phone because we live two hours from the venue. She was interested in knowing about us, our preferences, ideas for the big day, and our general taste. Mary accompanied us on our catering walk-through at the venue, and took notes on everything we said we loved or did not like. After only one walk-through, it was clear that she understood our style. When we sat down to go over day-of details we realized how many things we had not even considered prior to that point, and were so relieved to have her.
On the day of the wedding, and even the time leading up to it, Mary was in constant communication with the vendors. I honestly did not do a single wedding-related "work" task from the beginning to the end of the weekend. If there were any complications or fires to put out, I had absolutely no idea.
Mary is organized, experienced, and professional. She made it so easy to work with her and I would recommend her to any of my friends.
Lauren · Married on 12/21/2018
Hands Down the Best Decision
Here's the thing about weddings they don't tell you - there is A LOT MORE to planning than you might expect. Having Mary help coordinate details, be my main point of contact, think of the things that I would never have considered (and volunteer to leave the reception to go buy takeaway trays for the extra food!!!) was actually the most impactful decision that I could have made to make my wedding as perfect as it could be. Don't think, just hire her!Sent on 01/29/2019
Liz · Married on 11/03/2018
Professional and Positive Day-of-Coordinator
Mary was our day-of coordinator at The Clifton in Charlottesville, VA. From the first phone call, she was very professional, on top of all of the details and put my mom and I at ease. She had a comprehensive packet that was helpful in making sure everything was covered, and she was flexible when plans would change. Her advice was invaluable, including what not to worry about too much! On the day of, Mary was able to gather the right people when needed, and make sure everything was in its place. She knew where to be when and always had a positive attitude and gentle way of keeping things moving. My mom and I appreciated such expertise at such a reasonable cost. We were in good hands- Mary eased the stress of coordinating such a complex event! Thank you Mary!!Sent on 12/19/2018
Anna · Married on 10/13/2018
The best wedding coordinator we could have asked for!
Mary was so great to work with! We could not have made it through our wedding day without her! My fiance and I moved to a new city and both started new jobs all within three months of the wedding which was a huge additional stressor. Mary worked around our crazy schedules and helped keep us on track with planning and the million details that have to fall in to place before the big day. There were so many details that I never would have thought to prepare for without Mary reminding me. I never felt overwhelmed though because I knew Mary had everything under control to make our wedding wonderful. Mary was so thoughtful and caring and did everything in her power to make my dream wedding a reality.Sent on 12/13/2018
Victoria · Married on 10/05/2018
Amazing! Don't have a wedding without Mary coordinating your day!
If you need a day-of-coordinator, Mary is your person! I was such a type A bride, even worrying about things until 5AM on the day of my wedding, but Mary was cool and calm and helped guide me to have one of the best days of my life :) Once my wedding day got started, I didn't worry about anything else. I trusted Mary would take care of everything, and she did. She listened to all my needs and executed every detail that I envisioned. Thanks, Mary!Sent on 12/09/2018
Molly · Married on 08/25/2018
Mary is GREAT! Literally couldn't ask for a better day-of coordinator! She was super responsive and provided suggestions on vendors. We first talked to Mary over the phone and knew immediately we felt comfortable with her coordinating our wedding day events. We had a walk-through at our venue (about 1 1/2 hours from Mary's home) where we looked at the size and layout of the venue. Mary had come prepared with a HUGE packet going over all events/details of the day (way more than we would've ever thought of). From our conversation (and multiple emails), she put together a VERY detailed timeline of events, which included all vendor phone numbers and details about set up, etc. She also had full communication with our vendors 2 weeks before the wedding, which was huge in taking a lot of the extra stress off of our plate. She provided the detailed timeline to all of our vendors and they all mentioned how amazing it was. Mary was with us for 12 hours the day of the wedding, helping with vendor arrivals (flowers, cake, etc) and facilitated our entire rehearsal the night before. We ran out of beer about 1 1/2 hours before our wedding ended and she ran off and got us more beer, no questions asked! Really couldn't say enough great things about Mary. Highly recommend!!Sent on 09/06/2018
Laurene · Married on 07/28/2018
Mary was our Month of Coordinator for our wedding in July and I only regret not having her plan our whole wedding! She was seriously amazing. From our first phone call she was helping me problem solve. Mary is super professional, organized, and sweet! I had countless friends and family members comment on what a good job she did, how hard she worked, and how nice she was. She had so many tips to share at each of our planning meetings and our Rehearsal. Mary was truly invaluable to our wedding and I couldn't have been more thrilled having her as our Coordinator!Sent on 08/27/2018
Abbie · Married on 06/30/2018
Mary was the month-of coordinator for my June 30, 2018 wedding and my husband and I could not have been more thrilled with her service. We met in person in March and Mary had created a whole Google Drive suite of folders and spreadsheets for me to fill out and place information into. As an organization nut myself, I loved being able to use her pre-made tools to communicate with her and also organize my own thoughts. In our meeting, she was professional, warm, and efficient and we left feeling so much better about the state of our planning. We met again in person as our wedding neared and Mary was instrumental in helping us work through the last details. She handled all vendors in the weeks leading up to the wedding and it was so great to be able to confidently hand that off to her. Mary was beyond sweet on our wedding day - brining a little emergency pack to the bridal suite (we made use of the deodorant on a 90 degree day) and she was there with us until the very last bottle of wine was loaded into our car at 11:30pm. We were so lucky to have lots of great vendors, but Mary was probably the only truly irreplaceable one. Definitely book her for your day and you will not regret that money spent!!!Sent on 07/21/2018
Mary Elizabeth Events's reply:Thank you for your sweet note, Abbie! I loved being a part of your wedding celebration and getting to know you and your family and friends throughout the process. These kind words made me smile!
Amber · Married on 11/11/2017
Mary was very sweet and easy to work with! She was always avilible to help with any ideas, and really helped you stay relaxed. She had everything mapped out and organized!Sent on 12/29/2017
Mary Elizabeth Events's reply:Thank you for your sweet words, Amber! I loved partnering with you and Spencer to celebrate your wedding day!
Spencer · Married on 03/25/2017
Mary was the coordinator for my wedding in March of 2017. I was blown away by her professionalism, her willingness to take ownership when needed, and her general wisdom with the timeline for weddings!Sent on 07/07/2017
Shortly after our ceremony was over, Mary was busy transitioning guests into our reception hall. Contractually, our bar was supposed to be stocked with various types of beer. When Mary recognized the problem, she immediately came to my wife and me confirming that we had ordered beer. She quickly returned to the bar, talked to the manager, and negotiated kegs be brought out at no charge. Our guests happily imbibed and we never had worry about a thing. We were thrilled with her leadership and poise and couldn't have asked for a better way to handle the conflict.
Looking back on our incredible day, there is no one we would rather have looking out for us than Mary!
User5557905 · 2+ years ago
I do not know where to begin, except I do not know what my wedding day would have been like without Mary. She was outstanding. I planned most of the wedding and she helped execute it. Everything happened on time. Everyone loved working with her, and I didn't have to worry about a thing! She was extremely professional and just wonderful to work with. If you have planned your own wedding and need help day of, Mary is your girl! You will not have to worry about a single thing on your special day, and she will do everything with a smile!Sent on 07/01/2016
User4721091 · 2+ years ago
We knew Mary from college and quickly took advantage of her knowledge and skills. Her help was critical to the organization of events and groups before and during the wedding. She was quick thinking in situations I had failed to plan effectively (as I organized everything myself and sought Mary out when overwhelmed by final preparations). She quickly took charge of situations and was so giving in her efforts to help make my wedding a success. I am forever grateful for her help and know she will deliver equally invested guidance to whoever seeks her work.Sent on 01/21/2015
Benjamin · Married on 09/12/2014
Mary was a godsend for us. We planned the event ourselves and brought Mary in to be the event coordinator. She didn't miss a beat! She did much of the wedding party organization/communication and helped us stay on schedule during the wedding while allowing for flexibility. As we caught up with our friends (a lot of whom were our vendors) after the wedding, we heard many stories of how Mary filled in holes we didn't account for and smoothed out bumps before they could even form. During the reception Mary did such an amazing job of floating around unobtrusively while being incredibly accessible if we needed her. I wish we had brought her into the wedding planning sooner to coordinate with our vendors and help with the planning! Mary is a great pick for planning your event.Sent on 01/21/2015
Kim C. · Married on 10/11/2020
Organized, professional, experienced Wedding Planner
My (now) husband and I decided to do the nearly impossible, and 1. get married during a global pandemic and 2. plan a wedding in 4 months. We knew the very first thing we had to do after signing the venue contract was to book our wedding planner. I know everyone says this, but weddings are EXPENSIVE! Im talking arm and a leg expensive. Because my husband and I decided to get married at our dream venue we knew we had to do our research and pick affordable, high quality, vendors. That's how and why we picked Mary Andrews of Mary Elizabeth Events. The first thing Mary and I did was go over the type of wedding planning I wanted. Because I'm a control freak, I knew I wanted to be heavily involved in the planning process. We worked together to build a custom package that was affordable yet comprehensive. That being said, I really needed Mary's guidance, experience, and resources that would allow me to plan a wedding in four months. She kept me on schedule, she made recommendations for every single vendor that were within my budget without compromising my vision, and had immense patience and professionalism when I didn't answer an email right away or when my father butted in on the wedding planning process. The dynamic we had worked. I know Mary did a lot of behind the scenes work that I never saw. For example, she emailed all my vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. That was an added layer of care and professionalism that smoothed over any anxiety I had about whether I forgot a last minute detail here or there. I was very grateful for all of Mary's hard work and guidance leading up to the big day, but I was even more grateful to have her there with me at the venue. She was so incredibly organized. She had our wedding timeline, contact info for all our vendors so they adhered to the timeline, and repeatedly made herself available to me incase I needed anything. I would absolutely recommend Mary Elizabeth to anyone, regardless of what type of wedding they had in mind because of her professionalism, amble resources, confidence, experience, and hard working attitude. She is a top tier planner hidden within the diverse cache of wedding vendors burrowed in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Any couple would be lucky and happy if they chose to work with her.Sent on 11/30/2020