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Aribella Events

Philadelphia, Wilmington, And Beyond , PA

LOCATION

Philadelphia, Wilmington, and beyond, PA 19341 US

PHONE

484-843-1265

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ABOUT US

Aribella Events is a boutique full-service wedding and event planning and design firm, serving Chester, Delaware and New Castle Counties, including Philadelphia, Hockessin, and... Read more
Aribella Events is a boutique full-service wedding and event planning and design firm, serving Chester, Delaware and New Castle Counties, including Philadelphia, Hockessin, and Wilmington. Aribella specializes in long-distance planning and weekend weddings, offering a full range of services from invitations, favors and gifts to design, décor and detail management. An Aribella Event is not merely about the location and logistics; it’s about creating a connection, a legacy – the legacy of a love story.



Aribella Martin received a letter from her young suitor, written December 22, 1815. "My Dear Aribella," the letter begins, "I hope the time will come when we shall see each other face to face without the mediums of pen and ink..." As Aribella is my grandmother’s great-grandmother, I have now been charged with the care of this frail and faded letter, which captures my imagination and stirs the eternal romantic in me. I don’t know who the young man was, I may never find an image of he and Aribella on their wedding day or know the “rest of the story” - but I know there was love. I know this letter meant enough to her that it was passed safely down the family line thru events that shaped our country and even the world, from before The Civil War, thru both World War I and World War II, even the current wars in the Middle East and beyond - and yet this story, this legacy of their love story, remains.

In many ways, I consider the honor of joining you in planning your wedding as rare and intimate a gift as caring for Aribella’s letter. Tremendous care must be taken to listen attentively, particularly to that which goes unspoken. To fully “get” you as individuals and as a couple. To weave your style and personality seamlessly throughout the details of your wedding. To honor tradition without being traditional. To create a connection, a shared moment with your friends and families.

The love story is yours already. Let Aribella create the legacy.

Call us at 484-843-1265 or email us at tonia@aribellaevents.com to get started.

-Tonia Read less
Flowers , Wedding Planning

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Here's the simple truth - we wouldn't have had our wedding at all without Tonia and her staff. She created a magical wedding for us in a very compressed timeline (like three months). And it was executed flawlessly, and Tonia did it with grace at every step. She took our very specific ideas around food, decor, ambience, mood, everything and made it a reality, and was our positive cheerleader along the way. Her support, confidence, and ability to get things done, quickly, made our wedding a reality. We are extraordinarily grateful to her, as our guests, who told us it was one of the best weddings they'd ever attended.
Here's the simple truth - we wouldn't have had our wedding at all without Tonia and her staff. She created a magical Read more...
Here's the simple truth - we wouldn't have had our wedding at all without Tonia and her staff. She created a magical wedding for us in a very compressed timeline (like three months). And it was executed flawlessly, and Tonia did it with grace at every step. She took our very specific ideas around food, decor, ambience, mood, everything and made it a reality, and was our positive cheerleader along the way. Her support, confidence, and ability to get things done, quickly, made our wedding a reality. We are extraordinarily grateful to her, as our guests, who told us it was one of the best weddings they'd ever attended. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Suzanne
Wedding:
10/3/2015
4.8/5.0
To say we couldn't have done it without Tonia would be--well, it would be literal.

Tonia is a star and so incredibly gifted. She has that rare mix you want: highly competent, super fun, creative, open-minded about both intent and evolving wedding ideas (!), and absolutely professional and warm with every walk of life that may find its way to your special day. She found a way to work with our vendors or bring in exceptional ones for the things we still needed, as well as bring in all of the types of food we wanted from the best chef in the city, secure the massive amount of tents we needed for unexpected hurricane that arrived our wedding week, decorate in OUR style which was minimal but elegant, and the entire time assure us we were on track--both timing wise and psychologically! The only slight ding is around accessibility, but it is truly understandable bc she is so good she is really in demand, so in all fairness, she was likely making other people's events exceptional in those rare times we couldn't reach her to nail something down. HIGHEST REC ALL AROUND! Thank you so much, Aribella Events and Tonia!
To say we couldn't have done it without Tonia would be--well, it would be literal.

Tonia is a star and so Read more...
To say we couldn't have done it without Tonia would be--well, it would be literal.

Tonia is a star and so incredibly gifted. She has that rare mix you want: highly competent, super fun, creative, open-minded about both intent and evolving wedding ideas (!), and absolutely professional and warm with every walk of life that may find its way to your special day. She found a way to work with our vendors or bring in exceptional ones for the things we still needed, as well as bring in all of the types of food we wanted from the best chef in the city, secure the massive amount of tents we needed for unexpected hurricane that arrived our wedding week, decorate in OUR style which was minimal but elegant, and the entire time assure us we were on track--both timing wise and psychologically! The only slight ding is around accessibility, but it is truly understandable bc she is so good she is really in demand, so in all fairness, she was likely making other people's events exceptional in those rare times we couldn't reach her to nail something down. HIGHEST REC ALL AROUND! Thank you so much, Aribella Events and Tonia! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Thomas
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Tonia was great. We had a few issues with other vendors including losing the videographer the day before the wedding. Tonia handled everything and got us a new videographer within a few hours.
The day of she made sure everything ran smoothly. She had everyone where they needed to be. She was even bringing us food & water all night so we didn't have to worry about anything but enjoying ourselves.
Tonia was great. We had a few issues with other vendors including losing the videographer the day before the wedding. Read more...
Tonia was great. We had a few issues with other vendors including losing the videographer the day before the wedding. Tonia handled everything and got us a new videographer within a few hours.
The day of she made sure everything ran smoothly. She had everyone where they needed to be. She was even bringing us food & water all night so we didn't have to worry about anything but enjoying ourselves. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Jami
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
My fiancé now husband and I had an amazing experience with Aribella Events. Tonia and her staff came to our rescue just three weeks before my husband a I married. The original planner we hired to use through our venue had Fallin ill. This person was also in charge of our wedding cake decorating, flowers and center pieces for our reception.
Needless to say as a bride I was imagining our big day being a total disaster. Having the pleasure of meeting Tonia a few months before, I was desperate for help and as it turned out Tonia remarkably had a rare weekend off during a very busy wedding season. Through all of the stress in planning a day in which I had hoped to be perfect was relieved when Tonia agreed to help me plan my out of state wedding. I would like to add that driving to another state with over a dozen wedding bouquets and a two teir wedding cake while there is an alert for a hurricane store takes determination and dedication. Thank you so much again Aribella Events.
My fiancé now husband and I had an amazing experience with Aribella Events. Tonia and her staff came to our rescue just Read more...
My fiancé now husband and I had an amazing experience with Aribella Events. Tonia and her staff came to our rescue just three weeks before my husband a I married. The original planner we hired to use through our venue had Fallin ill. This person was also in charge of our wedding cake decorating, flowers and center pieces for our reception.
Needless to say as a bride I was imagining our big day being a total disaster. Having the pleasure of meeting Tonia a few months before, I was desperate for help and as it turned out Tonia remarkably had a rare weekend off during a very busy wedding season. Through all of the stress in planning a day in which I had hoped to be perfect was relieved when Tonia agreed to help me plan my out of state wedding. I would like to add that driving to another state with over a dozen wedding bouquets and a two teir wedding cake while there is an alert for a hurricane store takes determination and dedication. Thank you so much again Aribella Events. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/18/2015
5.0/5.0
I absolutely adore Tonia. With weddings, it can be very stressful. Tonia's upbeat personality and friendly nature ALWAYS kept me calm and sane. I worried so much about everything, but after speaking to her, she always calmed me down and soothed all my concerns. She was absolutely AMAZING on my wedding day. She left no detail unturned and made sure I was completely happy with every thing I wanted. My day was simply beautiful. It was everything I wanted it to be and more, and I have her to thank. She recommended some wonderful vendors (Photographer, videographer, etc.). She remained professional, even ran the rehearsal. I loved her, and will be using her again for future events. I'm planning a party really soon, so I can't wait to work with her again!
I absolutely adore Tonia. With weddings, it can be very stressful. Tonia's upbeat personality and friendly nature ALWAYS Read more...
I absolutely adore Tonia. With weddings, it can be very stressful. Tonia's upbeat personality and friendly nature ALWAYS kept me calm and sane. I worried so much about everything, but after speaking to her, she always calmed me down and soothed all my concerns. She was absolutely AMAZING on my wedding day. She left no detail unturned and made sure I was completely happy with every thing I wanted. My day was simply beautiful. It was everything I wanted it to be and more, and I have her to thank. She recommended some wonderful vendors (Photographer, videographer, etc.). She remained professional, even ran the rehearsal. I loved her, and will be using her again for future events. I'm planning a party really soon, so I can't wait to work with her again! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Stephania
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Tonia was nothing short of amazing. I trusted her with everything, and our wedding turned out flawless! Simply the best!! Oh yeah and we got her to dance!
Tonia was nothing short of amazing. I trusted her with everything, and our wedding turned out flawless! Simply the best!! Read more...
Tonia was nothing short of amazing. I trusted her with everything, and our wedding turned out flawless! Simply the best!! Oh yeah and we got her to dance! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Tonia and her team are amazing! We are so happy to have had her help planning our wedding from across the country! She was full of excellent suggestions, but was totally aware of our 'vision' for the wedding. She literally helped us with every single detail and kept us on budget throughout all of it. She came with us for vendor and site visits and was the 'tough guy' when we didn't know how to be. The weekend of the wedding, she was in complete control and super organized. Neither us nor our family had to worry about a thing. It was great that Tonia was the point person that you work directly with throughout the planning process. Despite living across the country, we have met up with Tonia on our visits back home since the wedding! Would recommend without hesitation!
Tonia and her team are amazing! We are so happy to have had her help planning our wedding from across the country! She was Read more...
Tonia and her team are amazing! We are so happy to have had her help planning our wedding from across the country! She was full of excellent suggestions, but was totally aware of our 'vision' for the wedding. She literally helped us with every single detail and kept us on budget throughout all of it. She came with us for vendor and site visits and was the 'tough guy' when we didn't know how to be. The weekend of the wedding, she was in complete control and super organized. Neither us nor our family had to worry about a thing. It was great that Tonia was the point person that you work directly with throughout the planning process. Despite living across the country, we have met up with Tonia on our visits back home since the wedding! Would recommend without hesitation! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.3/5.0
Tonia was super nice and had a great vision. She also carried out my vision very well -- at least with regard to the centerpieces. However, I found it very difficult to keep in touch with her. She could be quite non-responsive at times -- sometimes I didn't get a response from her until I sent 1 or 2 follow up emails. Additionally, she asked me fairly early on if I wanted her to provide certain stationary for the reception (which I did). However, it became clear that she forgot when she re-asked that question quite close to the wedding. Between the late confirmation re: stationary and her general delays with responding to emails, I would have had to incur a hefty rush charge in order to obtain stationary through her company. I ended up doing much of the stationary myself to cut costs.

Additionally, both my bridal party and I were disappointed with the quality of the personal flowers (bouquets in particular). I do realize that I got an excellent deal when it comes to flowers, but I would have happily paid more for better quality. The bouquets were way too small -- I had envisioned a large, romantic bouquet, but the one I got was about half the size that I wanted. I suppose I should have been more specific with that request, so that's partially my fault. Moreover, the bouquets began falling apart as soon as we lifted them from the vases -- I'm not just talking petals falling off, but entire flowers falling out of the bouquet as well. Very sad :(. Also, we were short a boutonniere. Luckily, I have crafty bridesmaids who turned an extra corsage into a boutonniere on the fly.

Overall, I chose Tonia for her personality, which is fabulous and fun. Her florist services are quite reasonable for a cost conscious bride, but overall, I wish I had paid a little more for the personal flowers (again, centerpieces were lovely -- no issues there).
Tonia was super nice and had a great vision. She also carried out my vision very well -- at least with regard to the Read more...
Tonia was super nice and had a great vision. She also carried out my vision very well -- at least with regard to the centerpieces. However, I found it very difficult to keep in touch with her. She could be quite non-responsive at times -- sometimes I didn't get a response from her until I sent 1 or 2 follow up emails. Additionally, she asked me fairly early on if I wanted her to provide certain stationary for the reception (which I did). However, it became clear that she forgot when she re-asked that question quite close to the wedding. Between the late confirmation re: stationary and her general delays with responding to emails, I would have had to incur a hefty rush charge in order to obtain stationary through her company. I ended up doing much of the stationary myself to cut costs.

Additionally, both my bridal party and I were disappointed with the quality of the personal flowers (bouquets in particular). I do realize that I got an excellent deal when it comes to flowers, but I would have happily paid more for better quality. The bouquets were way too small -- I had envisioned a large, romantic bouquet, but the one I got was about half the size that I wanted. I suppose I should have been more specific with that request, so that's partially my fault. Moreover, the bouquets began falling apart as soon as we lifted them from the vases -- I'm not just talking petals falling off, but entire flowers falling out of the bouquet as well. Very sad :(. Also, we were short a boutonniere. Luckily, I have crafty bridesmaids who turned an extra corsage into a boutonniere on the fly.

Overall, I chose Tonia for her personality, which is fabulous and fun. Her florist services are quite reasonable for a cost conscious bride, but overall, I wish I had paid a little more for the personal flowers (again, centerpieces were lovely -- no issues there). Read less
Services Used: Flowers
Aribella Events responded with the following comments:

(The following is from an email sent directly to the bride on 5/18/15)
Responsiveness continues to be something I am working on, to improve turn-around time to replies and to be more readily available. I appreciate you pointing this out and can assure you, you're preaching to the choir on this one! ;) I was very conscious of your budget and wanted to respect you by honoring it; I appreciate that you noted in your review that the budget was a part of the decision-making process. I know we discussed the stationery a bit in the last two weeks before your wedding; unfortunately seating charts and escort cards are one of those pesky "have to wait till the end" type of things. We had the option of the local stationery designer at the same price and without any rush charges as our in-house service but you had already decided to do them on your own - a decision I can completely understand and support (both then and now.) Again, I appreciate the feedback here and I am sorry to hear that you were anything less than thrilled. Based on your feedback, I've decided to implement some changes to the "design discovery" process to help better define expectations when it comes to budgets and such, along with fine-tuning some internal systems regarding email timing and I value your input. I recognize that there isn't anything I can do to change your disappointment with the bouquets; I am glad that you were happy with the centerpieces and with being/under budget for floral. I wish you all the best!
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Megan
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.9/5.0
Tonia was an absolute delight to work with, every single step of the process. In fact, I miss her! We hired her for full wedding planning and floral services (so easy to work with a florist who has also helped shape your entire vision), and she certainly delivered. I was never a bride who had tons of ideas and pinterest pins, so she helped walk us through every step of the process and graciously navigate family and etiquette questions. She also assisted in planning the rehearsal dinner, and stepped up to handle many last-minute requests so I didn't have to (like when I decided I wanted to design table cards a month or so before the wedding; or wanted various photos throughout the venue). We even "lost" the original band, who received a contract the day we went to submit one, and she was able to find another one that was still available and just as fabulous. If you choose Tonia and her team for any wedding planning, coordinating, or floral services, you won't be disappointed - she's very flexible, finds a way to make pretty much anything happen, and is just lovely to work with.
Tonia was an absolute delight to work with, every single step of the process. In fact, I miss her! We hired her for full Read more...
Tonia was an absolute delight to work with, every single step of the process. In fact, I miss her! We hired her for full wedding planning and floral services (so easy to work with a florist who has also helped shape your entire vision), and she certainly delivered. I was never a bride who had tons of ideas and pinterest pins, so she helped walk us through every step of the process and graciously navigate family and etiquette questions. She also assisted in planning the rehearsal dinner, and stepped up to handle many last-minute requests so I didn't have to (like when I decided I wanted to design table cards a month or so before the wedding; or wanted various photos throughout the venue). We even "lost" the original band, who received a contract the day we went to submit one, and she was able to find another one that was still available and just as fabulous. If you choose Tonia and her team for any wedding planning, coordinating, or floral services, you won't be disappointed - she's very flexible, finds a way to make pretty much anything happen, and is just lovely to work with. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
If you are looking for someone who knows all the complete details and who manages all vendors with great authority, then Aribella is the way to go. Highly satisfied with her services, so much so that I was able to relax and greatly enjoy my wedding. All my guests did too.
If you are looking for someone who knows all the complete details and who manages all vendors with great authority, then Read more...
If you are looking for someone who knows all the complete details and who manages all vendors with great authority, then Aribella is the way to go. Highly satisfied with her services, so much so that I was able to relax and greatly enjoy my wedding. All my guests did too. Read less
Services Used: Band, Dress & Attire, Favors & Gifts, Flowers, Invitations, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Transportation, Wedding Venue, Videography
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