Elegant Weddings by Marianne
We could not have ask for a more professional wedding planner. Marianne was a true gift to us and our family. Our wedding day was perfect because of her and her team. Her suggestions and guidance throughout our planning process were creative and thoughtful. She always stayed ahead of schedule on important details;, many we never considere that needed to be accomplished.
We highly recommend Marianne and her team of professionals.
It is very important to be prepared and know what and how you want your event to go. During the planning period, things could get overwhelming and stressful as you have too many activities to do, too many vendors and contracts to deal with and things could get out of hand. Keep a file for the contracts and keep taps with your payments as you go along.
In my case, I relied heavily on my wedding planner and delegated her to help me with the things I felt she could handle without my presence.
I can't say enough how thankful I am about having Marianne as my coordinator. We started out with a plan for 300 guests, and had way more RSVPs. Marianne never lost her cool now matter how many curve balls or unexpected surprises came our way. I felt the whole time during our planning process that we would be in good hands, and I was right. She was always flexible and willing to drive all over DFW to meet with me and my mom despite our busy schedules and me living out of town! Marianne was always professional and a nice balance of providing suggestions and listening to my ideas. And balancing when my mom, my husband and I had differing opinions. She made some great referrals to vendors and made sure I had nothing to worry about on my big day. I don't know what I would have done without her! I highly recommend her.
Words couldn’t begin to describe what a gift Marianne has been! I just moved here and needed guidance with putting together our Thanksgiving Wedding Weekend. All of our guest would be coming from out of town and I needed help with EVERYTHING!
From the minute I met Marianne I knew I was in good hands. Not only did she have wonderful ideas, she introduced me to the greatest vendors for all aspects of our event. She went above and beyond with every detail. I never worried about a thing. My guest raved from the invitations Marianne created, to the gorgeous gift baskets (she assembled) in each of their rooms, to the way our Thanksgiving table was set and our spectacular Wedding that Saturday night. What a weekend we will never forget!
We had lot’s of laughs about the “bridezilla’s” out there and how controlling they are…and that the controlling ones usually end up stressed out and disappointed. (for laughs, read ALL the reviews this shaynamaidel09 bridezilla wrote…interesting how she used the term “TOLD” them…over and over…. and I love her part at the end of Marianne’s review where she writes “Next Time, I would spend a little more”… I’ll bet ya there will be a next time! Wow she sure hated her wedding…even upset at the DJ for using her husband’s name to introduce her….go with the flow , and show your husband some respect (it’s his wedding day too!) But then again…. She “TOLD” him!!! I bet she TELLS everyone what to do! However, I do give Marianne a medal for not walking away from this nut!
I'm a residential designer from San Francisco and have a true appreciation for fine details and the professionals that not only have an eye for that, but most importantly can coordinate that…. Marianne is a true professional in every way.
She is very sweet - you can't help but to like her when you meet her. The problem is that she is more reactive than proactive. When a vendor cancelled on me, it turns out she knew it was coming, but she didn't warn me about it and didn't have a backup plan. When my venue rained out, I was making calls to find a backup location, but it took her another day to start the search (I ended up finding the venue). Four days before the wedding, when I started to panic and wanted a meeting, she just said that she is a professional and that she didn't have time to meet with me. Really?
I had asked her to be in charge of decoration since I am not good at that sort of thing. She kept asking me for more money and going over budget. I finally said no. She then said that she was putting her own money out. i explained that I had told her of my budget and that I had to stick to it. Then, and I love this part, since she was in charge of the clean up the day after, she kept my decorations that I had paid for. That included tiki torches and who knows what else (since she never could find the receipts). To me, that is nothing short of stealing.
Yes, she was inexpensive and she saved me money on my florist and rentals, but the headaches were just not worth it. Next time, I would spend a little more and get a lot better.
Vendor response to review
I am very saddened by this review and the bride's response to my services. She has been very untruthful in her review of me and several of her other vendors who were professional and hardworking. I can only assume it is because her wedding was rained out and other arrangements had to be made in a short amount of time. I do not like to put labels on anyone but she was a "micro-manager" and very difficult to work with. I had to even run interference with her and her parents who had a very hard time dealing with her demands.
I never said I did not have time for a meeting with her, nor did I keep asking her for money. I only made suggestions on decor, which she fully agreed with.
As for the 2 tiki torches, they were the wooded kind you stick in the ground and were bent by one of her relatives as he inserted them in the grass....they could not be used again. It was also a fall wedding and to make her reception look even more decorative, I brought to her venue all of my potted plants from my home to display for the evening.
She gave horrible reviews to several other vendors working on her team who were outstanding an did a wonderful job for her. One vendor quit because she could not take the abuse from this bride any longer.
I wish this bride well and hope she has a wonderful marriage.
Marianne Richardson did a wonderful job at our wedding. She was on top of everything so that there were no worries. She is very easy to work with and helped make our special day care-free and wonderful. I would definitely recommend her as a wedding planner.
Marianne is great at what she does! My day was absolutely PERFECT and it was ALL because of her. I can't even imagine what the day would have been like without her. The planning process was FUN and I truly believe it was because of her. She listened to what I wanted, but had ideas and suggestions galore. I was completely satisfied with every single vendor we booked for the big day. She's fabulous and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Marianne is a certified wedding consultant and Vice President of The Association of Wedding Professionals of Dallas/Ft. Worth