Kind Words

I rented the Wil-Mar Community Center to hold a large do it yourself birthday party for more than 100 people. I was managing food, DJ, photographer, videographers, etc. but didn’t want to deal with the actual coordinating during the day. On hearing everything that I was doing myself, the Wil-Mar Center staff recommended I talk with Martha at Bliss Coordinating to help manage the day-of details, leaving me to enjoy the party.


From the moment I spoke with Martha on the phone I felt that she was the missing part to the “do it yourself” party I was planning. We then met to get to know one another, and at that point I decided to hire her. We met once more and had several phone call and email exchanges to finalize planning, timing, etc.

I arrived at the site to organize setting up. About 30 minutes before the party started Martha arrived (just as we had planned) and took over. She coordinated the catering staff, greeted guests, ran interference as needed, paid vendors as they delivered food, etc. I actually have no idea everything she did, which is a testament to how seamlessly she coordinated everything.

At the end of the night, it was my task to take down tables and chairs, and that’s all I had to do. Everything else was done according to our plan.

Martha is a delight to work with, from ideating to planning to executing the plan. I recommend Martha to anyone planning a do it yourself party or gathering. She’s got great, practical and cost-conscious ideas, is extremely flexible, communicates clearly and promptly and is a genuinely likeable person.

You simply couldn’t go wrong hiring Martha to coordinate your event.

Josh Feyen

Josh and I had attended several weddings in the past and our number one priority was being able to be relaxed and share the weekend with our loved ones. Martha helped us make this all possible. Martha was very helpful for me, meeting with me multiple times before our wedding day to discuss my ideas and how everything would fit into our budget. My biggest concern was the fact that I did not have a perspective for decor at all. Martha helped me plan out all of my ideas and get an idea of what really looked good. Up until the wedding day Martha was there to support us through all of the planning including meeting with vendors or just meeting for coffee to work through details. On our wedding day Martha helped coordinate all of the moving parts. Martha did so much for us during our wedding day. We had fresh flowers delivered from a local barn and Martha arranged all of the flowers into centerpieces as well as arranging all of the decor. Everything was absolutely perfect and beautiful! We are so grateful that we had Martha’s support and guidance on our wedding day. I highly recommend her to all.

Liz Kober and Josh Herman

“We hired Martha for a wedding-reception style party. During the event, we wanted to focus on our guests and not worry about the logistics. A friend recommended Martha and we were thrilled she was available, especially because the event was only three weeks away. Martha met us at the venue ahead of time and asked great questions helping us to further work through logistics. On the day of the event she helped with set-up, laying out the food as needed (apps, dinner, desserts) and she cleaned up all the food while we were dancing. She was incredibly helpful and made our event more fun for us and our guests.”

Amy Climer, Ph.D.

“My wife and I were confronted with wedding ceremony plans when our youngest son and his fiance decided to get married in our backyard on Lake Monona.  Knowing the gigantic task of facilitating over 150 guests, we tried unsuccessfully to convince them otherwise.
My wife suggested contacting Martha Coughlin and within a few days, we were convinced that we did the right thing. Martha met with us and the bride’s Mom and proceeded to breakdown the plans to achievable tasks in a timeframe that wasn’t overwhelming. The ceremony was a success. We wish we had also contracted her for managing the reception.”
John Mueller

“As the mother of the bride and hosting my daughter’s dream backyard wedding, I had no idea what I was signing up for. Actually, I had an inkling. As seasons changed and months of prep turned to weeks and days, the task of setting up and preparing for the event became more daunting. Delegate, my daughter said. So we did.

Out of all things, hiring Martha Coughlin was the best money spent for sanity’s sake and for peace of mind. We couldn’t have done it without her. She took care of so many day-of tasks, everything from setting tables to filling drink pitchers. She directed traffic, that is to say she pointed people and deliveries to where they were needed. She even made sure some vendors were paid at the end.

The day went by in a whirl, but thanks to Martha, I never heard about any stumbles, blunders or blips. Because there weren’t any.

Thank you, Martha!”

Tracey Phillips

“My partner and I had a beautiful celebration in June of 2016.   Martha helped us hone in our plan with great suggestions and clarifying questions.  She really took the time to get the details right.  The day of the party went smoothly and we were able to enjoy our guests, instead of fretting over keeping everything organized.  Martha was the one to open the space, manage the details with the DJ and the caterers,  and move things along throughout the event.  We were so pleased with everything and could not have done it without Martha’s help.  We recommend her very highly!”

Sarah Shatz and Claire Strader