My husband and I got engaged in January 2016, with a May 2017 wedding date. A few months before the big day, my parents strongly recommended we find a wedding coordinator. Being a DIY Bride who has worked at weddings as event staff before, and being very independent, I figured I didn’t need the help and that having a coordinator would be unnecessary, because I’m self-sufficient and well organized. I did most of the wedding planning on my own – with much decor-making help from the bridal party.
Two months before the wedding, I ran into a friend who recommended Martha’s day-of wedding services, so she could help ensure everything got off to the right start, while I played princess and got ready. Everyone tells you that the day of your wedding will go by fast, and that’s an understatement.
We met with Martha and it was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. Martha had us map out where the decorations should go, how I envisioned the ceremony to look, and brought up many questions I hadn’t even thought of. It was clear she had done this plenty of times, and has her head on straighter than this DIY-self-sufficient-independent-Bride.
She got the names and numbers of all our vendors and called them to confirm times of delivery – something I didn’t expect at all. Martha went to our final walk-through of the event space to see where things should go. She sat with my husband and I and offered to deliver the decorations to the venue, so we could have an easier wedding day, while I was off getting my hair done. She went ABOVE and beyond.
The wedding hall was stunning, she greeted every guest, and she even gave our little mascot piggy a cute bolo tie.
Martha is a beautiful woman with a heart of gold and will do everything in her power to make your big day go off without a hitch. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone – and encourage them to hire her for more than you think you need. Martha left our big day after dinner, and I wish I had paid her to stay the entire night. She under charges and over delivers. Call Martha, and tip her well.
Five-plus stars for Martha @ Bliss Coordinating. We wanted a beautiful and meaningful, but lower budget wedding for our daughter. We knew it was possible because some 34 years ago we had one for ourselves. But for ours, we grew our own flowers, made our own dance tapes, designed and printed off our own invitations, and cooked half the food ourselves, including the dinner for relatives the night before! To say we were exhausted by the time the wedding started is an understatement. And I was one hour late, having been at the venue with my husband setting things up till the last minute!
A friend suggested we enlist Martha. Martha shares our values in beautiful but simple and in DYI. Martha worked with us from the very start asking us the key questions we had no clue to even ask about. Martha provided us invaluable suggestions after learning our décor themes–even finding pieces for us–and offering valuable and practical suggestions on accomplishing what our daughter wanted. She was very thoughtful to be sure it was the vision our daughter had and not just ours (daughter lives on the west coast). There are so many things to bring together–from ceremony, to music, to food and vendors, rentals, parking, flow of event, timing and transitions, and a zillion other things. She pointed them all out and offered great suggestions.
Martha introduced us to Google docs to share in timelines, to do lists, to peoplepower deployment strategies for decorating/setting up to take down. She offered models to get us going. She helped us think through the ceremony.
She really is there to help realize what you want–but also recognizes that most of us have no clue in the beginning of such an important event of where to even begin. She’s organized, detailed, full of suggestions when asked, and generous with her time.
Scores of guests have said it was the best wedding ever. Everything went so well with Martha taking point. And, most importantly, we could all really enjoy the wedding!
Marlene Pearson and Rob Kennedy
I contacted Martha rather late in the game in terms of planning my wedding. I had quite the extensive vision and had worked very hard to plan the the entire event. However, I realized that I may have taken on a bit more than I could handle and needed someone to coordinate the day of. From our first meeting Martha had a friendly, calming energy and asked all the right questions. She had excellent suggestions, and was willing to do a few walk throughs of the farm that we would transform into a wedding venue. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and flowed together seamlessly. The timing, decoration and direction of guests went exactly as I had hoped. I was able to dance the night away without worrying about a thing. Martha’s ability to take my vision and execute it was flawless and I recommend her to anyone planning an event.
We hired Martha Coughlin (of Bliss Coordinating) as our Day-Of-Coordinator for our wedding in July 2017 and still believe it was one of THE best decisions we made along the way in our wedding planning! We began looking for a Day-Of-Coordinator after realizing that some of our ideas which were unique, personal, and important to us also would require a lot of D.I.Y. last minute work and preparation leading up to our Big Day. Martha not only took on the jobs of setting up our ceremony and reception decor and facilitating the arrival and organization of our vendors, she also ensured that the day went off without a hitch, all while sticking to our timeline.
Martha is extremely organized and well prepared, as well as genuine and thoughtful. Unlike other Day-Of-Coordinators we had previously spoken with and considered, Martha truly cared about what OUR vision of the day looked like and respected our style and what was most important to us, rather than trying to change it to follow more mainstream or traditional ideas (as other coordinators had). She took the time to tour the wedding venue and meet with us on multiple occasions prior to our wedding in order to ensure that she clearly understood how we wanted the day to look and feel, all while offering thought-provoking questions and ideas along the way.
We truly cannot say enough positive things about Martha or our experience working with her. She is fun, creative, energetic, reliable, and helped us to create the beautiful and unique wedding day we had envisioned! Her services are extremely well-priced, however her work was worth it’s weight in gold to us! Thank you for everything Martha – your professionalism and ingenuity are unparalleled and greatly appreciated!
Francesca Fricano and Joel Stewart
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.
SO GLAD I CALLED AND HIRED MARTHA!
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 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.”
“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!”
|“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