Kind Words

Working with Martha was without a doubt the best decision we made during the wedding planning process. If you are looking for a day-of wedding coordinator in the Madison area, she’s it! 

We planned our Madison wedding while living out of state, and Martha helped us make sure that every detail was attended to leading up to the wedding. When we arrived in Wisconsin, there was nothing left to do but enjoy time with family and friends. Martha arranged her schedule to meet us in person for coffee while I was home for a summer visit leading up to the wedding. She instantly put us at ease, asking thoughtful questions about our venue, special family members, and logistics of the ceremony. I thought I was fairly organized leading up to that point, but after our meeting I realized the benefits of working with a professional coordinator like Martha! 

Planning from afar was easy with her as she utilized Google docs for sharing purposes and emailed just to check in. It was evident throughout the entire process that Martha’s kind hearted personality would make for a wonderful wedding day experience. She contacted all of our vendors in the weeks leading up to the wedding and attended our rehearsal the night before the wedding. Our family and friends loved Martha as much as we did! She used her creative and organized talents to put together a beautiful space at our venue, and took care of small details — from thank you cards for our vendors, to making sure our cards were delivered to our hotel room after dinner. 

With Martha’s help, our wedding was a day we’ll never forget. We cannot recommend her enough! My only regret is not hiring Martha sooner!

Amber R


Martha was absolutely amazing!! She was so much help to us prior to our big day and on our big day. Martha was available for whatever we needed help with and made all the planning and events so smooth and stress free. We can’t thank her enough for all she did.

Amber+Sam


We highly recommend Martha to anyone who is thinking about a “day of coordinator.” She went above and beyond our expectations- she is honest, reliable and has a great sense of humor. Our ceremony and reception were in two different cities and Martha made sure everything ran smoothly. We had a meeting a few months before the wedding, another one month before, and Martha even came to the rehearsal in order to make sure she had the details organized. At our ceremony, she really kept everything rolling at the right pace and in the correct order. Afterwards, she gathered and collected all the flowers and took them to the reception. Martha has a great eye and is very talented-she made our wedding day vision come true. She also made sure everything flowed as planned at the reception. We can’t thank Martha enough and are so glad we hired her! She is so worth the money, and then some.

Abby+Drew


I never thought I’d hire a wedding planner, it’s an investment and the planning up until the big day was stressful but doable. Having our church and reception venue 30 minutes apart with limited set up time beforehand, that’s what triggered the need for a day of coordinator. I saw great reviews with Bliss Coordinating and the ability to pay an hourly rate was just what we needed. We were able to customize what we needed done the day of so it didn’t fall on us or family to figure out. She was open to do whatever we felt was needed and provided suggestions based on previous weddings she’s worked. From the first time we met to our wedding day, Martha was always available, organized and contacted our vendors to make sure they were too. She worked behind the scenes to make our wedding day as special as it should be. We’re so glad we booked Bliss Coordinating and had Martha to fall back on!

Amanda


Amazing experience with Martha!

Martha was the perfect day of coordinator! She went above and beyond anything we expected and was so helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. She met with us numerous times before the wedding to make sure that our questions were answered and to provide her expertise on various wedding logistics. Whenever things became stressful, Martha’s organization and professionalism helped keep us on track (and excited!) for the wedding.

On the actual day of the wedding, Martha was a rock star. She was willing to step in wherever we needed her. She helped create some of my floral arrangements, coordinated all the different vendors, kept track of the schedule, and even helped decorate the wedding trellis. We also heard from many of our family members and guests how much they enjoyed their interactions with Martha.

Overall, we cannot recommend Martha highly enough. She is a wonderful person, and any bride and groom would be lucky to have her!

Tessa


Martha did such an amazing job as the day of coordinator for our wedding.  We had the wedding at my parents house and needed someone to be on point for working with our vendors when they arrived, queuing the wedding ceremony, doing decor set-up between the ceremony and reception.  She offered great insight during the planning process and during our onsite meeting the week prior to the wedding.  She did exceeded all expectations beyond my tasks I requested she assist with, from contacting all our vendors prior to the event and adding fresh flowers to cover up part of the frosting that got damaged in the fridge.  I had no stress the day of and it is due to her hard work and expertise.  I can not recommend Martha more highly!

Amanda M


Martha is the best! She is super great to work with. I am glad I went with Bliss.

Danyelle


Martha was truly amazing and we would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone needing coordinating services! We hired Martha to be our day-of-coordinator for our wedding. We live out of state, so her help was truly invaluable. She was amazing the entire journey from our first initial meeting at a coffee shop about a year before the wedding, to the day of our wedding. She was always very organized and asked many questions about things I hadn’t thought of before (and I consider myself an on-top-of-it kind of person and very organized myself). She did so many behind the scenes things that I didn’t even know she was doing — for example, in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I know she had told me she was going to call all the vendors to confirm details, but she did it all so quietly that I wouldn’t have known she was indeed doing it unless my uncle (our officiant) hadn’t told me Martha had called him. The fact she was taking care of all the nitty gritty details and loose ends in the weeks before the wedding and making sure everything was good to go for our big day was a relief in itself – I was so busy with other things! Martha also came to our ceremony rehearsal, and if you can fit it into your budget to have her there for that, DO IT. She was SO HELPFUL I cannot tell you enough how thankful we were to have her there for that. Who knew a rehearsal could be so hard to coordinate and get people to listen ha! Then on the wedding day, Martha was excellent!! She greeted all the vendors for me, handed out tips, made sure everything ran on time, and put out all of my decorations and made sure it all looked good (among other things). She handled everything beautifully. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without her. I knew she had everything so I didn’t worry about logistics at all. Also of note, Martha is so budget friendly. When I was first researching, I looked into other wedding coordinators and they were easily 1.5-2x her price. Martha, thank you SO much for all you did for us, we truly cannot thank you enough.

Natalie


Martha was such a sweetheart and so helpful! We had a vision and needed help with everything going smoothly and she made sure it did! We would meet up for coffee to go over my ideas and she helped me with things I didn’t think about. She kept in contact with vendors on her own too so I wouldn’t have to worry about anything. Thank you again Martha!

Melissa M


Martha is wonderful to work with, incredibly accessible and flexible. She was willing to work with our individual needs and style. The day of would have been so much more stressful without Martha’s attention to detail and thoughtful interactions with our wedding party, family, friends, and vendors. Thank you, Martha! We recommend Bliss to anyone, but especially those who are planning a lot on their own and don’t want to worry about the logistics coming together on their big day. -Ale and Jared


“Martha was great! Even though we were an out of town bride and groom, Martha took the time to meet with us, go to appointments with us, and get to know us and the style of wedding we were going for. Her flexibility in meeting with us on whirlwind weekends when we were in town was exceedingly valuable. In the days leading up to the wedding, one doesn’t realize how little time you will have for last minute things, especially when you are from out of town. Martha took care of many of the things I couldn’t get to in the last few days, and looking back this is what i found to be most helpful. She kept us on task dealing with the numerous things we needed to do the days before the wedding. She made us gather round to confer on some final issues, and thought of many details I wouldn’t have thought of. Lastly, Martha made the reception hall look just beautiful with the finishing touches on the day of the event, and put the final pieces into place when I lacked the time to be there. She had taken the time to get to know me so that she knew what I would like. Plus she knew how to make things look gorgeous! She helped this disorganized bride get organized enough to pull off a wedding. We highly recommend Martha and greatly value all she did for us.”

Alissa


“Where to even start? Martha was so helpful I cant even express my thanks enough! She made sure our wedding turned into the dream we hoped it would be and made sure everything came together beautifully. She was so responsive to my many questions and even met with me a few times before the wedding to go over things. Her price does not compare to anyone else and she is worth way more than she charges! I am so glad I hired Martha and would do it again in a heartbeat!”
Tawnya

“We had our wedding at my parents’ house, which was amazing but also a lot of work! Without venue staff to help the day run smoothly, I knew we would need someone to take care of all the little things that we were sure to overlook on the day of our wedding. I’m so happy that Martha was there to help us out!! She was easy to work with, incredibly organized, and asked great questions leading up to the wedding to make sure all the details were figured out beforehand. On the day of the wedding, I can’t even list everything that she did to make things run seamlessly, and I am positive that the day would not have gone as well without her. Even my parents, who initially thought we wouldn’t need a wedding planner, were so incredibly grateful that she was there! She went above and beyond what I would have expected from a wedding planner, and we can’t thank her enough for her help in making our wedding truly incredible!”
Erika and Roy Miller

Martha was a true pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend her enough My husband and I were seeking someone to assist with day of wedding coordination and keeping up on time. Martha was perfect! She worked not only with us, the bride and groom, but my mother as well to capture the essentials of our special day. Martha was professional and experienced. She was a great resource for questions that came up along the way. She was very flexible and prompt. You cannot and will not go wrong with consulting Martha for your special day. Thank you so much Martha for making our special day come true! I know the day of the wedding was crazy but you hung in there like a trooper!

Kyara +Mike


We are so happy that we hired Martha for our wedding day as our coordinator. She went above and beyond to ensure that our day went smooth and that we were able to sit back, relax, and have fun. Martha is organized, very responsive, and easy to work with. Our parents, bridal party, and vendors all commented on how wonderful she was. It was a pleasure to work with Martha and we cannot recommend her services enough.

Amber


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.

Jenny Brendler


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.

Alissa W

Martha of Bliss Coordinating is truly amazing. She was my day-of coordinator for the wedding but ended up being so much more. She was there with questions I hadn’t thought of throughout the planning process to help the wedding day go more smoothly. When it came to the day of, she was so organized with making sure vendors, wedding party, etc. were where they needed to be when they needed to be there. She added many of the decor touches that made the venue so stunning with little direction from me. I was very at ease knowing Martha was in charge and am thrilled with how the day turned out. I highly recommend Martha and Bliss Coordinating for your wedding!
Kelsey and Jon

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


Martha of Bliss Coordinating offered sensible advice for my daughter’s wedding. We wanted someone to be our go-to during the wedding day. Martha filled this role in addition to decorating the hall given only general and vague instructions. She has an artistic eye and understands her clients’ needs. We had most details planned prior to reaching out for day-of help, but feel confident she can handle all components of the process. WE LOVE YOU, MARTHA!
By Karen Staebell

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 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