Sandy Springs GA Wedding Planner

Sandy Springs GA Wedding Planner

Hello! I’m Marilisa, owner of Martel Event based in Atlanta, Georgia. I found my calling to be a wedding planner and designer over 6 years ago, and it is my goal to provide steady guidance throughout the fun of engagement! Your honest celebration should always take center stage, the aesthetics that I design should only serve to enhance it. I believe that logistics and design work hand in hand, which is why from the start of the planning process I will guide you through to make sure your event runs smoothly and represents the beautiful story of your relationship and style.

Solid logistics are another important element to the wedding planning process, and from the very beginning we coordinate your anticipated guest count with the dimensions of the space or tent, ensuring size and quantity of tables and chairs allow for the best flow both practically and aesthetically. Since a lot of the Sandy Springs weddings I plan are outdoors, we can also discuss and develop fluid “back-up” plans that feel as perfect and as well planned as the original.

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My design process for weddings always begins with me getting to know you! I love hearing all about the story of your relationship, your family traditions, your favorites pets, and your personal style. Together we can collaborate on key words to portray how you want the big day to feel, create vision boards for the mood you want to set, and discuss budget priorities so that you always feel comfortable. Once a custom design board is completed with inspiration images, color palettes and layouts of the event in Sandy Springs, I can send it to your curated team of Sandy Springs GA vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page and no component is neglected in the process. We can continue to hone the design until the final product outlines all the perfect aesthetic elements. With a background in logistical expertise, I firmly believe that your design would be impossible without solid logistics. From the very beginning, we coordinate your anticipated guest count with dimensions of the space or tent, ensuring size and quantity of chairs and tables will allow for best flow both practically and aesthetically. 

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Sandy Springs Weddings

For those searching for sleek venues for their I Do’s, Sandy Springs offers perfect locations in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The Heritage Sandy Springs provides fun and diverse spaces for couples to celebrate their marriage, with 4 different venues-Williams-Payne House and Grounds, Heritage Hall, Entertainment Lawn, and Heritage Community Room and Veranda. A beautiful garden and breathtaking reception area await at the Villa Christina, and ballrooms that are able to hold between 250-350 guests are found at the Magnolia Ballroom and Azalea Ballroom. For smaller, and more intimate gatherings, the Gardenview room and Jasmine room provide the perfect environment for you and your closest friends and family members.

Another special venue for couples looking to add uniqueness to their nuptials is the Roswell River Landing which overlooks the famous Chattahoochee River. The Primrose cottages offer a beautiful front lawn, terraces and beautiful stone steps to compliment a beautiful couple. With so much natural beauty, Sandy Springs is the perfect location to find a variety of venues for every unique couple. I am always inspired by unique celebrations that tap into all the senses with details that are thoughtful, not overdone. It would be my honor to transform your love story into a beautiful wedding.

If you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony or reception in Sandy Springs, we can also create a “plan B” that is as perfect as the original plan. My role throughout the whole process is to simply be your gentle guiding hand, and to ensure that your wedding is a perfect representation of you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me! I would so love to hear about your love story.


FAQs About the Sandy Springs Wedding Planning Process


I pride myself in offering full service planning for your Atlanta wedding which means the number of times we meet, chat on the phone or communicate via e-mail is unlimited. While communication through e-mail is weekly (if not daily during some portions of the planning) our in person consultations are always at your convenience of location and timing. My office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am EST to 5:00pm EST. Weekends are typically reserved for events and family time, but I fully understand when exceptions need to be made for weekend appointments. Beyond our planning meetings, I am always in attendance for consultations with venues, caterers, florists, rentals, decor, invitations, attire, etc.


Of course! One of the very first steps in our planning process is sitting down together to create a budget based on the scope and scale of your Sandy Springs GA wedding. Pricing for my services is based on these elements so we build that cost into the budget as well. We also discuss your priorities and which areas are most important to you and for guest experience. These priorities serve as a guide while I create an itemized proposal of realistic estimates for every facet of the wedding or event. Using our online planning tool, we update the budget throughout the planning process from estimates to actual costs, payments made and a schedule of remaining balances due.


Absolutely. When we first chat, Skype or sit down together, we will discuss who your key decision maker will be. This person, whether you or a family member, will have the final say on all decisions in regards to budget and aesthetics.


It’s my pleasure to take this burden off my clients! I handle everything from wood staining, invitation stuffing, welcome bag assembling, gift tag stamping and favor wrapping. It’s another reason why I only work with a limited number of clients per year – to ensure I have the time and space to handle these personal-touch projects for my busy clients.


By no means- I love working with new people and new spaces! My trusted list of preferred partners is curated from working with seasoned professionals on multiple Sandy Springs GA weddings. It consists of who I believe is the best of the best because of the experience they give my clients in the planning process and on the day-of. Those strong relationships help save my clients both time and money.

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I feel thankful to have a job I truly love and am always excited to join couples and their families through such a special season of life. If you are interested in my services above, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!