Sandy Springs GA Wedding Planner

Sandy Springs GA Wedding Planner

Hi, my name is Marilisa (pronounced Mary-Lisa) and I am a wedding planner in Sandy Springs GA. I am also an artist, designer, friend, and a steady guide to lead you on one of the most incredible journeys of your life. After graduating with degrees in Advertising & Psychology, I found my calling in the event industry 5 years ago, which felt like the most natural blend of the two fields – allowing me to flex my problem-solving muscles by guiding, coordinating and creating. I believe helps me guide my clients through the planning process with kindness and efficiency.

My primary goal is to ensure that your honest celebration takes center stage, and that the aesthetics only enhance that. In other words, I am fully aware that this is an extraordinary life event with the utmost meaning (not an 8-hour-long photo shoot)! From the start of the planning process I will guide you in logistics and design (because I believe they work hand in hand) to make certain your event runs seamlessly, and represents a beautiful depiction of your relationship and your style.

Why Sandy Springs GA Weddings?

It took me a few years to find my “why” beyond a simple, “because I love weddings!” During a sermon one Sunday, a member of my congregation was sharing communion about Christ’s first miracle, which took place at a wedding. While the primary focus of the miracle story is the water being turned into wine to save the hosts from embarrassment, the speaker reminded us that we can’t overlook the servants who carried the heavy wine barrels until they were filled with water and then changed to wine. That simple truth resonated with me and became the source of my passion and purpose in work- to follow Christ’s direction in my life and exceed expectations with hard work until wonderful things happen.

Sandy Springs, being a part of the Metropolitan Atlanta area, offers guests sleek venues for their I Do’s. One of the more popular venues is the Heritage Sandy Springs, which features 4 different wedding venues – Williams-Payne House and Grounds, Heritage Hall, Entertainment Lawn, and Heritage Community Room and Veranda. Villa Christina is the perfect setting for beautiful garden weddings and breathtaking receptions. The Magnolia Ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests, and the Azalea Ballroom can fit up to 350 guests. For smaller gatherings, they also offer the Gardenview room and Jasmine room. The Roswell River Landing offers an observation deck that overlooks the famous Chattahoochee River. The Primrose cottages offers a beautiful front lawn, terraces and beautiful stone steps.

I’m inspired by unique celebrations that tap into all the senses with details that are thoughtful, not overdone. I’m drawn to designs that are fresh, calming, effortless, friendly, organized, edgy, indulging and timeless.

Wedding Planner Services in Sandy Springs GA

As designer, I help you execute your dream vision. The design process begins with me listening to you about the story of your relationship, your family traditions, your favorite date spots, your quirky pets, your personal style and much more. We collaborate together on key words that portray how you want to feel, vision boards for the mood you want to set, and budget priorities so I have the best understanding of what’s most important to you. From there I create a custom design board complete with inspiration images, color palette and layout of the event for Sandy Springs.

Throughout the process we hone the design until the final product outlines all of the aesthetic elements- from attire to flowers, paper goods to linens, decor and lighting to place settings, signage and favors. The board is also shared with your curated team of Sandy Springs GA vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page and you can have peace of mind knowing no component is neglected in the process.

With a planning background built on 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 the dimensions of the space or tent, ensuring size and quantity of tables and chairs will allow for best flow both practically and aesthetically. Since most of my Sandy Springs GA weddings involve outdoor ceremonies and receptions, we also discuss and create fluid, extensive back-up plans so that your guests would never know if they are actually experiencing “plan B.”

My role and purpose is always to guide with gentleness and ease, never to hijack someone’s vision because the foundation of my process is your love story. I fully understand that they are not looking to make wedding planning a full time job and I enjoy offering a planning experience to alleviate stress so they have time to truly enjoy their engagement.

FAQs About the Sandy Springs GA Wedding Planner Process


I pride myself in offering full service planning for your Sandy Springs 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.

Why Martel Event?

Martel is my maiden name and homage to my late father, Paul Martel, who I believe ingrained in me a heart eager to help others and put their needs before my own. I’m also convinced that the legacy you bring in to your marriage before your wedding day is just as important as the one you build from that day on. In addition, Martel comes from the French word “marteau” meaning hammer so I like to think it’s a subtle nod to hammering out all the fun details. On a lighter note, Martel is just plain easier to say than Schachinger (pr. sack-in-jer 🙂


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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!

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We would love to hear from you. Have a blessed day!