Wedding Planner Athens GA

Classic City Charm

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Athens is home to the bulldawg nation and many beautiful venues full of classic southern charm. With a rich history of hometown pride, Athens allows couples the opportunity to create a beautiful wedding full of tradition and personality. For the UGA graduates looking to tie-the-knot in the hometown of their glory days, or the couple enchanted by the quirkiness of this small historic college city, there are a host of phenomenal restaurants, concert halls, and exciting adventures around every corner which makes weddings in Athens GA fun and unique. I am honored to be able to hold weddings at a number of beautiful locations, such as the Taylor-Grady House, an elegant venue for receptions or events of nearly any size, with larger weddings being held on the opulent back lawn or boxwood garden.

For couples with a more rustic style, Athens, as well as the surrounding areas, host a variety of beautiful venues rich with elegance and natural charm. A 20 minute ride not only gets you out of the fast paced life of Athens, but also in the stunning hills of Oglethorpe County which is home to the Historic Smithonia Farm. A huge 13,000 square foot heated and cooled brick barn built in 1888 is the pride and joy of the Smithonia Farm, and a gorgeous location for couples planning with a large guest list. Features such as exposed wood beams, brick and stained concrete and pine make this a prime Athens GA wedding venue. 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 timeless, classic city wedding.

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 Athens 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.

Wedding Planner Athens GA

Welcome! My name is Marilisa (pronounced Mary-Lisa), owner of Martel Event, and I am a wedding planner and designer based in Atlanta, Georgia serving the southeast. I found my calling in the event industry over 6 years ago and strive to be a steady guide to lead couples through one of life’s most joyous seasons- engagement!

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. 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. I’m drawn to designs that are fresh, calming, effortless, friendly, organized, edgy, indulging and timeless.

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The design process begins with me listening to you about the story of your relationship, your family traditions, your favorite date spots, your family pets, etc. Together, we collaborate on key words to describe the wedding, vision boards for the mood you want to set, and budget priorities so I have the best understanding of what is most important for you. With this information, I create a custom design board complete with inspiration images, color palette and layout of the event for Athens.

Throughout the process we work on the design until the final product outlines all of your specifically crafted aesthetic elements- from attire to flowers, paper goods to linens, decor and lighting to place settings, signage and favors. I then share the board with your curated team of Athens GA vendors to ensure consistency in the process. 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. 

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FAQs About the Athens Wedding Planning Process

BOTH MY PARTNER AND I ARE GRADUATES FROM UGA, CAN WE INCORPORATE THIS INTO OUR WEDDING?

Of course! I love being able to incorporate each couple’s unique backgrounds and stories into the design elements of the wedding, and Athens provides a wide variety of options to do so. During our initial discussions about design elements we can discuss the best way to blend your college pride with your overall wedding theme, and some great venues in Athens that can perfectly host a bulldawg couple.

CAN WE INCORPORATE LOCAL BANDS INTO OUR WEDDING RECEPTION?

Working with local artists is a great way to make your wedding even more special and catered to your personalities! If you have a specific artist in mind, I can incorporate their needs into the design and planning process. If not, we can work together to find an artist that matches your style.

HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?

I pride myself in offering full service planning for your Athens 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.

DO YOU HELP ME CREATE A BUDGET?

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 Athens 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.

I WANT OTHERS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING PROCESS (MOM, FIANCE, ETC), IS THAT OK?

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.

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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!