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Reviewed On 9/19/2022 by Zola L
Jazell was AMAZING! We hired her as our day of coordinator but she went above and beyond just that. Jazell made sure we thought of everything leading up to our wedding day from vendors to timeline details. She walked us through our rehearsal ce...
remony and it was her support and expertise that made us completely at ease the day of our wedding. Not one thing was missed, not one thing went wrong, and we got to just enjoy our special day with friends and family. Hire Jazell you will not regret it!!
Reviewed On 9/02/2022 by Shana H
Carole is the perfect officiant! She was on time, patient, and caring. The vows were meaningful and very special.I could never imagine using any one else! 10 stars for Carole!!!
Reviewed On 8/09/2022 by Olivia W
Carole is absolutely excellent at everything she does. She is extremely responsive and very knowledgeable about all things Mackinac Island, The Grand Hotel, and wedding planning and officiation. She goes above and beyond to work with your sched...
ule and is truly your advocate throughout the wedding planning process and wedding day. She is experienced and thoughtful and came prepared on our wedding day with spare tissues, pens, paper, and anything else you could need in tow. My husband and I highly recommend her officiate service to any engaged couple. Thank you so much, Carole.
Reviewed On 8/03/2022 by Nancy P
Words cannot express how much Carole Erbel helped make my wedding absolutely "magical" (as the guests put it), and through our entire relationship, she behaved less like a wedding planner and more like a trusted friend—think a maid of honor wit...
h local contacts and fantastic organizational skills. Our original date was in 2020, postponed (Covid) until 2021, then again until 2022—and to complicate matters, as a destination wedding with an international guest list, we planned additional events that she also had to arrange—and then put off! Each year, Carole confirmed vendors' postponements within 24 hours, she sent follow-up emails indicating which invoice should be prioritized, she was always ready for group calls with my then fiance (now husband) and offered me so much moral support when I tearfully that realized many on my international guest list were still facing insurmountable barriers to coming. I absolutely, positively could not have managed any of it without Carole; she went so far above and beyond what is expected of any professional in any field, and my family and I will be forever grateful for her help. If you're looking to reduce your wedding stress, you simply cannot do any better.
Reviewed On 7/19/2022 by Misty D
Carole and Princess Jazell were amazing to work with! I recommend them 💯 our wedding was Magical!!!
Reviewed On 7/13/2022 by Tyria D
When searching for a special place to get married, I reached out to Carole Erbel. Her enthusiasm and love of the island was a determining factor in our choosing Mackinac Island. Since we live in TN, our contact was mostly via email. She took c...
are of everything for us. We had a detailed timeline including hair, taxi, venue, photographer, carriage and dinner. I didn’t have to worry about anything. She met me at the inn to finalize the day before and was back before the taxi arrived to take us to the venue to check on us. Everything turned out perfect. If you are looking for a wedding planner, I highly recommend Carole.
Reviewed On 10/18/2021 by Alexandra S
Carole is the absolute best wedding planner ever. She's communicative, organized, and just a fun person to be around. We had to postpone our wedding due to the pandemic and Carole made the entire experience an absolute breeze. When we finally g...
ot to get married, Carole was absolutely invaluable, both in the days leading up and on the day itself. Everything about our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and that was largely because of Carole. It was like having another parent who was focused on planning our wedding. She made sure everything was so personal to us and was on top of everything before I even had to ask. On the day of, she made sure that we ate and took care of ourselves when we were too busy thinking about the wedding to think of ourselves. I absolutely love Carole and cannot recommend her enough. Thank you, Carole, for everything you did for us. Best wedding ever!
Reviewed On 10/15/2021 by Melissa D
I am so glad Carole was a part of my wedding day. She was so incredible, I was calling her my fairy godmother by the end of the night! Her connections with local vendors, knowledge of local resources on the Island, professionalism, and overall ...
responsiveness (over email prior, and in person) are just some highlights of her capabilities as an experienced wedding coordinator. Emotions and energy can run high on a wedding day, so her organization and ability to remain focused on our wedding vision and goals really put me at ease. She allowed me to live in the moment and enjoy every minute of my wedding day. Her service is truly the BEST wedding gift you can give yourself.
Reviewed On 10/12/2021 by Sara S
Carole Erbel was absolutely amazing! We really thought everything was perfect thanks to her! The band she suggested was especially amazing!! We couldn’t have had more fun because she took care of everything for us! When my daughter told me they...
were talking about Mackinac as a location, I confess I was a bit panicked about logistics. However that was completely unnecessary on my part because Carole handled absolutely everything for us and so incredibly well that I really didn’t need to do much at all. She enabled us to stay completely calm, and even made the year postponement due to COVID as smooth as possible. She completely minimized our stress. We cannot thank her enough for helping produce an absolute dream wedding!
From the bottom of our hearts -thank you!
Reviewed On 9/21/2021 by Lewis S
We had the amazing good fortune to connect with Carol Ebrel ( who we've dubbed "Wedding Planner Extrordinaire"!) for what turned out to be the absolute perfect wedding of our only son.
I truly cannot imagine trying to take care of all of the de...
tails that Carole took care of in what seemed like an effortless manner. Her attention to details is absolutely staggering. Not only is she the poster child of professionalism... she is also one of the most kind a caring people we've ever had the pleasure to know. Our only regret is that we only have one child and therefore have no cause to take advantage of Carole in the future!
CANNOT RECOMMEND HER HIGHLY ENOUGH!
Reviewed On 8/21/2021 by Diana D
Carole did a wonderful job in helping me stay organized and on top of things leading up to the big day. On our wedding day, it rained all day, and she worked extra hard to coordinate with our vendors and the locations to accommodate the rain. T...
hank you Carole for all the work you did behind the scenes to make our day so special. If you're on the fence about hiring a wedding planner - DO IT! And hire the one that knows Mackinac best.
Reviewed On 8/20/2021 by Daniel P
My husband and I started working with Carole in January 2020 for an August 2021 wedding. Throughout the height of the pandemic, Carole's commitment to our wedding never wavered through all the highs, lows and even uncertainity of our planning p...
We recently had our wedding at Mission Point Resort (August 15, 2021) on Mackinac Island and our wedding weekend and day far exceeded any expectations we had. For the past 18 months, Carole has been incredibly helpful, knowledgable, upbeat, and supportive throughout our duration of working with her. Not a thing went wrong our wedding weekend, but if something had, we are confident the Carole would have figured it out and made it right. Our guests were just as impressed with how the weekend went.
As a destination wedding for us an our guests, Carole knows everything about Mackinac Island and is a respected individual who has fostered amazing relationships with northern MI vendors. She built an amazing arsenal of vendors who we absolutely loved working with. From the photographer, DJ, florist and dessert vendors, all were phenomenal and local to northern MI. We would not have had these amazing connections without Carole's expertise.
We cannot say enough great things about Carole. If you are considering the Mackinac Island wedding of your dreams, Carole and For the Love of Mackinac is who you need to make your dreams a reality!
Reviewed On 8/17/2021 by Christi D
Best thing we did!
Even though we live on the Island, and know alot about weddings on Mackinac Island, we chose to hire Carole and we are so glad we did. When we got close to the wedding date, there were so many details and timing issues that...
Carole was able to give her expert opinion which helped us make some of our very best decisions. I will forever be thankful for Carole and her professionalism and also her commitment to go over and beyond what was expected of her to make sure everything was just perfect.
Reviewed On 8/03/2021 by Marie Z
We had Carole for facilitating our rehearsal at the church and the ceremony. She was absolutely amazing! She was very professional, kept everyone on track and helped facilitate our carriage rides back to the reception. She also helped us with o...
ur timeline and filing our marriage certs. She was great! Highly recommend.
Reviewed On 9/02/2020 by Alyssa H
We are so glad we had Carole coordinate our wedding for us. She has a wealth of experience, knows the vendors and is able to provide direction and advice which resulted in a beautiful wedding. Carole clearly communicated and quickly answered ...
any questions and concerns. It was probably the best decision we made. With the confidence we had in her abilities and her experience and attention to details, we were able to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful day.
Reviewed On 8/03/2020 by christy s
Working with Carole was the best decision we made. Her knowledge, professionalism and care is outstanding! During these unprecedented times we were especially thankful for her expertise to guide us through. The vendors that she recommends are e...
xtremely talented and fun to work with. The whole process was calm and easy to navigate. During the rehearsal and wedding everyone was able to relax and enjoy because Carole has every detail taken care of including those you wouldn't think of. We so appreciate her time and care she took to pull of a wedding during the summer of 2020!
Reviewed On 7/11/2020 by Adrienne A
For the Love of Mackinac facilitated a perfect elopement for us on Mackinac Island. We had other wedding plans that were canceled due to COVID travel restrictions, but Carole helped us to plan our whole elopement again in a short period of time...
. She helped us find lodging, booked our elopement site, found us a photographer, and officiated our wedding. We definitely couldn't have done it without her! I would recommend the services of For the Love of Mackinac to anyone getting married or eloping on Mackinac Island.
Reviewed On 6/30/2020 by Jodi W
Carole was absolutely INCREDIBLE!! We had to change our wedding plans due to COVID and decided to do an elopement on Mackinac Island. With 4 weeks to plan the wedding, I was feeling a little nervous. But as soon as we started working with Car...
ole, there was no need for nerves anymore!!! She planned our perfect wedding. She was so responsive and on top of every detail. I went into the day being completely relaxed because I knew that Carole had taken care of every last detail for us. Not only was Carole organized, she was absolutely lovely to work with. She has so much passion for what she does and that really shined through. We had Carole officiate our ceremony and it was so heartfelt and beautiful. We had so much working with her. She made our dream (COVID) wedding come into fruition. THANK YOU, CAROLE!!! :)
Reviewed On 8/11/2019 by Sandra R
With only 6 months lead-time, Carole at For the Love of Mackinac! was instrumental in coordinating our daughter's wedding weekend on Mackinac Island. Our daughter lives out of state and just wanted to pick her wedding dress and show up which le...
ft every decision to me, the mother-of-the bride. I will be forever grateful that a google search led me to Carole at For the Love of Mackinac! Carole is so well-connected and very well respected by the wedding vendors on the island. Everything was absolutely perfect -- there isn't a thing we would have changed.
Reviewed On 6/26/2019 by Sarah W
If you are planning a wedding on Mackinac Island, you cannot do it without Carole. Trust me, my husband and I tried. We met in an event planning organization in college so we thought we could handle the big leagues. However, we quickly realized...
it was not possible without Carole. We have never regretted our decision to hire her. She is one of the best people you will ever meet and we were lucky to have her by our sides on the happiest day of our lives.
First, Carole is an excellent communicator. She responds quickly to all questions and concerns. She emailed with us for months leading up until our wedding, set up a phone meeting a couple weeks in advance, and then met us in person once we got to the island. We loved that she knew the answer to all of our questions to make us feel at ease. She is so caring, warm, and kind that we were never afraid of asking her for help!
Additionally, she interacts will all vendors. My husband and I live near St. Louis, MO, which is about 10 hours from the island. There was no way we could travel all the way to Mackinac to book vendors. Luckily, Carole knows all the top-notched businesses on the island. She was able to give us the best options to stay in our budget and fulfill our vision. Carole also went to bat for us with our vendors. Our wedding day was unseasonably rainy and cold for June so we had to move indoors. At first, we were discouraged, but Carole found us an even better venue indoors. We actually were thankful for the rain. However, we would not have known about this other venue without Carole so we owe it all to her.
Carole cares about the details of your wedding and the people involved. For example, my sister forgot an undergarment for our rehearsal dinner. I texted Carole and asked if she knew where we could buy one on the island. Before I knew it, Carole took it upon herself to deliver it to us. Truly above and beyond her job duties. No detail is too small for her. She planned a minute-by-minute itinerary of the wedding day for us so we know exactly what to expect when. We found this very comforting, as did our families. Both of our parents rave about Carole’s work as well
Most importantly, Carole allowed us to enjoy our wedding day. From the very beginning, my husband and I both agreed it was crucial we were able to spend time together and enjoy our day. In my past, I have been known to be Type A/controlling. However, on my wedding day I was completely relaxed. I was so surprised I did not ever feel stressed or overwhelmed. My husband and I genuinely were able to enjoy ourselves and not worry about the small details. We trusted Carole. We know that she would take of everything so that our wedding would go smoothly (and it did). Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Reviewed On 6/14/2019 by Maura T
Carole was phenomenal and an absolute necessity as a graduate student in California planning a wedding in Michigan, which is a 3 hour time difference. She was very helpful in keeping me on schedule with the wedding planning and had very quick r...
esponses if I had any questions or required more information on something, such as a vender. Additionally, she is very straightforward with what she is asking of me in terms of my preferences, which I deem as a necessity. Carole, overall, will go out of her way to ensure that the day is perfect; she has extensive knowledge of the Island, as well as with planning weddings; she has an incredible work ethic and it is demonstrated through how detailed she is, as well as her promptness to responding to emails, dealing with venders, etc.; lastly, she is passionate at what she does and actually cares about the happiness of the couples, as well as the guests.
Reviewed On 10/01/2018 by Brita C
If you are getting married on Mackinac, you MUST hire Carole! Her professionalism, island connections and organization abilities are unbeatable. Our wedding went off without a single hitch (with many logistics involved!) and she knew exactly wh...
at we needed at every turn. I cannot express enough how grateful we are to her for everything she did for us! Carole, you have a huge spot in our hearts and you will forever hold a truly special place in our wedding day memories. Thank you so much!
Reviewed On 9/17/2018 by Kirissa V
Carole was an absolute dream to work with. She was so easy to get in touch with and so many great ideas for us when we had questions. She just makes everything so easy. We absolutely love her!
Reviewed On 9/05/2018 by Lindsay M
Carole was such a pleasure to work with. I knew I wanted to get married on Mackinac Island due to it being a very special destination for my family since I was a child. As soon as I got engaged, I started searching for information about planni...
ng a wedding on Mackinac, and right away I saw Caroles name pop up. I reached out and booked her all in the same day. I can honestly say I was never stressed about my wedding, and I feel that is due to Carole. I live about 4.5 hours from the island and was only able to make it up to the island twice to visit venues and meet with vendors, otherwise it was all left in Caroles hands. Anytime that I had a question or needed information from a vendor, I would email Carole and she would take care of it. I also felt that local vendors were so much easier to work with because they already know Carole and have a good relationship with her, I would get comments from vendors such as "oh you're working with Carole so this will be a breeze." On my actual wedding day, the weather did not cooperate and we were back and forth about where the actual ceremony would be (since we had planned for it to be outside.) We did end up having to switch venue, but Carole found us a amazing spot where we could still be outside with a gorgeous tent with hanging lights surrounded by flowers and greenery overlooking the water. I did not have to worry about a thing that day because Carole took care of every little detail from the ceremony all the way until the reception ended. I cannot thank Carole enough, if you are on the fence about whether or not you need a wedding coordinator, I can tell you with 100% certainty it is worth it and will make your wedding planning and wedding day stress free. Thank you again Carole, you are amazing!!
Reviewed On 8/08/2018 by Lauren K
Hands down the best wedding planner there is. If I could give her 10 stars, I would. From the second I got engaged and started inquiring about getting married on Mackinac Island, Carole was there to help me out. I hear horror stories about how ...
awful it is to plan a wedding. I didn’t feel that way at all. Carole made the wedding planning process super easy. She regularly checked in to see how I was doing throughout the process and the week of the wedding. When a thunderstorm came through just before my garden wedding ceremony, Carole was there quickly planning another option that was just as beautiful. I wish I could get married all over again just to have Carole plan my wedding!
Reviewed On 8/08/2018 by Karen S
Best Wedding Planner ever!!! Makes you feel like you are her only wedding, takes care of every little detail so there is no stress and treats you like family. Highly recommend her to anyone, you won't be sorry! :)
Reviewed On 8/02/2018 by Lake S
I grew up on Mackinac Island and my mom, my husband and I all had a lot of ideas about what our wedding would be like. Carole was so helpful with every aspect of planning and the wedding day. Her intimate knowledge of the island and the venues ...
helped predict any potential issues and add insider touches. Not only is she is such a lovely person and a joy to work with, she made every part of the day perfect. I would highly recommend her to any couple!
Reviewed On 7/11/2018 by Catherine C
If you're looking for a coordinator for your wedding, pick Carole and be rest assured that everything will go smoothly and you'll be able to enjoy your big day!
I'm so happy that Carole was there to help us with our wedding weekend on Mackinac...
Island. She was a personal recommendation from our photographer and absolutely amazing to work with from the very first email through the end of our wedding events.
Sometimes it's hard to justify beforehand what a coordinator does or if you even need to have one. Hopefully, a couple of the below examples (personal to my wedding) will help. These are two specific examples of where Carole stepped in to help in ways that I never could have foreseen when we hired her.
Example #1 - Two weeks prior to the event, our band and venue were having trouble deciding where the band should be set up in the reception space. As soon as Carole heard about this, she went over to the space, created her own recommendation by taking several images and measurements of the space for us to work with. We were able to identify the best option quickly and efficiently with confidence. Believe me, it saved many, many additional rounds of back and forth. Truly helpful!
Example #2 - There was a miscommunication (unrelated to Carole) during our Welcome Reception on timing for the fudge vendor to arrive to set up the sweets table. As Carole lives on Mackinac Island (and has for many years), she has personal relationships with so many people. She was able to call the owner directly and ensure everything was taken care of promptly. She made something that could have been an unforeseen hassle so completely smooth and easy so we could enjoy our special time with family and friends.
She is open, honest, friendly and full of helpful tips and recommendations. I am in awe of what she does and know that our event went as perfectly as it did because of all of her help behind the scenes.
Choose Carole and know you've chosen the best of the best!!!!
Reviewed On 7/03/2018 by Katie Y
Make sure Carole is on your team for your Mackinac Island wedding, you will be so happy she was! She knows the island, she knows the vendors, she knows the venues. I reached out early in the wedding planning process to inquire about her service...
s but, at the time I wasn’t really sure what I needed. Fast forward to a month or so out from our June wedding, and add in one overwhelmed Bride, and I knew I needed help with the logistics of the day. I reached out to Carole again, and she was able and willing to help. I remember feeling like a HUGE weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I sent everything that I had planned so far to her and she took it from there. If I was missing something she let me know what was needed. Details that I would have never thought of, but were important to make the day run smoothly. If I had a question or was unsure of something, she had an answer and offered expert guidance. She was there for the rehearsal and the whole day of (and captured some great pics too!) I wanted to be able to enjoy the day and not be bogged down with details, and that is exactly what happened. The day was a blur, but it was completely stress-free! The services she provides are invaluable. She made sure that everyone (bridal party and guests) were where they needed to be and had what the needed. At the end of our wedding night, my husband looked at me and said, “This would never have been possible without Carole.” That is HUGE!!! I remember Carole was always there, always positive, and exactly what I needed. One month out and I am still so deeply thankful that our paths crossed!
Reviewed On 5/24/2018 by Jon D
If you're getting married on Mackinac Island, you WANT Carole to be a part of your day! My husband and I debated if we needed a wedding planner (most of the hotels on the island have wedding coordinators who work with you), but trust us when we...
say that Carole is worth it! I contacted Carole at the beginning of 2017 and we were in constant contact from then on, we felt like we were the only wedding she was working on. She was at every wedding event he had, from the Wedding Show at Mission Point the year before our wedding, to our rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and the entire wedding day. Not only does Carole know every option and vendor for every aspect of your wedding, she knows how to make a wedding dream team! Carole knows everyone on the island, and was able to help us stay within the budget that we planned for. She was always there with well-experienced advice; there were many times that she asked "would you like this, or this" and I would just tell her to pick and everything worked out better than we expected. We got married on May 19th, 2018 and the forecast leading up to our wedding day showed that it was going to a warm and sunny day; well, we woke up to an overcast, rainy day. Carole helped us to have the most beautiful indoor wedding at Mission Point, ever. We had the ceremony in our reception hall (the Cypress Room) with us and our party standing in front of a beautiful view of Lake Huron. Some of our guests even told us our wedding was the most beautiful they'd ever been to. It never would have turned out so great without Carole!
Reviewed On 9/06/2017 by DeEtta B
I'm not sure I can even begin to express how amazing Carole was as our planner! For the Love of Mackinac helped us book music for the wedding, plan our welcome reception the evening before the wedding, and was our day of planner. Carole alway...
s seemed to understand what we were looking for, knew the answers to every Mackinac Island and wedding question, and kept everyone calm and coordinated on the day of the wedding. Things went very smoothly, and she always had a word of kindness or insight just when I needed it most. She definitely helped make our wedding day what we dreamed it would be, and her advice and guidance were invaluable. If you are getting married on Mackinac Island, book For the Love of Mackinac right now.
Contact Info for For the Love of Mackinac!
PO Box 341, Mackinac Island, MI | on Mackinac Island