I found Mary Rios Events through a list of preferred vendors provided by my venue, the JW Marriott Downtown. I worked with Becky Wendel. At our intro meeting over lunch, it was clear from our conversation that we had no idea what we were doing....
She asked us a lot of questions and gave us an idea of what she would need from us in the future if we decided to work together. This was so valuable to us because it was essentially our homework and helped guide us to making more decisions that we had missed. The other planners that I met at this point did not push as far at the intro meeting to give me a sense for what it would be like to work with them up to the day-of.
I had two more meetings with Becky after formally engaging with her. One was a mid-planning session where we got significantly further on setting details. The last one was prior to the wedding and tackled the tiny details (in my mind) like an inventory of what I would provide her, what the guest list should look like, final headcount, etc. These meetings were great for me to stay on track while the work and school parts of my life were going crazy,
On the day-of... AMAZING. Just completely amazing. I never thought I would be a bride that would have a meltdown. Wrong. I had booked a bunch of rooms at the JW for my family and had been receiving email confirmations for their rooms and realized that I never got one for my own. I called them the morning of the wedding, only hours before I was supposed to meet my make up artist there, and found out they had booked me to check in the evening before and cancelled the room because I was a "no-show". Now the hotel was booked and I, the bride for the only wedding at the hotel that evening, had no room.
I called her crying and she stepped in to calm me down and assure that she would take care of it. Once I got there and started getting my make up done, she would occasionally pop into the room to give me an update of what was going on downstairs. She shared so much of my excitement, anticipation, and joy and this was very important to me because I didn't have a bridal party. She was my girl!
After the ceremony, she touched up my make up because I bawled throughout the same thing. She and her assistant bustled my dress, handed us cocktails and sent us out mingle with our guests.
What a lot of people say to engaged couples about their weddings are things like: it'll all fly by, you won't remember anything, you won't be able to eat, etc. The reason why all these things happen is because you've carefully curated a group of guests that consists of the people who mean most to you. Your wedding will probably be the one time in life when all of the people you care about from family, work, school, etc are all in the same room at the same time just for you. Of course you get carried away talking to them and spending time with all of them! I remember everything. But this exactly reason is why you need Becky. She will shepherd you throughout the evening and will make sure you eat, will serve as your telephone, will get you in the right place at the right time for dances, speeches, toasts, and cake cutting.
All in all, I cannot recommend Becky and the MRE team enough. In the immediate days after the wedding, I would cry thinking about them. Becky did so much for us and for that we are forever grateful. I continue to recommend them to my friends and family and encourage you to consider them as you tackle wedding planning!