$$$ – Moderate
Day-Of Coordination, Full Service Wedding Planning, Planning
Every detail was above and beyond!Reviewed on 7/01/2015
We used MMJ Events for our wedding this past May. We were engaged last July- and even before we were engaged I knew I wanted to use MMJ Events. Meleka did my best friends wedding a few years back, and it was absolutely gorgeous. From the beginning I knew I could trust Meleka with planning our wedding, but I also knew that I could express any opinion I was having, and wasn't afraid of hurting anyone's feelings. Her attention to detail is uncanny, and "Everything she touched turned to gold". I know it sounds corny but literally every detail she handled was done to a tee- small and big details, nothing went untouched. She also came up with unique ideas for the wedding that set our wedding apart from others. If I had the ability I would have parties and renew my vows every year just so she could plan the event- because any event she does is magical! We had an experience with MMJ events that was nothing short of amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone.
Destination DreamReviewed on 8/20/2014 Kirstin S
When my fiance and I first got engaged, we were dead set on getting married in Columbus. Like every other bride, I started to feel overwhelmed with venues, vendors, and details. I came across the MMJ website and knew within minutes that Meleka was the planner for us. When I called my fiance to let him know I wanted to hire a planner, his response was " we can handle the wedding ourselves." Boy was he wrong! We fell in love with Meleka and her style immediately. We knew we needed her full service package. After months of planning a wedding in Columbus, we threw Meleka a curve ball and decided to have a destination wedding...in Canada! Oh and I should mention the wedding was in Montreal where the locals speak mostly French. We were absolutely thrilled when Meleka agreed to change plans. With no way of seeing venues or meeting vendors in person, Meleka had her work cut out for her! She spent countless hours researching and requesting information from Montreal vendors. While planning the wedding, we became really close friends. It started to feel like I was planning my wedding with my best friend. We share the same taste which made it more fun to pick out the details. Don't get me wrong, planning a destination comes with it's challenges, but Meleka kept me sane and excited the entire time! From save the date cards to dress fittings to coordinating our budget, she handled everything. Before we knew it, it was time to go to Montreal. She was by my side at 5am boarding a flight to Canada. She handled the crazy flight attendant that tried to stuff my couture gown in an overhead compartment. She calmed my nerves as the TSA shoved my dress through the x-ray machine. Meleka coordinated every last minute detail and handled attitudes from vendors as well as family members. This planner doesn't take no for an answer, she ALWAYS finds an alternative solution. Minutes before I walked down the aisle, I realized I hadn't eaten all day. Feeling faint, Meleka pulled out a mini container of peanut butter and hand fed me (one of the funniest wedding photos). She is 100% on point with her brides :) When she brought us in for our first reveal, my heart stopped! Every detail was absolutely amazing! I couldn't believe how gorgeous it turned out. The entire design and layout was exactly how we had imagined it and more. Her attention to detail really came through when it was all put together and our guests complimented us on every aspect of the wedding. From the individual guest menu cards to the lights hanging over the dance floor, our entire wedding was everything we had dreamed (I know cliche, but very true)! Meleka took on the huge task of planning a wedding in another country where English was the second language. She nailed it! We couldn't imagine our engagement or wedding without her beautiful work. We can't thank her enough :)
More than just a wedding planner!Reviewed on 9/13/2013 Shelly W
With a full time job, a fiance who lived out of state, and not a single family member who lived in or around the city we were planning our wedding in, we were in dire need of a planner who would be able to handle our whole planning process while also keeping me sane. Meleka did just that. She wasn't just a wedding planner for me... she was a scheduler, an anxiety reducer, a decision maker, a motivator, a vendor liaison, and much more. I was out of town every other weekend visiting my fiance, and with a 5 month time frame to plan a 250+ wedding Meleka had everything under control. She just told me where to be and when, told me what decisions I needed to make by what date, helped limit my options so I didn't have time to be indecisive or have to do any of my own research, and helped me put my simple ideas into a fabulously beautiful wedding. I interviewed with other companies, but they felt just like that.. like companies. Like teams of women who their only goal was to build the biggest most fabulous wedding for me. But what was most important to me was how Meleka made me feel like I was in charge, like she was working solely to make me happy to create this day for me, and made me feel like her job was more than just to plan but to also make me feel comfortable, calm, and anxiety free. Any problem there was, I could call Meleka any time of day or email her and she responded ASAP and was already on it fixing it. Which is why we really never had any issues. And Meleka's main concern was making sure I knew she had everything under control which she did. Which was so comforting not having anyone else in town to help me with this wedding. She became more of a friend than a wedding planner and made what could have been the most frustrating and hectic and busy process into a seamless, joyful, and fun process!!! My fiance and I were both very thankful for the hard work Meleka put into our wedding, as it turned out better than we every could have imagined!
Meleka Did A Wonderful Job! We used MMJ Events for our wedding this July and we couldn’t be happier! Meleka was a pleasure to work with, and we don’t know what we would have done without her. During the planning process she did a wonderful job helping us choose vendors that were both within our price range, and lived up to our standards. Her wealth of knowledge went so far in helping us compare different options, and know if a certain vendor was worth the extra cost, or if our money would be better spent elsewhere. When it came time to meet with those vendors she helped us relax, explaining anything we did not understand, and made us feel comfortable making decisions for the big day. What really made Meleka stand out was her amazing attention to detail. Every little part of the wedding was planned out perfectly. We could tell that she worked hard to listen to us, look at our Pinterest boards, and do her research, and went the extra mile to make sure that every second of our wedding was what we wanted or better. Even with all of the different factors that go into planning a wedding, everything felt complete and harmonious, and felt like a dream. On the day of the ceremony Meleka was phenomenal. She was calm and collected, and was able to effectively manage everyone in the party to ensure that everyone was where they were supposed to be. Her presence during the wedding - and throughout the entire planning process - took so much stress off of our shoulders. We don’t know what we would have done without Meleka, she was an answer to prayer, and went the extra mile to ensure that our wedding was better than we could have ever dreamed.
My daughter first connected with MMJ at a “tasting event” (whatever that is!.) They chatted about what a wedding planner could do. My daughter came home and pitched the idea. Her main points were summarized by the statement, “This could eliminate a lot of stress.” She had me! We went and chatted with MMJ and found out what Meleka and her crew did. We signed up, and they did what they said they would do and much more. It is difficult to put into words the sense of competence and calm that Meleka brought to the process. Most of the things necessary to prepare for a wedding are not something one does every day. We didn’t know the options. We didn’t know a good price from a bad one. We didn’t know what would “work” and what would not. The MMJ team did know! Priceless knowledge! Meleka was very easy to talk to, and was very patient with all of our questions. She has an incredible work ethic and there were never any surprises. The website where “Dad” can track the spending or where “Mom” and daughter can be reminded of tasks and timelines is very valuable, as it puts hundreds of details in one place with easy access. On the day of the wedding we all just “showed up.” We were free to enjoy every moment because Meleka and her team worried about all the details . . . right down to how to occupy the flower girl when she wasn’t “flower girling.” If Steve Martin had hired Meleka instead of “Frank,” I’m quite certain that “The Father of the Bride” would have enjoyed the meal at the reception and gotten to dance with his daughter. . . plus, and best of all, the wedding would have stayed in budget! My wife and I both agree that the cost of MMJ’s services was the very best money we spent on what turned out to be a very beautiful and fun wedding.
I don't know how I would have been able to have the wedding of my dreams without MMJ events. Meleka is such a pleasure to work with! She literally made things so easy for me. We hired MMJ events as our day of coordinator for our wedding. This allowed our last month before the wedding to be stress free. Meleka took over contacting our vendors, making our timeline and running the show at our rehearsal and wedding. She also set up our decor and made sure we didn't get bothered on the day of our wedding with the little things. We honestly couldn't have done it without MMJ events. She was not only the cheapest vendor we hired but also the most valuable. I highly recommend MMJ events for any event or wedding you are planning. Being a bride and trying to do it all on my own was ridiculous, MMJ events was the best decision we ever made! I just wish I would have used the company for my entire wedding planning not just the day of!
After seeing MMJ Events all over Instagram and following them for several months before I got engaged I knew I wanted to hire them in some capacity for my wedding. I knew I wouldn't need assistance with the overall design and wedding details so we hired MMJ Events for our day of coordinating and I am so thankful that we did. We met with Meleka about 6 weeks before our wedding and went over important details. From there she worked with our vendors in setting up a timeline and making sure that everything would run smoothly. I was very glad that we had her, especially the week of when things get super crazy. It was nice to have the peace of mind that someone else was going to take care of everything and it put my mind at ease knowing I was going to be able to sit back and enjoy the day.
We hired MMJ events for our day-of coordinators and could not have been happier with Rachel and Heather who helped make our day so special! We met with Meleka once in person to go over the details and then communicated via email the weeks & days leading up to the event. Meleka gave us some great ideas to help put the finishing touches on our wedding. The day-of services started with a good morning text from Rachel congratulating me on the big day. It was so great that she channeled in on all of the excitement we had, but she also made me feel like everything was handled and under control. It was great having the day-of resource so my family and I could focus on soaking up all of the important memories of the day (and not stressing!). Rachel answered all of my questions and last minute texts, which was so appreciated. Everything felt like it all went perfectly according to plan! It wasn't until hours later that I found out there a huge mishap with our grooms cake, but Rachel contacted the vendor and communicated everything through my Maid of Honor, so I didn't have to even know about it. We laughed about how oblivious I was to the cake incident, but that's exactly how it should have been! I didn't fret once about how the day would turn out because I completely trusted MMJ events. I definitely recommend their day-of services as a budget-friendly option for those brides who want the extra help with last minute planning and coordinating for the wedding day. Rachel, Heather & Meleka were all wonderful to work with and I couldn't have imagined my day without them!!
Before we got engaged I thought the idea of a wedding planner was a little ridiculous. Then I saw all of the details that go into planning and carrying out a great wedding. Meleka went above and beyond what me or my wife could have imagined for our wedding. I was blown away with the final product, and would recommend MMJ to any one who wants a great wedding.
Meleka was recommended to me by a friend when my current wedding coordinater was dropping the ball on just about everything. Deciding to have Meleka come in and take over was one of the best decisions I've made! Every detail of my wedding was perfect, and I could not have been happier with the look, style and feel. I had countless comments on how beautiful the wedding was!
Where do I even begin with Meleka and her team? My wedding was literally PERFECT thanks to her! When I say perfect, I mean it. She made all of my crazy ideas come to life without any hesitation. She kept butterflies alive for days in her refrigerator. She was on the ground cleaning dirt off of my wedding gown just hours before the ceremony. She assisted my dog down the aisle and I am pretty sure she even brought the sunshine as it had rained 21 days in a row - literally!! She does not skip a beat and her attention to detail is out of this world. She is by far the BEST wedding planner and I could not imagine choosing anyone else.
My wife and I hired Meleka at MMJ Events to be our ‘day of’ wedding coordinator for our big day. I will admit I was skeptical if we needed a coordinator - given the venue had staff that could help out with odds and ends and we had both been in dozens of weddings so "we knew" the routine pretty well. I will also admit I was wrong…. Meleka was an amazing value-add to our event from the planning and coordination of vendors, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and everything the day of. She even helped diffuse a sticky situation that arose last minute with a vendor that really helped keep the focus on us and stress levels down. She is the ultimate addition to the wedding process and an even better person. 5 Stars it is!
A mutual friend recommended Meleka Jolliff of MMJ Events and the moment I met her I knew she was the planner for us. Not only was her work amazing, but we clicked immediately. Meleka was there every step of the way with our planning process and she didn't miss a beat. All of my family and bridesmaids live in other cities and states so she really was my soundboard for each decision we had to make. She has great relationships with all vendors and did an amazing job getting each of them on the same page with the same image. For the reception, we had a vision of a clear tent reception and she helped turn it into a wedding masterpiece. It was better than I could have ever dreamed of. Every detail of the wedding design was extremely well thought out and personalized. She is also extremely organized and our wedding day went off without a hitch. I honestly cannot recommend MMJ enough. She is simply the best in the business!
Where do I begin? In August of 2014, my best friend asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes! The type A beast within me went straight into planning mode a few days later. My fiance (now husband!) is a dream, and wanted input on food and alcohol, so I (and my amazing mom) had free reign to do WHATEVER I wanted. The private wedding Pinterest boards (you know you have them) moved to public, and mom and I started at it! My mom and I both work full time jobs, volunteer, and wanted to keep some sort of a social life during the year of wedding planning, so after about a week of thinking we could plan this wedding on our own, we quickly realized that we needed to hire a planner. I met with several planners I found here on The Knot, and they were all lovely, but when I met Meleka (MMJ), I knew we had found the one! She was organized, her portfolio was amazing, and she seemed like someone I could hang with for the next year (brides to be, this is important that you click with your planner bc you will talk to her ALL THE TIME!). Going back to the type A beast that I can be. I am organized, detail oriented, and I knew what I wanted my wedding to look like. I was a little scared to let go of the control, but Meleka was an amazing match for me. She was always one step ahead of me. When I had a question, she had an answer. When I found a problem, she found a solution. She had all of the details nailed down. Amazing. Fast forward to the month of the wedding. Everyone I knew kept asking if I was stressed out or freaking out or if I had a million things to do. I kept calling Meleka asking why I wasn't stressed out. It was because she had my back. She was taking care of the details that I otherwise would have been FREAKING OUT over. Fast forward to the day of the wedding. I was able to relax and enjoy the day without having to run around checking things off the list or tracking vendors. My mom was with me instead of setting up tables, my girls were with me instead of running a last minute errand for me, my husband got to play golf with with guys that morning. There was no stress. Then, we got to the venue, and I couldn't believe how beautiful everything was. Meleka took my 5,000 pins, my crazy descriptions, and all of the emails of ideas and thoughts and put together exactly what we wanted. It was beyond gorgeous. Best. Day. Ever. We could not have done this alone (or if we did, we would have been driven to the brink of insanity). I had the best experience with Meleka, and I would recommend her over and over again. <3
Perfect DayReviewed on 9/17/2015 Lindsay D
We hired Meleka with MMJ Events just over seven months before our wedding date, selecting the full event planning option. We had the ceremony & reception location set, but I did not know where to begin, in order to start pulling the rest together. I knew we would need help! I really appreciated Meleka's easy-to-use timelines and budget tracker. I am a control freak when it comes to logistical details, but my artistic creativity is quite lacking. I needed someone I could trust to organize all the planning logistics the way I wanted, but really help me start from scratch on the design aspect. She was able to take all of my ideas, from hundreds of Pinterest pictures and create a cohesive event design. Having someone help me negotiate with vendors, while sometimes receiving a discount, was a huge help. Almost every vendor we used was on her preferred vendors list, and they were ALL fabulous. One of the top reasons we wanted a planner, was to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day of our wedding, without having to task family members with additional responsibilities, or do it ourselves. As such, I woke up on my wedding day completely stress-free because I was 100% confident that everything would be handled. While I later found out about a few very minor mishaps, I never knew anything was amiss on the day of, because it was promptly handled. If nothing else, that made it worth every penny! I definitely recommend Meleka, especially for her event design. Our day was perfect, and just as I imagined it!
Terrific Wedding PlannerReviewed on 11/03/2014 Amy B
I knew I would need assistance with my backyard DIY country wedding. Not only would I need the normal wedding support but I knew getting our farm ready for 200 guests would be tricky. Meleka was fully engaged in the process with me and was a tremendous help whether it was vendor recommendations, tent placement, guest gift bags, reception set-up, and the list goes on. The day of the wedding was full of setting up and last minute details and if it hadn't been for Meleka's organization and keeping me on track, I'm certain I would have been late to my own wedding! She had everyone dressed and put together with flowers in hand, ready for the ceremony on time, and I didn't have to think about a thing. We had some rain on our wedding day and Meleka had Plan B ready to go before I could even start worrying about it. Luckily we didn't have to alter things because the rain stopped just in time, but if we would have, I was confident with her decisions, and I think any bride with an outdoor wedding would agree what a big deal that is! Meleka and her team worked tirelessly behind the scenses to make things happen, making decisions and keeping me stress free so that I could truly enjoy my wedding day to the fullest. I wholly recommend Meleka and MMJ Events for your wedding or party planning. She will be a truly invested partner in your event and will work diligently to make your vision come to life.
Absolutely beautiful wedding...the most perfect day!Reviewed on 10/17/2014
My daughter's wedding was absolutely beautiful...It was the most perfect day! Meleka and her staff did an excellent job; they are very knowledgeable, passionate and they created wonderful memories for our family and friends. Meleka definitely exceeded my expectations and I would strongly recommend her! Thank you for a job well done!
A wonderful experienceReviewed on 10/07/2014 Jacquilyn S
MMJ events did an excellent job planning our wedding from start to finish. Meleka's eye for creativity and style combined with her close relationships to excellent vendors helped make our wedding beautiful, unique and truly memorable. We don't know what we would have done without Meleka and her team; the day flowed seamlessly thanks to them and left us with no worries.
Meleka is amazing!Reviewed on 10/06/2014 Elizabeth A
I hired Meleka for day-of services to make sure everything was on schedule and running smoothly and that's exactly what happened. She paid attention to every detail to insure the most perfect day ever! She is extremely responsive, laid back and really wants the best for her brides. I highly, HIGHLY recommend Meleka!
Great wedding planner!Reviewed on 8/25/2014
MMJ Events provided a partial wedding planning package. It was a perfect balance -- the package was budget-friendly, but also provided some much needed support for the things that I DIDN'T realize needed to be prepped for wedding day! The team was incredibly professional and forward-thinking; they really worked to ensure that my dream was captured on my wedding day. MMJ Events has tremendous flexibility when it comes to your event: if you need someone to provide support from light to bright, or if you simply need someone to keep you sane throughout the final 3 months, they are the go-to!
Thank You MMJ Events!Reviewed on 8/14/2014 Ashley S
When we started planning our wedding, hiring a wedding planner was something we went back and forth on. We live on the west coast and were having our wedding in Columbus, Ohio and I thought at first I could do a lot of the planning....I was so WRONG! I saw some of Meleka's weddings and loved her work, I then spoke to Meleka and she immediately helped us book the most important part to us which was the band! We have a lot of the same style once we talked and her ideas, I loved and felt very comfortable with letting her plan our entire wedding! I live out of town and she was able to make it to appointments when I couldn't and sent me pictures and texts to let me feel like I was still involved. I really relied on her for advice and she was very truthful as to what we needed and what we didn't, which I loved that! The day of the wedding I did not have to worry about a thing. I loved seeing the room for the first time, it was everything that we ever imagined and more! Out of every decision we made for our wedding, this is the #1 most important and most worth it to both my husband and I. Thank you MMJ events for everything!
Perfect for the busy brideReviewed on 7/17/2014 Katie R
I was so excited to get married but I work 80 hours a week in a hospital in Virginia, 400 miles from my hometown of Columbus. Thankfully we found Meleka! Kind and amazing through the whole process, she shepherded us through the would-be overwhelming process of planning a wedding. Leading up to the wedding and after it I would use the beautiful details Meleka had planned to distract my patients. My experience would remind them of their wedding day and it was so amazing to see how remembering that day could transport them out of everything they were going through and bring a smile to their face. What Meleka does is so amazing. My wedding day was perfect, I could not have asked for anything more and I will carry my memories of that day with me for the rest of my life. Thanks so much Meleka!
Our boots on the ground; and then some!Reviewed on 7/15/2014 Jeff K
Having MMJ events as a wedding planner was the best decision we could have made. MMJ far exceeded our expectations over and over again during the planning process and on the actual big day. My wife and I both work demanding jobs and live on the east coast so planning a 200 person event in Columbus was going to be impossible for us to handle on our own. MMJ was able to make planning from afar a simple, fun, and extremely positive experience for us both. From proposing and adding small artistic details that fit our personal tastes perfectly, to resolving logistical issues that arose quickly and independently (huge load off our shoulders!), having this help was so much better than we could have ever expected. It's been several months and we are still receiving regular compliments on how beautiful and in-line with our style the event was. Meleka Joliff and her team made our day perfect and one we will never forget. We can't thank them enough.
Meleka is wonderful! :)Reviewed on 6/08/2014 M W
We had a very small wedding (~45 ppl) and I thought we'd be able to handle everything ourselves, but we were from out-of-town and as the big day got closer, I began to panic. Thank goodness we decided to hire Meleka as our Day Of Coordinator! Right from the first email, she was friendly, encouraging, and most importantly, extremely helpful and organized. I knew she was an utter pro from the gorgeous weddings I'd seen on her website that she had designed from top to bottom-- and even though we were just hiring her for day-of coordination, she still had so much advice to offer. "Day Of" actually starts earlier - Meleka has all kinds of checklists to make sure all your ducks are in a row. It helped set our minds at ease to know that even though we were handling most things ourselves, she was making sure we were crossing our t's and dotting our i's. When the big weekend arrived, she was there for our rehearsal to offer thoughts and suggestions about the little details of the ceremony (and I felt much better knowing "how it was usually done"), and then on the big day, she and her assistant were at both the ceremony and the reception to help-- unobtrusive and yet appearing everywhere to help just when they were needed, like amazing "wedding ninjas"! When I was quaking in my shoes nervously waiting to walk down the aisle, I glanced around and there was Meleka (I hadn't even heard her), gently and expertly arranging my veil and train, with a sweet smile and a wink. :) At the reception, she and her assistant had helped us set up place cards and last minute decorations, and then after the guests arrived, she kept everything running smoothly (and even helped save the day when I had a bit of a dress emergency-- phew!). Knowing she had easily handled weddings much grander and complex than our cozy family gathering, I felt secure knowing that she'd keep everything running without a hitch. Meleka is a true professional. Besides being super organized and detailed, she is sweet, thoughtful and encouraging-- offering just the right words to get you through a stressful day of wedding planning. No matter whether your wedding is big or small, glamorous and chic or down-to-earth and cozy, Meleka will make sure that everything goes swimmingly on your big day so that you can relax and enjoy yourself. I'm so glad we decided to have her as our Day Of Coordinator! :)
Best wedding planner ever!Reviewed on 5/29/2014 Whitney K
Hiring MMJ Events was the best decision we made! I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted and my husband and I have very different styles. Meleka found a way to bring both of our styles together and created something perfect for us! Somehow, even though I couldn't always explain what I wanted, she found a way to make it happen. Meleka assisted with everything from venue selection to the florist and cake, etc. She had great ideas and was always giving guidance on what would look good and what wasn't worth spending money on. Most importantly, she found ways to make our wedding unique and special for us. Custom cocktails were just the beginning (we had three, one for me, one for my husband, and one for our dog!) We had a s'mores bar that was absolutely amazing - multiple flavored marshmallows, different kinds of graham crackers, and about ten different kinds of candy... And Meleka planned it all. We also released Chinese lanterns - and gave one to each guest to light as well. It was amazing to watch all of the lanterns in the night sky. Again, all coordinated by Meleka. Meleka was amazing. I would recommend her in a heartbeat! Weddings can be stressful but I was never worried because I knew with Meleka we would be all set! She has strong relationships with other vendors and knew which ones would be best for us, so the hassle of trying to find all of the other vendors was immediately reduced. After the wedding we received so many compliments and so much of it was due to Meleka!