Brides Choice Award
Congrats to Island Style Weddings! It's the third year in a row we've won the Brides Choice Award for Officiant and Wedding Planner. Thank you to all our happy couples who have taken the time to express their gratitude and thanks! We are oh so lucky to be able to meet such wonderful people from all over the world who come to St. John to get married. As we embark on a new year full of weddings I can tell you that Mary truly enjoys what she does, and has performed the most touching ceremonies I have ever been a part of or seen! I thought I'd just share one of our reviews from the lovely Beth and Sean who got married in the fall. Here is their wedding video from High Definition Video that does a wonderful job capturing the memories from their wedding day.
I can not say enough positive things about Mary and Island Style Weddings. Mary was there for me throughout the entire year of wedding planning and most importantly, on the big day. She answered all emails with record speed and set up multiple phone conversations when I wanted to review certain details. She was always ready to work around my schedule and made sure the conversations were thorough, yet efficient.
One of the best things about choosing Mary as our wedding planner was her expertise in both vendor and venue selection. She has alot of experience in the business and can recommend superior photography, videography, entertainment, and floral vendors. In terms of venues, we new Caneel Bay was our choice as soon as we saw it, but Mary still spent time touring my mom and I around various villas to explore other options.
Mary was genuinely interested in our wedding vision. She requested photos of our inspirations throughout the year and oversaw the design/set up of both the ceremony and reception sites to ensure it aligned with our vision. She worked really well with the staff at Caneel to make sure the reception ran smoothly. I appreciated how flexible she was with the reception organization and did not set a structured timeline for events. She would check in with us throughout the evening to see if we were ready for our first dance, cake cutting, etc. This allowed the evening to flow naturally. I also appreciated her recommendation for stations to facilitate more of a party atmosphere and have more time for dancing, which was where we wanted the focus of the evening to be. And it was the best dance party of our lives!
Another great reason to choose Mary as your wedding planner is that she can serve as your officiant...for no additional fee! We wanted to include some Christian aspects into our ceremony and Mary was able to provide several examples to help guide us in our ceremony writing. She was very organized at the ceremony and had formal copies of the readings and prayers for our guest readers. She also added a touching "moment" for the two of us to take to really soak in the surroundings and have a vivid memory to look back on.
Most importantly, Mary and her staff (Leah!) put all of my family at ease on the big day so they could just sit back and enjoy every moment of the celebration. I have a friend who is getting married next week without a wedding planner and is talking about the "to do" lists she has distributed to each of her bridesmaids and how her mom is very stressed about all the day of details to take care of..... trust me, it is worth it to be worry free on the biggest day of your life. You are going to want to have as many memories of it as you can!