Testimonials

Hi Joanne,

I just want to let you know that we had a wonderful seminar at Palumbo’s. The rooms were perfectly set up, the food was delicious, and you catered to our every need. We really appreciate it and hope to be back!

Best wishes,
Carol Castellano
Parents of Blind Children-NJ


Dear Kevin,

There is no greater pleasure than to find people (you and your staff) and a venue which makes planning an event enjoyable, efficient and easy. As a meeting planner by profession and owner of my own event planning company my expectations of service are high and for many venues, more than can be realized.

From the first moment of contact I knew that you were a true professional and someone who understood that flexibility was the key to success. This time I was not planning an event for a client; I was planning my own wedding. I had ideas along with the expectations which necessitated finding a venue where I felt that both a professional as well as a personal relationship could be enjoyed in the planning process. All my needs and wishes were realized in working with you, your staff and Merrimakers at the PNC Reception Center.

Whenever we asked for something you said: “Fine – we can do that”. If we needed a menu substitution or had a special request you gave the same response, as well. We valued your willingness to work with our chosen vendors. The fact that the entire facility was at our disposal for the day was a key determining factor and I highly suggest that you highlight this to potential brides and their families—it makes the difference between having a stressful wedding day and having an enjoyable and relaxed experience. IF they don’t believe that this is important – please have them give me a call! The furniture was moved as needed, the piano tuned for our professional musicians, and the décor set as we designed. As to the food and service—never have I received such rave reviews from cocktail hour to dinner service. How proud we were to have chosen PNC Reception Center and Merrimakers for our wedding!

Please feel free to use us as a reference for future clients in all event areas. I will do my best to place as much of my business with you as possible and will gladly serve as an ambassador for you and the PNC Reception Center in the future.

With best regards,
Joanne H. Joham. CMP, CMM
President, J Joham Associates
2008-2010 MPI New Jersey President
CMP Board of Directors 2006-present

Hi Rose,

First off, we would like to thank you for all your help and being patient with all our questions and requests. We definitely picked the right place for our wedding and you had a big part of that. You made us feel comfortable right from the first meeting and allayed our fears in dealing with big decisions. Our overall experience was outstanding; everyone of our guest had a great time and we are still getting lots of compliments on the whole event. Our Maitre d’ Kevin and all the staff were very attentive and made sure that we had everything we needed. They went out of their way to decorate and made our guests feel welcomed. Everyone was so helpful and very professional. We enjoyed cocktail hour; the stations were plentiful, the hors d’ oeuvres were delicious and the bar service was timely and courteous. All of our guests enjoyed their dinner and was appreciative that they had a variety of selections. We definitely enjoyed our dinner. The food was cooked as was requested and the quality exceeded our expectations. Everyone’s favorite was the vianese table with so many deserts to choose from and they all had fun at the chocolate fountain. We would definitely recommend your venue to other brides and grooms. Merri-Makers exceeded all our expectations and we are so happy with our choice in trusting the most important occasion we have in you.

Sincerely,
Leigh Ann and Aaron


Merri-makers caterers hosts Claire and Brett's Wedding“We had a great overall experience with Merri-Makers. They met our unique vision of what our wedding would be like while providing us with the reassurance they had done this many times before. They exceeded our expectations…Our event consultant, Rose Olender, was consistently knowledgeable and responsive…Kevin Beirne was a total pro and his team was consistently – but not constantly – asking what else they could do for us. The event ran very smoothly and we could relax and enjoy ourselves…We and our guests were satisfied with the food and drinks at cocktail hour. The guests enjoyed their dinner and we did too. Merri-Makers was flexible enough to change up the dinner timing when everyone flooded outside to watch the sunset. Dessert was a huge hit – amazing carrot cake with chocolate covered strawberries…We would absolutely recommend the Chapel – it was the perfect intimate setting yet big enough for a great dance floor. Our guests enjoyed an unforgettable sunset.”

Claire & Brett

Sandy Hook Chapel


Dear Rose,

  • Our overall experience was very pleasant with a very knowledgeable staff that made everything very easy.
  • Our Maitre d’ and staff made the night go off without a hitch.
  • The cocktail hour was very nice and the stations were refilled promptly. All hors d’oeuvres were delicious and the bar never had a line.
  • I enjoyed my meal and our cake was delicious.
  • Merri-Makers met our expectations and I would recommend it to others getting married or for a party.
  • Everything was perfect for our wedding on Friday. We had such a wonderful time. Thanks again for everything!

— Alexandra Basmagy


Merrimakers was able to take our idea and make it into a reality. All the staff’s service was top notch, and they made sure that the bride and groom were taken care of 110%, from the moment we got there to the moment we left! Additionally, the food was EXCELLENT, from the cocktail hour to the dinner. The bakery did an excellent job; the captured the vision we had for the look for the cake. The cake was also delicious! So many guests were saying ti was the best wedding cake they have had! We would definitely recommend Merrimakers to anyone who is getting married!

Thank you SO MUCH for everything you have done for us to make our day so memorable!

Sincerely,
Andrea and Bobby Imkhanitsky


Hi Rose,

Everything was absolutely perfect for our wedding. Carol and her team were fantastic. They did an excellent job of coordinating everything and met our every need. I would recommend Merrimakers to anyone for any occasion. Also, Elvis told me to send his best.

Thanks again to you and everyone for making our day so enjoyable.
Colin Shaunnessey


Dear Kevin,
I can’t begin to tell you how happy we were with Merrimakers. We have gotten so many compliments on how great our wedding was, and much of that is a result of you and your staff’s hard work.

I was very apprehensive when I learned that Drew was no longer with Merrimakers, and that you would be our new wedding coordinator. I had felt very comfortable around him and now we were getting some “new guy.” One of my biggest concerns was that Drew had made us many promises, some of which were not in writing. I was nervous that these promises would no longer be honored. However, one of the first things you did was put everything into an updated contract, and assured me that we would be given everything we were originally told we would be. You put my mind at ease, which I was very thankful for. Planning a wedding is very stressful (which I am sure you will be reminded of when your daughter gets married), and you gave us one less thing to worry about. You were wonderful to deal with and I never felt bad, or that I was bothering you if I had to contact you about something. In fact, you always encouraged me to contact you with any questions or concerns and to keep the communications going. We were so fortunate to have you as our wedding coordinator.

You did everything you promised and more. Thanks again for getting us the “bolis.” They were awesome, and all Su’s Rutgers friends got a big kick out of it. Many of them took pictures of them, and in fact, my Facebook profile picture is now a picture of Su and I “toasting” our bolis (if you are ever in New Brunswick, I encourage you to go to “Stuff Yer Face”. . . you won’t be sorry). It is small things like that that meant so much to us. She always made sure we had wine or champagne and was constantly asking if she could get us anything else. The only “bad” thing about her is that she gave us four bags of candy from the candy bar to take home (as if it wasn’t hard enough to start eating health again, she has to give us more temptations. . . hahahaha).

Thank you and your staff again for all of your hard work in helping make our wedding such an unforgettable experience. Merrimakers far exceeded our expectations. I had told my brother that as best man it was his responsibility to find you if there were any problems or if we needed anything. However, I never needed him to fulfill his obligations as everything was perfect.

I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to use Merrimakers. In fact, I would encourage them (if for no other reasons so that I could fully enjoy all the food that everyone was raving about). In all seriousness, we can’t say enough good things about Merrimakers and we are so happy that we chose your facility for our wedding.

Warm Regards,
Evan Schlisserman


From Monmouth County Planning Board

We would like to thank you for helping us put together an extremely successful dinner. The food and service were excellent. All of your cooperation and last minute help is very much appreciated. Please also extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Kevin, Rose, Annie and the rest of the staff.

Again, thanks for all of your assistance.

Sincerely,
Robert W. Clark
Director
Monmouth County Planning Board

From: Delta Dental

I wanted to thank you and your staff for all your help setting up and running our Delta Dental of NJ event yesterday. We had a great response, and everyone at your facility was fabulous to work with. I would like to single out Annie. She is a gem. We barely had to inquire about something and she had it done. She also made sure that all the seats were filled so we did not have people milling around in the back. We will certainly think of you when we do another Delta Day in that area. Thanks again, and please thank Annie again for me.

Regards,
Susan Chase
Dental Network Coordinator
Delta Dental of NJ, Inc.

“Everything, down to the smallest detail, was perfect. I couldn’t be happier with my choice of having our wedding at Merri-Makers. Our guests loved the location, the ceremony site was beautifully manicured and the ballroom was perfectly decorated. Everyone at Merri-Makers was so incredible. If I could do the wedding over again, I wouldn’t change a thing!!!

Thank you so much to Christina and the whole team. You made our day truly amazing and we will never forget everything you did for us!!!!”


Hi Christina!

 Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you again for all your hard work on Saturday. You don’t know how thankful we are to you and Merri-Maker’s for making our day so incredibly amazing. Everyone cannot stop talking about how gorgeous the venue was and how delicious the food was! I honestly didn’t think I was going to even get to enjoy my dinner because I would be up and about so much but I couldn’t step away from my plate it was so delicious.. haha.. You were a pleasure to work with and I wish you and everyone at Merri-Maker’s all the best!!!
Jen & Mike Schober

 


Dear Christina,
Bill & I want to thank you for helping to make our daughter’s wedding so special. You treated Alyse & Justin as they were the most important couple and as parents we could not have asked for anything more. We thank you for always being there for them. We only hope the rest of their lives together are as happy as today and thank you for helping to get their lives started.
Sharon & Bill Reed

 


In a word…..AWESOME!! LOL. Seriously, even two months after our wedding, we are still wishing to relive that night all over again. Everything went so smoothly, the food was excellent, and we are still receiving compliments from friends and family about how great a time it was. It was truly a night to remember for everyone who could be apart of it.

 

Christina is highly experienced and it clearly showed as she was involved in everything from floor planning, food selections and ensuring all of our special requests were met. The flow of the wedding went smoothly and didn’t feel rushed or hectic. We strongly believe its due to the leadership of Christina keeping everything on schedule for us.

I’ve already went on and on about the wonderful and amazing Christina so I’ll answer this question focusing on her team, the GREAT wait staff. We both feel the wait staff were each courteous, friendly and professional. They were there but not there at the same time. In short, they made such a positive impact on the wedding but were discreet enough to not but a hindrance or nuisance. They were always available and catered to each person’s requests. I personally never had to stand by the bar because my waitress ensured my glass was never emptied…..and that kind of wonderful treatment makes me a happy man.
Rashan & Erica Bryant


We loved Merri-Makers. As soon as we walked in, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married! It is such a beautiful place and everyone there is amazing! Christina was amazing. She answered all of our questions right away and she walked us through everything. We felt that we knew Christina for a long time…she made us feel like family! Tara was so wonderful the day of my wedding.

 

I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Everything went perfectly, and I was so relaxed knowing that Christina was in charge. I gave her all of our center pieces and other items and she displayed everything so perfectly!
Alyse Reed & Justin Kreig 7/13/12


Working with Christina Havens was a wonderful experience. From our first meeting until the day after the wedding we could not have asked for a better person to work with. We have been getting so many compliments about the staff and food at Merri-Makers. Our overall experience was more than we could have asked for! Christina is truly the best. She was able to help us throughout the entire experience. She always had an answer to all my questions. She was able to give great recommendations.

 

Most notable, was our meeting before the wedding. She had a way of making me feel like everything was under control and she would take care of everything. She followed through with it all and was one step ahead the entire evening. I would hope that every bride has the experience of working with someone like Christina. She is the perfect person for this job. The staff was also very helpful. Sarah took care of the bridal party and she did an amazing job. She was able to help fix last minute things (pinning my sash to my dress, putting mirrors on the tables) and also being so attentive during cocktail hour. She had drinks and food waiting for us the entire time.

Our guests also told us nothing but wonderful things about the staff. The guests loved the food. The portions were very generous. I particularly enjoyed the spinach ravioli. Our meals that we chose were excellent. The crab cake was delicious and the lobster was great too!
Alyson LaVolpe & Joe Esposito


Wow, where do I even start? Merri-Makers at the Water’s Edge exceeding my expectations! My husband and I had our ceremony and wedding here. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and perfect with the ocean backdrop. The cocktail hour had amazing food (we also loved our ice sculpture) And dinner and desert was great! We had our wedding in May and received a special May rate for our day wedding.

 

Besides the actual venue being perfect and amazing the staff at Merri-Makers is what makes this place run so smoothly. Christina Havens was my wedding coordinator and Matre ‘D- she was not only easy to talk to, easy to get a hold of, made my DYI centerpieces and decor look phenomenal, and kept the day running smoothly- all in all she was super woman! I also had a “captain” whose name escapes me, but she was super friendly and got me anything and everything I needed the day of my wedding. If I could have another wedding I would not hesitate to go back to Merri-Makers at the Water’s Edge- my guests continuously approached us and told us it was by far the best wedding they had ever been to. :)


I had my wedding here over Memorial Day weekend 2012 and everything, EVERYTHING was perfect! Christina was great in answering all questions during the months/weeks leading up to the wedding and Sal, our maitre’d, was amazing as well!

 

There must have been one girl on the staff that was dedicated to my husband and I because she was always making sure we had something to eat or drink and checking to see if there was anything else we needed. They also remembered the drinks we asked for and kept them coming whenever we looked empty! They made sure to get some desserts from our dessert table and bring them over for us during dinner since we were too bombarded with family to get in line! It was amazing service and the whole bridal party noticed how great they were!

Aside from the amazing service provided to us, they decorated the rooms beautifully and the food was amazing! People are still raving about how good the food was – especially the cocktail hour appetizers!


We can not rave enough about Merri-Makers Bob was our Mater D’ and Christina was our contact and planner. From beginning to end everything was wonderful! The food, the ceremony, EVERYTHING! We had a beach ceremony and it was beyond gorgeous. I can not thank them enough for doing such a amazing job! The wedding was over the top!

 


I was THRILLED with everything the Water’s Edge did for our wedding. From planning before, to the rehearsal, to the reception, everything was well managed and we felt taken care of from start to finish. Sally (our sales rep) was very helpful in making sure all the details were set for our big day. Jason (the maitre d’) and his staff took such great care of us, the bridal party, and all of our guests. The food at cocktail hour and dinner was delicious and the guests are still talking about it. I would recommend this venue to anyone who is getting married in the future.

 


They did a wonderful job, and they took care of EVERYTHING for us so that we had nothing to worry about on our wedding day. They had a back up plan in case it rained and just ensured that everything flowed the way that it is supposed to. Also, they worked with us to create a wonderful and unique vegetarian menu that everyone loves – even meat eaters. This chef is wonderful!! I recommend this venue 100%!

 


Dear Sal,

 

“Wow”, “Unbelievable party”, “Best Party I have ever been to”, “Great Setting”, “Great Food”, “Attentive Staff”, “My next party will definitely be here”, “You really know how to throw a party” etc. These are a handful of comments my guests made to me on Sunday when they called my house to thank me for inviting them to the best party they ever had attended. Merri Makers certainly made my 50th birthday celebration very Merri. My party that your company did on June 3rd at Water’s Edge is an evening I will never forget. You are certainly a man of your word and everything you promised certainly came true. I could never even dream of a party being this wonderful. The weather even cooperated during this event. I hope this letter finds you in good health and thank you again for the best birthday celebration I ever had.

Sincerely,
Alan Daly


Words can not possibly describe how pleased we were (and still are) with our wedding celebration! You helped us throw the party of the year and we can not thank you enough. Nine months later and we still can not stop talking about how great everything was from the food, décor, atmosphere, location, and cake. We can not wait for more of our friends to get engaged and recommend to them your great venue, more so we can be guests ourselves at such a wonderful place. Thank you!

 

Laura & Michael


Hi Sally,
I just wanted to thank you, Tara, Sal and the entire staff for providing an OUTSTANDING venue and level of service this past Friday! Everything was prepared better than we could have hoped for and it all went off without a hitch! Our family and friends have been raving to us since that night about how beautiful the place was, how wonderful the food tasted and how just remarkable the evening was in general.

Tara was at our service at a second’s notice, and Sal quarterbacked the entire event effortlessly from Thursday night on. Please extend my thanks to both of them as well. Once again, thank you very much! I just wish we could rewind and do the night all over again!

Doug and Kelly Kolody


We absolutely can’t begin to thank you enough for making our reception so very special! Being from out of State, we know there was a lot of coordination and appreciate your attention to detail. Sal, you were absolutely magnificent the night of the reception. All of our guests commented on how wonderful everything was and how comfortable they felt. Thank you for setting up and for your personal attention. I would be happy to refer anytime.

 

Love,
Diane & Dave


If you want a wedding at the beach in NJ- this is the place to go! The venue is beautiful- I had my ceremony on the beach, then cocktail hour and reception inside immediately after.

 

It’s nice that the cocktail hour is in a separate room from the reception. I had a steel drum player for the ceremony (power is outside) and then for the cocktail hour as well. My guests kept raving about the food (especially the shrimp and the French toast at cocktail hour) and the service! My day was perfect and the entire staff made the entire event run seamlessly. They even made sure my elderly grandmother got a ride on the “alligator” dune buggy directly to her seat on the sand!

My guests keep telling me it was like being on an island somewhere far from NJ. Thanks Merri-Makers!


We had the most incredible wedding at The Water’s Edge. It was truly more than we could have hoped for. Every detail was attended to with such happiness, and the staff was incredible. Sal and Tara took incredible care of us, and we absolutely love them. The entire process from booking to the tasting, the the weeks leading up to the wedding were truly a pleasure, and the wedding was just amazing. Everyone loved the look and feel of the place, the service, the food was delicious (one of the reasons we picked the place, besides the nice ambiance).

 

We had the ceremony upstairs, to which our guests were greeted with champagne and strawberries. It was right in front of the big beautiful window with the ocean as the backdrop. The cocktail hour was fantastic. We had originally just booked the smaller package, but upgraded to the better package for more food and stations. We had about 75-80 guests, and it was perfect. Truly everyone had nothing but the most amazing things to say, and we felt truly blessed.

I 1000% recommend these guys. They went above and beyond for us. They even offered us a free candy bar at the end, which everyone loved, and only did this (although completely unnecessary and unexpected) because they wrong chocolate for the chocolate fountain was delivered (white instead of traditional). Nobody noticed, but we truly appreciated that extra detail. The staff actually seemed very happy for us, and definitely Sal and Tara, again did such an amazing job. My glass was never empty, and the food was never cold. FANTASTIC!! Thanks again guys for a truly memorable evening. A thousand times thanks!!!

Love,
Abbie and Eric Pomerantz


Well it’s been almost 2 weeks since the wedding and our family and friends are still talking about what an amazing night it was. Greg and I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you and your talented staff did to make our wedding so unforgettable. Your attention to detail (and to us) combined with your professionalism enabled us to really have fun and enjoy our wedding night.

 

And as for that superwoman on your staff known as Tara…well, let’s just say that you are lucky to have her. It is refreshing to see someone who truly takes pride in what they do. I have to say that she (along with you) “made” the night…she made us (as well as my mother-in-law) feels so special with her kindness and attention. Of course those Cosmos she kept bringing didn’t hurt either! We even noticed more so your attention to detail when we were going through our wedding pictures and saw you wiping the sweat from Greg’s brow after a “dance session!”

You guys are the “real deal” and you sure know how to throw a party. I can’t wait to spread the word!

Sincerely,
Gena & Greg Lande


As we travel through life, we are too often confronted by situations where we receive less than stellar service and value for our money. This letter is the opposite.
Last Friday my daughter’s wedding was held at your beach facility in Sea Bright.

 

Everything, and I mean everything, including the weather, turned out great. Every employee we encountered was both professional and courteous. Sal, our Maitre D’ in particular, went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we were happy. If you ever need a testimonial from a satisfied customer, I am your guy.

One of the most important days in my life turned out fabulous, due in no small part to the quality of your staff and facility. Again, thank you so much for your great organization.

Respectfully,
Fred and Bonnie Moore