It’s always lovely to receive compliments from happy clients and below you’ll find a selection of raves from previous couples about me and Marry Me In Tuscany, I’m sure that you’ll agree that they were all more than delighted with the service I offer.
Apologies in such a delay in formally thanking you. We have been finding reality a bit difficult after having such a wonderful time at our wedding and honeymoon.
We want to thank you for all your incredibly hard work and your expertise in getting everything to come together so wonderfully on the day and the three days at the Villa. You didn’t have to take on our last minute wedding plan but you did and we want to thank you for helping us in our hour of need after having been abandoned by another wedding planner. (PS. Barbara Pederzini is alive and is very active on social media but she won’t answer my messages or emails and I’m bored of stalking her now. So strange!)
Anyway, I can’t believe how beautiful the Villa was and the food, OMG THE FOOD was amazing and it’s all anyone is talking about at the moment. La Favorita did a wonderful job and were so professional. Please thank them from me. Honestly, I don’t think there was any point paying more with Il Preludio because I think we got the best bargain with La Favorita. Can you give us their official address where we can send a thank you card?
Also as I remember it, did we pay you for the picnic blankets? It left my mind so in case we haven’t we can send the money over to you.
We received the official wedding papers the other week so thank you for that. The ceremony was incredible! Even with my children running around me and distracting me. Everyone kept talking about how handsome the Italian celebrant was so I think he stole the show!
Also the photographer was fantastic. He was so easy going and it was such a relaxing experience getting photos done up. It gave us a chance to wind down away from the crowds and the wedding party so we really really enjoyed that. We are waiting for the official photos to arrive and I will send them onto you.
Thanks to your sister as well! She really was great and it was a great help while we were partying! We should’ve kept her for the entire weekend. My children were exhausting after a while and I think we needed a bit more help with them now looking back. At the same time it was great to have them involved.
If there’s anything else you need from us do let us know. Also, tell us how we can leave a good recommendation for you and we will draft one up.
Once again, thank you sincerely for creating such a beautiful time in our lives. I really really want to go back in time and do it again.
Lots of love,’
Jodie & Enda
‘Dear Hewelin ( and all others in the Team Marry me in Tuscany)
It has been a bit over a month since my dream wedding.
A year ago while searching for the perfect wedding planner, I found your website and I went on contacting you, following my instinct that you could be what I was looking for.
I was right.
Our wedding was the personification of our dream and you helped with every detail to achieve that. Simple ,Warm ,Colourful, Happy, Perfect. All our guests are still talking about how it was the best wedding ever.
Thank you for everything, hopefully all brides will trust you the way we did throughout the wonderful journey of marrying in Tuscany .
I will send you pictures in a following email.
All the best, keep healthy and happy,’
I hope this mail finds you well – and enjoying a nice winter in Siena. Now that some times has passed and we are settling back into life here in Ireland – I just wanted to drop you few lines to say thank you.
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was in choosing you as our planner…
From our first mails to the delivery of our marriage certificate a few weeks ago – you have been so supportive, professional, helpful, kind
and caring.. The perfect wedding planner : )
We both wish you the very best of luck in the future with your business.
With kind regards’
Siobhan & Michael – Siena September 2014
‘From my first email enquiry to Jackie, I was filled with confidence that she was more than knowledgeable in every respect when it came to getting married in Italy. Jackie was able to reply to queries, regardless of how small they were, quickly and professionally. As my wife is Australian, we had additional queries, which Jackie was obviously up-to-speed with as all her information proved correct. It was so comforting knowing Jackie spoke fluent Italian and had all the necessary connections already in place. We were able to change appointment times at the local town hall without complication, as Jackie dealt with the matter immediately. Meeting Jackie was equally pleasant. She’s a lovely warm lady, who put my wife and I at ease from the moment we met. Very grounded, but with a passion for making our day as special as she could – a real plus. A few days before the wedding Jackie ensured the verbal hearing went smoothly and without a problem, all the paperwork was already completed and we were able to enjoy our time in Florence without hanging about waiting for things. At our wedding Jackie was again great; she acted as interpreter and was able to work with Amy, our recommended photographer to ensure the day went exactly as we hoped it would. From start to finish we could not have asked for a better service. If you are considering a wedding planner in Tuscany, then you need look no further. Trust me, she’s amazing and you won’t regret hiring her.’
James & Kelli – Florence October 2012.
Thank you so much Jackie for helping to make our wedding so perfect!
Tuscany is a stunning location and I couldn’t recommend Jackie highly enough. We both found her so easy and also fun to work with. She really listened to the kind of day we wanted and everything she did for us was just perfect. Doing extra things like finding us locally made crafts for our wedding favours just shows her amazing attention to detail. Jackie took all of the stress out of wedding planning, from coordinating all the caterers, photographers, flowers etc to guiding us effortlessly through the legal paperwork. She was quick to respond to emails and all her advice and suggestions were brilliant for an indecisive couple like us!
All of our family and friends had an amazing time and Jackie’s hard work made our wedding so memorable and such an experience for everyone.
Our wedding was amazing, thank you so much Jackie for all you did. We feel so lucky to have got married in such a beautiful place, and to have found a brilliant wedding planner who helped us have the perfect day.
Thank you so much Jackie. Neither me or Andy were particularly wedding people but our Tuscan wedding was just perfect for us. You were brilliant!
Rebecca & Andy – Cortona, September 2012
I remember reading another comment on here saying Jackie is worth her weight in gold and I couldn’t think of a better way to describe the woman who managed to put everything together for me to make my very surprised fiancee my husband.
After being engaged for around five years I decided to organize our wedding, with my now husband who was serving in Afghanistan at the time, our holiday had already booked in Italy and I managed to find Jackie, I had heard about wedding planners in the UK and was a little apprehensive to say the least, as soon as I spoke to Jackie all that melted away. When Alex came home in March this year and I got down on one knee and asked him to marry me again. The look on his face was priceless when I said I had organized it all! Well with a lot of help from Jackie!
She always was honest and quick to reply to emails if there was something she didn’t know the answer to straight away I always got a response first so I wasn’t left waiting. I found everything she had promised to deliver on her website to be the truth, perhaps what was even more important is that she understands and cares about the individual couple. Although I was unsure on excatly what I wanted for my big day we worked together and on the actual day I couldn’t of wished for anything more. It truly was the best day of my life and I can’t thank you enough for helping and sharing our special day with us.
Jackie I owe you more than what I can express in words and I’m thankful that you were my wedding planner and shared our special day after all the work you put into organizing everything. Thank you
Rachel & Alex – Cortona – May 2012
If you are reading this wondering if you need a wedding planner for your wedding or if Jackie is the best for your needs then stop reading right now, drop Jackie a line and make sure you get her services. Getting Jackie involved was quite simply the best decision we made in the whole 9 month planning process for what we now know to be the best day of our lives so far.
Firstly Jackie is lovely, she’s friendly and very easy to get on with. She will help advise you on what you need to do for your big day but will at no point try to push her style or beliefs on to you. Her experience is invaluable and the months of organizing leading up to the wedding were made indescribably less stressful having Jackie at the end of the phone or email to aid with our decision making and sourcing of services.
By far the biggest piece of input Jackie had on our day was finding our venue. It was exquisite and made our wedding into a fairytale. On the day itself she worked far harder than either of us had wanted her too, but without her tireless support and hard graft our day would have been significantly more stressful and less fun.
We could not recommend Jackie more highly, she will forever be part of our wedding and we are eternally greatful for all her help. Thank you Jackie……
Martin & Dawn – July 2012
I just wanted to write to thank you properly for helping to make our wedding day so wonderful and just as we had wanted.
I must say for me anyway the ceremony seemed like a whirlwind, difficult to take everything in at the time, but it was all perfect. You could probably tell; I was a little nervous. Everything you had organized for us – music, hair and makeup, car etc – was superb so thank you very much and please pass on our thanks to everyone involved. Francesca, the hairdresser, even knew better than myself what would work for my hair – she was great!
I know our families and guests really enjoyed the whole day and everything ran really smoothly. Ooh – I don’t know if you heard that our car broke down on the way back, it was too hot for it, but it all added to the fun and our memories. We certainly had the weather for it that weekend!
We are so pleased that you introduced us to Castellina, we loved it! I think in the end it worked out much better than having the ceremony Florence, it felt much more personal. I would not hesitate to recommend it to other couples thinking of marrying in Tuscany.
We couldn’t have done it without you Jackie.
Many thanks again for making it a truly great day. Just wish we could do it all over again!
Gillian & Andrew xxx – Castellina in Chianti – June 2012
“Deciding to choose you as our wedding planner is a decision we will never regret.
You made the whole process stress free and most of all fun. As a pair of self confessed control freaks, you answered question after question (and we had a lot!) and worked with us to make a wedding that was simply sensational. We had the weekend of our lives and you not only helped to make our wedding day perfect but you also helped make the whole weekend a simply amazing experience. From suggestions on what would work, to the loan of cool bags, you worked tirelessly and patiently to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. Nothing was too much trouble and you were honest with us from day one, we felt like we could ask you anything and we would get the honest answer, not the one you thought we’d want to hear. The biggest compliment we could pay you is that you removed all the worry and stress of an overseas wedding and made the whole process feel effortless and most of all enjoyable. We would leave the UK with lists of questions and worries but as soon as we met you to discuss things we’d wonder what we’d been worrying about! Since returning to the UK after the wedding we have had so many comments from our guests about how fabulous the whole weekend was, making it special for everyone else was one of our wishes, and with your help, we think we managed it. When we met you we were lucky enough to find not only a fantastic wedding planner but someone who injected fun and enthusiasm into the whole process with your fab sense of humour.
Thank you thank you thank you! We wish we could do it all again!”
Jane & Phill, Siena 2012
“Oh my goodness Jackie! I can’t believe it has almost been a week since our amazing day. I just wanted to say a massive thank you for being so amazing and making our day exactly what we hoped it would be. You really were amazing, you made us feel as though nothing was too much bother and that you genuinely enjoyed being there with us. You also made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions – something I did not expect 🙂 We are so pleased that we were able to give you a different venue to tick off your list, lol! All of our guests have said how fabulous it was being in an Italian theatre and how they’ll never go to a ceremony like that again. I just wanted to say a massive thank you for being so amazing and making our day exactly what we hoped it would be. You really were amazing, you made us feel as though nothing was too much bother and that you genuinely enjoyed being there with us. You also made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions – something I did not expect 🙂 We are so pleased that we were able to give you a different venue to tick off your list, lol! All of our guests have said how fabulous it was being in an Italian theatre and how they’ll never go to a ceremony like that again”.
Laura & Ben, June 2012
“Once we had chosen to have our wedding in Tuscany we selected our accommodation. We think the gods were smiling on us as the owner of the accommodation suggested we use Jackie as a wedding planner. We have to admit that we hadn’t initially contemplated using a wedding planner but with the benefit of hindsight it was one of the best decisions we ever made.
Jackie was absolutely brilliant. She shared our trials and tribulations during the planning phase and provided a fantastic sounding board whenever we needed her thoughts – be it in the evening or at weekends she was always on hand by email or on the end of the telephone. She really does have the patience of a saint!
Jackie is amazingly well connected and we can’t imagine how you could achieve all those special touches for a wedding in Tuscany without having someone like her on board. Her masterstroke was in securing us a “moon on the stick” venue for our ceremony – we really thought that we’d given her an impossible brief but she surpassed our wildest expectations. There were only 14 people at our wedding and she managed to get us a small, private chapel set in a wine estate in the Montalcino countryside (this is exclusive to Jackie so worth hiring her for this alone!) – it was absolutely stunning, intimate and perfect for our special day. To describe it as breathtakingly beautiful stills feels like we are underselling the venue it really was that amazing.
Jackie has surrounded herself with a team of first rate professionals who all work closely to deliver an absolutely great service – to name a few she recommended our photographer (amazing photos and an unobtrusive style), priest (you’ll feel like he’s one of the family!), hair and makeup team (simply wonderful), florist (real wow factor) and transport provider who were all absolutely fantastic and added to the occasion. Jackie takes control of things on your behalf to ensure that you don’t feel that you are going it alone and she doesn’t just deal with the routine requirements for a wedding, she consistently pulled rabbits out of hats when it came to other requests – be it last minute menu changes, sourcing two white doves at short notice, rose petals or anything else you can dream up. A wonderful addition to our ceremony and post ceremony drinks & food was Aldo, Jackie’s trusted pianist, who is charming, wears a smile from ear to ear and played our chosen music throughout – this really did heighten the emotions and created a perfect ambiance.
We were mindful that there could be many pitfalls with having a wedding abroad but having someone like Jackie as your wedding planner helps mitigate these risks and we really couldn’t fault anything. Jackie’s efforts surpassed all expectations and she delivered the most amazing day we could only have dreamt of. The one word we use to sum it up is “perfect” and it is gratifying to hear our guests use so many superlatives when describing our wedding such as “amazing”, “magical” and “wonderful”.
For anyone deliberating using Jackie our advice would be to sign up without hesitation, she is worth her weight in gold!”
Abbie & Alex, August 2011.
It is very hard for us to put into words the gratitude we feel for your role in organizing the most amazing day of our lives! But we’ll try our best….
Coming recommended from Maria at Villa Belpoggio (wedding venue) was a good start, but it was the first phone call, which won us over! You listened intently (for probably well over an hour!) to our ideas, worries, excitements, preferences and immediately added your own creative thoughts to get us thinking! What we knew from then on, was that we were going to have not just a superb wedding planner (which btw if you are getting married abroad is NON NEGOTIABLE, especially in Italy!) but we inherited someone who would be as enthusiastic about our wedding as we were!
In achieving the vision we discussed, Jackie organized the very best suppliers and managed the relationships so well. It’s clear that they all respect her and love working with her! The lead up to a wedding is always stressful, but with Jackie’s instant communication and organization, we were always comforted. Even when the weather forecast threatened us with a storm, Jackie developed an awesome ‘Plan B’ with 2 days notice, however, with her constant praying to the sun gods, we ended up with the most beautiful day anyone could have ever asked for! (We truly think you should take credit for that, as we had resigned ourselves to rain :-)!). The wedding day felt like a dream, like the best dream you could ever have, almost surreal. Perhaps because you were the dream maker, and you made it our reality?!! Not only that, but every guest commented on how lovely you are and how lucky we were to have found someone like you.
I hope you’ve seen some pictures and I’m sending some your way now! You’re so special and so talented. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem at all sufficient. You’ve given us the very best memories of our Big Day and you’ll always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Your faithful friends and fans 🙂
Carla and Ola Lindberg xxx”
I hope you are well and enjoying the Tuscan sun. It’s been pretty miserable here – I think we missed the Scottish summer when we were away! I just wanted to say a huge thank you for organizing a perfect wedding for Mike and me. There wasn’t one thing I would have changed. It was such a happy day and I didn’t want it to end!
The flowers and buttonholes were beautiful and my bouquet was so delicate and spring like.
The ceremony on the Major’s terrace was perfect – what an amazing location with blue skies and stunning views across the Tuscan countryside. The staff at Barga Commune were so friendly and helpful and we were blown away by the gifts given to us. We are very proud of our Italian flag and engraved plate and plan to get the beautifully decorated wedding certificate framed for posterity!
It was great to have the photographs of the wedding on the Barga News website and I believe we even made it onto the local TV news. I must say I felt like quite the celebrity when we stepped out of the Commune into our ‘rice heart’ and everyone was taking photographs.
Having the appertivo at the Café Caprezzo, a step or two away from the Commune was a perfect warm up to the main event at Il Pozzo. What a delicious meal at Il Pozzo which seemed never to end! The table setting was lovely (beautiful flowers once again) and the service was first class. The traditional Italian wedding cake was the perfect finale.
Also, not forgetting the transport you arranged which ran smoothly and got everyone home safely at the end of a wonderful day.
Once again, many thanks for organizing our perfect wedding day”
Mike and Megan xx Barga May 2011
“We were extremely nervous about planning our wedding overseas because we were unable to visit beforehand or make sure everything was planned properly firsthand. At first, we were dealing with an Italian property owner directly in Umbria, and that was turning into a total mess. The owner was rude to us and we ended up cancelling our plans with them for fears it would not turn out the way we wanted and there would be relationship strains between the owner and us on our wedding day. After searching for a few weeks, we found a second property that had everything we were looking for. We asked them to recommend a planner so that we would not have the same problem again, and they recommended Jackie. After we selected Jackie as our planner, our fears quickly disappeared.
Jackie kept our budget and vision in mind, keeping us on track with selections that needed to be made without being pushy or demanding. If we were unsure of anything , or could not make a decision, Jackie would lead us in the right direction as to what decision would work best with our vision. She even helped smooth over issues with our rooms which she was not managing or being paid for. By the end of the process, we were letting Jackie pick flowers and decorations based on what she thought was best because we were so confident in her abilities, even though we had never met her and saw nothing more than some photographs of wedding she had planned. Jackie went above and beyond what was required. She also set-up tours and dinners with the most amazing guides and restaurants we had ever had. Jackie even met us on the property with her own personal steamer for our wrinkled clothes! I could go on and on about everything Jackie did for us…
We were still a little nervous the day of our wedding, but based on our guest reactions (obviously we are partial), it was the best wedding anyone had ever been to, and the best food at any wedding as well.
Don’t try to plan a wedding in Italy on your own. Although Italians are lovely people and they treat you wonderfully in person, the language and culture barrier is difficult to overcome over email. Use a planner and make sure they know and understand your wedding customs because they are very different in other countries. You may chose to use some local customs as we did, but there are some that you are not willing to change. Jackie is from England, but lives in Italy and speaks perfect Italian, so she is a perfect intermediary for blending the US/English cultures with the Italian. I would not recommend anyone else to friends and family. If you are going to plan a wedding in Italy, you must use Jackie and Marry Me in Tuscany! PS-We will send pics shortly. Make sure you get the one of the 3 of us from Amy!”
Dan and Marie Zorrilla – Siena – May 2012
“Jackie is not only a great wedding planner but she also saved the day for us! We had initially experienced the misfortune of engaging a truly atrocious wedding planner in Italy. We were 6 weeks away from our big day and were in communications with a Company that did not give us any reassurance or confidence, especially when our emails would go unanswered for a week. We did not even have a venue booked for the reception. Needless to say this was a little stressful at an already stressful time.
Jackie instilled that confidence in us by getting everything organised and by answering all of our emails promptly. She is also a bit of a bargain hunter and found us some great deals, which clearly helped us save money as she was able to secure local rates rather than the usual sky-high wedding rates.
We would truly recommend engaging Jackie for any wedding in Florence. Our experience was truly amazing and the stress at the last hurdle was taken away leaving us free to enjoy our special day”.
Yin & Ade – Florence – 2010
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding the most amazing day of our lives. From beginning to end you not only took the guesswork out of so many aspects of our day – flowers, music, transport, hair and make-up –provided us with a solution to every frantic question and brought your calm, funny and wise presence to always make us feel like we were in good hand and make us feel at ease when the stress of wedding planning from overseas would get the best of us. Not only did you miraculously find us a cupcake supplier in Tuscany but you also were such a huge help on our actual wedding day that we cannot thank you enough. We didn’t do anything on our big day except show up and have a magical time and this is truly priceless. Thank you for everything”.
Aly & Ade – Fiesole – 2010
Our Wedding day, on the thirtieth of October 2010, was the best day of our lives. You played a hugely significant role in its success.
During the planning period you provided prudent advice. Every decision we made was met with a range of options. Our final decisions were executed quickly and exactly. Conversations with friends concerning their weddings have identified that making a decision is the easiest step: confirming its implementation is the difficult part. With your help, this second logistical tier was removed. To contemplate this process in a foreign country, in a language we cannot understand, would be impossible.
Time and again your professionalism shone through. The devil is in the detail. Your attention to detail was second to none. Furthermore you obtained good value for money from the services you procured. In the months building up to the wedding you responded to our emails promptly. In the days before you responded to phone calls immediately. Our friends, many of whom are already married, repeatedly stated that the organisation was unparalleled.
We thank you, and warmly recommend your services as a first class Wedding Planner. Should future clients request a testimonial, we will gladly oblige.
A Presto and Our Love”
Jo & Dave – Siena – 2010
“From her very first e-mail, I was sure that Jackie was the right choice to make our dream wedding in Italy come true. Many responses to our e-mail inquiry were simply form letters, but it was clear Jackie had really read about our story, our plans, and our questions. She made my (now) husband and I feel instantly comfortable.
Our biggest concern was figuring out how to have a legal wedding in Italy. We were easily counseled into applying and filing for all the necessary paperwork, making the appropriate appointments, and meeting with the right people at the Italian Embassy while still here in the US. Once we were in Italy, we had her there with us in person to navigate the crazy offices, language barriers, and confusing city layouts. At the end of our ten days in Italy we left as husband and wife!
My husband and I were very relaxed about all other aspects of our wedding. We didn’t really fuss over the details, but Jackie went out of her way to make our experience the most special day. She decorated the table for the wedding dinner, set up a beautiful ceremony location, and even cut garden roses to hang from the backs of all the chairs. All of her efforts to pull the little details together were well placed – the day felt like perfection.
We felt so close to Jackie that we invited her to stay at the villa with us for a few nights, I can honestly say that her dynamic personality added to the festivities of our pre-wedding week. Even after the honeymoon and flight home we still heard from her while she followed up on our paperwork and mailed us our wedding certificates. I know we will keep in touch from time-to-time… and although I’d love to say we would be hiring her again – I’m sure we won’t. She did such a great job making things work the first time around!
Any couple who needs some help and appreciates all the details should hire Jackie as their wedding planner. You will be singing her praises, too!”
Janice & Chris – Lucca – 2010
“Jackie, from the moment Nick and I first met you in Siena back in Jan 2009, we knew you were going to be a superb, approachable and very knowledgable planner and a real friend to us along the way. We were right – throughout all the planning over 1 and a half years you have been utterly fantastic and knew exactly what we both wanted for our wedding day. You brought everything together for our big day and it meant the stress levels on the wedding day and before were non-existent and we could relax and completely enjoy. You went out your way to make things simple and easy for us and there was never a problem you could not solve with ease. We so enjoyed your company and now consider you to be a friend to us and are so happy you were helping us organise the most important day of our lives. Our day was utterly utterly perfect and exactly what we’d dreamed of for our Tuscan wedding. We could not have asked for a better wedding planner – you are fantastic at your job!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Helen & Nick xxx”
Helen & Nick – Siena -2010
After making our decision to get married in Tuscany, we started our search for a wedding planner. We made many enquiries, and came across Jackie, who was the only planner who actually gave us a phone call to introduce herself. We came over to Tuscany to meet Jackie who immediately set us at ease, she is so friendly and down to earth, we knew straight away that she would be perfect!
Nothing was too much trouble, like any couple getting married we had so many questions, but Jackie was always on hand to answer them, she always e-mailed us back straight away. She sorted all the legal side of things out and even went to the consulate in Florence to pick our papers up for us.
We had the most perfect wedding day, everything went like clockwork. The flowers, the car, hair and makeup and the photographer and video man she recommended were all wonderful. We were so relaxed and enjoyed every moment, thanks to Jackie’s professionalism.
To anyone who is thinking of getting married in Tuscany, do not hesitate to contact Jackie; she is really the person you need to organize the most important day of your life.
Jackie has become a very special friend and always makes time for us when we visit Tuscany.
Thanks again, Jackie for the most special day,”
John & Lorraine – Certaldo
“Jackie was fantastic through out the whole process of planning our wedding in Siena.
One of our biggest concerns with having the wedding in Italy was that we would not be involved in the planning of our big day due to the language barrier and physical distance from our home in the UK.
Having Jackie’s help meant this was never a problem as she was always available to answer queries, act as a translator and gather any information we needed for our plans and best of all she was always extremely prompt at responding to our myriad of emails and requests.
It was particularly invaluable having her help with the mess of paperwork required for our marriage which we are sure would have caused to elope without her assistance.
On the day, it was fantastic knowing that we could relax and enjoy every moment while Jackie dealt with any last minute details.
Her relaxed but efficient approach made the both the planning process and the day a joy. We can truly look back and say that our wedding day was exactly as we envisioned when we first decided on gorgeous Siena as the setting.
Grazie Mille Jackie!”
Susan & Justin – Siena
“As all couples do, we wanted a really special wedding to remember, and that is just what we got thanks to Jackie at Marry me in Tuscany. Any fears or concerns that we had for organising a wedding in a different country were all smoothed out thanks to Jackie’s expertise. She provided a really personalised approach which was really important to us for our intimate wedding in Castellina in Chianti, and made our special day perfect in everyway with absolutely no hiccups!
Mr & Mrs Lewis ;-)”
Amelia & Andrew – Castellina in Chianti
“We got married in Radda In Chianti in August 2008 and had a magical wedding reception at Villa Vistarenni, on top of beautiful hills with the sun coming down. It was really like a fairytale and would never have been possible had we not met Jackie. Without the language or the knowledge of Italy we would never have been able to have had our wedding there. We had nearly given up on the idea until we met Jackie on a rainy January day in Sienna. We were slightly apprehensive about contacting a wedding planner as it wouldn’t normally be our thing. We looked at a few websites, they were all very high priced, too ‘professional’ looking and impersonal. The responses we received were also impersonal automated responses and it was difficult to get information. On meeting Jackie we were relieved to find her to be very down to earth. She said whatever we wanted she could arrange – with as little or as much help from her. There was no pressure at all, she didn’t try to push anything on us and it was entirely for us to decide what services we did or didn’t want and what type of wedding we wanted to have. We had to do all our corresponding by email as we were living in Africa and Jackie was incredibly patient and responsive, despite us being rather indecisive at times! The day itself went like a dream and the fact that we had nothing to worry about and everything was organized was a huge reason for this. We had no wedding stress at all and only had to concern ourselves with turning up. It was well worth it and the day was an unforgettable experience for all our family and friends, sometimes I still can’t believe it happened!”
Catherine & Padraig – Radda in Chianti
So sorry for the delay in writing, things have been crazy since we have been back (was hoping for some down time after the wedding!) I just wanted to write and say thank you for helping us create our perfect wedding. We had a wonderful time and our guests all thought it was such a beautiful wedding and setting. The food was delicious and the cake was just amazing. We all thoroughly enjoyed the disco and I think Luke and I finally made it to bed at 4am!
So life is back to normal and you are facing life without my many emails!!! I hope you continue to have every success with your wedding planning….
With much love”
Amy & Luke – Siena
“The best way I can describe our wedding day in Siena, was as one of my guests did the following day, it was ‘magical’. Getting married in the Town Hall in Siena against a world famous backdrop was truly amazing, and having our reception outside in the sunshine in the Tuscan Hills was everything I’d always dreamed of and so much more. It was the perfect day and ending to six months of planning with Jackie. Everything we asked for was done exactly as we wanted and never too much trouble, no matter how many times I changed my mind! We know due to the language barrier and legal process we could never have done it without Jackie and for that and all her hard work and humour during it, we will always be grateful and we both made a wonderful friend in Jackie.
The gentlemen that married us in Siena told us during the ceremony that Siena would always welcome us back and for us to think of it as our second home. Italy will always have a very special place in our hearts because of its beauty and because of the memories it holds for us”.
Claire & James – Siena
“When choosing a wedding planner to help with the organization of our wedding in Tuscany we contacted a number of companies on the web. The first to reply, by telephone rather than email (which we found much more personal), was Jacqueline from ‘Marry me in Tuscany’. From the outset her professional yet easy going nature was apparent and we knew we wanted her to be involved with our wedding.
Jackie spent a full day with us travelling around various locations for the ceremony and reception. Her thorough planning meant a minute wasn’t wasted and we left with feeling happy. She installed complete confidence.
We found Jackie to be realistic and have our best interests at heart (and not her pocket!). She would give advice but by no-means be pushy. She also seemed to have excellent contacts in Tuscany and was known to the locals in Siena, which really helped when organizing what we wanted. This was clearly down to her friendly and fun nature, which she balanced well with her professionalism. The overall costing for her service was, in our opinion, excellent value for money.
On our wedding day itself Jackie was constantly to hand but discrete. Clearly working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything went smoothly. We had a great wedding and could not have asked for more!”
Miriam & Chris – Siena
“Thank you so much for our special day. You did everything to ensure the day ran smoothly and it did, it was a day we will treasure forever.
Keep in touch”
Lots of love
Donna & Rick – Siena
“We wanted :
a “different” wedding, something unique, something that reflected us, a beautiful location, top quality food and wine, artistic photographs that didn’t involve hours of ridiculous posing
We got all this, and more, from ‘marrymeintuscany’
We didn’t want:
a wedding that would merge into all the other weddings our guests had ever attended, a “conveyer belt” wedding abroad that we’ve seen on too many beaches, an English wedding abroad, stress, a bill that would make us say “ouch!”
We got none of this from “marrymeintuscany”
We told Jackie our general ideas and let her get on with turning them into a reality in Italy, while we got on with our lives in England. What she gave us surpassed our wildest dreams. The day can best be summed up by a text received from a guest the next day : “wow, that was the most stunning wedding we’ve ever been to. it was like something out of a film”.I cannot recommend Jackie highly enough (I also recommend Salvatore, the hairdresser and Laurence the make up artist, who ensured I didn’t have an English bride look – though I’m sure they could do that, if that’s what you want! And if you want a coffee table, artistic style album rather than a posed, predictable album, you can’t do better than Francesco).
Amazing wedding. Beautiful location. No stress. Great value. Perfect day!”
Leisha & Graeme – Siena
“I recently was married just outside of Siena in the Tuscan Region of Italy. Being from the United States originally and living in the Cayman Islands currently, I knew that if I wanted to have my wedding in Italy, I would need to hire a coordinator. As a wedding coordinator myself, I knew exactly what I expected from someone who was coordinating my wedding. During my search, I contacted many different wedding coordinators in Italy noticing that the majority of the co-ordinator websites asked you to complete a form document to which I would receive the form standard response and maybe, in a few days someone responding to me. When I came across the ³Marry Me in Tuscany² website, I sent an email to Jackie and the next day received a phone call from Jackie asking me about my wedding. Not only was I impressed with the phone call, but immediately felt comfortable with Jackie and had no doubt that working with her on my wedding would be a great experience.
Throughout the entire planning process Jackie was fantastic. I would constantly send her emails with questions, ideas, etc. and she would always get back to me after fully researching the answers, providing alternatives and basically recreating the vision I had for my wedding.
Upon arriving in Italy, I was beyond relaxed about everything because I knew Jackie had handled it all. I was really able to enjoy my time there and not be caught up with last minute details, stress or anything like that. When my fiance¹s bag did not arrive with him, Jackie went above and beyond the call and not only got his bag delivered from Rome, but brought it to our villa one evening when we were all out.
Jackie organized a wine tasting tour for us a couple of days before the wedding. She handled all of the details from the booking of the tours and tastings to the transportation and the day was amazing. Everyone had such a fantastic time, the vineyards we visited were amazing!!
On the day of the wedding, makeup artist and hair stylist who Jackie arranged arrived exactly on time and did a fantastic job. The entire day was completely relaxed. As far as I know, the set up went on without a hitch and everything looked absolutely beautiful. The entire ceremony and reception went better and looked better than I could ever have imagined and all of it is thanks to Jackie.
I have a million fantastic memories of my wedding and my time in Italy and Jackie is attached to almost all of them. A million thanks for a million memories!!!!”
Danielle & James – Siena
“Alison and I got married last July, in the most beautiful of all settings, Tuscany. We had been to Tuscany a few times before and fell in love with the lifestyle and culture. When Alison agreed to marry me the search was on to find a perfect location. We both wanted a quiet wedding abroad, however we read that Italy and especially Tuscany were particularly difficult places to arrange a wedding.
I made a few inquiries over the internet, stating what we would like, when and more importantly where. A small village in the centre of Tuscany called Montepulciano is a very special place for the two of us and seemed the obvious choice. The response was generally negative, it was possible but to arrange a wedding in Montepulciano would be far too difficult to arrange.
Just one response was positive, and answered all our dreams. Someone had the same vision as us and understood exactly what we wanted. From then on, Jackie took over and arranged everything for us. She told us exactly what we needed to do in this country. Her knowledge of Tuscany and the all the Italian marriage laws made our wedding day go smoothly from start to finish. She had some great ideas for the reception but left the final decisions up to us.
It was a very special day and one we’ll remember it for a long time”.
Trevor & Alison – Montepulciano
“Not a problem on sharing the experience we had with Jackie, I will give you a brief overview of how we came to use her, in short we have friends that moved to Siena some years back and have been regular visitors to the place since so when we decided to finally get married it seemed to be the obvious choice, we had been at Italian weddings in various parts of Italy and the whole experience was far better that anything we could have obtained at home. So we started the long process of information gathering etc with the help of our friends over there however this was a slow process as you can appreciate, given the Italian red tape etc and of course the fact that our friends had their own obligations. Jackie was mentioned to us by another friend while we were over there on one trip, and we decided to get in touch seeing as we were there, we met her the following day and to be honest she came across as confident in being able to obtain what we wanted, we were a bit dubious at first as this was to be the first wedding she was to do.
Still it sounded better than the alternative. We gave her our wish list as it were and went home, a week later she had secured most of the list items, to our delight.
The service continued and, even though we had secured the reception ourselves before meeting Jackie, she was more than happy to take all suggestions etc on board.
The wedding went perfectly, there were little things on the day that needed attention, again Jackie would be there to make it happen, the most impressive being the organisation of a wedding cake in a few hours, the bakers forgot to make it, we realised this just before the meal started and by the time we were ready to cut the cake it was there, albeit still warm, again down to Jackie. There are numerous other things that she made happen, white umbrellas (it rained a lot), crusty hotel managers, flowers, wedding gifts, even transport from the airport for the guests (40 odd in total), etc, etc, to name but a few of the things she did.
In short I would strongly recommend her to anyone planning a wedding in the area, we honestly have nothing bad to say about her or her service, there was no way we could have done it without her or at least not to anywhere near the same level of professionalism”.
Alan & Eimear – Monteriggioni