I had a venue booked for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary... then came COVID.
The venue cut to 50% capacity, which made it too small. I had to cancel and re-think everything.
The venue needed to be large enough to accommodate distancing, catering and food service was sketchy since many places closed, local restrictions were fluid and I didn't live in the city where the event would be held.
At one point, I thought we wouldn't be able to celebrate more than having a small dinner. It was discouraging.
Then I found Milestone Memories and Events.
I had a good feeling about Geri after our first phone call. The second call confirmed my initial impression. I needed someone with experience and good judgment that I could trust for advice. After all, large events take hundreds of decisions and bad choices can create bad experiences for all the guests.
To give context, the guest list was 250 people. Given the circumstances, I estimated 100-150 would attend. The final RSVP count came in at 140. This was not a small event and we pulled it off in four months!
Here are just a few highlights of my great experience with Milestone Memories:
- We developed a budget, and came in under
- They got to know us and designed decor and settings to match (my mom loved everything!)
- Everything LOOKED AMAZING, tables, center pieces, lighting, photo backdrop, entry tables
- All the logistics like how people enter, move, exit, accounting for seating, everything was great
- They found the venue, catering, music and negotiated many details so I only made major decisions. I can't tell you how important that is because it can be overwhelming dealing with multiple contracts when the event is personal.
- They took care of my parents and were so thoughtful of all their needs on the day of the event
- Excellent communication throughout
Geri and her staff are genuine, caring people and I'm so thankful we met. Don't misunderstand, she's a skilled project manager and straight forward communicator that will take care of business!
What I mean is she thought of details that I could never have thought of.
For example, she created a space for my parents to rest before the event and stocked it with a beautiful snack tray. She arranged a "Grand Entrance" which turned out amazing. My parents had a "first dance", and I mean they had never danced in public before, even at their wedding. This was Geri's idea and it made such an impact!
This is the longest review I've written and it is still too short. What a great 4 month journey this was with Geri to create such a memorable celebration for my parents!
People are still talking about it a week later. I still get emails and texts complimenting how great it was, and we have the best pictures to help us remember. Here's are a few things people are saying: "elegant", "fun", "relaxed", "beautiful", "amazing!"...
My mom and dad loved everything!
After working with Geri and her team for 4 months, I 100% recommend them to anyone needing a spectacular event!
Yes, it's a sordid topic, but let's look at it in a positive way!
I'd forgotten what it was like to eat watermelon. Seems everything on t.v. is about zombies, bad news, COVID and re-runs. Sometimes we just have to return to basics to truly appreciate what we've been missing. Like the quote in the movie, "The Princess and the Frog": "You're the best thing I never knew I needed". Or maybe we just forgot what we need. I'm hoping that you're able to find some time this summer to relax and remember things that you used to do - things that made you smile. According to the weather man, we're right smack in the middle of summer - so you do you... and I'm going to have some watermelon!
You've heard of "go with the flow". Now you can go with the flow and still match! Life is going to go on, right Friends? So let's go on in style.
Who doesn't love a great outdoor barbeque, the smell of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings cooking on an open flame? It's my favorite time of the year! Throw in some water fun and you have an instant amusement park. I have to admit though that Christmas time comes in a very close second. Of course, red, white and blue aren't the only colors of summer. You can use just about any color and theme that you'd like! What's your favorite time of the year?
What? Masks at your wedding? You betcha! At least until this thing blows over, right?
COVID-19 brings on a whole new element in wedding planning. You want your guests to feel safe and be happy to celebrate the biggest day of your life. Let's plan for that!
Click HERE to read more on this topic and then call us at
254-630-1008 to set up your appointment and we'll set you up for success!
We’ve missed you!
It just hasn’t been the same without you. We anticipate events returning in much the same way that Texas is re-opening: deliberately, slowly and in phases. We have been busy cleaning, categorizing, disinfecting and sanitizing all of our rental inventory as well as our showroom in preparation for creative, resourceful and safe COVID-19 after-parties.
Milestone Memories & Events is now open for in-person appointments for showroom visits during our regular hours, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by special arrangements on Saturday. Of course, Zoom consultations are still a viable option for wedding and event planning.
We are following our State’s leaders’ recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you wear a mask to your in-person appointment until our local leaders have given us the official word that masks are no longer recommended.
Milestone Memories & Events is your go-to resource for all your event rental needs. We can help you cope creatively, resourcefully and safely with COVID-19 gathering restrictions. We offer contactless customer pick-ups, returns and deliveries for your safety and convenience.
Visit us at www.milestonememoriesandevents.com to complete a contact form and schedule your appointment or call 254-630-1008. We take your concerns very seriously and understand that we are all navigating through unchartered waters. At Milestone Memories & Events, we are confident that our Texas will emerge with a new and safer norm. Until then, we wish you and your loved ones health and wellness. As always, we remain…
Geri Schwartzman, designing memories for life's moments.
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