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Planner in Bar Harbor, ME,
(401) 935-6704
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    Rushna W. Butt

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  • Our wedding would not have been the same without Rachel Sisson and her team. We had family and friends traveling from all over the world and wanted to spend time with them vs trying to plan and organize. Rachel made it all come together so well, helping us simplify the decision making process so we could spend time with our family and friends!

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    Thank you, Rushna and Jeff! It was a pleasure to work with you both. Such a special day, I was so lucky to be a part of it. Hope to see you and Sofia next time you're on the island! xoxo, Rachel

    Claire

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  • Rachel was incredibly helpful when it came to the small details -- she helped us devise a timeline for our day, down to 15 minute increments, which I wouldn't have thought to do without her. She had truly thought of everything --like beautiful vases on the tables that really contributed to the mood of our wedding. Finally, Rachel was incredibly relaxed, which was just what needed in a joyful, but stressful, time of planning! Would definitely recommend.

    Corey Heyward

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  • Rachel was a sincere and incredible help during our hunt for a venue in Hancock County! Although we did not end up getting married in Maine (a choice only based on travel restrictions of our guests), we were able to make a fully informed decision based on the help that Rachel gave us regarding venue, catering, and rental information. Especially considering that we do not live in the area year-round, having someone there to explore possibilities was invaluable. She went above-and-beyond in providing us many options during pre-planning, even though it was not a guarantee that we would choose Maine as our wedding location. If we ever do have an event in Maine (because it would be an amazing place for a celebration), Rachel will be our first choice! Thank you so much for everything, Rachel!

    Mary Irving

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  • We were so very excited for our son Peter to be marrying Christa in Northeast Harbor, Maine Sept 2019 but had no idea of the "lay of the land" Let me say - We have entertained a lot and in fact hosted two weddings at our home so we didn't have to be educated about many common "to do's" - just needed the right person to fill in the blanks on the vendors/players in NEH. We drove to NEH in early June 2019 to plan the party In steps Rachel Sisson - unanimously recommended by all that we met that first day She graciously squeezed an apt in with us on only a days notice Rachel had three weddings on our date already but with her resources and outstanding reputation she was able to hire people to help us with all our needs. Besides the rehearsal Rachel was also able to help us with a lobster bake at our rental home thursday before the wedding - hiring a wonderful caterer and rental company for our needs that night She doesn't get fazed by a few hiccups Rachel is very personable, prof... Read more

    Emma

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  • Hiring Rachel was the best decision we made. It's hard to plan a wedding from afar, but Rachel's connections on MDI and knowledge of everything in the Maine wedding industry made it so much easier. She met with all our vendors on our behalf, sent us options to choose from, and kept us on track with check-in phone calls and emails. And on the day/weekend of our wedding, she was absolutely heroic as our 1%-chance-of-rain day turned into freak thunderstorms and high winds. But she kept it all together and made it so seamless that we and our guests barely noticed anything. We can't rave about her enough and strongly recommend her without hesitation.

    Joce Childs

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  • She surpassed all expectations. Her calm but upbeat demeanor is what everyone needs when planning a wedding. She aided and supported but didn’t control, allowing the wedding to be completely customized by us. She knows the vendors in the area well. She was on top of things but not overbearing.

    Tessa

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  • Rachel was absolutely amazing to work with and made the whole wedding planning experience fun and easy for us. A friend recommended Rachel and we are so grateful because working with her made the whole process really enjoyable. We had conceptual ideas about what we wanted to do, but she knew how to make it happen and thought of every possible detail, so we didn't have to worry about forgetting something important. Not only is she the most organized and knowledgeable person, but she literally knows every single vendor in the greater MDI area, so working with her makes everything run seamlessly. We live in NYC, but were getting married in Bar Harbor and Rachel was so generous with her time and expertise. Going on site visits, scoping out options, sending us photos, answering all our random questions! She is on every last detail, but never made us feel overwhelmed. Her calm and collected demeanor made us trust her completely and she exceeded all our expectations. Not only did she ... Read more

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    It was an absolute pleasure to work with you both! To witness the love and joy shared on your special day was truly magical! Wishing you all the best and I hope to see you when you're back in the area. Much Love, Rachel

    Carissa

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    5 out of 5
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  • We met Rachel when we first looked at College of the Atlantic as our wedding venue. I volunteer at the school, so the idea of getting married there already held appeal. When we realized that we would also be working with Rachel, we immediately stopped looking at venues. We were fortunate enough to have Rachel's assistance as coordinator, and not just a "day-of" organizer. She was an essential part of the planning of our wedding and her attention to detail ensured that all of the timing, vendor contacts, and orders were trouble free. She thought of all the details, large and small, that made the difference. I had *a lot* of DIY projects and quirky ideas that I wanted to incorporate into the reception, and had the added issue of distance (we live 2 hrs away, and our florist was coming from NJ). Rachel handled all of this with grace and the highest degree of professionalism. She fully embraced my "vision" of the day and brought it to life. I can't thank her, and her assistant, Nina, enoug... Read more

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    Thank you, Carissa and Kevin! It was an honor to implement your beautiful vision! You truly have a knack for this, Carissa, I should hire you! It was a pleasure to get to work with and get to know you. Wishing you all the love and happiness!! With love, Rachel

    Ali

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  • Rachel is INCREDIBLE. Seriously. My husband, parents, and I went into the wedding planning process with ideas, but without experience planning weddings or big events. We live in California, and were planning our wedding in Maine, and Rachel helped us make all the pieces come together from 3,000 miles away. She is so smart, really takes the time to listen to your ideas, and comes up with fantastic, thoughtful suggestions. For example, we were really hoping that the wedding could be at our family cabin, but it turned out the space was too small to be tented for the reception, so Rachel helped us have the ceremony at the cabin, and found another fantastic nearby venue for the reception. Every single one of her vendor suggestions was spot-on. Over the course of the year that we were planning, she made us feel reassured and excited every step of the way. And then, on wedding day, she was totally extraordinary. From making sure everything was in position for the ceremony, to bringing my husb... Read more

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    Thank you for your kind words, Ali! it was my absolute pleasure to work with you and your family, in fact by the end, I felt a part of the team! I will never forget your beautiful wedding ceremony on your gorgeous family property and the infamous Flower Man. You are all wonderful people and it was an honor to be a part of your special day. I hope to see you again! Much love, Rachel

    Laila

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  • Rachel is absolutely wonderful -- we could never have done our wedding without her! She is incredibly creative, helping to come up with ideas that would help us bring our vision to life without breaking our budget. Always responsive, she was also really wonderful at keeping stress levels low for us (the couple) and our parents. She manages money, logistics, vendors and emotions with such poise and grace, she's a total wonder! She stepped in to help us coordinate our rehearsal dinner at the last minute and made it an incredibly seamless event. We would hire her over again, again and again. It was the best day of our lives, all thanks to her hard work!

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    Laila and Drew, it was an absolute privilege to work with you both! What an incredible couple and what a FUN and beautiful wedding! I will miss our Sunday FaceTime meetings the most, don't be strangers! Much love, Rachel

    Thea

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  • Rachel is incredible. She is calm under pressure, flexible in difficult situations, and professional, with such a warm personality. We chose Rachel as our Day-of-Coordinator, but she was so much more than that. She helped us with decisions big and small throughout the planning process and was always good about responding with factual, relevant information. The value of Rachel's services were well beyond what we expected. She is just such a hard worker and willing to do whatever it takes to make your day the way you really want it. Also, my husband and I are from out of town, so Rachel was instrumental in helping us get those "on the site details" we weren't able to see in person. Her love for MDI and Maine are so apparent; she knows vendors from all of the island so it's easy to create a rapport with them from hundreds of miles away. I would recommend R.L. Sisson Events for any event you are planning. You will get nothing but efficient, dedicated, caring help from Rachel!

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    Thank you Thea and Ryan! It was my pleasure to work with you and especially to witness all the love and joy shared on your special day. All of your details were so true to you and your love for MDI, it was so much fun to execute! I hope to see you the next time you're around! With love, Rachel

    Allison

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  • Hiring Rachel was hands-down the best decision we made during the wedding-planning process! We can't recommend her highly enough. She is deeply connected to so many contacts and resources in the downeast area and will help you think through all the options available to complete your wedding vision according to your budget. She is also lovely to work with-- she effortlessly coordinated between various moving parts, perspectives, and personalities to create the most joyous celebration for our families. My husband and I can truly say we were so relaxed throughout the entire wedding weekend, knowing that Rachel had everything under control. She made it seem effortless (even if she was working magic behind the scenes!), and she thought of everything. She even suggested last-minute tweaks-- like outdoor firepits with s'mores fixings-- that made the event even more special. We could not have done it without her.

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    Thank you, Allie and Nick! I had so much fun planning your wedding with you and it was the perfect way to start off our wedding season! Your families are incredible and it was such a pleasure to be a part of your magical day! Much love, Rachel

    Paula

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  • Working with Rachel Sisson was one of the best decisions that we made when planning our wedding! From our very first phone call, it was clear that Rachel had the experience, resources, relationships, and cheerfulness that would make planning our wedding as successful and stress-free as possible. She tailored her services to meet our needs and understood our goals and vision so clearly that I often wondered if she could read my mind. When our wedding day arrived, everything was so perfectly planned and I’d had so many interactions with Rachel that – funny as it sounds – she felt more like a sister or friend celebrating with us rather than a planner running around with a clipboard. It went THAT smoothly! Her responsiveness, positivity, relaxed demeanor, and close proximity to our vendors and venue gave me confidence and comfort throughout our (short!) six-month planning process. If a vendor was slow to respond, she knew whom to text to push things forward. When runners for farm... Read more

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    Thank you, Paul and Chris! We made an excellent planning team and I loved working with you throughout the planning process! By the end, it certainly felt like working for a friend. Your day was just about as magical as the two of you are! Thank you for the opportunity to bask in all the love and joy! With love, Rachel

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • If I can give Rachel more than 5 stars, I would. We contacted Rachel for day of wedding coordination services, and her and her team were phenomenal! She was responsive, professional, and had awesome input and ideas. When it came to the day of, her associate Amelia, was beyond amazing. The day went off without a hitch. We got a little off schedule because of a trolley delay, but she shuffled things around and none of the guests noticed anything and everything was great. I strongly feel we had a near perfect wedding and we owe much of it to Amelia and Rachel.

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    Thank you, Lauren! It was such a pleasure to work with you and I'm so happy Amelia made all your dreams come true the day of! Wishing you all the love and happiness! Rachel

    Taylor

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  • I knew I needed someone to help coordinate on the day of the wedding, but Rachel became so much more than that for us. She helped me execute the simple, laid back style I had in mind all the while making our barn wedding feel elegant and beautiful. Rachel has impeccable taste and is a pleasure to work with. I want to throw another party just so we can hang out again. I cannot recommend her services enough and she offers different packages depending on your needs. She knows all of the local vendors and has the best ideas for making streamlined and enjoyable wedding day. We can't thank her enough! Our wedding turned out perfectly thanks to R.L. Sisson Events.

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    Thank you, Taylor! I had a blast working with and becoming friends with you! Your day was such a special one and the perfect way to start off our 2017 wedding season. I love that we get to run into each other on the island! With love, Rachel

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