The Merrymakers

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We are the ladies at Merrymaking Events and we want to get to know you! Upbeat, passionate, excited, professional, understanding, meticulously detailed, methodical, disciplined, comprehensive, organized, and all-inclusive. We have very different personalities, but the same passion… to make your wedding the event of you dreams. Weather it is an intimate gathering in your family’s backyard, or the lavish event of the century, Merrymaking Events is your partner in the process! With a creative and collaborative working environment, we each have different strengths that we offer our brides, happily giving our clients the best of everything we both have to offer!

Headshots - Glessner Photography 014KAT MENDENHALL When I was a little girl (5 or 6 years old) I had a Bridal Barbie. It was the only Barbie I ever had (I was into Cabbage Patch Dolls). I remember LOVING that Barbie and how happy she was to be marrying Ken. I have always loved all the pretty details and magical moments that weddings offered. Several years back, as my sister and I were both planning our weddings, we realized that it was stressful and overwhelming and we needed help. At the time, we couldn’t find the perfect person to help us bring our vision to fruition, so we did it ourselves … learning a lot along the way. We had beautiful weddings, but also ‘worked’ our weddings, handling all the details and issues that popped up.

With a background in corporate and nonprofit event planning, I had the experience to plan large and small events, including national trade shows, corporate events, promotional events, galas and nonprofit fundraisers.  Somehow, planning my own wedding was different and I wished I had someone as meticulous as me for the details. I desperately needed someone to share what planning a wedding was all about. It would have saved me hundreds of hours flipping through magazines, searching on Google, and browsing a dozen wedding sites and blogs, causing me to stress over every single detail! Have y’all ever been on You could get lost there for days.

I want to be that person for my couples. I want to share my creativity, passion and enthusiasm with them.  I give my clients, their families and friends personal service, allowing them to all feel like an important guests. Most importantly, I carry out your wishes exactly as you had imagined, with the same intensity as if you’ve done it yourself. What I wish for every single couple is that they are guests at their wedding, relaxing and enjoying every single second, because it goes by way to fast!

Headshots - Glessner Photography 013ASHLEY BOENHEIMER I’m a southern woman that LOVES true southern hospitality. I’m carefully considerate of my clients’ feelings and personality through the planning process and am a friend and ally through it all.

I strive to give you what you want with a TWIST. My sassy attitude with a sweet southern drawl proves it easy to get what we want with HONEY. Like any true southerner, schmoozing is what I do best!
After earning a B.S. in Communication, I joined forces with the American Cancer Society planning social events including galas, golf tournaments, etc. Realizing I had a knack for planning and executing social events I wanted to move on to strictly weddings and celebrations. I went to work planning weddings and special events for one of North Carolina’s exclusive resorts, The Grandover Resort in Greensboro. Working in a hotel setting, I learned how to focus on logistics, but had very little opportunity to showcase my creativity.

Business, like Love, is all about the timing. Having known Kat for some years, when the chance to work with Merrymaking Events corresponded with good timing in my personal life, I decided it was the perfect time to live out my dream.

I want to sit a spell and chat about your big day. Let’s plan YOUR perfect day.

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2 Responses to “The Merrymakers”

  1. ASHLEY April 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    Hey Kris and Kat!

    I love these photos, y’all look wonderful! You two always look like your having so much fun, and I think that makes a big difference in the work that you do, it really is fun to work with you!

    Talk to you soon,

  2. Lisa April 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Great fun pictures…it is so evident that you both love what you do…you are merrymakers!!!

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