Wedding Coordinator / Planner
Main Office Location:
By Appointment Only
Tahoe City, California 96145
Based in Lake Tahoe, will travel
Merrily Rocco has an incredible eye for detail, panache for design, and years of experience in the service industry—thus giving her a well-rounded approach to the art of wedding planning. But besides her exceptional technical savvy and creativity, what sets Merrily Wed® apart is their mission to really get to know each couple and find out what makes them tick. In doing this, they handcraft their weddings one detail at a time according to their couples’ personal style and tastes. Merrily accepts a limited number of events per year to ensure that she gives each wedding the most attention possible, and to guarantee they’ll “make your planning effortless and enjoyable all the while surpassing your vision and expectations.”
Merrily Wed® can assist with weddings and events ranging from day-of coordination to full service wedding design and planning. They can also expertly assemble an all-star vendor team for your big day. While they specialize in weddings at private lake view and lakefront estates in Lake Tahoe, they are happy to travel to wherever your wedding may be.
Lots of clients ask if Merrily is my real name. Yes, it is my born name and no, I did not grow up dreaming of being a wedding planner! I actually owe my company's name to my husband's quick wit over a couple glasses of pinot noir. To be merrily wed is the underlying premise of everything we do.
One of my favorite moments I didn't even witness, but found out about later from my clients. While one of my grooms and his groomsmen were bobbing in a boat on Lake Tahoe waiting for their grand entrance to the ceremony, a boat came by and shared some champagne with them. This only pumped up more the already excited boat of boys. Turns out, the charitable couple was a past client of mine married the previous September and they were sharing a bottle from their wedding! I knew instantly who the good Samaritan couple was when I saw the professional photos and almost fell out of my chair! What a small world it is...
Believe it or not, it is not the details. Really, it is the intangible feeling of love between the newlyweds and from the unique mix of family and friends in attendance. Sometimes it is so real, it is intoxicating and almost palpable. It is at this gratifying moment that I love what I do the most.
To be true to yourselves. You will unavoidably step on someone's toes—family or friend—during planning as it is impossible to please everyone. You will drive yourself crazy trying to please everyone, so just be true to yourselves.
A crystal ball. This may not be a superpower, but it would be a very useful planning tool for sure. This way there would never be any doubt, for example, about the pending weather or final guest count or if that one groomsmen is going to drink too much. It would erase the big unknown completely. Imagine the possibilities!
"Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It's the moments that take your breath away." —Hitch, the movie (originally not sure)
A little glimpse of my list: Triathlon. Trans-Tahoe swim. Tropical garden. Bestie girl trip to a secret place. Return to Mineral Creek. Snowboard at Whistler/Blackcomb. Heli-ski in Alaska. Write a book. Revisit Durango.
- Lake Tahoe
- And other areas by special arrangement.
“Brides considering Merrily should know that they will get a talented, passionate, professional and skilled planner who gives nothing less than 110% to every single client.”
“I enjoyed every moment of our wedding day and I never worried about a thing. I didn’t stress along the way either. I knew that Merrily had everything under control.”
“Merrily is amazing. Her eye for detail is so keen and she is so creative. She just has great vision and execution.”
“The day of the wedding was one of the best of my life, and I owe a lot of that to Merrily.”
“She really got to know my husband, myself, and our hobbies and gave suggestions that truly were perfect for us.”
“She was an excellent listener, and provided me with everything I wanted and everything I didn’t know I wanted!”
“She offered suggestions based on her experience and provided us with a wealth of expertise. She was always in contact with me. She’s responsive and incredibly organized and kept us updated on the budget every step of the way.”
““All of Merrily’s vendor recommendations were homeruns.”
“Merrily has lived in the Tahoe area for many years and knows all of the best locations like the back of her hand, as well as the best local vendors.”
“She knows exactly what she is doing and how to make every bride and groom 100% happy.”
“Merrily and her team were hugely instrumental in ensuring that our wedding was a success. The day ran smoothly and seamlessly thanks to all of Merrily’s thoughtful planning and organization.”(What does this mean?)