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An Interview with Marielle Wolf of the Inn at Lambertville Station

We love working at the Lambertville Inn with Marielle (affectionately known as Melle) and she sends us lots of clients. Melle is a wonderful source of "event planning" information and so in this interview she shares her knowledge with us! 

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I am a mother of 2 boys, living in Bucks County, PA with my husband of 17 years.  I grew up in North Jersey and have wanted to plan events since I can remember.  My cousin, Shannon, and I would have sleepovers and she would cook breakfast for everyone for the next morning and I would make the menus and set the table and decorate, we were 9 years old.  I have a BA in Broadcast Journalism and then went on to get my Master's Degree in Public Relations / Advertising.  I worked at an Advertising Agency in New York as an Account Executive and fell in love with planning the trade shows, conventions, continuing education and the meetings as well as all the social functions that surrounded shows.  When my husband graduated law school, we moved here and I worked at a spa setting up the bridal parties and a few birthday parties for the younger girls and a few corporate events.  Turned to a stay at home mom for 2 years after my first son was born and then Lambertville Station sort of fell in my lap.

What is your favorite thing about working at Lambertville Inn? The people I work with!  It's not a job that I dread coming to every day.  I get to drive this great commute on the river to get here and then when I walk in the door, it seems as though everyone has a smile on their face and says good morning.  Not a bad way to start a day.

Folks planning events are often overwhelmed choosing a location for their party. What advise would you give people trying to pick a venue that is right for their special day?  It is a big decision, so you have to like the location for one, is this the right "vibe" for you.  Second, do you like the food choices, liking the menu you are offering guests is a huge thing.  What do they include, the more they include the less stress on you?  How many people will you be dealing with throughout the planning process, some facilities have someone in sales that makes the sale, then someone that coordinates the food and beverage and then a final person to run the night.  1 person for the planning and 1 to run the event should suffice.  Like who you are working with , if you like the person you tour with, find out if you can stay with them through the process.

Do you have any words of wisdom about how people can not only plan a great event but also enjoy the experience? RELAX!!!  Trust the people you are working with and who you chose for your bridal party.  Your vendors, facility and guests will all be sure you have a great time if you are organized and have all your information delegated to your coordinator at the facility, vendors and bridal party.  

We know at the Inn you help folks plan everything from Showers to Weddings. What's different about dealing with a Bar or Bat Mitzvah family than helping a couple plan their wedding? Not much really, there are more formalities with a Mitzvah than a wedding since it is a religious celebration, just being sure that the guest of honor gets what they want.  The decorations are a little more elaborate, but most of the details can be similar from a wedding to a Mitzvah for planning purposes.

Let's talk weddings for a moment. How would you finish this sentence ~ when planning your wedding don't do this second guess yourself! If you really want something, don't think you can't get it, talk it out and run ideas past everyone you know, there may be a way to get what you want without breaking the budget or your time.

Here's another fun question ~ when planning your wedding make sure you definitely do this get a wedding planning book and keep everything in it that you like, see, read, research. When it comes time to do your final theme and put everything together, you will know where you saw that really cute flower girl pillow or stationary pattern you wanted for thank you cards.

What is that one thing that you offer as an additional service that you think is so important for brides and grooms to include in their wedding that you cringe when they opt to not include it in their budget? We don't offer this service, but I would always suggest a couple gets a DJ.  The thought of Aunt Shirley or Uncle Ed announcing the couple into the room where no one can hear, just sends shivers down my spine.

What is the most memorable thing that you ever saw happen at Inn during a wedding? WOW!  I don't know if I could answer this question with one answer.  I saw a set of parents give a bride and groom a brand new house for their wedding gift that was just built by him and his company!  

At our shop, you refer folks to us all the time and we are happy to provide great service to them. What advise do you give about choosing wedding vendors such as florists, DJ's, Photographers, etc. so that a fantastic wedding experience is had by all? They have to like who they are working with first and foremost, the personalities have to mesh and the tastes have to go together as well.  Most brides that are sent to Monday Morning are those that have a different vision that you can take them to with drawings and pictures and explanations of different flowers.  You take that vision an bring it to life, I tell that to all the brides when they are looking for any vendor.  The photographers have to be in the same genre of photography, I'm not going to send a couple that likes the photo journalistic style of photography to a photographer that is a more formal portrait type of style.
The Inn has the most amazing location. What do you think the Inn has to offer that others in the area don't have? The Delaware River!!  All kidding aside, the team here is great, I love what I do and I expect the highest performance from the staff I work with in the ballroom, but you will get that "welcome to our home" feeling from the moment you walk in the door for a tour for a wedding with the front desk, or the hostess at the restaurant when you stop in for lunch or dinner. 

We hear that the Inn at Lambertville Station is undergoing a very exciting transformation, won't you tell us all about it? Spring 2014 we are going to become a 200 seat capacity ballroom with an outdoor ceremony and pre-function venue.  The romantic ceremony venue will overlook Swan Creek that runs along the side of the property and the pre-function space will be on the banks of the Delaware.  The current ballroom will undergo some minor changes, but breathtaking views of the river will only be enhanced with the floor to ceiling windows that are going into the room and we are adding a new bridal suite above the ballroom as well with a lounge area, master bedroom with a king sized bed and a master bath that overlooks the River as well. 
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