“It’s hard planning a wedding. It’s even harder when it’s overseas. But from the moment I spoke to Michelle, I knew we were in good hands. Michelle is extremely professional, flexible, organized, and is so willing to help create your vision of your wedding. If we ever encountered snags due to decor availability or budget concerns, she always came up with an alternative that would still fit our vision. She was always accommodating and listened to every concern we had (we had many!). And what’s even more fantastic is that she is simply a lovely person – great energy, easy to work with, considerate, and funny! We had a 36 person wedding with people coming in from all over the world. Michelle was so helpful in communicating with and helping them all find their way to St. John. Our celebration started with a day sail on the Kekoa, a welcome pig roast dinner at Oppenheimer, a ceremony at Trunk Bay, and a reception at Asolare. It was a magical 2 days and Michelle has my eternal thanks. She made us feel so special. As you search for wedding planners, do yourself a favor and call Michelle. Like me, after that first conversation with her, you probably won’t want to call anyone else.”-Sejal
“Thank you does not do justice to how much my husband and I appreciate all of the hard work that Paradise Planning did for us to make our wedding day more than we could have ever imagined! Michelle is not only professional but down to earth and makes it easy to be comfortable with her and know you are in excellent hands. As a event planner myself, I knew how much work goes into planning a wedding and being from Boston, I knew I needed help. One call with Michelle and I knew she was the perfect fit! With an amazing knowledge of the local vendors and venues every recommendation she made turned out better than I could have ever imagined. The amazing way she makes you feel like her only bride is a true testament to her skills and level of expertise. Anyone from the northeast thinking about getting married in St. John should pickup the phone immediately and call Michelle who will truly make all your wedding dreams come true!”-Danielle
“Michelle was so easy to work with and extremely reassuring in helping us plan from afar. We told her our vision and requested a few details, and she really made it happen. It’s not often that nothing goes wrong, however big or small, at an event, but truly the day went so perfectly! We loved her vendor recommendations and all of our guests had a fabulous time too! We wholeheartedly recommend Michelle for any event planning in the VI! Thank you Michelle for our perfect day!!”-Megan
“When I was researching all the reviews, I was looking for the specific “something” that told me this was the right choice. I want to tell you that “something.” Michelle and all of her vendors are the right choice! Michelle has an amazing network of vendors that you should trust unconditionally. Even if you think Michelle does not understand, she does! She does this each week for many very satisfied couples. I was the bride who researched every vendor. If you choose Michelle, there is no need to waste your time. Her vendors were amazing. The food, the band, our cake, our flowers, our photographer, all of it was absolutely more perfect than we dreamed. If you are a future bride or groom contemplating hosting your wedding on St. John, you would be remiss if you do not choose Michelle. I was extremely nervous about planning such a momentous occasion so far away. From our very first communication with Michelle, she helped ease the stress. I sent a million (and I do mean million) emails to Michelle regarding every detail of our day. Michelle responded to each detail (no matter how small) promptly and enthusiastically. Thank you so much Michelle for the best week of my life!” –Nicole
“I hired Michelle to be my day of/month out wedding planner for my Dec 11, 2013 wedding in St. John. From the get go, Michelle was friendly, prompt and super helpful! I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and all my friends and family thought she was very nice and helpful. Anytime I had a question or concern, Michelle was there to answer my questions and she was always patient and attentive. I don’t think my vacation in St. John and/or my wedding would be have so wonderful if it hadn’t been for Michelle’s wonderful service! Thanks Michelle!!”–Natalie
“Michelle was the perfect person to have in St John for our wedding. She helped us to source things we didn’t know how or where to find, connected us with amazing people, and was extremely organized and helpful the day of the event which made our day go so smooth and perfect!”–Jasmine
“We had our wedding in St. John, USVI, and Michelle was absolutely wonderful. From initial contact all the way through the wedding day, Michelle was professional, knowledgeable and went above and beyond for our special day. Michelle was very familiar with all the local vendors on St. John. Additionally, Michelle worked seamlessly with with our photographer (who she met for the first time) that we hired to come to St. John for our wedding. We could not have imagined what we would have done without Michelle–she took away the organizational and logistical stress for the wedding so that we could be stress-free. This allowed us to relax and enjoy the moment. Any questions that we did have, she either already had the answer (from thinking ahead) or worked to get us an answer in a quick timeframe. For example, our photographer almost didn’t make it due to weather, and Michelle reached out to local vendors and had us a back-up just in case he didn’t make it. We’d highly recommend Michelle and her services to anyone looking to have a destination wedding on St. John, USVI.” –Leona and Kelly
“I can’t even begin to thank Paradise Planning by Michelle! Michelle was seriously the most important person during the whole wedding planning process (besides us- the bride and groom- of course!). She kept us on track and always made us feel at ease during the very stressful and tedious ride! For never having been to St. John nor meeting Michelle prior to the wedding, we did ALL of our correspondences through email or by phonecall and it worked out GREAT! I, for one, was never the bridezilla type where I had to have everything the exact way that I wanted… Lord knows how many obstacles we ran into along the way but Michelle was always there to help us come up with other options or smooth out any challenges that we had. She has a knack for coming up with a certain style that you have in mind and makes sure that your special day goes as planned. She was also very helpful with helping our guests find their accommodations on the island. She is EXACTLY who you are looking for to plan your wedding! She was such a pleasure to work with and our families embraced her as one of our own and appreciated all the work she put into our day. Definitely one of the friendliest and most down to earth people I know!” –Charlene
“Paradise Planning by Michelle was absolutely the best decision I ever made. Michelle was always available to chat and answer emails even when her Auto Response “I am out of the office until…” came back. I would most definitely recommend Michelle to everyone and anyone heading to St. John for a wedding or other event. She was with us every step of the way and is so well connected and her knowledge and expertise came through 100%.” –Lauren
“Michelle was a dream to work with! Our wedding and reception would not have been so perfectly executed if it weren’t for her attention to detail and experience. I have known too many people that regret not hiring a coordinator and I can vouch for that as without Michelle I would have been a stressed out bride day of. Also the knowledge and experience with the island only adds to her value. Paradise Planning helped us take our wedding ideas and dreams to a reality. We had a perfect day from start to finish and I’ve also gained an amazing friend in the process!”–Sarah and Jason
The following reviews are of Michelle Fage’s work when she was an independent contractor before starting Paradise Planning.
“Michelle Fage was unbelievably kind but also professional and committed to making my dream wedding a reality. She didn’t try to sell me a “wedding package” but brought out the vision of my wedding I never knew I had. Professionally she is reliable, organized, and beyond proficient in everything she does. Personally she is compassionate, thoughtful and the voice of reason when my inner bride took over. Weddings are stressful but with Michelle you feel like everything is being taken care of. Overall the planning was stress-less, the décor breathtaking, the ceremony heartfelt, the reception flawless and the best day of my life. I give all the credit to Michelle Fage.”-Nicolette
“Michelle generously stepped into our wedding planning process late in the game, which proved to be one of the best decisions we made. We took a chance and switched over to work with Michelle Fage primarily because of her customer service focus, her can-do attitude, and her high level of professionalism. Just speaking with Michelle over the phone gave us the sense of reassurance and confidence that we needed to believe that this destination wedding was going to be a success.” -Karen (sister of bride, Kimberly)
“What sets Michelle apart from other planners is not merely limited to her professional capacities but her incorporation of sincerity and personal investment in the happiness of her clients. My wife was highly concerned about the complexities of planning a destination wedding in the Virgin Islands and would frequently contact Michelle in a discouraged state. However, both Michelle’s confidence and comfort put her at ease. On the day of the wedding, Victoria was not at all worried that the day would not go well as Michelle stuck by her side at each moment. Michelle even started the day on a relaxing note by bringing refreshments to the bridal party while they were in the salon. Later, after maintaining a strict and somewhat chaotic timeline through our ceremony and reception, Michelle even responded at a moments notice to any issues I had pertaining to our caterer, DJ, etc. until the end of the night. There was never a time at which either my wife or I felt that we were not her absolute priority. We have nothing but positive memories of our experience of that day and I cannot help but feel as though Michelle was a major reason for that.” -Matt
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