24 total reviews
I had the privilege of working with Chelsea and her amazing team. From the moment I had the first phone interview with Mary I knew these were the people I wanted to work with. Then when I met Chelsea, I knew the day would be perfect. I tend to be a control freak and worry about all the little details and what can go wrong. I don't think I've ever been so calm. I hired Chelsea and her team for month of planning. I was able to ask questions from day one and she was always very prompt in answering. I was very impressed with the organization and level of calmness from Chelsea and her team. The day of the wedding was the prefect day in my eyes. No, not everything went as planned like when the limo driver didn't show up, but Chelsea handled it so smoothly and we were able to create amazing memories and have photographs of what was a mistake, but turned out to be a fun solution. Every penny I spent was well worth it and I would highly suggest using The Simplifiers, and of course Chelsea, for your wedding. Truly an amazing team.
Mary and The Simplifiers have been such an amazing and helpful team for us during our wedding planning days. Most importantly, Jordan Adams, was our superhero from the beginning to the end, and even after! We had some hiccups even after the wedding, and Jordan was there to step in for advice and refunds! I was very appreciative of her help even after the fact.
Jordan was quiet in the beginning, but didn't take long for her to break out of her shell a little more and really start offering up her opinions and suggestions. We became friends through out the process and we're lucky to say that.
My husband and I are pretty organized and opinionated people already and so we knew what we wanted going into the wedding. Jordan was receptive to our ideas and helped us execute them all, within budget. She was always (and I mean ALWAYS), quick to respond to any emails/phone calls or provide feedback. Since we hired The Simplifiers from the minute we got engaged to the day of the wedding, Jordan and I and my husband set up weekly phone meetings to make sure we remained on track for everything and that was the most helpful! We appreciated over communication about everything. And Jordan knows how to handle what needs to be informed to us and what doesn't, that separation made the stress level low to non-existent through out 85-90% of our wedding planning.
We had some hiccups on the day of the actual wedding and things get so busy and chaotic, time runs out, lots of family/friends, pictures, greetings and hugs, lots of scheduled events of where the bride and groom need to be- so it was such a blessing to have Jordan constantly checking up on us, bringing us water, and showing up in times where I really needed SOMEONE SANE! She would even show up to give me hugs, I was so grateful for her.
Definitely DEFINITELY, get a wedding planner. I don't care how organized you think you are or how DIY and self-sufficient and independent you might believe you are...you can still be all those things WITH a wedding planner! There's nothing more crazy (besides maybe preparing for a baby) than the day of your wedding. It's the biggest party you and your husband will ever host, and it should be amazing! You really need a third party to just solely watch over the wedding and be your voice for all your wedding vendors and family/friends. I was so relaxed leading up to and on the day of the wedding, and I was so thankful that I chose to have a wedding planner! DO IT!
The Simplifiers are truly superheroes! I had them help with coordination for my wedding in June of 2014! I worked with Chelsea and Jordan and they were absolutely amazing! They helped SO much with the little details! On the day of, Chelsea was absolutely wonderful! Very calm and organized. If something went wrong on the day of, I didn't even know about it! It was such a relief to have their help so I could really enjoy my perfect day. My bridesmaids or mom didn't have to worry about a thing either so they were able to enjoy the day just as much as I did :)
I would recommend the simplifiers to everyone and anyone looking for event planning :)
My husband and I chose the Simplifiers full-service package for our wedding planning, and Jordan was our planner. Working with the Simplifiers was a phenomenal experience from start to finish and the results were even better! My Mom has even been receiving thank-you notes from our guests - my favorite “it like we walked through the wardrobe into Narnia.” What makes this even more amazing is that our venue was the Georgetown Community Center, which is basically just a beautiful limestone rectangle. We had to bring in EVERYTHING: lighting, draping, tables, linens, plates/glassware, bars, floral, catering, drinks and the DJ. It was an extensive list of vendors and people to coordinate, but everything ran seamlessly and thanks to Jordan it never felt stressful!
The full-service package was the best wedding purchase we made. The Simplifiers listened to our design style, our event priorities and recommended vendors based on our unique needs. We choose from several vendors per category and we were extremely happy with every selection we made. With Jordan at every vendor meeting taking notes and handling the follow up, we could just experience everything without having to worry about the details. The Simplifiers also did a great job keeping us on budget and having wonderfully creative solutions when the original idea was above budget. The creativity also helped when my husband and I were unsure of what we wanted – Jordan learned our styles very quickly and was always able to make great suggestions. They were also incredibly diplomatic in dealing with our very particular priest. The wedding day went off seamlessly, even my normally stressed Mom was able to just enjoy the day, and that is the best gift the Simplifiers could give me. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
I cannot say enough about the quality of services my husband and I received from the Simplifiers. I chose the month-of services with some additional consult hours. I was planning my Austin wedding from Washington, DC with a fiancé who lived in New York at the time. Needless to say, we love a challenge, but Dani and the Simplifiers were up for it. With only 5 months to pull off our planning, Dani began by getting me organized and creating a personalized Trello board for me so I could see what tasks needed to be done by whom and when. We also set up monthly calls (really therapy sessions!) to keep me on track. No matter how stressed I was before I spoke to Dani, after we hung up the phone, I was calm, serene and ready to tackle my next project. At 30 days out, the Simplifiers took over all contact with vendors and the venue. When we arrived a few days before the wedding we met to discuss any questions or concerns. The Simpifiers were even happy to have our day-of stationary and favors shipped to their office. As for the day itself, it could not have been easier or more relaxed. Dani and her team took care of everything and kept us on track; we just had to smile and follow directions. This is a full service company. They are professional perfectionists, problem solvers and dream makers. Guests are still talking about how great our wedding was and we 100% have the Simplifiers to thank! If you are planning a wedding from a distance I cannot stress enough how much you should hire this team. They are amazing - worth every penny. And even if you are local, I can't imagine that the day would have been as stress free without Dani in my corner. Just hire them. And from the husband's perspective... "Being that both my wife and I were 1000 miles away the Simplifiers could not have made the planning and the event go any smoother. I believe they are largely responsible for making the day as fantastic and memorable as it was."
Jordan, our wedding planner was the best! We used The Simplifiers for their month-of service. We live in New Jersey, and planned our Austin wedding entirely over the phone and internet, so it was important for us to have someone local who could provide great references and who could work with all of our vendors.
In the months leading up to our wedding, we used The Simplifiers for vendor referrals and for some design planning. We got referrals from Jordan for our DJ, the photo booth, the caterers, the florist, and make-up artist. She provided names and contact information for three different vendors in each category, and we interviewed and chose our vendors. Each vendor we used was outstanding.
We purchased a few extra hours of work to assist us with design planning of the event. Through use of a Pinterest board and Skype call, Mary was able to help us select our colors and design style. She also helped me formulate my discussion with the florist and the caterers. Additionally, Jordan did a site visit/walk through with our caterer and helped us decide on a site plan for the reception.
During the month prior to the wedding, Jordan looked through our contracts and provided us with a payment schedule and a suggested gratuities list. She also contacted each of our vendors to ensure they had the site plan and the schedule for the day.
We had the perfect wedding and reception. The entire event went off without a hitch! My guests noted that they felt that Jordan and her team took great care of them. I never had a moment where I had to resolve any crisis or worry about anything other than who I was going to dance with next!
The end result is that we HIGHLY recommend The Simplifiers. The team really knows how to take care of the hosts and the guests at any event. They are very thorough and efficient. They were especially helpful for us to use since we planned our entire event from 2,000 miles away.
Oh, and one more thing... We were a non-traditional (lesbian) couple, and we never once felt uncomfortable with anyone at The Simplifiers or any of the vendors they recommended. Maybe that's a sign of our times, but it sure was refreshing to not have to explain or justify anything about ourselves. I feel like we were treated just like any traditional couple.
We love The Simplifiers! We retained the company for our January wedding because I was far too busy with work to dedicate enough time to planning my wedding. And I was referred to The Simplifiers by another event planner who I really respect. Immediately after my first meeting with Mary and Dani I knew I was actually going to be able to get this wedding planned. What a relief! The Simplifiers are extremely detail oriented- there was not one thing they did not think of. They kept me on schedule, recommended great vendors, negotiated with vendors when needed and provided great guidance throughout the process. And when it came to the big day they didn’t miss a beat. I did not have to worry about ANYTHING during the time leading up to the ceremony and the reception- they even assisted with the rehearsal dinner. Dani managed everything with a calm, positive attitude. It’s the best money we spent on our wedding because The Simplifiers truly allowed me to enjoy the fairy tale of a day that it was. And as a result, I have all those great memories locked in my head. A big thank you to Dani, Mary and their team! I look forward to working with you on other events.
Alison and Mary of the Simplifiers were tremendously helpful in supporting our marriage celebration. We purchased the 30 day out service but they were available with suggestions before the 30 days and made sure that we were remembering to take care of everything. Once the 30 days kicked in Alison was very persistent with the vendors and made sure every detail was accounted for. The celebration came off perfectly and hiring the Simplifiers allowed us to just enjoy our special party! I highly recommend using their services. They are real pros and know what they are doing!
I cannot say enough good things about The Simplifiers. Everyone else's reviews are spot on: the team that Mary has put together is absolutely FANTASTIC. Jordan was our personal coordinator for our wedding this past weekend, and was beyond invaluable to us. She did our month of/day of coordination, and everything was organized to a T, explained and tended to promptly and professionally, and fun. On the day of there was a hiccup with the alcohol (as in it didn't show up), and Jordan and her assistants fixed it so quickly and easily that it's a wonder my type A self and family even noticed the goof up. Jordan's kind, calm demeanor stayed put the entire time, and by the end of the night (and it was a long one, she was there from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.), she was still up and at 'em.
I've seen wedding coordinators that annoyingly hover around the bride and groom during the wedding, directing when to do toasts, cake cutting, etc., and this team does not do that in the least, but they still manage to be there exactly one minute before you realize you need them. All of a sudden I would be slightly hungry, and there was Jordan saying she was bringing me a plate of food. I'd turn around to find a glass of water, and turns out Jordan and company had brought water and gatorades for my husband and me. And speaking of my husband, even he noted multiple times how amazing the entire Simplifier team was. Turns out guys notice those things, too!
I think it's easy at the beginning of wedding planning to think you can handle everything, but trust me (and my mom, who had planned 3 weddings before mine) that having someone else that is trained in this stuff to handle all the nitty-gritty details is a must. Ten stars out of five.
My husband and I booked The Simplifiers for day-of coordination for our October 19, 2013 wedding (3 days ago because they're THAT good I had to write something fast!). Before I begin, note that I am a self-proclaimed control freak. I knew I would plan my own wedding from an early age. I have very high expectations for myself and even higher ones for others. Hiring a coordinator was last on my list of things to do.
Having Jordan Adams of The Simplifiers by our side was hands down, the BEST decision my husband and I made for our wedding. Our ceremony was at Saint Mary Cathedral with the reception at the Palm Door. We required A LOT of details and decorations for this wedding so going into this I couldn't help but feel like I was a challenge for any coordinator.
However, Jordan and The Simplifiers team gracefully accepted the challenge and surpassed my demanding expectations. What I'd like to especially highlight is the demeanor and level of professionalism the staff consistently displayed from start to finish. Never once did Jordan or others wince at a request or hurdle. And when those hiccups came along, they remained poised and exceptionally overcame each task. Our photo booth was absurdly late--Jordan called him, kept me informed, and ensured guests participated despite the shift in timeline.
Jordan exudes a calming nature that every bride needs that day, no matter the circumstance. She fulfilled every promise and when other vendors failed to meet commitments, she tended to them. She did everything she could to ensure we were well taken care of even beyond the required time commitment (including packing our car for us). Email or phone call, I could depend on her to respond promptly--something so simple yet invaluable when planning a wedding 1500 miles away.
Owner Mary is leading an incredible team--well-trained with an awesome morale. Book The Simplifiers. You won't regret it.
The Simplifiers were the best guest at my wedding! They took care of everything. Things I thought of and things I would have never thought of. There were details I worried about before getting in touch with the crew, but after our first meeting, I knew I wouldn't have to bribe a friend or take my family away from the moment. Because of last minute rain the ceremony was moved indoors and the only worrying I had to do about it was start the ceremony in a different location. Not having to worry about a single thing meant that I got to enjoy every moment with my family, friends, and husband. Thanks Mary, Cindy, and Dani!!
Mary and the Simplifiers were great! We used them for day-of service, and they did a fantastic job. Our wedding day went off without a hitch, or if there were issues we didn't know about it, which was great.
Everyone knows that your wedding day is a day that you won't forget; hiring The Simplifiers helps make it a day NO ONE forgets.
Mary and her team helped pull off a wedding day that blended two very different visions (my husband wanted a big party and I wanted a small wedding). Most importantly, their team helped pull together an event that otherwise we wouldn't have pulled off.
Our day had hiccups; most of which were out of anyone's control. Regardless, our guests had no idea, and a year later, it is still an event that all of our friends and family talk about. We were just at a wedding in Virginia, with many of the same guests. It was almost embarrassing that during the reception, guest kept talking about OUR Austin wedding.
Also, my mom loved the fact that she didn't have to get help from my aunts... :-)
Mary Baird-Wilcock and her team are absolutely phenomenal. They're everything you would want in a wedding support role. Warm, professional, experienced and capable of handling any surprise without being rattled. Bless them all! They seriously made our wedding seamless. I'd hire them again for any event and highly recommend that you do, too.
At first, I was uncertain if we should hire a wedding coordinator. In the end, it was the second best decision I made (obviously the best decision was deciding who to marry!).
What can I say? The Simplifiers made everything easy, simple, and perfect. They handled the details with incredible aplomb. They are worth their weight in gold. And to think that they saved us more money than their fee by recommending excellent vendors who gave us great discounts since we were working with the Simplifiers! I can not recommend them enough!!!
Mary and her staff were great to work with on all phases of our wedding. From pre-event planning to throughout the wedding weekend. The Simplifiers were able to turn our vision into a reality. And most importantly they were able to make sure our champagne flutes were wherever we were!
Without the help of the Simplifiers, my mother and I would've killed each other on my wedding day!
Dani Alvarado and the team were like an army of organization, keeping me in check throughout the process the month of my wedding in February 2012. I work a crazy 60-hour/week corporate PR job and I needed to run the wedding planning like a business. From daily email status updates to vendor coordination (which was a huge help) and the occasional Skype call to talk me off a ledge, the Simplifiers removed all of my worry and took care of every detail. I wanted a non-traditional ceremony and a fabulous fiesta and that's exactly what I got!
The best part was that my husband and I truly had the most amazing time. I have heard from so many brides that the stress of planning distracted them from the single most important aspect of the whole thing - the celebration of your love. Luckily for me, I had the help of the Simplifiers to make my day absolutely awesome! HIGHLY recommended.
The devil is in the details but Mary helped me get that straightened out for my out of town wedding located in Austin. She ran the rehearsal and kept things running smoothly on the day of the wedding, but actually started working with me a month before the wedding on phone calls (which were always on time, professional, and efficient.) I had a lot of decorations and things that needed to be dropped off/set up/etc which she handled beautifully. I had no one able to do that for me. She also double checked with vendors and helped keep me on track that last month with things I needed to do - I'm already a fairly organized person but it was still helpful. One thing I really appreciated was just having someone there to worry about the timing and people herding. This was more of a gift to my mom and bridal party than to me :) Of course we had some mini crisis with the lighting and cake that I didn't even realize until afterwards - that's a sign they're doing something right for sure. Everything they were in charge of went off without a hitch (and if it didn't I wasn't aware of it!). All in all, Mary is a very professional, efficient, pleasant person who knows how and when to be there - and when to be invisible.
Our Super Hero for the day was Jordan. She is totally sweet & put up with my crazy "Team Sexy" (bride's maids) and me. I think we used up all the safety pins in the tackle box! Wondering what's up with that? Hire them & find out! lol
The ladies of Team Sexy even asked me how I got the wedding to flow perfectly. I said that's all the planner, I did nothing but show up and be my silly self for the evening.
And they really are super heroes in disguise because without me telling them..Jordan knew when my husband & I welcomed our son into the world! She even sent a card, which turned out to be my favorite one!
My husband and I turned to The Simplifiers for our wedding planning and it was one of the best decisions we could have made. Our initial meeting with them put us at ease right away, and this feeling carried through all the way through our wedding day. Abbie was so patient and easy-going, it really took a lot of the stress off of us. They provide you with budget break-downs and help you stay on track. I especially loved the planning timeline they provided that let us know exactly what we should be doing at every stage in our planning, from months ahead, to the day of. I also appreciated the fact that they did all the heavy lifting as far as researching vendors, then we were presented with a short list of options that fit into our budget, and all we had to do was interview them and pick our favorites. They even handled setting up the interviews; all we had to do was show up. On the day of our wedding, everything came together and ran so smoothly. I would recommend The Simplifiers for any couple who wants a stress-free, fun, and well-organized wedding planning experience.
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
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