mother of the bride perspective...Bethany was an absolute gem to work with. Most importantly, she totally "got" the vibe that my daughter wanted (simple, elegant, colorful, tasteful) and was able to make all the vision come to life through he...
r amazing sourcing talents. Loved her strong work ethic and good sense of humor. She took care of every detail in the planning process and on the wedding weekend was on top of everything...not one hitch the whole day that we were aware of!! She made it all look easy. Could not recommend her more highly.
Reviewed On 6/25/2022 by Linda W
Hiring Bethany was one of the best decisions of my life, second only (probably) to marrying my husband. The brief was "romantic ceremony, followed by a space disco dance party," and Bethany more than understood the assignment!
We brought on Be...
thany shortly after our engagement. The only decision that she didn't need to help us with was our venue, which we actually visited the day before we got engaged. From that point on though, Bethany helped us so much with every decision, offering best practices and recommendations from her years of experience as a planner and also her thoughtful care and attention as a meticulous planner.
We had a lot of luck with our wedding weekend (from the weather, to every guest being able to make it with no COVID-related cancellations or post-wedding COVID infections, to happy accidents like our dance floor suddenly needing a replacement), but we also had a lot of detailed preparation...all thanks to Bethany and her team.
The weekend was so smooth and flawless. Hands down, it was the best weekend of my life and my husband's life (his own words!). We got lots of compliments from our guests on how well-done the entire wedding experience was, and we couldn't stop raving about how Bethany was key to it all.
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. If I ever got married again (let's hope not! :) ), I would hire Bethany again in a heartbeat. So for now, I'm hoping this 5-star review captures the 5-plus-star experience that Bethany delivered. Thank you so much, Bethany!
Reviewed On 6/07/2022 by Jessie H
Bethany and MK made the wedding of our dreams come true. Literally. Not only was every little detail taken care of from our first call until the drive home, but she is so much fun to work & collaborate with. Her impeccable eye for design, much ...
needed organizational skills, and endless rolodex of top notch vendors made every moment of our wedding magical. “But seriously…this is the best wedding ever” was thrown around a lot, and that is all thanks to Bethany. We can’t recommend her enough!!
Reviewed On 1/10/2022 by Julie S
Bethany is phenomenal! She is incredibly talented, creative, competent, easy to work with, and kind, and helped us plan (and re-plan due to a Covid postponement) a wedding that far exceeded our hopes for the day. She came up with amazing ideas ...
that made our wedding feel very us, and managed all the logistics of the day so that we could relax and have a blast. We were blown away by how awesome the tent looked and by how smoothly everything went, all thanks to Bethany! She really went above and beyond and thought of everything (including so many things we never would have thought of ourselves). After giving us the best day ever, she even collected everything from the venue and unloaded it in our hotel room so that we wouldn't have to worry about it the next morning. She is truly the best, we recommend her so highly!
Reviewed On 1/06/2022 by Melody F
I cannot recommend Bethany enough as a wedding planner. She held our hand through every step of the planning process and the end result blew us away! Every moment of planning was worth it.
Bethany coordinated everything seamlessly day of - I w...
as not worried about a single thing. She (gently) pushed us complete tasks in a timely manner, which we needed. She took our initial ideas and executed them perfectly - from the hanging light fixtures, the greenery, tablescape, everything - it was STUNNING.
I cannot recommend Bethany enough!
Reviewed On 12/10/2021 by Kate C
I cannot recommend Bethany and her team highly enough. I had snippets of ideas for our winter wedding and even after our first conversation with Bethany, it's like she knew us in a previous life. Her designs and creative ways of putting toget...
her our wish for a warm, magical, winter wonderland of a wedding were perfect. Getting married during a pandemic and having to postpone a year gave us a lot of time to freak out but Bethany remained so calm, collected, and organized, that I never worried that the night would be anything other than amazing. Bethany will immediately partner with you and listen intently and earnestly to what you want your wedding to be. She will connect you to the best vendors who are all like her - professional, kind, and chill. Bethany is extraordinary and anyone is lucky to have her on their team.
Reviewed On 10/07/2021 by Alexis M
Bethany was the best as she helped us plan not only one but two weddings as we rescheduled with COVID. It was difficult to initially make the decision to move the wedding, and she helped to make the process completely seamless for us by reachin...
g out to all of the vendors and helping us find a new date. Our wedding was everything I could have dreamed about! Bethany runs a tight ship and is so organized, which was so important to me the day of-- I was able to stay calm and enjoy the day, while she was running around fixing minor issues that I didn't even know happened! Everything was executed perfectly, and we could have not done it without her! She was always available and helped answer all of my questions throughout the process, which was over 2 years of planning and countless texts, emails and calls.
Reviewed On 8/04/2021 by Sarah A
We wanted full planning & design services for our wedding, and I can honestly say going with Bethany at Modern Kicks was the best choice we could have made. Working with her made the whole process super fun and enjoyable - it’s like working wit...
h a really cool friend you’ve known forever and an extremely talented professional that you trust implicitly. She was a source of sanity for us when we had to reschedule our wedding a full year because of COVID. She handled everything, and made what could have been an extremely stressful time way more manageable and enjoyable. After our wedding, we kept getting feedback from friends & family that it was the best wedding they’ve been too. Multiple event planners who attended as guests kept commenting on how well planned and run it was. None of it would have been possible without Bethany. She took our debatably incoherent vision, worked her magic, put together an amazing team of vendors, and turned it into absolute perfection.
Reviewed On 7/02/2021 by Drew F
People kept asking how I was so calm on the morning of my wedding and a major part of that was all the trust I had in Bethany. I knew she had everything under control and knew exactly what we wanted. We had our wedding at my childhood home an...
d she turned it into an actual fairytale. From connecting us with our florist and caterer to handling all the logistics of rentals and alcohol quantities, we were never stressed. Not to mention when it decided to rain on our wedding day, Bethany pivoted our outdoor cocktail hour indoors, and then back outdoors once the rain stopped like it was no big deal. She went above and beyond on load in days (there were multiple), hanging at our house to make sure everything was going smoothly. Oh yeah and let's not forget we were planning all of this in the middle of COVID! I feel truly lucky to have had Bethany brought into my life for such an important life moment. I am so thankful to have met her and all of the amazing vendors she introduced us to. Everyone we worked with were not only masters of their craft, but good hearted, kind people on top of it.
Reviewed On 3/07/2020 by Madeline W
When you’re still texting with your wedding planning almost weekly months after your wedding, you know you made the right choice. I can honestly say that without Bethany at Modern Kicks, there’s no way our wedding would have been even close to ...
amazing as it was. From our first phone call, I knew that hiring Bethany was an absolute must. Having someone who is so connected to all of the vendors in the Hudson Valley was an amazing asset (she’s best friends with our florist and was able to set up our after-party spot literally 24 hours before our wedding because our initial plan fell through...). She responded calmly every time I texted her with an “Am I crazy…?” and made sure everything was taken care of. She kept me on track with her amazing organizational skills (gotta love a girl who loves Excel!) and was the best sounding board we could have asked for. She was a true partner and we never had to worry about a single thing because we knew it was all going to be taken care of. Getting married is amazing but it also the MOST stressful no matter what, but having someone there to make it even 1% less stressful is 100% worth it and Bethany goes above and beyond that.
Reviewed On 11/23/2019 by Emma B
We absolutely loved working with Bethany! We wanted full planning services and worked with her for about a year to pull everything together for our early October wedding in the Catskills. We were living in another state at the time, and so most...
of our communication with her happened over email and the phone. This posed no problem whatsoever, and she was great about finding time to meet with us in person on the rare occasions when we were able to make the trip. Our venue was also kinda in the middle of nowhere and extremely bare-bones; we basically had to bring everything in for the event, and there wasn't a central location where our guests could stay. Bethany handled all of these challenges admirably, including coordinating a detailed shuttle itinerary and schedule to ensure that our guest could travel comfortably and safely. By the time we got to the big day, everything went off like clockwork.
Okay, so plenty of wedding planners are organized--but Bethany is, like, 1000% organized. On top of that, she helped us create the wedding of our dreams. She listened closely to our aesthetic preferences, entertained our crazy ideas, helped us select vendors who suited our taste, and came up with a beautiful, unique, and stunning event. We were (and still are!) so happy with how it turned out--not just the design and visual elements, but also the overall vibe. All of our guests have said that ours was the best (most fun, most beautiful, most personal) wedding they'd ever attended.
Most importantly, Bethany was also a pleasure to work with. I'm an extremely anxious and indecisive person, and I can't fully express how helpful it was to work with someone so centered. Bethany calmly guided us through decision after decision, never rushing us along and giving us ample time and space to make the right choice for us, while of course keeping us on track and on time.
Many planners excel in a few areas: design, vendor selection and coordination, communication, logistics, execution. But Bethany excels at them all! And I would wager that few planners are as thoughtful, creative, tactful, diligent, and fun to work with as she. I truly cannot recommend her enough!
Reviewed On 11/03/2019 by Chelsea F
I needed a partial planner for my September wedding. I reached out to several companies and Modern Kicks was by far the quickest to respond, gave the most detailed quote, and was the easiest to hire. After hiring Bethany from Modern Kicks, ever...
ything was smooth sailing. She helped with all sorts of details I hadn't thought about as well as finding vendors to complete my complicated vision. She even found a completely new photographer after my original one cancelled a few months before our date! Bethany has a relaxed attitude but gets it all done without the drama. I also had a handful of vendors that I had already hired (my band, florist and venue) all tell me that Bethany was super professional to work with and really knew her stuff. Our weekend was absolutely perfect and Bethany played a huge role in that. Look out for my wedding in Martha Stewart Mag it was so perfect!!
Reviewed On 8/26/2019 by Lizabeth D
Bethany at Modern Kicks was amazing and helped us create a perfect day. She knows the Hudson Valley like the back of her hand and had great suggestions for everything from beauty to the perfect welcome event. She has a great design eye and is...
very detail oriented and organized. Highly recommend working with Bethany.
Reviewed On 7/24/2019 by Melissa S
We would not change a thing about our wedding. All of our vendors were amazing, but without Bethany none of it would have happened as beautifully and seamlessly as it did. From our initial planing meeting, where she truly got who are as a coup...
le, to her recommendations for great local vendors to the weeks leading up to the wedding with concerns about the weather, she set the tone for the best party we could have asked for. It ran so efficiently and we did not have to worry about a thing. We're very grateful for her attitude and talent.
Reviewed On 6/05/2019 by Johanna S
TLDR: Overall, Modern Kicks/Bethany Pickard was really fun to work with. She was hella present throughout the process, and she worked magic on the day-of. During the wedding, if something needed to be done, she would appear out of thin air an...
d take care of it!
A few months in to planning our wedding, we realized we needed help! As we had already made some of the bigger decisions, we brought Bethany on as a partial planner to help with everything else. Though we had never met her, we chose Bethany because of her great attitude and familiarity with the wedding location and surrounding areas (the Basilica in Hudson, NY).
Beyond great food, great music and an awesome party, we had no other vision for what we wanted the day to be. Bethany was super patient with us as we emailed her random ideas in the middle of the night – she humored some of them, very tactfully shot some down, and worked on fulfilling our various requests (balloon installations!).
Bethany was really fun to talk to, was able to handle the various family members, and wrangled the things that needed wrangling.
In hindsight, a few things that might help other couples (regardless if you use Bethany or not):
-I think the role of a ‘partial planner’ is tough, as it’s hard for both parties to know where to draw the line. I’d hired a planner, so I wanted to delegate everything – but wasn’t always sure if I was going too far, or if I should be pushing further. If you’re going to go this route, it’s worth having some frank conversations.
-Bethany was great at offering me options, but there were times that I just needed her to give me opinion/direction (example – she provided multiple silverware options, each with their cost. It was nice to see the options, but what I really needed was for someone to tell me how much to spend on silverware!). I wish I was more upfront in telling her what I needed from her. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
Reviewed On 12/31/2018 by Elizabeth R
“Without Bethany, all this amazingness would not exist.” This was our standard line during the cocktail hour of our wedding. Our guests kept coming up to us in droves remarking how much they loved the details of the day so far and things were j...
ust getting started. To this day, we want to rewind and do it all over again. “It” would not have been possible without Bethany and her team. We wanted to create a unique celebration that would be remembered forever by our guests as one of the best weddings they’ve been to. Bethany helped us deliver the dream and vision into reality. From each phone call, site visit, vision board and design update - working with Bethany was stress-free, fun and exciting. Guests even told my wife, Liz, that she was the ‘most chill bride ever’ on our wedding day and, again, Bethany deserves a lot of the credit here. Her mastery of the day-of details were impeccable. The weather threw us a curveball and Bethany figured out how to reorganize the cocktail hour in a moment’s notice. There were countless details that would’ve gone overlooked and moments not capitalized on if we hadn’t had her help on our wedding day.
However, by far the best part of working with Bethany and her team was on the design of our wedding. With a few Pinterest boards, color selections and risks we wanted to take - Bethany’s vision created something we wouldn’t have thought of in a million years, turning a unique space (Basilica Hudson) into our fairytale for a night. We can’t recommend Bethany enough to all of our friends and family. From a balloon and disco ball installation above a black & white check dance floor to hidden ice cream cones in our photo booth backdrop, we’ll be dreaming about the best night of our lives for eternity.
Reviewed On 12/03/2018 by Kati S
I couldn’t have been happier! I got married in September in the Hudson Valley and chose Bethany/Modern Kicks for our wedding coordinator. I wasn’t sure if we needed someone but decided that it would be worth it to not have to worry about detail...
s and logistics at the wedding. It was probably the best choice I made throughout the entire wedding planning process! Bethany has a few different planning options (full time, partial planning and then month of) depending on what you need. I went with month of but she helped to advise as I hired each vendor - giving me thoughtful opinions throughout. When she came on I was able to hand off so much of the logistical work and knowing nothing would slip through the cracks was such a relief.
Beyond her organizational help, Bethany’s creative talent is incredible. She really works with the your vision for the day and helps bring that to life. I was so impressed by her past work that I knew I also didn’t need to plan EVERYTHING, that she would hop in and fill in the missing pieces beautifully. Lastly, she is also really fun and brings a wonderfully calm presence to the crazy that can arise the week and day of a wedding. You really can’t go wrong choosing Bethany/Modern Kicks!
Reviewed On 5/10/2018 by knottied4f972e7e8f40b7f
I only wish we could choose 10 stars or more for Bethany. I don't think there is any other wedding planner who could perform the miracles that Bethany did. 12 days before our daughters wedding, the venue we booked 9 months ago confirmed that th...
ey would not be ready in time for our may 5th event. We panicked, Bethany worked. And worked and worked and worked!! Not only did she work tirelessly and efficiently , she did it all with a smile and the most calming demeanor possible. New venue, new caterer, rentals of everything including tents, bathrooms, dishes, kitchen equipment, buses etc. She also notified all previously booked vendors of changes and made arrangements for them to now work at new venue. Everyday Bethany picked away at a long list of changes and additions. She put us in touch with a fabulous caterer, Brandon from hunt and harvest, who created a perfect menu and the most delicious food. This was all done in 12 days!! She did in a week and a half what most planners do in a year or two and all the while a smile on her face. Onthe day of the wedding, the very large wedding party had hair and makeup done while Bethany coordinated the most spectacular wedding. Any glitch was met with no problem, we can easily handle this. Guests at the wedding repeatedly told us this was by far the most fabulous wedding ever! I just can't imagine how Bethany did all this, but I am convinced that she broke a record with our 12 day wedding! Thank you, thank you, thank you Bethany for giving our kids the very best day of their lives!
Reviewed On 11/05/2017 by Lizzie A
There are few words to express how wonderful Bethany and the Modern Kicks crew are. From start to end, Bethany and her crew were thoughtful, caring, and patient. As someone who went into planning clueless, Bethany was able to help me create th...
e exact wedding I wanted and was easy, professional and funny every step of the way. I couldn't be more grateful - definitely recommend!
Reviewed On 7/18/2017 by Stella L
Bethany and her assistants were absolutely amazing in every way. We couldn't have had the wedding without her. Not only are they amazing at their jobs, but also brought in a sense of calm and order and helped everyone feel relaxed and happy. ...
The wedding itself was perfect! Thanks so much!
Contact Info for Modern Kicks
Kingston, NY | Hudson Valley, Catskills, Capital District, NYC