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Reviewed On 7/14/2022 by Lisa R
Katy is the best! Highly recommend hiring her. She is extremely thorough. We had scheduled calls leading up to our wedding day and she thought of everything. She made sure we were on track with things, answered all of our questions and made gre...
at recommendations. She was INCREDIBLE the weekend of our wedding. She set up for our rehearsal dinner, decorated our venue on our wedding day and coordinated with our vendors to make sure everything ran smoothly. She was even able to make adjustments on the fly the day of our wedding and still make it seamless. I can't imagine what it would have been like without her. She is also just a very kind and easygoing person and made the process fun! Definitely hire her for your wedding!!
Reviewed On 11/23/2021 by Heather W
Katy was so helpful as we were planning our wedding weekend! We got married at a summer camp in the Adirondacks which comes with just about as many quirks as one could possibly imagine. But from start to finish, Katy was a creative problem solv...
er, taking control of challenging situations and making it possible for us to focus on our family and friends in attendance. She was a friend and advisor throughout the entire planning process, culminating with the wedding weekend where she navigated working alongside the venue while still being our advocate. She and her team decorated the reception, managed vendors, answered a million questions on our behalf, made sure we were pulled out at just the right time for golden hour photos, & so much more! We are so grateful!
Reviewed On 10/25/2021 by Carly D
If you’re looking to have an Adirondack wedding, Katy is your person. There is no one that can match her knowledge, experience, and connections when it comes to wedding planning. She nails every event and somehow always is cool, calm, collecte...
d and fun. Katy is an amazing resource and could answer any question we had. She was super prompt and communicative during what turned into a 3 year covid planning period. She was a lifesaver keeping up with all the venue, vendor, and guideline changes. Our plans had to change too many times too count but Katy never missed a beat and she kept us sane. We could not have done this without her and we are SO happy that we were able to work with her. She is on top of every detail and made sure our day was perfect, even when plans had to change due to some rain. She truly is Wonder Woman of event planning. We would 1000% recommend her. Working with Katy was the best decision we made when it came to our wedding.
Reviewed On 9/12/2021 by Carly S
Katy is the absolute best and deserves all the stars in the world! She helped us plan our wedding on Saranac lake at Camp Iroquois and was so on top of her game from recommendations, advice, planning, budgeting, and day of coordination. She im...
mediately understood my vision and helped execute it flawlessly. She is very personable and was fun to chat with once we had the chance to meet in person too. Our wedding guests were all raving about her and her staff's outstanding service throughout our wedding weekend. I would hire her again and recommend her to others without hesitation. We hired her family catering business Lakeview Catering for several events and they were also outstanding, Katy helped coordinate those events too. Thank you Katy! You are a gem !
Reviewed On 3/16/2021 by Stephanie S
I hired Katy to help me plan my 200 person destination wedding at a hotel in the Adirondacks during the summer of 2020. We ended up planning a very intimate ceremony in a family member's backyard in our hometown, 5 hours away from our original ...
destination. When I needed to change my plans, Katy was with me every step of the way. She helped me with all of the details of our first planned event and then did it all over again a month before our wedding date when we realized our original vision was not going to be possible. I could not recommend her any more. Aside from being an excellent event planner, she is a wonderful person and knowing she was there on the day of my wedding allowed me to relax. I am an event planner myself, so it was very important to me to hire someone that I knew I would feel confident in and would be able to trust. Katy was definitely that person!
Reviewed On 11/08/2019 by Mackenzie M
Katy is amazing!! She is professional, thoughtful, and detail oriented. She knew all the right questions to ask, and did’t overlook a thing during planning. The day of the wedding, Katy & her staff made sure everything ran smoothly, and I never...
stressed a bit! My wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to Katy & VanBee Co!
Reviewed On 10/01/2019 by Gabriela F
Katy and her entire team were fabulous to work with. She kept us on track throughout the entire wedding planning process and even with our wedding being in the middle of their busiest season, the VanBee & Co. team always made me feel like our p...
riorities were also theirs. Our entire weekend went off without a hitch and we owe it entirely to this talented team. We couldn't have done it without them.
Reviewed On 9/30/2019 by Caeli V
Planning a wedding from 5+ hours away can be very challenging, especially when the venue is a family home and doesn't have your typical wedding infrastructure in place. Katy and her team made the process SO MUCH EASIER! Katy is super organized,...
very detail-oriented and her passion absolutely shines through in all the work she does. She is very professional but has such a kind, friendly demeanor that she felt more like a friend than a wedding planner!
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Katy's team that was on site as well. Colette and Eileen made our vision come together so perfectly. Every single one of our guests raved about how no detail was missed and how absolutely perfect our wedding was, a few mentioning it was the best wedding they've ever been to! Colette and Eileen were very attentive throughout the night (Colette even saved my dress from a blunder with an appetizer going flying!) but not overbearing.
I cannot recommend this team enough. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and I can honestly say I will miss being in communication with them as I thoroughly enjoyed their company!
Reviewed On 8/25/2019 by Daniel F
My Wife and I live in California but wanted to have our wedding the Saranac Lake region. Planning the wedding from across the country presented some challenges, so we hired VanBee & Co to help us. We were looking to mostly manage the planning...
process and vendors, but have VanBee & Co keep us on track and help with local coordination, especially day-of.
From the start, Katy listened intently for what we wanted and then helped us create a plan to get there. We started by meeting once a month to ensure we were making progress, and Katy was able to ask us questions to fill in a lot of details we didn't think about. Katy was also very well connected in the Saranac Lake region and personally knew many of the vendors we had selected. As the wedding got closer we started meeting more frequently. Katy also helped pick up some of the slack with some vendor coordination and brought on Colette and Eileen to handle day-of coordination.
The wedding day could have been more smooth. I found that I really had nothing to do or worry about except enjoy our beautiful wedding and celebration together. It was perfect.
I have several friends who did not engage a planner for their wedding, and they have all more or less regretted the decision. You should be able to fully engage in and enjoy your wedding day instead of having to worry about vendors, timelines, and small issues that may come up. I highly recommend VanBee & Co. - they are friendly, professional, effective, and really care about making your day special.
Reviewed On 12/08/2018 by Brandon M
If you are looking for the perfect wedding planner in the Adirondack area, Katy and her team are who you want in your corner. Living in Philadelphia, planning a wedding in Tupper Lake was not only daunting, but terrifying. As soon as we asked K...
aty to come on as our month of coordinator, she calmed every concern we had, including the ones we had never considered. She quickly stepped in with regular calls throughout the year, meetings with our other vendors in our stead, and subtle reminders on the things we needed to stay on top of. She never told us no, but always made sure to lay out all of the options so we could make the best decisions, and when our ideas made completely no sense, rather than refusing, helped us craft them into something that would work, ultimately making our ideas better than we ever thought they could be. We put all of our faith in her, as we simply had no other choice, and she exceeded all of our expectations at every turn. Our wedding was pure magic, and none of it could have been done without her and her wonderful team.
Reviewed On 10/16/2018 by Alissa R
Katy and her team are absolutely amazing! So incredibly helpful, thoughtful, easy to work with and they genuinely love making people happy. She's incredibly organized and made our day everything we wanted. I primarily used VanBee for day-of-coo...
rdination, and I'm so happy I did, as Katy's very flexible and willing to do as little or as much as you want. Other planners I looked into had defined packages and minimum hours, whereas I had the bulk of the planning done and just wanted help executing and making sure everything ran smoothly (which can sometimes be even harder for planners when the couple has a very specific plan/vision!). Katy's team put our mind at ease, delivered exactly what we wanted, and enabled us to enjoy every minute. Totally worth it!
Reviewed On 10/13/2018 by Hannah T
Katy and her team are absolutely amazing to work with! She has a talent for juggling and her attention to detail is like no one I've ever met. She literally thought of everything and then some. She was very professional, responsive and outgoin...
g which made our vendors work seamlessly together. She took care of all of the last minute prep throughout our wedding week and morning of which really allowed me to be present for the festivities. She is also very flexible and will do as much or as little planning as you need - there is no pressure for a minimum number of hours or certain percentage of your budget. If you want to really enjoy your wedding and be able to take it all in you should absolutely hire VanBee & Co!
Reviewed On 5/23/2018 by Sarah A
Katy from VanBee & Co is by far the most exceptional wedding coordinator that I have ever seen. As an event planner myself, I hired Katy as I was planning a destination wedding in Lake Placid, NY. Being far away and dealing with some difficult ...
venue issues - Katy made the entire process seamless and enjoyable. We had 4 days of multiple events including rehearsal dinners, welcome BBQ's, boat rides, spa days, golf courses, cocktail hours, receptions and a farewell brunch. Katy didn't flinch one time. She was on top of EVERY detail, even things I didn't think of. She was available at all times, literally ahead of me on every question or concern. I can not recommend her services enough. She is spectacular. She even dealt with a difficult vendor with ease. I had absolutely no anxiety or concern the entire 4 days because I knew it was in her hands. Seriously, it was a true honor and pleasure to work with her.
Reviewed On 10/04/2017 by Patrice S
If you are looking for a wedding planner, please do yourself a favor and look no further than Katy Van Anden and her team at VanBee & Co. As a treat to myself and my bridal sanity while planning a destination wedding in Lake Placid, I began wo...
rking with Katy in March for our September 29 wedding. Thorough and incredibly knowledgeable of the area, vendors, restaurants and anything else you might need in the Lake Placid area, Katy was the peace of mind we were seeking throughout this process....gift bags for our guests, rehearsal dinner,officiant, coordinating with the rental company and florist and onsite help for our rehearsal dinner and wedding. Anything that came up, Katy and her team took care of it. We are so pleased with professionalism and service we received and dealing with a kind and genuine person who listens to your needs and offers suggestions of other magical things you may never have thought of are all the amazing qualities that make up Katy.