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Planner in Cedar Park, TX,
(512) 257-8100
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 55 Reviews


    Jessica

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    5 out of 5
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  • Barbara will exceed your expectations!! She is prepared to solve any problem, is ordained to marry, focused on making your day the most special, and such a joy to be around. Barbara averted a huge problem on our wedding day - our exit carriage ride came early and left before the wedding was over! So, in no time, Barbara had arranged another carriage and had it waiting for us at the exit! Talk about a life saver and master problem-solver!!! She also is so knowledgeable about the industry and willing to help. I reached out to Barbara with questions about when to send invitations, what wedding favors to use if we aren't doing a late night snack, how to maximize our flowers and decor, etc. And, I quickly learned there is conflicting information online, so you need a Barbara to help you sort through all the online wedding articles! And, finally, she is the most organized! Our wedding timeline was down to the minute, and she executed the it perfectly the day of! We also got to share a very s... Read more

    Courtney F.

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  • We hired Barbara's Brides as our coordinator. Throughout the planning process Barbara was there to consult on ideas, review contracts, create a timeline + layout and handled all vendor coordination that month. Her expertise in the field is excellent and she had great advice to give. Gerad was our day-of coordinator and he was awesome! Trying to round up 10 women (bridal party) and keep them on a timeline is no easy task and Gerad handled it perfectly. He was so on-point the entire day. It was a whirlwind but Gerad was there to guide us through it all. Honestly, if something went wrong, to this day I have no clue because he was that good and took care of every little thing. Initially I was worried about working with Barbara throughout the planning process and then handing it over to Gerad to execute but there was not a thing to worry about. These two are pros!

    Russell D.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Book Barbara and Gerad now! I work in the wedding industry and I know the value of a planner but you really don’t know what they do until you experience it first hand. Barbara comes with years of experience and knows this industry like the back of her hand. She guides you on vendors and will give you a realistic view of expectations. She was an advocate for me during our floral meeting. She got to know me ahead of time and what me and my fiancé like and don’t like and our budget. During the floral meeting, she knew exactly what to ask for and how to articulate what we liked and didn’t like. She saved us money just in that meeting alone! They made everything happen on wedding day and I had no clue when things were getting fixed (I messed up the seating chart and they used their resources and figured it out without bugging me during my hair and makeup). My family felt so much love from them and knew they could ask her questions or count on her to make things happen. Her company of... Read more

    Meghan L.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Let me start off by saying, I was that girl who did not want to hire a wedding planner, I wanted to do it allll by myself and save money. I now laugh at that girl, hard. Because I had no idea how much I needed Barbara, and am SO THANKFUL we had her!! Barbara has great relationships with the top vendors in Austin and was so wonderful throughout every single process. She always knew who to call, and if there was a problem, I did not find out until after she had already solved it. I cannot stress this enough - even if you think you don't really need a planner - you NEED a Barbara. I had a lot of hiccups along the way, including a nightmare hair/makeup trial and having to find a new company only a couple months out, Barbara called every (trusted) company in Austin and got me quotes and availability by the next morning. The Republic of Texas Biker Rally ended up being in town the weekend of my wedding, upon discovering this only days before leaving town, by the time I called Barbara she alr... Read more

    Maggie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Barbara helped us achieve the wedding of our dreams! Without her services, we would not have been able to have such a carefree experience day of, enjoying every moment. Her veteran status in the wedding industry shows, and she advised us on which vendors to choose- which is so helpful in the wedding industry! It can be overwhelming at times, we wouldn't have been able to do it without her. In addition, our day of, Gerad, was perfect. He kept everything running smoothly and made sure we were well taken care of. He executed our vision with so much care and attention to detail. Highly recommend!!

    Chris A.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our daughter's wedding was fantastic! Barbara and her team were a pleasure to work without throughout - from planning to the event. The weather was iffy, and we had some last minute changes that her team handled with ease. Neither the bride, groom, or our family live in Austin, so we were thankful to have a coordinator who was very familiar the venue and all of the chosen vendors. We appreciate her helping our daughter and son in law, and could not be more pleased.

    Deborah

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  • Being an older (but young at heart) bride and just a few months to plan a wedding, I quickly discovered I needed help. And quick! Barbara was recommended to me and after my first call with her, I knew she was the one for me. Barbara is a master at details and logistics, she kept the whole process running smoothly and on time. She is fun to be around and calming when I needed it. I'm so thankful for her vendor suggestions. She knows the best ones in Austin and they all love working with her! She orchestrated our beautiful ceremony and wedding at the Stephen F Austin with ease and professionalism. I highly recommend her!!

    Piper

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  • Barbara came in and saved my dream day! Where as my other planner did not take pictures, ask for details or manage my vendors... Barbara stepped in and took the reigns! Yes! Couldn't have asked for more.

    Rea

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  • Hiring Barbara's Brides as my day of coordinator was one of the BEST decisions that I made during the planning process. My mother and I were very particular about the details of this wedding. I know that no one other than Barbara could have performed to our satisfaction. From our initial consultation, Barbara blew me away with her knowledge and experience regarding weddings, the industry, and what it takes to execute a bride's vision (i.e. budget, flow, guest satisfaction). Her insightful suggestions were a nice change from the same generic advice I received from the other planners that I talked to. Here's the thing - every bride has some idea of what she wants on her wedding day. Barbara listens to this and not only helps you execute your vision but enhances it. Admittedly, I was skeptical about some of her ideas but deferred to her anyway. Well, my guests RAVED about the things that we included (all of which were due to Barbara). Once I booked Barbara, she was always available (via p... Read more

    Lisa

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    5 out of 5
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  • GRAND PERFECTION. If you want the perfect, storybook wedding, and who doesn't?, you should hire Barbara. From start to finish, our affair was flawless (and stayed on budget!). The credit all goes to Barbara. Her expertise in event planning is surely unparalleled. My daughter said she wished she could keep Barbara in her life after the wedding! There are not words to express our gratitude to her for orchestrating the most perfect event ever...there should be 10 Stars for this rating.

    Amanda

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  • Barbara is the BEST wedding planner for any type of wedding planning service you could possibly need. I had her for the "day of/month of" services and could not have been happier. She was so thorough, flexible and patient with any and all of my requests as well as the vendors' requests. She was poised and calm in the face of any day-of predicament but also straightforward and brutally honest when needed. I gave her pages of decoration instructions (due to our venue's arrival time constraints) for set-up in addition to the already scheduled vendor set up and she did each and every thing I asked and then some! I was absolutely blown away by how wonderful and hardworking she was for me and my family. Could not be happier with how it worked out! Barbara is THE best!

    Brita

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  • Barbara was a lifesaver for an out of state bride! She was on top of EVERYTHING on the wedding day and the months leading up to it. I would definitely recommend her to any Austin bride!

    Anna

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  • I had many decisions to make regarding our wedding on Oct. 13 but my decision to hire Barbara/Barbara's Brides was, by far, the best one. Barbara knows her stuff inside and out and guided us through this minefield like no other. She gave us her honest opinion on all of our decisions and I'm grateful we took her advice on just about all of them. It saved us a lot of headaches. I also can't emphasize enough how invaluable she was in helping us select our vendors. In a city like Austin, where there are hundreds of vendors, it's almost impossible to know if you're picking the right ones. Barbara really helped us narrow down our selections and if we ever had any trouble contacting a vendor, she was right there to help move things along. She's the best and I'd hire her again with no hesitation for any large event planning. Thanks, Barbara!

    Heather S.

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  • I loved working with Barbara and Gerad for my wedding. I chose them because of the services they offered, professionalism in our initial conversations, and because they offered reception only Day Of services. I really appreciated they understood brides need a varying amount of services. We had someone to cover the wedding at the church and it was unbelievably comforting to know Gerad and their team had everything covered for the reception. Barbara did a great job coordinating with our vendors and taking that burden off me in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Gerad was attentive, present, hard-working, and kind as he coordinated the evening. It was such a relief to have all the burden off my shoulders. Highly recommend!

    Kate

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  • Hiring Barbara was the biggest mistake of our wedding. It is hard to describe the sharp contrast between the amazing reviews we found on the Wedding Wire versus the service we ultimately received. We chose Barbara because we needed reliable, day-of support and she had countless, five star reviews along with many years of experience. She was more expensive than many other coordinators and was out of our budget, but we were willing to spend extra money due to her successful record. We were shocked at just how many things went wrong during our wedding as a direct result of trusting in Barbara’s Brides. - Months after signing the contract, Barbara tried to substitute her services with an assistant coordinator because she wanted to coordinate a family friend’s wedding instead. Despite offering this substitution at a discount, we were confused at the offer’s overall lack of professionalism, and she eventually backtracked on the idea. - On the day of our wedding, we never ... Read more

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    It is disappointing to hear that the two of you were so unhappy in our services. That is the opposite of what we want to hear. I take great pride in all our weddings. I do not agree with your comments and saw the situation from a different perspective. I did experience a great deal of family challenges from the moment I arrived at the venue. It makes the entire day harder when we are trying to diffuse family issues that have nothing to do with us. It set a very stressful tone for the day. Although I tried to keep the day flowing smoothly, the other vendors do need to perform their jobs as well. This includes the photographer gathering the couple's family/bridal party for the necessary photos, the caterer handling the after ceremony food/beverage as instructed, and the family Uber driver not getting lost arriving to the venue. If he had arrived on time we could have loaded the car more quickly. Most family does tend to gather personal belongings from the actual dressing room while I am loading décor or other items. I personally loaded all the vehicles at the end of the night, including sending a full box of donuts and to go food with your Uber driver. I regret hearing the driver did not give them to you at the hotel when they dropped you off. I took full responsibility for the Ketubah although there were 2 family members handling it with me. I paid the invoice without further discussion or any hesitation. An assistant was not included anywhere on your contract, although I had planned for one she called in sick and could not come at the last minute. I apologize that your experience with me was not what you hoped for and that you regret working together. I wish you both all the best.
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