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Planner in Catskill, NY,
(518) 653-3505
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 87 Reviews


    Dana S.

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  • Hiring Cathy was the best decision we made with regards to our wedding planning process, hands down. It is no exaggeration to say that our wedding simply would not have come to fruition had it not been for her, her hard work, dedication, meticulousness, patience, intuition, vast knowledge of just about everything, and of course, her big heart.  Prior to Cathy, our wedding planning process had endured some bumps and misfortunes that left us wondering how we were ever going to make our big day come to life. In came Cathy to single-handedly save the day. From day one she was an absolute pleasure to work with. No stone was left unturned with Cathy -- from her creative ideas to her practical suggestions, she had all bases thoroughly covered. Her attention to detail is truly one-of-a-kind, as we could always expect her to come to each planning call with extreme preparedness and the genuine desire to make our wedding day as special and memorable as possible for us. After having to can... Read more

    Nancy S.

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  • She was the most organized, detailed professional. Her suggestions for vendors perfectly aligned to our vision. She is flexible, fun and we give her the highest recommendation! I can't imagine someone better at this job.

    Leash R.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Cathy Feb 2020 - right before the covid pandemic. Having no idea it was coming, it obviously it made for a stressful year+ of planning (our wedding was May 1 2021). We seriously couldn't have done our wedding without her, and it probably wouldn't have happened without her. Cathy became part therapist (due to the stress/mini meltdowns of the covid rules and changes, us moving out of NYC throughout the wedding process, starting a new job, buying a new house, and other life craziness), part friend (we will def be in touch post wedding, she became someone we both (husband and I) confided in and she really got to know us throughout the whole year+ process), to full executer and planner. She works so hard at her job, and goes above and beyond, and is one of the most detail oriented people I've ever met. We did the full package with Cathy, so we got her from the very beginning of her helping find a venue that met the requirements we were looking for (she did all the research and then... Read more

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    Thank you soo much Alisha (and Greg!). I really look forward to hearing how the honeymoon goes and coming to visit you sometime soon!

    Alexandra T.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Cathy is *the best* at what she does - making sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. I absolutely couldn't have done this without her! Cathy is detail-oriented and makes sure every step of the way that you are getting what you want out of your wedding - she'll be your biggest advocate. Cathy is extremely organized and has a Google doc for everything you could think of, and also ten things you never would - she keeps track of EVERYTHING, which is exactly what you need when going through this crazy process. She's the best hire you'll make for your wedding, no question about it! My sister and I both used Cathy's Elegant Events for our weddings, and we have no regrets - email Cathy right now!

    Kathleen M.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Cathy is the absolute best!! Hiring Cathy was the best decision we made during our wedding planning process. We had not initially planned to hire a month-of coordinator, but we were so grateful that we did. We found ourselves saying, “Thank goodness for Cathy,” at least once a week. Cathy was incredibly organized and kept us on track throughout the planning process with precise, yet easy to use checklists. She brought things to our attention that we never would have even considered. Whenever we had a question, she answered us immediately. She was able to help us solve any problem that came our way. It is clear that she is incredibly dedicated to her clients, and her talent for wedding planning and coordinating is beyond comparison. We could never have pulled off our dream wedding without her!!

    Rj Stegmeier

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    5 out of 5
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  • Working with Cathy not only made our wedding experience unbelievable, but more than anything else, she really was able to take our (mainly my wife’s ;)) vision every step of the way and carry it out with perfection. Seeing my wife’s face glowing all night knowing all the work and planning put into the perfect day was one of my favorite parts of it all. Cathy accommodated all the smallest requests, to single handedly being the backbone to all of the biggest surprises the day of, always going over and beyond the call of duty. She always let us be ourselves on the months leading up to the day, which made the whole process comfortable and easy. We have gotten so many compliments from everyone who attended about the wedding, and we honestly can’t imagine how my wife could have pulled off planning a wedding like she did without the help of her and her team! Thanks so much !!

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    Thank you RJ!! I loved working with you guys and genuinely hope you keep in touch. I hope Italy was fantastic and you will take me up on a get away to the Catskills when you have some free time! Please send Kate my warmest hellos!

    Elizabeth C.

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    5 out of 5
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  • I hired Cathy's Elegant Events for my daughter's wedding because I needed a professional familiar with the Hudson Valley area. Cathy was wonderful. She took away all the stress and worry I was feeling about hosting my daughter's wedding in an unfamiliar area. Her organizational skills and top notch knowledge of the vendors she recommended lead to a magical event situated on the beautiful Hudson River in August. It's a night we'll never forget and we owe it's success to Cathy.

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    Hi Beth! Thank you soo much! I really loved working with all of you, you are soo fortunate to have such a wonderful family. I really mean that! Please keep in touch and let Brad know I said hi! :)

    Katie B.

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    5 out of 5
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  • What can I say about Cathy, not only is she is an amazing wedding planner but she’s an even better person. Cathy helped us transform our vision into the best day of our lives. We contacted Cathy about 6 months prior to our wedding, I was doubtful we would be able to find a place for the summer of 2019 but Cathy said it was possible. She set up our venue tours not one but two. Drove us all over the Catskills and hudson NY. She listened to what we asked for and after a few fun tours we found the perfect venue. I will be the first to admit we have high expectations and defiantly threw some weird stuff at Cathy. My husband wanted a field day as part of the wedding weekend and arcade games and space ice cream at the wedding...Cathy was on board for it all, she never made us feel crazy for any odd requests or changes during the planning process. Cathy is organized, experienced, and when we felt any stress, which was rare she assured us we were in a good place. We planned a wedding... Read more

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    Thank you soo much guys! I really hope you come to visit me sometime soon, maybe this winter?! I will let you know when I am in your neck of the woods too. Keep in touch! Best, Cathy

    Jessie

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    5 out of 5
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  • When I got engaged, I was so surprised, I didn't even know where to start! I was so overwhelmed with planning the event that I didn't even enjoy my engagement! Enter Cathy. From the moment I reached out to her, I knew that I was in good hands. She took the time to listen to my needs and understand what I didn't want, which was a lot more important to acknowledge/understand vs what I did want. She started out as our venue consultant, taking all the leg work out of the exhausting process. She always had a vision, as well as incredible experience at many of these places, so her feedback was invaluable to us. By the time we picked a place, we knew that our wedding day wouldn't be complete without her. After a short 6 month engagement, we pulled off an incredible wedding, which would not be possible without Cathy. She was there for me every step of the way, both as a planner and a friend. She listened to our ideas, helped us to stay on track, and truly made my vision of my big day a reali... Read more

    Sue

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    5 out of 5
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  • Cathy was our "life line" throughout the entire planing process including the wedding day and post wedding wrap up. My daughter and her fiancee lives on the west coast, my husband and I in DC and the wedding was in Rhinebeck. She was so organized from providing valuable information about vendors, to generating list of what needed to be rented for the farm venue to negotiated prices. Her attention to detail is phenomenal - nothing escapes her.. Because of her professional and support, we were able to thoroughly enjoy the wedding day without any distractions. I highly recommend working with Cathy for a wonderful wedding experience.

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    Thank you Sue! It was my pleasure!

    Danielle

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    5 out of 5
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  • So we never intended to hire a wedding planner. We had a long engagement, over two years, and figured that we could DIY a lot of things over that time and build our own perfect wedding. Boy, were we wrong. We were lucky enough to book a wedding venue that included a day-of coordinator, none other than Cathy Ballone of Cathy’s Elegant Events. So we expected just that: a day-of coordinator. However, what we got was SO MUCH MORE. Cathy worked with us for over a year and always gave us her full attention and care to detail. She not only knows her stuff better than I can imagine anyone else in the business, but she is also such a kind-hearted person who genuinely wants to help make the bride and groom’s dream vision come to life. As a procrastinator and the most indecisive person I know, I was not always the most responsive bride as I had fear about finality and making the right choices. Cathy was always so patient with me and assisted us in making all of the right decisions for us as a... Read more

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    I finally had a chance to sit down and fully read this... and now I am crying.. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this and I hope you know how much I really enjoyed working with you and your families! I love you guys!

    Angela

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  • Cathy was everything we hoped for and more! We had our ceremony and reception at a venue that required us to bring everything in. We knew we wanted a day of coordinator, because we wanted to be able to enjoy our day/ weekend and not worry about communicating with all of vendors. Cathy made sure everything went smoothly and stepped in in more ways than I expected, including meeting with us many times over our planning process to touch base and give us advice for ANY questions we had. The day of she made sure we had everything we could possibly need including hot tools to touch up our hair that was flattened due to the fog, bustled my dress, and repaired my dress not once, but twice, when a button the buttons on my dress wouldn’t stay closed and my dress got stepped on and the bustle ripped! We can’t thank her enough for being the support we needed to make our day so special. Definitely recommend!

    Judith

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  • I can’t say enough about Cathy Balone. She is meticulous with all the details. She took my daughter’s vision and made it a reality. Everyone had a wonderful time. Best of all, the bride and groom and parents of the bride enjoyed every minute.

    Katie

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  • Cathy was absolutely instrumental in our Upstate wedding planning. With both my husband and I living in the City, and my family living in the Midwest, we knew very little about the area, and even less about a "barn" wedding. When it came to logistics, Cathy knew exactly what we would need from caterers, what types of tents we'd need for rain plans, and how to put together a shuttle schedule. We truly could not have done it without her.

    Amanda N.

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  • As very organized, type A people, we were on the fence about the need for a planner. In the end it was the best decision ever, allowing us to have peace of mind through the entire process, pace ourselves appropriately and know that nothing was falling through the cracks. She really shined on the day-of, allowing us to totally enjoy the day that we had been looking forward to for so long!
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