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Planner in Saranac Lake,
(518) 524-2517
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    Stephanie

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  • 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!

    Monica M.

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  • We had the very best experience with Katy. She was attentive, thoughtful, and well aware of all Of our needs prior to us even asking! She was on task and beyond accommodating. Katy and staff were such a warm welcome upon our arrival, and brought our dreams to life. Katy was by our side through our the entire wedding weekend. As we exited from the venue and walked into unexpected rain- she was there waiting with a sheek umbrella. She’s beyond the best, incredibly Reasonable, and if you’re wondering if you could benefit from the help of a planner- trust me, it is worth it!

    Chelsea

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  • Katy is the most amazing wedding planner and person! Despite the craziness of planning a wedding in 2020 during the Covid pandemic - Katy made the whole process seamless and fun. Katy is incredibly organized, knowledgeable about local vendors and an absolute pleasure to work with! Would recommend Katy to anyone planning any event - she's the best!

    Gabriela F.

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  • 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 priorities 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.

    Alison S.

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  • To think that working with a wedding coordinator seemed like a "bonus" when we were initially considering vendors now seems like a completely ludicrous thought. Katy was THE most important human involved in supporting our wedding and by far the vendor we were most grateful for as we reflected post-wedding. Having a coordinator allowed my partner and me to enjoy the day. I know right now you're looking at your budget thinking, "Can we afford this?" "Do we really need this?" - I was there. But Katy and her team will allow you to actually experience your wedding day, instead of managing it. This was so crucial for us. Katy not only made the planning process less stressful, she made it fun! My partner and I would look forward to our conversations with her. She kept us on track, made sure our bases were covered, offered valuable insight and resources, and always made us feel like a priority. And on top of all of that, she's a delightful human to be around. Organized, empathe... Read more

    Gretchen A.

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  • Katy tirelessly worked to ensure my husband and I had our dream wedding, even more once we were all faced with the challenges surrounding the pandemic. Her exceptional care and attention to the smallest details allowed our weekend to go off without a hitch. Even if it included moments where Katy transported our cake in her lap or ran out for smore ingredients for our evening following the reception. Katy certainly has a superpower when it comes to planning and executing a wedding, and maintains the utmost joy and excitement throughout the entire process. We truly do not know where we would've been without Katy's professional guidance and evident years of experience. Her husband and team work seamlessly to bring you a seemingly effortless wedding weekend because of their talent and skill in the business. Hire Katy and you'll never look back! She and her team are worth their weight in gold!

    Ali B.

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  • Katy and her team were excellent from start to finish. We absolutely loved working with them. They executed my dream wedding perfectly. I would highly recommend Katy and her team to anyone.

    Caeli V.

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  • 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 absolu... Read more

    Glynis J.

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  • Katy was fabulous to work with, from the earliest stages of finding a venue and booking DJs, she was there with advice at every step of the way. She kept me on my timeline, and helped take away stress with her experience working with vendors in the area. Hands down the best part of working with Katy was actually having her there on the wedding day. She helped keep everything moving smoothly during the getting ready process, and made every finishing detail perfect- from flowers on the cake, to getting our champagne glasses filled at the head table. She went above and beyond, fluffing my dress before walking down the aisle, and helping to take our dog out (who participated in the ceremony!). And to top it off, when we woke up the morning after the wedding, Katy had neatly arranged our card box and guest book in the room, and had our welcome sign and flowers there to greet us as we walked out of our cabin the morning after the wedding. Beyond anything else, having her and her tea... Read more

    Jessica B.

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  • Katy was the perfect wedding planner for us for a number of reason, but if you decide to work with her, know that you will get top level execution, organization and care from her whenever/wherever you may need it. Chris and I were overwhelmed when we started thinking about our wedding. There are so many decisions to make and things to prepare. Once we added Katy to our process through a friend referral, everything became a lot easier and way more fun. She comes with spreadsheets of wedding checklists and timelines to help you brainstorm and get started. Then she holds regular meetings with you to review and keep track of all the little details in every step along the way. She knows upstate NY so well and has all the connections in the area, which is how we found most of our vendors as we planned long distance from CA. She collaborates with other vendors easily. She even met with our venue owners multiple times in our absence to work out logistics and save us trips across t... Read more

    Kara

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  • If you have been looking for a wedding planner, your search should end here, with VanBee & Co. Katy is very knowledgeable, organized, friendly, and accommodating. She is someone you've felt like you've known your whole life, helping to plan your wedding. From our initial contact Katy was collaborative and open to what we were looking for in a wedding planner. As time passed it was clear Katy knew what she was doing and was a very experienced professional. Each month she made sure we both executed what we decided on our list and things needed to do to keep on schedule. Her communication is prompt and clear, and couldn't have been easier. Her relationships with many vendors in the area allowed for easy contact and details to be handled between all involved. Closer to our day, we met and discussed specifics, as if we were drinking coffee with an old friend, we felt reassured things were going smoothly, had no stress about details or meeting with vendors.The day of rehearsal Katy m... Read more

    Daniel

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  • 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 fou... Read more

    Alethea

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  • Katy and the team at VanBee were one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. Katy has amazing energy, is organized, transparent and experienced, and wants to help you have the wedding you want. As a bride planning a wedding in upstate New York from elsewhere, it was great to have Katy local on the ground who could provide insider tips and suggestions, as well as leverage relationships she had with local vendors and my venue. Katy is fun and energetic, but can be no-nonsense and play the bad cop when you need her to. Katy and her team will do as much or as little as you want them to do of your wedding planning. Want her to do it all from start to finish? Done! Want to do most of it yourself but want some help staying on track plus a pro to be in charge of the day of your wedding (the route I mostly went with)? Done! I had a monthly call with Katy (that got more frequent as we got closer to the wedding) for status checks and instructions on what I should be doing during the next month... Read more

    Katie P.

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  • There is no way we could have pulled off our wedding without Katy and her team! Throughout the planning process, Katy was always very responsive and provided invaluable guidance, especially with local vendors! During the days leading up to the wedding and the wedding day itself, Katy was extremely calm and both she and her team were true professionals. Despite some last minute change due to bad weather, the whole weekend was seamless! Finally, Katy is a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend VanBee &Co to anyone having a wedding in the Adirondacks.

    Mackenzie M.

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  • 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!
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