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Matt · Married on 08/20/2016
So I started out wedding planning wanting to go as inexpensive as possible and immediately ruled out the thought of hiring a wedding planner. I mean come on, I can plan, I do it for a living. If I could offer one piece of advice for a fellow groom or anyone that is getting married, Dear God hire a wedding planner! Your sanity will thank you, trust me!
Once you made the call to hire one, do yourself a favor and go with the Wedding Belles. Donna is not only professional, but connected. She has worked with many venues, caterers, etc... in the past and already has a working relationship with them. Remember that sanity saver thing I was talking about? In addition to her professionalism and her connections, she could quite possibly be one of the nicest people I have ever met. She's fun, jovial, easy going, and truly has your best interest at heart. Sadly when I'm not in control I tend to freak out, Donna calmed me down and was always available to answer any questions and help me prep for what needed to happen. Best advice she ever gave me, "There will be things that will pop up and happen the day of that I will fix before you even realize they happen. Just relax and enjoy your special day!" My wedding had a few problems that I knew about that Donna fixed without me even saying how important it was. I can't even begin to imagine what happened the day of that I didn't know about. Other than your bride/groom, going with the Wedding Belles will be the best decision you ever make about your wedding!
Mandy · Married on 11/11/2018
Professional and efficient
Donna and team have a way of making you feel calm, comfortable, and cool on and around the big day. You'll feel supported and guided the entire time and know that you're in good hands.
Matthew · Married on 05/25/2018
Donna was amazing! She was super helpful, upbeat about everything, incredibly organized, and really fun to work with. Even at our first meeting, before we booked her, she had a binder prepared with all sorts of different things to chat about and discuss. I had talked with several other wedding planners, but Donna was the first one that didn't balk at our budget goals. She just smiled and said that we'd get it done, and we did! She was super attentive and made sure to let us know she was available for us at any time, and I really appreciated how she adapted her style to best suit my strengths and compensate for my weaknesses. I'm super disorganized and bad at taking care of certain tasks (for instance, writing this review almost 4 months after our wedding), and while Donna was great at giving me updates and gentle reminders about what needed to be taken care of and when, she also wasn't afraid to put on a little more pressure to make sure that I took care of the things I needed to take care of. The day of the wedding, Donna was there to coordinate everything and I heard from several of my friends afterwards that this was the first wedding they'd been to where it seemed like everything went off without a hitch; nothing went wrong, no awkwardness, no waiting around for things to happen, everything just went super smooth and we for sure have Donna to thank for that. She was amazing and I'm so glad we got her to plan and coordinate our wedding!
Katie · Married on 01/20/2018
I had originally been against hiring a wedding planner but my mom insisted that we at least meet with a few before we made a final decision. I’m extremely glad we did because Donna was a life saver. The moment we met her I knew she’d be perfect. Donna set up all of the meetings and I just had to show up. Even when I was unable to make it she met with the vendors to explain my vision. She made sure everything was taken care and I got everything I needed taken care of. The day of the wedding her and her team were wonderful!! I had tons of decorations and they made everything look gorgeous and was exactly the way I imagined!! I don’t know what I would have done without her. I highly recommend The Wedding Belles! She will be sure that you have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of!!Sent on 02/09/2018
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Gregory · Married on 11/04/2017
Donna Gostecnik and her crew are fantastic to work with. As a wedding DJ, I have to deal with a variety of coordinators. Many are unprepared or are way over their head. This is never the case with The Wedding Belles who I look forward to working with every wedding where we get the opportunity to do so. They provide me with all the important information well before the date (last wedding we worked together was Nov 4th) to allow me an opportunity to review and be prepared.
Janice · Married on 11/04/2017
I hired Donna to be the day of coordinator for my daughters wedding which was on November 4th. I live in California and my daughter lives in Oklahoma, so I figured it might be a good idea to use a little help. Hiring Donna and her staff was a smart move. She returned all emails and texts promptly, which i'm a bit of a stickler about:) When i arrived at the venue and my daughter was getting hair, make-up, photos etc, I can honestly say that there was nothing for me to do because Donna had everything under control. She truly knows her business and everything went so smoothly. I highly recommend using Donna to be your day of coordinator.
From a happy mother of the bride.
Skyler · Married on 11/04/2017
My husband Kyle and I got married in Austin this past November and are SO thankful for Donna’s help. We planned our wedding from afar, and Donna could not have been more helpful. She was happy to meet us during our limited time schedules when we went down to Austin, and even though we utilized their “day of coordinator” services, she spoke with vendors far before our wedding, and even went to vendors to try their products for us!
The Wedding Belles were absolutely essential in making sure that everything went off without a hitch-from before the wedding even started, to after it ended. Donna never made us feel as though we were asking too many questions, and was always happy to help us at any point.
She contacted all of our vendors prior to the wedding, helped us work out kinks, and made sure everyone was prepared.
The day of our wedding, everything went extremely smoothly from setup-up to cleanup, and best of all, my family and I did not have to help with either-we were truly able to just relax and enjoy the day.
Utilizing their services was worth every penny-I honestly couldn’t have imagined it any other way. You may think you have time to do everything thoroughly on your own, but I highly recommend allowing Donna and The Wedding Belles ease your stress.
Jessica · Married on 11/03/2017
Donna and her team made our day absolutely flawless. My husband and I were able to relax, enjoy our guests, and leave with no stress. They took tender care of helping accommodate my father who has mobility issues and cared for us as if we were there own children. I was a little hesitant to spend money on a coordinator and it turned out to be some of the best money we spent! Their attention to detail and passion for their job made this a perfect choice . The Wedding Belles handled vendors with ease, organized our day, and allowed me to enjoy each moment. I would hire them again in an instant and will recommend them to anyone I know!Sent on 11/25/2017
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Brenda · Married on 11/03/2017
As mother of the bride Donna and her team made our day worry free and effortless. She had so many great ideas, easy to talk with and made my daughter's day extra special.
Lai Na · Married on 06/04/2017
We hired Donna for the full service early in our wedding planning stage. She was very responsive all the time to my emails, texts, and phone calls. She always has good suggestions when you are not sure about something. We loved the bakery that she recommended. On our wedding day, she also had two other teammates helping her. We didn't have worry about setting up the reception venue (because it was at a different location from the morning ceremony venue). I told her what I had envisioned and she delivered it. After the the reception was over, all the centerpieces and things that needed to go back to my house were packed without me even noticing. Will definitely recommend Donna and her team to any Austin area brides. They are experienced in what they do and will help you have be stress-free on your wedding day.
Bev · Married on 03/04/2017
Donna (and her team) was wonderful. We used her as a day of coordinator and she really was invaluable to us. I'm not sure we could have pulled it off without her and I'm very thankful we decided to hire her! It was a great piece of mind to have an experienced planner onsite for our daughter's wedding. All the details were handled!
Maxine · Married on 10/28/2016
Definitely do it! Having Donna and her crew with us on the day of my daughter's wedding was amazing. It was one of the best decisions Margie made in planning the wedding. (Right after deciding to marry Ryan!) It made the day so much more enjoyable knowing someone else was taking care of the details of the day and we could enjoy each moment. Thank you for your kindness and efficiency.
Margie · Married on 10/28/2016
The best piece of advice I can give any couple is to at least hire a day-of-planner! If you really want to make your life easy, hire Donna and her team for their month-of service! We hired Donna early on in the planning process, and from the beginning she was very easy to work with and a great source of knowledge. Since we were coming from out of town, she made herself available to us when we would be in town, and was a great source of knowledge on vendors. She was also able to help us work out some etiquette issues, and didn't push us to be more traditional than we wanted to be. On our wedding day she and her staff were truly super heroes. Our hair and make up appointments took 3 hours longer than we had planned, and I didn't even get to the venue until 45 minutes before the ceremony. Thankfully, I had Donna and her team! They had everything set up and ready to go, and helped me stay calm and collected for the ceremony. I had put all the decorations in tubs with some instructions and we had done a walk through of the venue a month or so before, but everything was even more beautiful than I imagined! They also worked very well with the DJ and caterers to keep the night running smoothly. I never felt stressed or worried about anything (a big thing for me!) and I was able to enjoy myself and see my loved ones. It was perfect!
Jaime · Married on 09/04/2016
Donna was my day-of coordinator. I planned my whole wedding myself & needed someone to delegate the details. Her & her husband (her stand in assistant due to her real assistant being in an accident) worked super hard. My wedding was beautiful & it all came together thanks to them! She's a pleasure to work with & super sweet!!
Faith · Married on 08/20/2016
Donna is AMAZING! From start to finish, she helped ease my fiance and I into wedding planning mode and helped navigate every last detail.
Having her really took an enormous weight off my shoulders, especially on the day of! She even handled our wedding crisis (out florist forgot about my wedding on our wedding day and has NONE of them.) She handled it for me and I had gorgeous flowers in time for me to walk down the aisle.
Hire Donna. You won't regret it. Worth it 110%.
Nancy · Married on 04/24/2016
We hired The Wedding Belles for the Day of Coordination, but they didn't stop there! Whether I needed to meet up somewhere and go over things or just had a question that a phone or email would suffice Donna was always available. Donna and Eileen's help the day of was invaluable and we couldn't have done it without them!
User6020143 · 2+ years ago
I am in the wedding industry and chose Donna for my son's wedding last month. Because of scheduling issues we had to do the rehearsal during the week, but Donna didn't complain and showed up before all of us. The ceremony and reception were a short distance apart, which can be chaotic, but Donna and her crew were there to bridge the gap and got everything set up on time. We were very happy with her service and recommend her unreservedly.
User6057907 · 2+ years ago
Donna & her team provided helped us coordinate our daughter's wedding last month. She was SO helpful from the very beginning all the way through to the very end. She was flexible in meeting with us, taking calls, & or answering emails to keep us on track in every way. We had a Sunday wedding with limited time to set up for the ceremony & the reception, but she and her team were there early ready to go and they stayed late to make sure everything was cleaned up. We absolutely could not have done it without them! It was a joy to work with Donna. She's very upbeat and organized which was gave me confidence that all would be done as planned so that I could enjoy my daughter's wedding day to the fullest.
David · Married on 04/26/2015
Julia and I got married April 26th. Donna was our wedding coordinator (Full-Service). She was very responsive and always stayed on top of everything. Julia and I moved from Austin Tx to Stl MO during the wedding process. It was SOO helpful having her in Austin and taking care of everything while we were out of town. Donna comes highly recommended :)
Michael · Married on 03/28/2015
What can I say. The Wedding Belles was F A N T A S T I C !!!! Donna was so incredibly helpful and organized. She made our special day come off without a hitch and with absolutely no stress filtering down to either myself or my bride. I would recommend Donna and company to you with absolutely no reservations what so ever. Choose them. You won't be disappointed.
Amanda · Married on 03/19/2015
I found Donna at the Austin Bridal Extravaganza and knew the moment that I met her that I wanted her to help plan my wedding! At this point I had already found my venue, but still needed help with the rest of my vendors. Donna helped me pick vendors that stayed within my conservative budget that were great! I started my planning extremely early, so I had Donna's help planning for over a year! The wedding day went SO SMOOTH. I have no idea what she went through behind the scenes with her husband in order to have it go so smoothly, but I never had a single issue. Donna was absolutely amazing and I'd recommend her services to my friends!
User5002379 · 2+ years ago
Donna and her handy sidekick David helped with a gorgeous wedding for my daughter January 3 in an unconventional space. Everything was beautiful! I lined up Donna at the last minute, after realizing I was in over my head with my daughter's wedding. Donna attended to lots of details that I thought I could handle but couldn't as MOB. Thanks, Wedding Belles!
Lori · Married on 10/25/2014
Donna was my day of wedding coordinator and I could not have been happier with my choice. I planed most of the wedding myself and in the last few months I started to panic because everything starts moving faster towards the end. I found Donna on Wedding wire called her and from our first conversation to our last she was funny, kind and calm. Which for a wedding day planner is key, she never freaked out and made sure to keep calm the whole day. I'm so grateful to have had her with me this day, if you are looking for smooth sailing choose Donna!
User4498128 · 2+ years ago
If you are looking for a wedding planner to take the stress away from the wedding planning process you should definitely chose The Wedding Belles! Donna is an angel who will help you plan the perfect wedding on any budget. She is creative and has great ideas to add special touches to your special day! Definitely Two Thumbs Up!
Lauren · Married on 08/23/2014
I used Donna for my planning and day-of coordination. I wanted to do a lot on my own planning my wedding and she introduced me to a lot of vendors around town and vouched for the people that she knew were good. The most important part of her value was in the time within the 2 weeks before the wedding- we'd had to move 3 months before the wedding and I had to let go of control and let her deal with the planning. My day went very smoothly, no hiccups, and she and her team were great. I loved my wedding! Thank you Donna!Sent on 09/26/2014
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