Hello to all the brides and grooms that are reading this testimonial. It can be really daunting and overwhelming trying to decide which supplier to choose. You can spend hours and hours searching for the perfect one and after a certain point it can all start to feel a bit like wallpaper!
We were very lucky; we came across Kate early on in our research. The moment I made contact with her, I knew we'd struck gold!
Kate is incredible at what she does and so passionate about her work. I secretly think she treats every wedding as if it were her own - no lie! She brings a whole new meaning to exceeding expectations and I can guarantee you she will not disappoint.
Not only is she a true professional, she is such a beautiful person. So genuine and real. You are not just another income for her; you are the reason she gets out of bed every day to do a job she really loves – this is so visible and so refreshing. It’s such an exciting time in your lives, and Kate joins you in that journey in such an authentic way.
One important note which I think is a real concern for many brides and grooms which I’d like to clear up. Price. Price is always a major factor in any decision when it comes to weddings. Kate has some wonderful ideas and you may think ‘Oh, I could do that myself without paying a supplier’…but believe me you can't. Kate's fees for the amount of work involved is extremely well priced and because she's been in the business so long she has fantastic suppliers who give her rates you'll find hard to beat anywhere else.
My parting words to you would be to get in touch with her and let your intuition decide. Everything can be scaled to whatever it is you want, and if you want to save yourself hours of time and stress I can't recommend Kate enough. She'll bring your wedding to the next level and you will not regret a penny spent.
P.S. My husband and I live in Sydney and organised our Irish wedding from here – no easy feat some may argue, but thanks to Kate we can say it really was a breeze! If you are reading this from overseas and are planning an Irish wedding, get in touch with Kate; it will be the best decision you ever make.
Dervilia and Barry September 2015
I have to admit, the road to finding Kate Deegan from Coordination Made Easy was a rocky one. After working with two other wedding planners who were 1) completely unavailable for me and my husband and 2) overbearing, we finally found Kate. What a blessing this was! Kate was a pure gem to work with. She has this soft, calming demeanor that is topped only by her organization and professionalism. She was amenable to all of the requests that my husband and I had made for the big day, as well as making lovely suggestions that enhanced the magic of the day. Kate was very responsive to emails and phone calls... even when she was in her first trimester and sick as a dog. I never knew, however, because she was always available to me. My wedding day was the most beautiful, and least stressful day of my life because Kate was always quietly there taking care of every detail. I didn't know until after the wedding was over that she was due to have her baby in less than a week! She did a truly remarkable job, and is a pure joy to work with. I cannot recommend Kate enough.
Megan and Brendan July 2015
My bridesmaids organised Kate for us as a gift for the day of our wedding and it was the best gift we could have received. Kate was totally amazing, on hand for things others would not have remembered or noticed. She kept us all nice and calm the morning of the wedding which was great. Being the bride having Kate on hand was just so reassuring and it really did allow me to sit back and relax. Whenever I turned around Kate was there and on hand to make sure that I was ok and also all of the bridal party and our parents. Buttonholes and car ribbons were done in two seconds while we were looking at them! 🙂 I cannot recommend Kate highly enough and it was a privilege for us to have Kate with us on the day of our wedding. If you are reading this and thinking of booking Kate - do it; it will be the best decision that you will make! Thanks for everything Kate - you are amazing!
Claire and Ollie September 2015
My husband and I planned an international wedding abroad from the United States. We had the privilege of working with Kate Deegan from Co-ordination Made Easy. From the very start, Kate was hands on and listened to all of our visions and expectations. She provided ideas that we hadn’t even thought about to enhance our overall day’s experience. It was an immediate bond and trust with her. Our biggest obstacle was finding a humanist to legally marry us in Ireland. We ran into issues from the very start regarding finding someone who would be our officiant to conduct our ceremony. Right when we thought we had found someone, they pulled out of our ceremony due to differing opinions of the ceremony layout. My husband and I lost hope and assumed we would not be able to find someone to officiate our ceremony, but Kate was working relentlessly behind the scenes to help us find a suitable replacement. Kate found us the perfect officiant for our marriage ceremony. It was truly the most beautiful ceremony we could have ever asked for. It was the greatest gift knowing we had found someone that was able to do our ceremony in exactly the format we wanted. If it wasn’t for Kate’s dedication, I’m not sure we would have had the outcome we so deeply wished for.
Kate’s devotion to us throughout the course of working with her was unmeasurable. We truly can’t thank her enough for everything she did to help make our dreams come true. Anything we asked or proposed as an idea for our special day was always met with answers and helpful suggestions/options. Working with someone as dedicated as Kate is, truly was wonderful. Even though we were worlds away from one another, the planning process was seamless. Kate always set time aside to take conference calls regularly to go over all of our questions and keep the process running smoothly. She arranged everything from the phenomenal hair and makeup team, our breathtaking centerpieces and flowers, decorations, lighting, onsite coordination with our venue representatives, and spray tanning team. She helped us arrange buses to take all our guests to the Cliffs of Moher and our rehearsal dinner at the lovely Knappogue Castle, which she also helped facilitate, and I also can’t forget our amazing wedding DJ she arranged. There wasn’t any detail Kate overlooked and not a moment went by that I felt the day wasn’t going to be anything less than spectacular with everything in her hands. Thank you Kate truly from the bottom of our hearts for making all our wildest dreams come true and for all you did to provide us with the best day of our lives. I truly believe some people are born to do what they do and you my friend are truly the very best.
Courtney and Joshua August 2015
I had always imagined a destination wedding with church ruins and quaint small town pub as the ideal location for an intimate wedding reception. My family did not think I could pull it off, but luckily I found Kate Deegan from an online suggestion. She was able to take my dream wedding details and pull it off beautifully. I could not have asked for a more scenic location for our wedding ceremony than Corcomroe abbey. The lovely town of Quin was ideal with Abbey Tavern Pub/Restaurant with a delicious 3 course meal and charming staff. She found the perfect band (Acoustic Ninjas) and Leon did wonderfully on the wedding video. Kate made the planning so easy. I described my vision of the perfect wedding and she put it all into place. Worth every penny! (featured in Style me Pretty)
Ashley and George April 2015
We are glad we had Kate to help with the wedding planning in Ireland while we planned what we could living in Hawaii. The time difference was a challenge for us, so having Kate to communicate with our vendors made the wedding planning process a lot easier. Kate did a fantastic job and we are glad we went with her as our wedding planner!
Melissah and Ja
Melissah and Ja June 2015
From the word go, Kate visualised exactly what we wanted on our wedding day. She listened to our ideas and brought them to a whole different level. Kate's styling and attention to every little detail is phenomenal. Nothing was too much trouble or too much work. When my husband and I walked into our marquee on our wedding day, it took our breath away. Never in a million years could we have imagined it could look so beautiful. So many of our guests commented on the styling and the attention to detail. Not only is Kate amazing at what she does, she is also an absolute pleasure to work with. Thanks to all her hard work, we had the wedding of our dreams. Thank you so much to Kate (our fairy Godmother) and all the team at Coordination Made Easy
Ciara and Barry xxx
Ciara and Barry August 2014
Intersport appointed Co-ordination Made Easy at short notice to organise and choreograph the social aspects of its international AGM event and Gala dinner. Kate Deegan is an empathetic and enthusiastic professional who very quickly grasped our concept and then developed and enhanced the project. The ideas and flare that Kate has in abundance resulted in a dramatic and beautiful setting and she appointed an extremely professional DJ and other entertainers to impress and enthral our guests. The culmination was a meticulously planned, beautifully designed, jaw dropping spectacle which was on budget and an unmitigated and much acclaimed success.
Tom Foley September 2014
As part of my sister Joannes 40th Birthday birthday present I decided would plan her party. Let me put this into context. My sister is a former miss Ireland and celebrity stylists so she's been to parties over the world from London, NY, Paris to LA hosted by the likes of GQ, Vanity fair to JZay. So I think you get the picture it was no mean task to take on! With that in mind I choose the venue beautiful cloghancastle and theme a "masquerade ball". Although I had great vision for what the night should look like I needed someone who who not only help me create this party on budget but could create something classy, beautiful and memorable. Ladies and gentleman if you want to plan any sort of wedding, party or event please call Kate, as it says on her party planning work hoddie "its a Deegan thing" and it really is!!
To say she is wonderful, organised, capable and trust worthy is putting it mildly. And on top of all that she is a lovely person pleasure to deal with and just so dam calm :-). She really makes it all look so effortless.
Kate your right it really is a "Deegan thing" and you made Joannes night very special and memorable!
Caroline & Joanne Black http://www.joanneblackstyle.com
Joanne Black October 2014
"Kate had come highly recommended by friend of mine and she certainly did not disappoint! We knew what we wanted for the tone and vibe of our wedding, but we needed help in bringing everything together for the big day.
The word 'planner' had always intimidated me slightly as we wanted control in what we were planning, but more of a helping hand in facilitating it all; I wouldnt have had a clue where to start on my own! From the get go, Kate listened to every aspect of what we envisaged for our wedding, and was so respectful of our wishes and never ever tried to push anything on us for her own benefit. She was also incredibly savvy when it came to finding the best deals, and gave great advice on what she thought was best to budget on and similarly where she thought we could get the benefit from being a little more extravagant! She was also unbelievably resourceful in sourcing all the little tricks and trinkets we'd talked about, which really made you feel she cared about the attention to detail and individual touch for your special day. Kate was always ten steps ahead of the game and brought a much welcomed calm to the proceedings.
On the day itself, if all you want to do is relax and enjoy every second and not worry about all the finicky organisation details, Co-ordination Made Easy is the answer to your prayers!!"
Amy and Brian July 2010
The two best decisions I made about my Wedding Day , were choosing my Husband and choosing Kate. I had a few planners that I’d researched , but once I met Kate, I hired her then and there. (Thankfully! As I had NO idea how much there was to do, and the day would have been very different without her…and not in a good way!) I was to discover later her unflappable professionalism, her network of people that were experienced and talented and could somehow find a way to fit me in … just for Kate … but what I liked instantly about her was her open friendly manner and the energy and enthusiasm that just shone from her , and how she obviously loves her job.
No matter how “out there “ some of my requests were, I got a “no problem” and before the end of the day…problem solved , and another great idea about how it could be even better.
I hired Kate with only three and a bit months to go, (book her now, I just got lucky !), I had just started to realise how much I had to do…made worse by the fact that we were getting married in Ennis , Ireland, My Fiancé was from Rumson, New Jersey, I was from Waterford, Ireland, BUT we were both living in Arkansas. We could never have gotten the people we needed…make up, hair, bands, singers, video, cars, coaches, flowers, tailor…Without her. I changed my mind re fit of dress and had it altered THE WEEK OF THE WEDDING!!!…( Kate, somehow still smiling) .
By the time I met Kate I had started to feel overwhelmed by all there was to coordinate together for just one day… a day that had to be perfect and a day when I would be otherwise occupied ( J ) and unable to sort things myself. Once we had Kate on board I had a weight taken off my shoulders, and was able to actually look forward to the day, (something that I hadn’t really done till then ) and my Fiancé stopped looking at me like I was crazy… I had started to wander around the house talking to myself, clutching printouts of estimated costs and “TO DO “ lists from wedding sites… But after my first follow up e mail from Kate, in which she had all my problems in hand, and a few more I hadn’t even thought about …like CARS! Yes I had forgotten that ! I really began to feel like a Bride for the first time and started to just focus on the fun aspects of the day…everything else was Kate’s problem .
On the day of the Wedding she was there every second I needed her… yet never in the way or visible when I didn’t. I didn’t realise till after how much she’d done, not until my guests and relatives asked who that nice girl was who helped them, or organised something, or was just so much fun. She knew all the things that would make our day perfect, and made it look easy every step of the way. When I looked back for reassurance, just as I was walking down the aisle, and Kate gave me that smile of hers, and a nod, I knew it would be all OK. And it was.
Thank you Kate. We had the Day of our lives. We’ll never forget it. Or you.
Victoria & John Ryan
Victoria and John, June 2012
Kate made planning a wedding abroad stress-free. We took her recommendations for all our vendors and were not disappointed. In fact, some of our guests even tried to hire her for their weddings on the spot! Kate’s attention to detail left us both at ease and able to enjoy every moment of our big day. Kate, we cannot thank you enough for making our wedding so memorable!
-Katie and Jason
Katie and Jason July 2012
Kate was our night in shining Armour…having been messed around by a previous planner we called Kate who with just two weeks to go before the wedding came to our rescue. With over 240 guests coming from all over the UK & Ireland Kate took control of every aspect of our wedding , from the organisation of a Golf day, and clay pigeon shooting to, finding sunglasses (in February) to walk in to our reception in!!
Her attention to detail, care and ability to keep calm was second to non…we had the best weekend of our lives, in the most fabulous setting organised by the most superb of planners!!!
- Aoife and Andrew
Aoife and Andrew February 2012
Katie and I, and our respective families, will forever and fondly remember you for creating such a joyful and magical wedding experience. We had originally been referred to a more flamboyant wedding planner whose vision and ours did not quite mesh. We connected with you about 3 months before our proposed wedding date, which happened to fall right before Easter. Despite the short notice and limitations imposed by the timing of the wedding, you were able to assemble the perfect combination of people, setting, and events. Our day was just so special; a day, which all of us were able to simply relish and enjoy, without worrying about a single detail (and like any wedding there were MANY details). The afterglow of that day and night and our whole experience in Doolin still burns bright a month after the events. Our families still reminisce about each of the unique experiences enjoyed individually and shared as a group. There was something for everyone, bride and groom, our siblings, the children, and our parents.
Kate, you were there with us every step of the way (before, during, and even after the wedding), ever smiling and cheerful, mindful of the details and keeping everything on track. Before the wedding, during the preliminary planning stages, you listened to our preferences, offered valuable suggestions, and always kept in mind our vision. You have the most devoted, pleasant, sincere, and talented network of wedding celebrants, photographers, videographers, drivers (and their vehicles), hair and makeup personnel, musicians, and etc., at your disposal. On the wedding day, you and your crew, took care of every detail, cheerfully kept us on pace, and even recorded the unfolding events with photos and video. We never worried, knowing you were there, and watching over us. Even when the vintage automobile got a flat tire, we took the opportunity to take staged photos of Katie and I changing the tire. You had a happy solution to every obstacle.
I don’t know if we can credit you for the sunny wedding day, but I wouldn’t doubt if you had a hand in that, as well. An outdoor wedding in Ireland, in March, lends itself to disappointment, but the setting and day were stunning. In the movie, “The Princess Bride”, the Cliffs of Moher are depicted as the “Cliffs of Insanity”. An apt name for what we were trying to pull off, but you helped us do it!
Even now, over one month after the wedding, you are following through to be sure we are receiving our pictures and video. We shed tears watching the video and viewing the photographs. You helped us create a wedding experience uniquely ours, authentically Irish and Celtic, and you magically transformed a cold but sunny March Irish day into one of the warmest days of lives. Kate; you, Dara Malloy, Mike Mulcaire, Mike O’Sullivan, Yvonne Casey, and everyone else who had a hand in our wedding planning and delivery will always be remember as dear friends and family.
From deep within our hearts, thank you so much!
With great affection,
John and Katie Koh
Katie and John March 2013
I must be nuts! Planning a wedding for our daughter, in Ireland, 3,000 miles away from our home in New York, and with a bride who lives in Memphis, Tennessee! What was I thinking! Of course, Ireland is beautiful and we have lots of family there, and the bride really wanted to be married there and in a Castle, but how to get everything done so far away! Oh, did I mention she wanted it outdoors in a beautiful walled garden. In Ireland, where the weather is frequently questionable.
Weddings can be stressful to plan and you have to make so many decisions that it is helpful to have someone who’s opinion you can trust be a sounding board and offer ideas. I love weddings, but so many follow the same pattern…we wanted something a little different.
Someone told me about Kate Deegan. At first when I heard that she was Wedding Planner of the Year, and that she did several celebrity weddings, I was skeptical. I did not want a fancy hot shot who would be a know- it- all, or use up my limited funds with celebrity ideas. One thing we definitely did not want was a showy wedding, just a great time. I have run lots of parties in my life, I was sure I could do it alone. Boy was I wrong!
We met Kate in Ireland last August. We immediately felt she was perfect. Incredibly competent, but “regular”, a natural, gracious, happy,can-do person. She answered all our questions with great patience and wonderful common sense. She knew the Castle we had chosen, she had done several weddings there, and knew how best to coordinate with them….a very important thing. That was it. We were smitten! My husband said that the wedding was for our daughter, Christine, but the Wedding Planner was his gift to me. We couldn’t believe how she just calmed us down. She fully understood what we wanted in a wedding…after all, she has planned so many of them, and she had fantastic ideas.
Over the months, Kate and I, Kate and Christine, Christine and I communicated, mostly by e mail, occasionally by phone. My many long winded e mails always got a cheerful and prompt response. Kate kept us on track. When it was time to make a decision, she gently prodded us to make up our minds, always offering her suggestions, but always open to ours. Don’t get me wrong, Christine and I worked hard on this event…but Kate was a wonder! At the very least, I definitely would have had a twitch without her.
Some may think a wedding is a wedding, but Kate doesn’t. She worked to help us put our own stamp on the festivities. Kate found hair dressers, someone to press the gown after its transatlantic trip, a company to bring the guest on a tour of the West of Ireland, the perfect pub for lunch, with traditional music, a wonderful restaurant for the Rehearsal dinner and farewell luncheon, flowers, cake, linens, chairs, runners, musicians,car rentals,band and DJ, photographer and video guy and so many more things, I cannot even recall all of them. She even found items for the goodie bag. She also got maps and tourist literature for all the guests.. More importantly,she knows everyone who we needed to help us. It would have been impossible for us to accomplish this alone.
She understood that we felt if people made the long trip to join us, they should have an unforgettable experience. Her answer to any idea was always, “perfect” or “brilliant” She arranged the biggest and best surprise of the wedding. My daughter and I love the movie, Love Actually. We always talked about the wedding scene where a surprise gospel choir and musicians play and sing the Beatles, All you need is love instead of a recessional. Well, Kate found a gospel choir,yes, in Ireland, horn players and enlisted the wedding harp and violinists… and we did it! Christine’s look to me when the singing began was priceless…my little secret that could never have been done without Kate.
There are differences between weddings in New York and Ireland. Kate was superbly skilled at melding the two cultures to make the most wonderful wedding. My sister told me that one of my Irish cousins told her it was, “probably the best weekend of her life”. Oh and yes, we had beautiful sunshine and puffy clouds. Kate even arranged for sunshine so we didn’t have to go to her Plan B!
I have two pieces of advice: 1) A wedding planner is a wonderful thing. Get one, she will probably save you money, not to mention keep your stress level down. Hire Kate Deegan. I am confident when I say there is no one better,more competent, more professional and just plain nicer to work with.
Christine and Joash July 2012
Brandon and I would like to thank you for your amazing job! You made everything so easy. Planning a wedding in Ireland from Canada should have been way more complicated. The vendors you suggested and found were awesome. Dara was great, he made our ceremony very personal. Mike the photographer was amazing and super easy going. Kate made our wedding pretty stress free. She made sure things ran smoothly and went above and beyond what I could have expected! It was a perfect day, and Kate is a large part of that reason.
Thank you so much for everything.
Ilea and Brandon Kapler
Ilea and Brandon July 2013
Kate is simply a pleasure to deal with and certainly it’s a case of co-ordination made easy! She was very helpful in planning our wedding day – once we engaged her she was quick to get stuck in and help us source some key suppliers such as the photographer, the videographer, flowers, hair & make-up, wedding transport, music etc. These are all really important people that you will interact with you on your wedding day so it’s very important that they fit your style particularly from a personality perspective. Kate’s experience and recommendations added extra comfort in making these selections and they simply could not have worked out better. We also had some suppliers in mind ourselves and Kate was very happy to work with our own suggestions while at the same time offering lots of good & complimentary ideas. Kate made us think of things we would never have considered. Kate provided a framework for planning the day itself which was very helpful and ensured that we lived each moment as much as we possibly could. Many people had said to us beforehand that the day goes by in an instant but I don’t think you really realize how quickly it goes until you are off on your honeymoon wondering how did that all happen!?
Having Kate around on the day it-self was invaluable. She was there in the background making sure everything came together seamlessly. She added a much needed sense of calmness to the day – especially for the bride, the morning of the wedding!
Kate, thank you for all your help and support in making our wedding day what we had hoped, wished and dreamed for. Most importantly we had lots of fun. We will relive it time and time again.
Teresa & David
Teresa and David February 2013
Our wedding was a dream come true! Katie and Dara were such wonderful help to us on our leading up to the big day planning months in advance really wonderful knowing we could count on them over seas. Thank You so much for making sure every Detail was perfect pictures also were like right out of a fairytail. We have received so many compliments from people on how spectacular the photos were!
The flowers and make up everything just pulled together just as planned and just as we envisioned it to be. I highly recommend Kate to anyone planning a wedding overseas thank you so much again!
-Brittney and Joey Bentfield
Brittney and Joey August 2012
I approached Kate in January 2012 to see if she could help me plan my wedding for June 30th 2012. She had been recommended to me by a friend of a friend and I knew she had a great reputation. Luckily she was free that particular weekend.
Kate is one the most genuine and down to earth people that I have had the great pleasure to get to know throughout the process of planning my wedding. Her approach to the entire event never stressed or phased her even though it was planned across the sea and all within 6 months. As I live in the UK most of our communication was via e-mail and Kate was always extremely attentive to every email I sent her with all my queries and suggestions. Her professionalism and talent for what she does made planning the wedding so much fun! No idea I approached her with was ever dismissed it was simply made possible.
The day itself ran so smoothly and Kate was on hand every step of the way. Her amazing personality really helped me keep calm throughout the day.
Thank you so much for bringing my Mid-Summer Nights Dream wedding to life! I am so sad it’s all over and will never forget you or our special day.
Una and Ben, x
Una and Ben June 2012
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