Having Astrid help us with our wedding was amazing. We got "The Dupont Circle" package, which included support during the month prior to our wedding and day-of coordination. Astrid helped us to take everything we had been planning for the past year and actually make it happen! She thought of things that we wouldn't have necessarily thought of (i.e. who will take your wedding gifts at the end of the night, what should be done with the decorations, etc.) that made the whole day go smoothly. She helped us to stay on task and get things completed on time, which helped ease our stress as we got closer to our wedding day.
The night before the wedding Astrid assisted us in our rehearsal which was not at our venue and it involved her coming all the way to Baltimore to coordinate. On the day of the wedding she helped us decorate the venue, which was a huge help and relief to have someone else do. We were so excited when we saw the venue decorated, Astrid did everything perfectly! She kept us on task throughout the night, making sure that we did our dances, cut the cake, etc. on time. She also maintained contact with our other vendors to make sure that everything was getting done as it was supposed to.
Having Astrid coordinate was crucial to our wedding. Without her I don't know how we would have done everything we needed to do while trying to enjoy our wedding. Knowing that Astrid was taking care of the details allowed us to relax and enjoy our wedding!
Astrid was a great day of coordinator. Actually, "day of coordinator" is a misnomer, because she helped us for months leading up to the wedding, communicated with all of our vendors and was there for the rehearsal as well. Thanks to her, we were on top of details weeks before the wedding that we otherwise wouldn't have even considered until the day of. Her rates were very reasonable. Our guests who interacted with her had positive things to say about her. She was thorough and organized and because of that our day went smoothly. She helped make our wedding day stress free. Having that peace of mind was worth every penny!
My husband and I enjoyed working with Astrid. She is smart, thorough, down to earth, professional, and easy to work with. Her price is extremely reasonable. When we started planning the wedding, we decided to go with her Dupont Circle Package (Rehearsal/Day of Wedding Coordination) to save some money. Now that I think back, had we bought her full package we would have saved more money, not to mention time and hassle! Astrid is very creative, helpful, and experienced. We both loved our meetings with her. Her can do attitude, confidence, and beautiful smile were deeply appreciated. Our wedding was a Persian-American one, and you would think an American wedding planner would fumble with the Persian part. Not Astrid, she covered every single detail, and worked well with all of our vendors. I even consulted her about our exotic party favors so that they would match the wedding colors, and she quickly gave me ideas on how to make everything work. This was not listed in our contract, but she did it anyway without hassle! She also brought with her a very sweet and capable assistant, Jessica, who was as wonderful. Astrid also designed and made our wedding programs and escort cards. They turned out awesome! We are going to order our thank you cards through her too.
I will give Astrid full credit for making my wedding day stress-free. She isn't the typical "day-of" coordinator. Astrid met with me a few months before the wedding to make sure I was pacing well in my planning, she checked final details with my vendors on my behalf, and continued to meet with me in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Astrid is incredibly organized and trustworthy.
While it sounded stressful when she first told me that I needed to be done with everything three days before the wedding because she would be at my door to pick it all up, it was actually one of the best things she had done for me. I've watched other brides scrambling to finish things the night before, often staying up the whole night before the wedding, but there was none of this for me because of Astrid's suggestion to finish up three days in advance. I got to enjoy welcoming guests into town, the rehearsal dinner, and time with my bridesmaids, so a big THANK YOU to Astrid.
We stayed on pace the day of the wedding and never once did my bridesmaids need to be called in to help with final details. Astrid was able to coordinate within a hectic situation - the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were back to back so she needed to make sure everything was prepared and that the caterer was staying on pace. I don't know how she did it alone, but everything turned out just wonderful.
Astrid from City Affairs is amazing! I hired her to serve as my wedding day coordinator. We met a few times before the wedding and went over all the logistics of the wedding day. She is extremely organized and detail oriented which is very important when someone is running your wedding day. She was very helpful in working out last minute details, picking up all the wedding decor a few days before the wedding, and running the rehearsal. Having Astrid involved in the wedding greatly helped me be calm and relaxed prior to and on my wedding day which is priceless. My other vendors as well as my mom had nothing but wonderful things to say about how Astrid ran the wedding. I can't thank her enough for helping make my wedding such a great day for me and my husband! I would definitely recommend City Affairs for any bride who is looking for wedding planning or coordinating services.
Overall, I was disappointed by astrid's service. Her planning templates are amateurish and she was noit able to update them because of "internet connection issues". Also, at the wedding, she made several decisions that I did nit agree with, and that were the opposite of everything I said I wanted and had planned for. Basically, everything that went wrong at my wedding was because astrid made poor decisions without consulting me. She was somewhat worth the money, but I think another wedding coordinator would have done a better job. For example, before the wedding, my maid of honor had to deal with logistical issues thar astrid should have handled, but no one could find her. Unacceptable. She was at the venue at the time but was mia.
Vendor response to review
Hello future brides-
I thank you for taking the time to read my response. I had an enjoyable time working with this client and was very shocked to receive this review, especially when the groom was so very thankful and complimentary to me at the end of the evening. I do not find the review to be legitimate and I hope that if you take the opportunity to review the rest of my reviews you will no doubt find that they provide a better overview of my services.
It was difficult for me to understand the statements mentioned in this review, but regardless to ensure that there is no future confusion, I tried to address these with the client but unfortunately I never heard back. I visited the bride on numerous occasions prior to the ceremony in her wedding suite to assist her with anything and she always responded that she was good; to say that I was MIA is very far from the actual day’s events. I as well did not make any decisions that differed from the wedding plan that was discussed and if the client was only aware that because of my assistance “behind the scenes” that her wedding day was actually void of multiple mishaps. As mentioned, I was dismayed to learn of this review, as I have had such positive relationships with the rest of my clients. I appreciate you taking the time to read this response. Enjoy your engagement! Astrid
Astrid was amazing and she made our wedding day absolutely perfect.
We could relax the whole wedding day and both of us felt very calm so we could enjoy every minute of our big day.
She was very flexibel when we scheduled meetings and she was always two steps ahead.
We will definitely work with her again.
We are so happy that we hired Astrid; she took on more responsibility than we thought before the wedding and managed everything the day of to ensure as perfect a wedding as possible. She was flexible our pre-wedding consultations and took the time to walk us through planning every detail ahead of the big day. Overall, it was a pleasure working with Astrid; I found her professional, courteous, reliable, and very responsive to our needs so we could enjoy our special day. I highly recommend Astrid to anyone-especially the budget-conscious-looking for a wedding planner.
We hired Astrid to provide rehearsal and wedding day coordination, and she was a fantastic help. Knowing she was on the job really helped me relax and enjoy our wedding. She was great at helping us plan not only for the rehearsal and the wedding day but also to get our homework (programs, favors, guest book, etc.) done ahead of time so we weren't stressed in the last week leading up to the wedding. And she went above and beyond in terms of answering my emails and concerns, helping with some research for hair, makeup, and videographer, and with interacting with our vendors to make sure we had the best possible service. Our caterers ended up being more knowledgeable about our venue because they had had a lot of experience there before, but the contacts Astrid already had with our DJ and our limo/shuttle service turned out to be very helpful. She's easily worth twice what she charged us.
For months I swore that we didn't need a day-of coordinator. By the time I realized that I was wrong, there was less than a month to go before the wedding. City Affairs did an amazing job of sorting through what I had created. Astrid collected contracts and determined what money was owed, what promises were made, and what everyone should expect on the wedding day. My wedding day was worry free because I knew I had someone I completely trusted on my side. I would recommend City Affairs in a heartbeat. Best money spent throughout the planning process!
Great service and attention for a more than fair price. Highly recommend!
They are the best planners - organized, friendly, always go the extra mile for their clients.
We offer the clients of our preferred planners a 10% designer’s discount off our services - photography $750, videography $500, dance bands $1500 +
Hire them, you won’t regret it.
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Yes, I have a research only package that is great for couples who want to plan their own wedding, but just don’t know where to start. I provide you the vendors based on your needs and desires. I also do bridal showers, brunches, bachelorette parties and have stationary packages. I as well can customize packages.
Are there any limits on your hours?
No, each package has unlimited hours of my service.
What else does your day of wedding coordination package include?
My Day of Wedding Coordination package is really a Month of Coordination package. We will discuss together a detailed timeline of your wedding day weeks before your wedding. We ensure that nothing is missed and I am already contacting all of your vendors. I also confirm all vendor payments and arrival times and can help with setup are some of the additional items of this package.
Do you offer non-wedding packages?
Yes , I offer corporate and children packages. I also offer packages for clients looking to plan intimate gatherings at their home.
What is your children's package?
My children's package is similar to a birthday in the box package, but of course personalized. With our birthday package,you will receive custom design invitations, thank-you cards, all party décor printables, table settings, balloons, menu/cake suggestions and party favors! We’ll even plan party games and craft ideas tailored with your party theme. This is one stop shopping!
Keep in my mind some things that can get overlooked:
Guests with dietary restrictions.
Flowers for your elders
Do you need to notify your caterer of a kids menu?
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