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MaryAnna was a phenomenal DOC for our wedding this October! From our very first conversation, she was sharp and detail-oriented, bringing much needed clarity and reassurance to the final stages of our planning. We didn't have to worry about a thing with our vendors in the last weeks before the wedding, because she handily took care of everything, on top of bringing up a number of important details that we hadn't even thought to take care of! She decorated our wedding space so beautifully and kept everything running that night so smoothly that we barely even saw her--we just enjoyed the evening. I would unhesitatingly recommend her services!Nov 9, 2018VerifiedStardust Events's reply
Lyla, Thank you so much for your kindhearted words and thank you to you and Daniel for untrusting me on your big day! I am so extremely happy and flattered you were pleased with everything. I loved getting to know you both; along with your welcoming family and friends. You're wedding was a blast and it was obvious to everyone there that you and Daniel make a great team💕Warmest wishes for a lifetime of happiness💕
MaryAnna was so helpful in every area of planning my wedding. I had a hard time describing what I wanted and she was able to take my thoughts and pull it all together. I really liked that she returned my emails and phone calls right away. I wasn't going to have a day of coordinator, but I'm so glad we did! MaryAnna worked with everyone to make sure transitions went seamlessly. She was friendly and professional the entire night. Definitely recommend her!Apr 27, 2017Stardust Events's reply
It was so much fun creating your wedding theme and all the fun details that went into it! I'm so glad you were happy. Thank you, Christine:)
MaryAnna Bournazakis was hired as my day-of coordinator and canceled less than 30 days before my wedding. She suddenly refused to do tasks she previously agreed to and made me pay more for, and then demanded triple the original contract price to continue the job. When I wouldn't (couldn't) pay more she emailed me to quit and hasn't responded to my email requests for a deposit refund despite her own contract stating she'd refund in the event she cancels. Small claims court will be filed two days after my wedding day, not the way I wanted to start out married life...Aug 8, 2018VerifiedStardust Events's reply
Jennifer O and Andrew B, You've spent a lot of time making sure you leave me a bad review on every site you can find on the internet. I see you even use my maiden name which you found on my Facebook page. I do not take it personal, as your account states have left 16 other businesses very bad reviews, as well. A day-of-coordinator ensures your event runs smoothly. This includes handling all the logistics of your day from vendors to transitions, etc. After realizing you did not hire servers, bartenders or a rental company to move your furniture I asked you about it. You replied that you expected me to serve all your guests dinner, Family Style, be your bartender and move all ceremony furniture. Plus, be your coordinator. I tried to explain that you need servers and extra help. I cannot do it all by myself. I offered to rearrange my staffs schedule and help you out. I offered you a great, discounted deal. I need to pay people people to work. It is not free. Your wedding would be a slow disaster if one person had to serve dinner to all your guests, serve dessert, keep the bar stocked, and still manage all of the logistics. You wanted to save money so you refused. The worst part is, you and I needed clear communication. You refused to speak on the phone since the beginning. I respected that until you started misinterpreting my emails. At that point, it was in your best interest that we have a verbal conversation. I do not know if you have a phobia of speaking on the phone but we needed to talk. You insting that you only email made the situation worse. Email is great, but at some point we needed to have clear conversations. I should have been your right hand woman. Our contract agreement clearly states the deposit is nonrefundable. That is standard in this industry. I could have booked another event on your date, August is very busy. The deposit secured your date. Had you been rational I would have refunded you. When you emailed me saying you are dying of cancer and needed the money back so you could go to Hawaii I decided that I was ending all communication with you at that point. It was upsetting you stooped that low. Best wishes for a positive future. MaryAnna
Mary Anna was a pleasure to work with! She was on top of things leading up to the wedding and helped make our day run smoothly and perfectly. Thank you so much for all your work! You're the best :)Nov 19, 2017VerifiedStardust Events's reply
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day, Miranda! Your wedding turned out simply elegant and was a blast! Meeting nice people like yourself and Steven are the best part of my job :) Best wishes to you both!
MaryAnna was fantastic to work with. We met in advance, she took the requests for my wedding day to heart, and did a great job coordinating all of the moving pieces. I will definitely be recommending her to friends and family!Oct 25, 2017Stardust Events's reply
I'm flattered you were pleased! Your wedding was such a beautiful, artistic event. I am grateful to have been a part of it! Thank you and best wishes :)
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Clients are given a flat rate up front depending on their planning needs. There are several planning options to choose from. 1. Full, start to finish planning with Day of Coordination. 2. Partial planning with Day of Coordination. 3. Only Day of Coordination. 4. Full planning without Day of Coordination. 5. Partial planning without Day of Coordination. 6. Planning remotely. 7. Anything in between, completely unique to the clients needs. Clients can also, rent items without any planning. Please, ask about candy carts, money boxes and unique event decor!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?After our initial contact, my client and I meet to discuss his/her needs. This could be done over the phone, if more convienint for the client. I provide a quote, we sign a contract and the adventure begins!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My first career was an ELA teacher. Although, it is not "glamorous", like event planning, it required a lot of organization, multi tasking, creativity and interpersonal communication skills. All of these traits are at the center of a successful event planner. To date, I have planned weddings, rehearsals, birthday parties, summer bashes and a communion. With each event that I created and organized I gained experience.