Austin Event Studio

Austin, TX

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About this pro

We are event and wedding planning professionals dedicated to giving you the attention and detail your event deserves. We listen to your ideas and concepts, then create a plan to embrace your unique characteristics and ideas into a beautiful event you and your guests will not soon forget.

Here is one of our reviews on WeddingWire.com:

"Barbara Cooper was a GOD SEND! Much of my family lives quite a distance away, and were unable to help me with the planning process. It would have been so overwhelming without her help! She has such an eye for detail and is very creative..." - Vanessa

We offer the following services:

Wedding Planning
Day-of-Wedding Coordination
Social Party Planning
Corporate Party Planning

Location

Austin, TX 78749

Years in business

4

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

37

Reviews

23 Reviews
  • Manasa K. Aug 7, 2017
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Barbara organized our son's first birthday party , it was a hit. It was exactly how I pictured and i got a lot of compliments. She was also very responsive.
  • David D. Jul 9, 2017
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    An overall fabulous experience
  • Andrea W. Jun 8, 2017
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Austin Event Studio (AES) did a wonderful job with my daughter's graduation party. As a busy mother of 4 and a full-time employee, I wanted my oldest daughter's graduation party to be special but there was just not enough time in the day to plan everything myself within the time period. AES listened to what I envisioned and worked with me to ensure that I was the decor for the venue looked exactly as planned and within my budget. Although AES is located in Austin and my event was in San Antonio, Barbara (the owner) is very friendly, was always quick to respond, professional and punctual. I would use AES for future events and I would recommend her services to others.
  • Brittany N. May 31, 2017
    Wedding Planning
    Verified Review
    Barbara was the absolute best decision we made for our big day. She went above and beyond in making sure that everything was running on schedule, and that all of our vendors were in the loop. She helped set up our decorations and made sure the entire wedding ran smoothly. I couldn't recommend her highly enough.
  • Shannon A. May 6, 2017
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    Barbara at Austin Event Studio was EVERYTHING you could want in a wedding date of coordinator and more! She was extremely responsive in the wedding planning process, and even though she was only hired as a day-of coordinator, she was willing to help me with some of the more difficult decisions leading up to the wedding. She truly went above and beyond. Barbara was always an EXTREME pleasure to work with and her experience as a wedding coordinator truly shows! Leading up to the big day, she attended a final vendor meeting with my mother and I, and questions prepared for each of the vendors to iron out any wrinkles in the schedule. Then, she provided a detailed schedule (down to the minute!) for the actual wedding day. She was in contact with each of the individual vendors herself and reviewed all the contracts to make sure nothing had been missed. On the day of the wedding, her and her lovely assistant help to set up the tables, coordinate the vendors, and just make sure that everything was going as scheduled. There was so much to do that I know that without the help Barbara and her assistant, there is no way that everything would have gotten finished on time for the ceremony. I give the highest recommendation for Barbara at Austin Event Studio. HER PRICES ARE UNBEATABLE! I am talking, people were charging FIVE TIMES as much for the same services and not-so-hot reviews. This is who you should go with! Literally a life saver and I couldn't imagine my big day without her help. Thanks Barbara!!! Shannon
  • Russell H. Apr 6, 2017
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Wonderful job. Everyone was happy.
    Wonderful job. With the big surprise birthday. Invites. Schedule. Food. Decorations. Photographer. Video. And most importantly happy family and friends gathering and memories. Thanks for everything.
  • Barbara B. Mar 10, 2017
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    Day of Coordinator
    We hired Barbara just one month before my daughter's wedding and we couldn't have made a better choice. Barbara handled everything beautifully!! She was professional, organized and just a very pleasant person to work with. We could not have pulled it off without her and I would certainly hire her again.
  • Amy B. Feb 26, 2017
    Look no further, you've found your Wedding Planner!!
    We could not have made it through our wedding without Barbara Cooper, or Saint Barbara as I will call her! At first, we just hired her for our day-of coordination, but as the tasks started to pile up, my mom made the smart decision to hire her on as a full-time coordinator. It was one of the best decisions we made throughout the entire process! Barbara's calm demeanor, professionalism and positive attitude were the perfect match for this stressful time. She had many great ideas, design supplies and was very organized with To-Do Lists and Timelines that allowed our multi-day celebrations to run smoothly. Her decorations for our Meet and Greet and for the Wedding Day were perfect! I was so pleased with the way everything turned out. On the wedding day, Barbara was there from start to finish. We gave her a few items we wanted at the entrance for the guest sign-in and the display was perfect and really reflected our style! The table settings with burlap runners and small votive candles brought added romance to night. The biggest asset of having Barbara on our team was being able to leave the venue with our friends at the end of the night, knowing that everything was taken care of. All of the vendors had been paid by simply giving Barbara the checks with tips to hand out, all of the leftover food and alcohol was packed up and transported and all of our decorations, including flowers were collected and brought to where they needed to be. I have heard horror stories of couples celebrating their big day only to have to stay late to clean and tie up loose ends. Barbara ensured that all we had to do at the end of the night was walk under the lit sparklers held up by all our guests (which Barbara provided), get on our shuttle bus and enjoy the magical day that had just taken place. I would also like to add that Barbara's assistant was a huge help all weekend! They really worked great as a team to get things done expeditiously and beautifully. Hiring a wedding planner is the smartest thing you can do for your big day, and hiring Saint Barbara with Austin Event Studios is the perfect choice!
  • Milene G. Dec 12, 2016
    Party Planning (for children)
    Verified Review
    Bat Mitzvah celebration
    Barbara,Thank you so much for making our daughter Bat Mitzvah such a memorable event.Barbara combined our wishes and budget impeccably.I can't wait to work with you in many celebrations to come.Thank you Thank you!You are the best!
  • Maria W. Dec 9, 2016
    Wedding and Event Decorating
    Verified Review
    Delightful and affordable and resourceful.
    Barbara was amazing and talented and resourceful. Very available and flexible. Super easy to work with and very accommodating. Also very reasonably priced.
  • Stefanie S. Dec 9, 2016
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    Wedding Day Coordinator
    Barbara (Austin Event Studio) was a great help for our wedding. She was eager to meet before even being hired, very flexible to provide help wherever possible, and extremely responsive. Thanks for all of your help Barbara!
  • Kat L. Oct 18, 2016
    Wedding Planning
    Verified Review
    Cannot be beat!
    Barbara is the absolute BEST! She's professional, friendly, and (most importantly) a total powerhouse at her job. Without hesitation I'd recommend her for anyone planning any type of event. She was by far the best vendor I hired for my wedding; she made sure my day was stress-free (even though quite a few things went wrong) and enjoyable. If you're on the fence about who to hire, stop looking, hire her. You won't regret your decision. Thanks for everything, Barbara!
  • Matthews M. Sep 15, 2016
    Wedding Planning
    Verified Review
    Great Coordinator!
    Barbara was fantastic at our wedding! She was there on time and helped us out with what we needed. We definitely would recommend her if anyone needs a wedding coordinator. Thanks Barbara!
  • Christine B. Sep 11, 2016
    Wedding Decorating
    Verified Review
    Not enough attention to detail
    The reception area turned out beautifully and was exactly what I had envisioned. However, there was miscommunication leading up to the wedding that caused unnecessary stress for the bride and groom as late as 48 hours before the wedding. Then, there was lack of attention to details on the actual wedding day, that were extremely important to the bride and groom. For example, the cake was setup in an area where the bride and groom's back were turned to guests. We had instructed that the cake be set up in plain view of everyone even if it meant moving the table from the area previously anticipated. This is unacceptable. Also, though more insignificant, the bride and groom's toast glasses were missing from the reception area. The bride and groom specifically handed these glasses to the decorator for this reason. The bride specifically instructed that the votives and candles be given to guests and instead, upon returning from the honeymoon, the bride and groom discovered that virtually all of the pieces were at the home. One thing that went wrong would have been understandable as we know it was an extremely fast-paced evening. However, too many mistakes is what led to a less-than-stellar rating from us. We wish Barbara the best but thought other couples needed to hear about our experience. Thanks.
    Barbara C. Sep 12, 2016

    At Austin Event Studio we strive to make each event beautiful and stress free. When planning a wedding it is so important to have a detailed floor plan and timeline for your vendors. This venue was too small and the time allotted to accomplish everything desired was unrealistic.

  • Nicole M. Aug 25, 2016
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    Barbara put me and my family at ease! She was definitely the exact person we needed to help us at our wedding! She knew what to do without being asked and took initiative and was always kind and respectful!
  • Olivia B. Aug 8, 2016
    Barbara helped us organize a big fund raiser for a charity in East Austin. It was a very complex project with many moving parts and stakeholders and Barbara navigated everything with efficient professionalism and a positive attitude. I don't know what we would have done without her. THANK YOU!
    Barbara C. Aug 11, 2016

    Thank you Olivia! It was my pleasure to help with this wonderful charity!

  • Shannon H. Jul 7, 2016
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    Ms. Barb was absolutely AMAZING! From the very beginning she was accommodating, flexible and very helpful with coordinating all that had to be accomplished in a tight time frame. We planned our wedding from Baltimore MD so it was so nice to have someone with exceptional knowledge of the area, vendors, etc... to help us pull off the perfect day! We cannot express how thankful we were to have her as part of our special day! We highly recommend her services for any type of wedding or other event. Simply awesome! :)
  • Renee W. Apr 4, 2016
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Barbara helped us plan our daughter's wedding reception. She was a true professional throughout the whole process. We encountered some difficulties with the venue we chose and Barbara handled it all with a smile. We had many people say that it was the best reception they had been to in years. We would definitely use Barbara again for any party we plan.
    Barbara C. Apr 25, 2016

    It was my pleasure to work with you and Meredith! Thanks so much!

  • Matthew B. Mar 14, 2016
    Wedding Decorating
    Verified Review
    I encouraged my soon-to-be wife to hire Barbara in order to balance the chaos of too many Pinterest boards, and to assist with "day of" coordination (setup, vendor point of contact, and scheduling). Without a doubt, I am so thankful we did have Barbara with us. Several pre-wedding meetings helped rein in and focus the design attributes and theme of the wedding and reception, and logistics such as floor layout and alternate poor-weather plans were great stress-relievers. Barbara's pleasant, unruffled demeanor and easy problem-solving quietly saved the day multiple times. I highly recommend Barbara for any event planning and coordinating, but most especially for a DIY-minded bride (and groom)!
    Barbara C. Apr 25, 2016

    It was so much fun working with such a creative bride! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

  • Casey S. Nov 24, 2015
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    She did a great job! She did the communication for me with the caterer who was a handful. She did awesome!
  • Anisha Y. Nov 10, 2015
    Barbara has done a phenomenal job planning our son’s 1st Birthday party. Her attention to detail and follow through was impeccable. She was very attentive in understanding our tastes, ideas and worked diligently to deliver. She made the planning process delightful. We would like to specially call out how she went above and beyond to arrange for piñata. We had no way to hang piñata and we really wanted one for the party. She figured out a creative way to get the piñata up while abiding by the rules of the event center. It was truly awesome! She and her crew created the “wow-factor” in our party. We continue to get compliments on how well the Birthday party was organized! We highly recommend Barbara’s event planning services. Thank you Barbara for a job well done!
    Barbara C. Nov 17, 2015

    Thank you Anisha! It was such a pleasure to design your son's birthday party. I look forward to working with you again.

  • Diane R. Aug 30, 2015
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Barbara did a fabulous job of taking my vision, making it better, and bringing it to life. I never had to worry about any of the process. She kept me informed and responded to me quickly. So professional in everything that she did. I would recommend her services highly and plan to use her again for future events. The evening was a great success and very memorable.
    Barbara C. Nov 17, 2015

    It was so fun collaborate with you! I can't wait for your next party. Thank you!

  • Mackenzie O. Aug 21, 2015
    Austin Event Studio did a wonderful job helping me plan and set up the day of my wedding. Barbara Cooper is a visionary that has amazing ideas and can solve any problem. She made my wedding day a dream come true. I would refer her to anyone who wants a wedding they will never forget.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I do not have a standard pricing system because ever event is different and some people don't want as much help as others. My full service wedding planning rates range from $800-3,000. Party planning and Day-of Coordination rates start at $500.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When working with new clients, the first thing I do is sit down with them and ask them to describe their ideas, likes, dislikes not only for their event, but for them as a person. I want to get to know I client on a personal level so I can create their event to reflect their personality and needs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I am a 3rd generation party planner. I am just the first one to do it for a living. My family has entertained and organized events for as long as I can remember.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When hiring an event planner, make sure that you open up and convey your ideas, likes, dislikes and vision of your event. It is so important for the event planner to listen to all of these so she can make your event meet your expectations.