As wedding season approaches and all the 2013 brides get ready for their big day, I have had a large increase in brides contact me for day-of coordination. While I commend them for realizing this is such an important day and they shouldn’t leave it to chance, some of them take the risk of not hiring a professional. When planning a wedding, you have decided to invest in a great photographer to capture the moments and the details, hire a floral designer to make everything look pretty, spend money on linens, favors, and a dessert bar, but when it comes to getting a professional wedding coordinator to pull together all the details I just mentioned so all of them work in harmony.. decide let’s skimp on that? Let’s invest all of that but then on the wedding day as a bride you can worry or pawn it off on an aunt, mom, or wedding party member (which -they will be way more frazzled than you). Just to be clear. I am not saying I am against DIY. I’m not! I like that style BUT I am a huge advocate of bringing someone on board who knows what they are doing to put things at ease no matter the scale of the wedding.
You think you don’t need a wedding planner because….
I have family and friends who have volunteered to help me day-of. It should be fine!
While this is a nice gesture, unless your family member is a professional event planner, I’m pretty sure it won’t be fine. They are your guests and should not be working on your wedding day. They will be so preoccupied with socializing, drinking a little too much champagne, ooh’ing and ahh’ing over how beautiful you look, taking hundreds of photos, and not focused on the important details that make the event run smoothly. They will not be informed on important decisions (i.e. telling the catering manager that although the bar tab has been exceed you insist the bride and groom said its fine to keep it open, leaving the couple with a few thousand dollars more to pay).
One piece of advice: You get what you pay for! SO when you don’t pay for a friend who is helping you out as your “day-of stand in coordinator” OR you find one that is only a couple hundred dollars…. guess what- it may not be that good of an outcome.
You deserve a wedding planner
Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t have to be a luxury. It should be something you decide up front that you not only need, but deserve. One of the biggest compliments we receive as planners is when a bride says “I was able to totally relax and enjoy my wedding day.” We had a bride tell us recently, “I had no idea how much went into the actual coordination of the wedding day timeline.” It’s true. Every minute is carefully accounted for, every vendor is primed and ready for a strategic delivery and set up, and every moment, big and small, has it’s special place in the day. It’s what we do. We make things happen so you don’t have to worry. So sit back, dear bride, grab your glass of bubbly and rest assured that the wedding of your dreams is being perfectly orchestrated by a talented team with your best interest at heart.