Now that the preliminary plans for our nuptials are out of the way, you would think I’d be in chill mode. Breathe a little easier perhaps? Not quite yet. Sean and I have yet to answer one important question: Do we need a wedding planner?
We agree that because our wedding is small and intimate with less than 100 guests, a wedding planner may not be the right fit. However, Sean feels we can plan it ourselves. I disagree and feel that some help is needed. On our big day, I’d prefer to have someone else obsess about the details. And we don’t want this “someone else” to be one of our guests so there you have it. Our choices: Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator or a Day-of-Coordinator. Wondering what the differences are? Me too. Determined to settle this once and for all, I decided to do some research and bring it to my Triple B family because I can’t be the only one in this situation.
Not sure what the difference is between a wedding planner, wedding coordinator and day of coordinator? Check this out:
Wedding Planners visit vendors, negotiate prices, help develop themes, control budgets, and offer advice. They can be hired at any point in the wedding planning process. A great planner will have relationships with vendors and will often be able to help you negotiate deals you wouldn’t be able to on your own.
Wedding Coordinators normally don’t handle as much as wedding planners. They help pull your wedding details together. Coordinators physically attend your wedding activities –including the rehearsal — to make sure everything is going as planned. They make sure the vendors are doing what they are paid to do, flowers are fresh, the right photo is taken, the bridal party is announced, wedding participants are in place, and most importantly, that everyone is happy.
Day-Of Wedding Coordinators help get everything done on your actual wedding day. You meet with them beforehand to fill them in on who’s who and what’s what and exactly how you’d like the day to play out. They’re in charge of handling all of your vendors and set-up on the day of your nuptials, as well as any type of clean-up or post-wedding duties, so you and your loved ones can relax and enjoy the moment.
Tip: Make appointments to meet at least two coordinators. Never choose the first vendor you meet, you need to compare.
Questions To Consider Asking:
• How long have they been in business?
• Are they certified? CWP (Certified Wedding Planner)
• Do they have references?
• Are they within your budget?
• What do they offer: consultation only, planning preparation or full wedding package?
• How do they charge clients? (percentage, flat fee, hourly)
• What time do they arrive on the wedding day and what time do they leave?
• Will they pay vendors on your behalf?
• Are they part-time or full-time?
• Do they have a no show policy or backup in case of emergency?
• Do they have a cancellation policy?
Our decision: Sean was impressed with my fact-finding mission and we’ve reached a compromise! Looks like at the very least we’ll have a day-of-coordinator. Yes! Now, I can relax.
Your decision: Whether you decide to hire a wedding professional or not is up to you. It all depends on the size, scope and budget of your wedding. If you do decide to hire professional to help, be sure they’re experienced. Be clear on the extent of the services they’re willing to provide to make sure you’re going to receive all the support you’re expecting.
Who is helping you on your big day? Have you hired a professional or will it be family, friends or your bridesmaids? I want to hear your stories!
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