Can you guess who your best friend on your wedding will be? Not exactly your fiance. Nope, not your BFF from college who is already your maid of honor…this blog is all about the wedding coordinator! Most people tend to shy away from wedding planning and/or coordination because of the price tag, but it’s important to think about who you want to have handle those last minute details and decisions that are bound to come up when you don’t expect it. If you don’t hire one, you might have to find a willing guest to step up to the plate of lending a helping hand, like someone in your family (Poor Mom!)
Here are just a few examples of what a day-of coordinator or planner can help out with on your wedding day:
Laid back bride or not, you will be on some sort of schedule on the day of your wedding. It’s the nature of throwing a big party and it ensures that everything you planned for gets done the right way. The day-of coordinator can help keep you, your guests, and your vendors stay on this schedule all while allowing you to focus on being the bride rather than stressing about what’s next on your checklist. Can you imagine herding cattle in a big beautiful dress? That’s what you’ll feel like without a coordinator!
The absolute last thing you want to do is worry about the random little things that come up on the day of your wedding. At the same time, you certainly don’t want to load those tasks on your parents or siblings, because its a big day for them too! Queue the coordinator…your new best friend can certainly help take care of those last-minute details on your big day so you don’t have too. There are far too many to list but trust us when we say that you don’t want to find them out the hard way.
In most cases, coordinators will assist in running the rehearsal the day before or the morning of (based on your schedule and preference of course). They know weddings in and out, and have seen many variations. Thus, depending on your wants and needs, they will know exactly how to have your ceremony play out. You, your bridal party, and family members should feel confident in where to go, what to do, how to look, etc. It will make the real thing easy breezy!
Probably the most important thing for you to do on your wedding day is to remain stress free. The big day is not one you want to let go by too fast, but rather one that you want to remember having a great time celebrating. With a coordinator (aka Best Friend) by your side you can already guarantee that you will not have as much to stress about. But remember, picking a coordinator should be a process you take seriously. Don’t just look for the experience or cost; be sure that you have a connection with your coordinator to ensure a smooth and fun planning process!
Our contracted in-house day-of coordinator, Jennifer, has done numerous weddings at our venue in addition to weddings she has coordinated through her own business, Love This Little City. If Jennifer is unavailable for your date, don’t forget to check out our vendor page! It provides a number of recommended day-of coordination services from various companies in the Upstate.
For more on working with a day-of coordinator, check out Jennifer’s super helpful blog post!
If you’re on the fence about hiring a coordinator, think about what you are most worried about when it comes to getting married. Don’t you want a professional to ease your mind? Your decision to hire someone to help out may be just the ticket to a happier wedding day. On that note…happy planning!