So, you’re planning your wedding by yourself. If you’ve got the time and the patience, do it! I find it fun, but at the same time, it’s the career choice I decided to follow. When it comes down to the big day, however, I highly recommend that you hire a Day of Coordinator.
A Day of Coordinator is defined as a Wedding Professional who comes in within the last month of your planning. The process is almost done and she will take over from here. She will get all of the information of the vendors that you’ve chosen to hire. She’ll go over schedules with you, then she’ll take it from there.
For most weddings, I would recommend a Full-Service Wedding Coordinator, especially in most of my cases, since most of my weddings are Destination Weddings. There are instances when a Day of Coordinator makes a bit more sense than a Full-Service Coordinator. For example, I had a bride call me about 2 months prior to her wedding because she was unhappy with the current Planner she was working with. She had already hired a lot of her vendors, and just needed some loose ends tied up, so I offered her my Day of Coordination Services, which is actually more like Month of Coordination. Her wedding went amazingly!
This service helps when you’ve decided to do your own planning. Maybe you’ve lived in the area. Or you know a lot of your vendors. Your Day of Coordinator will help you pull everything together. This way, you’re not stressed about it on the day of your wedding!
A Day of Coordinator will be the point of contact for all of your vendors. In a lot of cases, your Day of Coordinator can also handle the payments for your vendors.
When hiring someone, make sure to talk about the timing that they will be working on the day of the wedding, how many hours are included, a timeline breakdown, the event set-up, and striking, etc. You may also want to ask for reviews, which they should be able to provide. It’s important that you lay out exactly what your needs are in the coming weeks as well as the wedding day. Be sure that you’re both on the same page.
The most important thing is that your family and/or friends are not working on your wedding day. Do not put a friend or family member in charge of this. They are there to enjoy your wedding day and they should be able to do that.