I came across this article in the Huffington Post the other day and the one thing that came to mind was...THEY NAILED IT! So I had to reiterate the importance of hiring a Day-of Coordinator in my own blog and I put in my two cents where needed (in pink).
If you thought that "Are you hiring a wedding planner?" was a "Yes" or "No" question, think again. There is a happy medium between hiring a full-service planner and winging it all on your own, and that is the day-of coordinator.
An often poorly understood concept, the day-of coordinator can be a life saver for couples who don't have the budget for a full-service planner; couples who thought they could do it all alone and then realize, close to the wedding, that they were wrong; and couples who actually manage to plan it all alone, but then wisely realize that they shouldn't leave the day-of nitty-gritty in the hands of their mother or maid of honor. Remember, your family and friends are your guests too, and you want them to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding.
To dispel the myths surrounding the day-of wedding coordinator and shed some light on what this really means for the couple, I sat down with a seasoned planner. Fallon Carter has recently seen a significant increase in the demand for day-of coordination, and she shares some tips with us.
Fallon, what exactly is a day-of wedding coordinator?
Well, there actually is no such thing as a day-of coordinator. Although many planners use that title when describing this service, we are usually month-of planners. This is true, I usually offer my couples unlimited contact time with me the month leading up to their wedding. In addition, I will check in at least once a month prior to that to make sure things are running smooth and couple maintains their timeline.
Got it. Since that's what it's become known as, let's go with the term "day-of coordinator."
As a day-of coordinator, we do just that: We coordinate the logistics of your wedding day to make sure that everything that you have spent months planning runs exactly how you envisioned. From the arrival times of the florist, limo pick up and drop offs to packing all your gifts and goodies at the end of the night, the day-of coordinator will take care of it all. There really isn't anything I won't do for my couple on the day of their wedding.
What kind of couple should think about hiring a day-of coordinator?
I strongly recommend that every couple that is planning their own wedding hire a day-of coordinator. Planning the entire wedding without a coordinator is already stressful enough, so the least you can do is hire someone who can handle the stress of the day. Your peace of mind on your wedding day will be worth every penny! Agree, everyone should have an extra set of hands on their wedding day. I can'