Wedding Coordinators – Who Needs One?
“The proposal was perfect” you gushed to your friends. “Romantic, spontaneous and sweet.”
It’s finally happened and you said yes! You’ve showed your friends, family and colleagues the ring. You’re excited and thrilled and you can’t wait to start planning your wedding, the day you’ve dreamt of your entire life.
Maybe you’re one of those girls who never thought about getting married. But when you fell in love, it just seemed right. Just because you haven’t dreamt about it your entire life, doesn’t make you any less thrilled or enthusiastic about it. Just waaaaay more clueless.
Whether you’ve been planning your wedding for the last twenty years, or the last twenty minutes (or somewhere in between), a Wedding Coordinator can and will help make the planning and execution of your special day easier and, dare we say, more stress free.
Wedding Coordinators – What Do They Do?
The question isn’t really “What do they do?” but rather “What don’t they do?” A wedding coordinator’s role varies, literally, from event to event, depending on what each bride’s needs are. You may want to do all of the planning yourself, but have a wedding coordinator on site to handle the details on the actual day of, freeing you up to enjoy your own wedding (a novel concept). If you’re planning your own wedding, organization is key. The Frugal Bride has a great wedding coordinator checklist to help keep you on track and über organized.
But are you wondering “how to coordinate a wedding” if so a wedding coordinator is just what the wedding doctor ordered. A wedding planner/coordinator can also help you plan the wedding down to every last detail. An experienced wedding coordinator will have contacts in all segments of the industry. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction according to your wishes and your budget. They may even be able to help get you discounts that may not have been available without them.
A wedding coordinator will know what’s hot and current. They can help you shape your vision of what you want your wedding to be. And once you’ve figured that out, you can move forward and consider which venues, suppliers and vendors (florists, caterers, decoration and decor, music) best suit your vision.
Wedding Coordinators – What You Should Look For
Do your research. Talk to friends, family, acquaintances who are newlyweds. Local bridal and wedding shows are a fantastic place to network and make some connections. Some venues actually have a wedding coordinator on site to assist you with the wedding planning.
When you’re hiring anyone, shop around. Talk to multiple candidates and find someone that you trust and would feel comfortable working with. And always, always, ask for references.
A wedding coordinator can help you plan and make your special day memorable. But having them there to manage the details and handle the stress will not only make it unforgettable, but allow you to actually have fun and enjoy your own wedding!