I always end up running into recent brides and grooms, who tell me, "I wish we would've met you before we got married! We really needed you on our wedding day!" I hate hearing this because because I know the value of having a wedding planner or coordinator, and there's nothing I can do to help them after the wedding has passed!
On average, I walk between 15 and 20 miles on a wedding day. Yup, that's right. I'm on my feet and on site for 10-16 hours that day alone, depending on the couple's needs. My team and I work our tails off to make sure the bride and groom have the day of their dreams. When I hear those regretful words, it makes me sad to imagine a bride and groom doing it on their own... worried about the many details, troubleshooting problems, communicating with vendors and corralling friends and family instead of fully being present and enjoying the day.
Often those who make those comments thought a venue coordinator, catering coordinator and/or friends and family could fill the shoes of a professional planner. But the venue coordinator coordinates one aspect of the day - the venue. The catering coordinator coordinates the catering. And friends and family are there to celebrate with you, not work until 1 or 2 a.m. cleaning up. A wedding coordinator is the couple's biggest advocate, and is there to oversee all of the wedding details. Below are quotes brides sent in on why they wish they'd had a planner or coordinator.
“We interviewed a couple wedding coordinators for our wedding. After booking our reception site we decided against hiring a coordinator because the site said they had one. Well, a week before the wedding we found out she had quit! (She had actually quit a while before but we didn’t find out until then.) So we met the new coordinator a week before our wedding and had to go over all the details with her again. Then she ended up not being around half the night. The DJ and photographers kept coming to us and asking us questions that we didn’t have answers to (for example where would they be eating…something we didn’t think about!). Luckily the head server was able to help us but that wasn’t his job. His job was to keep the servers on track! Hire a day of coordinator! It’s well worth the money! Jen, BrideRead More