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One of the questions that I frequently get asked is: Why do I need to hire a Wedding Coordinator?
I have considered writing a blog post about this for a quite a long time now, but as a wedding coordinator myself, it always felt just a little too self-serving. That being said, it is an honest question and it deserves and honest answer! So, without getting all “sales pitchy” on you, I am going to try to answer this question today.
What are the benefits of hiring a wedding coordinator?
1. A professional wedding coordinator is educated and certified in the field. We are constantly networking and keeping an eye on the industry for the latest trends, new and specialized vendors, budget saving ideas, and more. So, how does this help you? Simply put: we keep ourselves up to date, so that you don’t have to be an expert in the industry to have a great wedding. It also means that you do not have to do all of the research and leg-work that is necessary to connect with the right people to work on your day.
2. A professional wedding coordinator will be able to provide you with trusted vendor selections that meet YOUR specific needs and budget. And the best part? You don’t have to spend hours and hours narrowing down potential candidates.
(Ethics reminder: WPIC Certified wedding planners (like Cara Mia Events) are bound by a strict code of ethics that forbids the practice of accepting kickbacks – we choose our vendors on merit and do not accept any payment from vendors for referring our clients)
3. Let’s talk budget: One of the things that brides and grooms often struggle with, is picking a total wedding budget and then allocating the funds efficiently to make sure that you have everything covered while staying within your original budget. Wedding coordinators already have an existing knowledge of the cost and the different price ranges of services within the industry. With this knowledge we are able to help you breakdown your budget in a realistic way that can get you the most “bang-for-your-buck”. You want to make sure that you don’t run out of money before you have all of the elements covered.
Once the wedding is already planned, what are the benefits of hiring a day/month-of Coordinator?
Simply put, there has never been a wedding (EVER) that went so seamlessly that no one had questions or concerns throughout the day. Managing the day-of is a lot of answering questions, directing traffic, making sure that the transitions from one element to the next go seamlessly, and keeping a constant eye on timing. It is a balancing act and even at the most organized event, there is potential that something could get off track. When you have invested your money and at least 250 hrs (the time it takes to plan an average wedding) into organizing a great event, you want to be able to enjoy it. You certainly don’t want to be working! Hiring a day of coordinator to WORK your wedding day means that your only job is to enjoy!
Can’t I just get my friends and family to help out for the day-of?
I think that it is WONDERFUL when a couple has supportive friends and family who are eager to lend a helping hand to make sure that you have the wedding of your dreams. Without taking anything away from these great people in your life, putting a friend in charge of running your wedding day not only means that he or she won’t get the opportunity to celebrate along with you, there is also concern that they may not have the experience necessary to make decisions on your behalf and make changes to the schedule as needed and keep everyone informed. It is a big job and should be taken on by someone who is working.
In short, a wedding coordinator will make sure that you get the most out of the time and money that you invest in your day!