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Appointing your "Day-Of" Wedding Coordinators


You have been planning your wedding for months, scrutinizing every detail and meticulously counting the days till you say “I Do.” After all of your hard effort, do you want to actually work on your wedding day? The reality is that many brides do work and become quite stressed because they have difficulty relinquishing control to someone else. Instead of appointing a day-of wedding coordinator, they leave it to chance that the entire event will run as smooth as the silk stitched into their designer gown.

So what happens when the officiant or catering manager falls extremely ill? The limo fails to arrive on time? Or the student musicians you hired forgot about your booking? Do you want to be the one scrambling for a last minute replacement? Your coordinator can assist with locating a suitable replacement and bring her up to speed on the day’s events. Or if restricted on time, search for an adequate alternative such as a chauffeured driven town car or CD stereo to play the ceremony music. This is your wedding – your opportunity to relax and embrace every special moment from sun up to sun down. Unless you aspire to be the bride and show director too, it is imperative to have one key person you can depend on. These helpful tips may assist in your quest for the ideal day-of coordinator:

1 : Choose a trusted family member, friend or coworker. Someone not already playing an integral role like a parent or bridesmaid. Parents should be available for emotional support and your bridal party to make certain you arrive on time!

2: Consider someone who shares your vision and you feel confident will carry out your desired wishes. Other beneficial attributes - extremely detailed oriented, adores a checklist, can remain cool headed and make quick, rational decisions on your behalf.

3: This individual should be available the week prior to attend any final meetings with your key suppliers (e.g. reception venue) and the wedding rehearsal too.

4: Planning to marry outdoors? Your coordinator will take charge and not hesitate in putting “Plan B” into effect should Mother Nature decide not to cooperate. Hot Tip: Plan B should be well thought out and discussed in advance to minimize unnecessary effort and frustration for all involved.

5: If you have exhausted all opportunities and simply cannot find the right person then strongly consider hiring a professional. If your budget is maxed out, reevaluate and make some slight adjustments such as forgoing the champagne toast or extra floral arrangements. You and your guests will not miss it!

A day-of wedding coordinator is like insurance – you question if you really need it but ever so thankful when you do! Let your carefully selected coordinator take charge so that you can focus on the more important aspects of the day – celebrating your happiness with your dearest family and friends.

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