IMAGINE YOUR WEDDING DAY….
Imagine your wedding day…
You wake up, everything is ready for you. It’s just the way you planned it. You found the perfect site, the day is sunny and your partner is sharing the same excitement for all the memories you are about share together. With everything going so well, all you need to do is get ready to put on the outfits that you very carefully chose, look stunning and get ready to go stand by the side of the person you will share the rest of your life with. This is a day you will want to cherish forever.
This is a beautiful vision of what a wedding day should be. Unfortunately this not what typically happens. Events are so detail-oriented that, without appropriate assistance, even the most perfect of planning may go astray on that big day. You are, hopefully, tucked away with your bridesmaids getting your hair and nails done, with a glass of champagne or coffee in your hand. So, who’s making sure the details come together? Your maid of honor can’t do it, she’s with you. Your mom can’t do it, she’s in the pictures. Do you really want your friends to have to stress over it? You need someone who knows the right questions to ask you long before your wedding day to get that picture of your dream wedding out of your head and into theirs, right?
That’s what a day-of coordinator can do for you. They should be in the business of preventing problems and should have enough experience to know how to do that, what questions to ask you, and how much time things will take to accomplish. Because, whether you plan on it happening or not, a caterer may show up late, or not know where they are setting up the hour d’ourves, the musicians will arrive and need to run a sound check you did not count on. The florist will drop off the flowers and go on her way, and once everyone arrives for pictures, you might suddenly realize that you have forgotten the father of the bride’s boutonniere. What about your plan for bees? Marks on your wedding dress from heels during pictures? Who’s going to look out for Uncle Dan who drinks too much and gets a bit crazy? How are your going to deal with your mom who wants to do everything when you really just want her to enjoy herself? Where are the leftovers going? Who’s cutting the cake? Are you saving the top layer? Who’s car do presents go in? ….Everyone will be asking you what to do and where to go, and you will feel like you might just go crazy before you ever get down the aisle!
Don’t you think your wedding day should be fun!?!?!
True, we are portraying a terrible wedding day. Nonetheless, this portrayal is not that unrealistic. We are the first to hope that nothing goes wrong on your day. But, having planned and coordinated so many weddings, I can tell you that I have seen it all – from electricity going out, hurricanes, veils lighting on fire, and missing vendors whom nobody can locate. Things just go wrong when there are so many details, and even the best plans can go amiss. I’ve seen it too many times to believe that there will be no hiccups – starting with my own wedding from the dishes that showed up shattered, the electrical circuits that were fried, and the airplane that decided to fly right over our head at the exact moment of our I do’s and nobody heard whether we said yes or not?!
You want a day-of coordinator who will be your backup plan, your emergency kit, your stress-prevention, and your captain of a smooth, flawless event. To do that, you have to consider hiring a professional instead of passing the job onto a friend or family member who doesn’t have the experience to forsee all the issues that might pop up. True, it takes out part of your budget, but it is worth every penny in the long-run. Everyone will remember a flawless, fun wedding instead of the disaster that ruined your day.