The excitement of the initial proposal is over, now you're knee deep in spreadsheets, emails, trying to keep track of your vendors, bridal party, dress fitting, contracts, your social life...you can't do it all newly engaged friend. Here are 5 reason you need a wedding coordinator!
1) You can't do it alone
The saying goes, "It takes a village." and boy oh boy does it take a large city to coordinate and run a wedding smoothly. Centerpieces, where the cake will go, making sure all the vendors are where they need to be on time, plus all the other things that need to be handled during wedding planning and on the wedding day. You really can't do it alone and you shouldn't. While it's nice to have a member of your bridal party or a close friend help, they should be able to enjoy the day as well.
2) They'll handle your budget and all the vendor contracts
A good wedding planner or coordinator will try their damndest to get the most bang for your buck Let's be real, weddings are spendy and without having someone really keeping on eye out for you, it's super easy for your budget to go crazy. Besides handling your wedding budget, a good planer/coordinator will keep all you vendor contracts in order.
3) They will create the best possible day of timeline!
Nothing warms my heart more than a well planned timeline that has enough time allocated for photos! Most brides think 15 minutes for family formals, bridal party photos and couple portraits is more than enough time. Truth be told, most brides and groom really don't know how to make a timeline that not only makes their day more enjoyable, but really helps the vendors as well. A good planner or coordinator will work with you to make the best timeline for the day of, they will make sure there is enough buffer time in case things run late (they always do) and they will keep you on time as well.
4) Going DIY isn't always easier
The allure of doing a DIY wedding may seem awesome at 1st, you get to have full control on your big day from the linen colors to the placement of your dessert table. The truth is , DIY really mean DIY, without a planner, you'll have to spend valuable time setting up tables, ceremony spaces, directing vendors to their locations. One of my favorite venues, Lighthouse Point Carousel in New Haven CT, is full DIY, it's an empty shell that you get to customize. Having a planner means, you don't have to set anything up or spend time directing anyone.
5) They give you back your social life.
Remember brunch with your friends or running to the gym? A wedding planner.coordinator give you back the time to enjoy your social life! It may not seem like it at first, but wedding planning takes a lot of time, like "second full time job" time. A planner/coordinator will give you back precious hours that can be spent with your best friends and family, truly enjoying your time as an engaged couple.
Venue - The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill www.wadsworthmansion.com
Florist - Sage Hill Florals https://www.facebook.com/shflorals/ Planner - Laura K. Todorov Events https://www.lauraktodorov.com/ HMUA - Dana Joy Beauty https://www.danajoybeauty.com/ Cake - Cake Time by Camille Rentals - Durants Party Rentals https://www.durantsparty.com Paper - Wild Joy Studio https://www.wildjoystudios.com Signs - Light Box Laser https://lightboxlaser.com Tux - Colins Tux colinstuxos.com Dress - Jacqueline Bridal Kouture https://www.facebook.com/Jacqueline-Bridal-Kouture-200048910624063/ Candle Jars - NaturalAnnie Essentials https://naturalannieessentials.com/