You could not be more excited to marry your forever love, your partner in crime, your best friend. And as you start to picture yourselves on your wedding day, you get hit with all the to-dos.
Phone calls, emails, appointments, decisions, trips home… All of it stands in the way of you getting to say “I do.”
So, you go full research mode, Googling your options and you see an attractive offer: day-of wedding coordination for only a few hundred bucks?? Sign me up!
Before you click that “book” button, let’s go over why you should run the other direction when you see day-of coordination and what you should be looking for instead.
First, let’s go over why day-of coordination shouldn’t be a thing! We’ll talk about the two most common reasons we believe this type of service won’t provide the wedding experience you’ve always dreamed about.
And you don’t want a stranger dropping into your wedding just a few days or even a few weeks beforehand, trying to handle all the details you’ve spent months (or even years) planning.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and ultimately, you’ll want a professional team by your side who knows your preferences, dreams, visions, personality, and goals like the back of their hand. With that kind of extra attention to detail, you eliminate the need for a ton of back-and-forth leading up to your big day about all these small yet basic details, such as how you want your floral arrangements to look.
With a wedding planner (a term we’ll talk about in the next section), the wedding planning process will be much more streamlined because you already went over expectations months before! And that leaves more room for your planner to focus on the flow of your wedding rather than the projects that could’ve gotten planned ahead of time.
We know one of the main attractions for hiring a day-of coordinator is their price point. A $500 wedding “planner” is much less intimidating than a $3,000 wedding planner at first glance. But because of the obstacles day-of coordinators face that we just talked about, be weary of any coordinator claiming that they can achieve everything a planner can do in just a few short days! This is a great example of, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
So while your wallet may be slightly happier with the lower price tag, the investment that you make can make or break your wedding experience. We already said it, but we’ll say it again: this is one of the most important days of your life! And we’re willing to bet you don’t want to look back on it, wishing you had done something differently.
Now that you know that “day-of coordinator” is a service that needs to go, what in the world do you search for?
OK, so now you’re Googling wedding planner but you’re seeing a whole lot of options. You may see terms such as event manager, wedding management, event management, or something similar. In addition, you might see various services such as month-of coordination, full-service planning, and maybe a few iterations of those services that lie somewhere in between.
Where should you start?
First, it’s important to know that wedding planners, event managers, wedding management, or anything within the realms of that term all usually talk about the same concept: providing complete management and coordination of your wedding!
When it comes to services, month-of wedding planning isn’t exactly the ideal option you want to go for because a month isn’t always enough time to get all the details in order. However, it’s still much better than a day-of coordinator, and depending on your goals, they could work out for you!
Our solution? Event management.
This is for the couple who’s planning their own wedding, but wants to trust an experienced professional with the execution of all their important details.
Plus, with this type of wedding planning service, you and your planner can get to know each other on a more personal level and go over expectations for your wedding. With that information, they can reserve, manage, plan, design, and execute in all the ways you were envisioning.
For example, at Blush, we’re able to provide a seamless and worry-free experience, and double as our couples’ trusted partner as we plan the most important day of their life.
To give you a better idea of what the process looks like when you hire a wedding planner instead of a day-of wedding coordinator, here’s what our process looks like at Blush.
First, we’ll go over expectations, get to know you and your partner (prepare for lots of “awww”s!), and see if we’re the perfect fit on a complimentary discovery call.
Planning & Managing
Leave it to us to plan and manage the details you need help with! Plus, we’ll be your go-to gals when you have a question, need advice or just need someone to vent to, and reassure in-laws along the way. Your only job? Relax and enjoy your engagement to the fullest!
Once your special day is here (yay!), we’ll work diligently with your vendors to ensure everything is running smoothly. Plus, we’ll be right by your side to calm those day-of nerves, celebrate alongside you, hand you tissues during the most heartfelt moments, and even make sure your teeth are clear for photos!
Now you’re ready to hit that “book” button on the right wedding planner for you! One who will create the wedding planning experience you’re looking for.
And if you feel like we’re speaking your love language, our team would love to meet you! Click here to connect with us, and let’s see how we can help you transform your dream wedding into reality.