Feature photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding/event planner & florist.
Here at PBD, we know the process of planning your wedding is magical. However, it can be stressful for you and your family without the right support system. Knowing when and how to plan the perfect wedding is not an easy task for a bride, and this is the reason that you might opt to hire a wedding planner like myself. I am often asked by brides and their family, what are our options? What are the differences between a wedding planner, a venue coordinator and a day-of coordinator? How does each help with the planning process and the day of your wedding? In this week’s blog, I will be discussing the different support options available to you and how these wedding professionals like myself…help with your big day.
As a wedding planner I will help you plan each stage of your wedding, and will keep you on schedule as deadlines approach. Ask questions. We’re here to guide and assist you. Experienced planners have a large network of trusted vendors in every category imaginable, have tips for where to splurge and where to save, and have planning tools that can save you tons of time! There may some additional benefits to hiring a planner who is also a designer. It makes perfect sense that hiring a vendor who can help in multiple categories is much less administration and management for you. For instance, I’m also an event & floral designer, so can make every detail of your wedding memorable, special, and beautiful.
A venue coordinator can be invaluable in helping make sure your special day goes according to plan. These professionals are there to ensure the venue, its staff, and their outlined responsibilities are handled expertly. Some venues, but not all, have a venue coordinator on staff. However, it is important to consider that a venue coordinator is not there to make sure your day-of schedule is followed. Details such as the photographer being in place, that you have your bouquet in hand before you walk down the aisle, or that the correct music is played at your reception, is not among their responsibilities. These duties belong to your planner and day of coordinator.
Day of Coordinator
Last, but not least, you have the option of a day-of coordinator. A day-of coordinator is responsible for making sure that your wedding day goes perfectly. They will make sure that all your vendors arrive and perform on time and ensure that each stage of your day goes according to plan; a day-of will also keep up with the members of your wedding party, the venue is set-up according to your wishes, and that everyone performs according to the schedule you have in place. They are an invaluable resource. However, they differ from a wedding planner in that they will not be with you during the whole process of planning your wedding. They will not make sure your invitations go out on time, that all your vendors have been hired or that your dress has been altered correctly. He/she will come in at the end of the planning process to ensure all your wishes are carried out on day of.
Each of the above professionals offers a different set of services, and it is up to you to determine which will give you the most value for your situation. Be sure to weigh the limits of their expertise, and always remember that you get what you pay for! Interested in what I can do for your wedding? Contact me here, and to see examples of my work, visit the Poppy Belle Design Gallery.