Before we let you dive into this wonderful post written by our friends at Avery Elle Weddings, we want to brag about how awesome they are! After experiencing a wedding with a wedding coordinator I was BLOWN away by how easy and smooth the day felt! We’ll give you the scouts honor promise that we think hiring a wedding planner is one of the best things you can do for your wedding! Without further ado, we’ll let you hear from the experts!
Do I really need a wedding coordinator, especially if my venue has a coordinator?
This is an excellent question, and one that we come across a lot in our wedding planning company, Avery Elle Weddings. It’s only natural for couples to want to save the expense of a coordinator. It seems easy enough, if you’ve planned well, to run the day yourself or with the help of family and friends. What is often overlooked is the setup, timing, guest experience and the inevitable fires that need to be put out. It’s hard to put into words how much wedding coordinators actually do, but if you’ve ever been to a wedding without one, you’ve probably noticed.
Here are some benefits to hiring a coordinator:
Professional coordinators have experience
They’ve managed numerous events, weddings in particular. They understand the flow of how the day should go and can look at your timeline and immediately see if it’s realistic and appropriate. Don’t have a timeline? They’ll create one for you!
Coordinators work for you
One of the biggest misconceptions is that they will boss the bride around. In reality, coordinators help vendors carry out your wishes for the day, and help create smooth transitions and a comfortable experience for your guests.
Coordinators know how to put out fires
Regardless of exceptional planning, any number of things can go wrong. Whether the kegs were delivered without the needed taps, a guest is behaving inappropriately or the sendoff vehicle breaks down, a coordinator can be working behind the scenes to come up with solutions for things that go wrong.
Nobody wants to work after a party
Nothing is more uncomfortable than asking friends and family to stick around afterward to help break down and clean up. Attending a wedding often involves travel time, expenses and hiring babysitters, and you should respect their efforts to be with you on your day. Hiring a coordinator will help ensure that everyone has a wonderful time and can relax and enjoy the moment with you.
Coordinators can save you money
Your wedding is probably one of the most expensive things you will purchase, aside from a house and vehicles. Coordinators are in the know when it comes to wedding vendors and they’ll be able to tell you where you can save money, like renting vs. buying certain décor items. As a coordinator,
It’s not unusual for us to save clients more than what our fee is.
We manage your entire wedding
But my venue has a coordinator – why do I need another one? The job of a venue coordinator is to manage the venue, not your event. They do an excellent job making sure the venue staff is doing what they’re supposed to do. But they don’t run your rehearsal or your event. You need someone to set up your décor, run your ceremony, coordinate your grand entrance and dances, facilitate your sendoff and finally, pack up your décor and personal items at the end of the evening.
When it comes to bringing your dream wedding to life, a coordinator will do the heavy lifting so you can relax and enjoy the day with your family and friends. At Avery Elle Weddings our goal is to be affordable and give every bride a stress-free, beautiful day.