Planning a wedding can represent a major challenge. Whether you’ve decided on a large, formal event or a quiet, intimate gathering, there’s so much to remember and so much to do that you may find, particularly if you have a full-time career, that the whole process is overwhelming. If that’s the case, consider hiring a wedding coordinator.
A wedding coordinator is an industry expert (although some brides we know are still convinced that their coordinator was actually an angel in disguise) who has the contacts and the know-how to turn your wedding daydreams into reality. Weave a little magic? No problem, all part of the job description!
Your coordinator can look after as many or as few details as you want. From making your hair stylist and dress fitting appointments, booking your dance lessons and finding the most idyllic honeymoon destination to shopping around to maximise your budget, helping you with seating lists and arranging venues, they bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism to the planning process. You might even find yourself able to relax and enjoy a few good nights sleep before the big day!
While all that sounds nothing short of heavenly, you’ll want to find someone with whom you’re comfortable. A friend’s recommendation can be invaluable, otherwise contact any of the services providers listed on this website, or look through the current edition of The Bride’s Diary.
When you’re short listing candidates, find out how long they’ve been in business, and whether they can provide references – which you should check to see whether the coordinator kept to budget, whether they were able to share the couple’s wedding vision, and whether the wedding ran smoothly.
To ensure that you and the coordinator are on the same wavelength, discuss what you have in mind for your wedding and the budget you’ve set – remembering that a professional coordinator should understand the difference between assisting you and taking over completely.
If you think a wedding coordinator’s services might be in excess of your needs, there are other alternatives. Many reception centres offer services similar to those of a coordinator and wedding associations are another great source of information and assistance. The members of these associations are independent service providers who can offer advice as well as a range of services.
Some wedding services may add to your budget - others can save you money. However, knowing that nothing has been overlooked gives you confidence and a peace of mind that is invaluable.
Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. You deserve to be able to relax and revel in every last minute of the lead up to your special day. Enlisting the help of a wedding service professional can relieve much of the pre-wedding stress and anxiety and leave you free to enjoy the fun.
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