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Even if you’re a DIY bride, you may still need someone on your wedding day to help bring your vision to life. A day-of coordinator can run the day and see your plans executed smoothly, so you can enjoy yourself and relax. We asked Jennifer Eaves of Blissful Bookings Wedding Coordination in London, Ontario to help explain the reasons why you should consider hiring a day-of coordinator:
1. To make sure the day runs smoothly Many wedding planners offer a variety of packages, including full service planning, “day-of” services and even “month-of” packages. Unlike a full-service wedding planner, a day-of coordinator is ideal for brides who want to do a lot of the planning themselves, but need someone to assist on the actual day. “It is important to hire a coordinator so that any issues that arise can be dealt with professionally and so that you, as the bride, do not have to worry about any kinks on your wedding day,” says Eaves.
2. To let you enjoy the day Planning a wedding takes many hours (and can be stressful) so having the input of a professional may put some couples at ease. That way you still have control over the planning process, but will have piece of mind that the plans will be in motion on the day. “The most important duty of the coordinator is to make sure that the couple has a flawless and stress-free wedding day," she says.
3. To help set up and interact with vendors The day-of coordinator directs the rehearsals, makes sure everything runs to the timeline and coordinates the day’s events. They can act as a liaison with your vendors, venue and wedding party and double-check all details and contracts. “Since you are busy being the bride, your coordinator can be at the venue setting up and confirming all deliveries have arrived on time, and going over each and every detail so that everything is perfect,“ says Eaves.
4. To help with preparations and plans Although the coordinator is hired for the day, you still need to meet with them beforehand to discuss details, responsibilities and their contract. It is also expected that a lot of the planning is already done beforehand, as the coordinator carries out plans based on the bride’s preparations. “There are usually two or three meetings prior to the wedding to finalize all the details and discuss any last minute changes," says Eaves. "Coordinators can also help with last minute style and décor ideas as well as any wedding day back-up plans.”
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