Ah, the one question that has five million answers. Where do I even begin when explaining why it’s so important to hire a Day of Wedding Coordinator?!
In an earlier blog post discussing how I started Evergreen Weddings (you can read it here!) I share how my personal wedding experience without a professional Wedding Coordinator (from here on we’ll say DOC for short) spurred me on to start a business that was education-focused. I wanted to help couples understand the WHY behind certain “must haves” or “strongly encouraged” pieces to the wedding planning process. Granted, my incredible big sister/Matron of Honor offered to fill the role for me and I had no doubts that she would do an amazing job – but when the day came, I just really wanted my sister with me. I didn’t want her running around doing this, that, and the other. I wanted her to spend time with me while we got ready for the day.
The bottom line for why you should hire a DOC is simple: For every job unfulfilled by a professional will be a set of tasks, to-do’s and expectations that YOU, the bride or groom, have to find a solution for. Furthermore, the only time in life that you will spend an amount of money this large will be when you buy a house or when you buy a car. In both those instances, you have a realtor or a salesman walking you through the process from start to finish to ensure all your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Who’s going to do that for you on your wedding day?
Think of the process it takes to build a house [Full disclaimer: I don’t build houses, I just make sure flower girls don’t lose their shoes]. You have electricians, plumbers, roofers, architects, painters, framers, the list goes on. While they could all show up to the job site and have a general idea of what’s supposed to happen because they’ve done it before and most houses are generally the same. But still, every house is different enough to make it necessary to have a general contractor who oversees the process and directs each professional on where to go and when. Most importantly, the general contractor is there to show the big picture to everyone – to say “This is the end goal. These are the important pieces in the eyes of the homeowner and this is how we’re going to get there.”
Now replace the house with all your wedding plans, and the electrician with the DJ, the plumber with the caterer, the painter with the florist, the architect with the venue, the framer with the photographer…and the general contractor with the DOC.
If you plan to go all out with your wedding, to have the whole kit-and-caboodle equipped with a sparkler exit and flash mob (kidding, flash mobs aren’t really a thing at weddings…I don’t think…), then you need, need, NEED a Day of Coordinator. Or else a family member or friend will offer to do it, which we’re going to touch on real fast:
While their intentions are good, the job they do may not live up to the hype. Why? Because they have other obligations. Obligations they won’t think about until the wedding day.
Repeat after me: Friends and family have two jobs and two jobs only on the wedding day – to celebrate me and my spouse, and to enjoy themselves. (Eat, Drink and Be Married signs don’t exist just to be cute decorations – it’s serious advice!)
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So there you have it. If you still need reasons for why you should hire a Day of Wedding Coordinator, shoot me an email!
If you are already married, did you have a Day of Wedding Coordinator? Tell me all about your experience in the comments below!