AS A WEDDING PLANNER AND CO-ORDINATOR, I HAVE LEARNED TO BECOME A JACK OF ALL THINGS WEDDING! WHEN DUTY CALLS OR TROUBLE STRIKES (THOSE OF YOU IN THE PROCESS OR HAVING PLANNED A WEDDING KNOW THAT OBSTACLES ARISE WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT), I NEED TO BE THERE BEFORE ANY ONE IS THE WISER! I AM THE ONE THAT TAKES A COUPLE'S UNITED VISION AND HELPS MAKE IT BECOME THE REALITY THAT IS THE WEDDING OF THEIR DREAMS. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “WEDDING PLANNER” AND “WEDDING COORDINATOR”?

A WEDDING PLANNER AND COORDINATOR ARE VERY SIMILAR HOWEVER THE DIFFERENCE LIES IN THE ROLE THEY PLAY LEADING UP TO THE DAY AND THE EXECUTION AND CO-ORDINATION OF THE DAY. 

A WEDDING COORDINATOR USUALLY HAS LIMITED INVOLVEMENT LEADING UP TO THE DAY OF, HOWEVER I LIKE TO MEET WITH MY COUPLES A FEW TIMES WITH MY WEDDING PREPARATION PACKAGE TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS ALL SET AND THEY ARE STAYING ON TASK. AS A COORDINATOR MY MAIN ROLE IS TO OVERSEE THE ACTUAL WEDDING BY MANAGING ALL THE DETAILS THAT THE BRIDE AND GROOM HAVE PLANNED AND BRING EVERYTHING TOGETHER AS THEY HAVE ENVISIONED. THIS TAKES ALL THE STRESS OUT OF THE BRIDE AND GROOMS DAY AND ALLOWS THEIR GUESTS TO RELAX AND ENJOY THEMSELVES! VENUES LOVE US AS WELL BECAUSE IT TAKES MUCH OF THEIR POTENTIAL WORKLOAD OFF SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN HIRED FOR AND NOT ALL THE ADDED EXTRAS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO BE SET UP AS WELL. 

OUR WEDDING PLANNING PACKAGE ALLOWS US TO WALK ALONG SIDE THE COUPLE, ADDING OUR EXPERTISE TO THEIR PLANNING, RECOMMENDING LOCAL VENDORS THAT ARE RELIABLE AND EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD AND THAT WE KNOW WILL DO ANY AMAZING JOB IN EXECUTING THEIR VISION. IT INCLUDES LOOKING OVER AND NEGOTIATING CONTRACTS, CREATING AND DESIGNING THEIR VISION, KEEPING THE COUPLE ON TRACK WITH THEIR TIMELINES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY KEEPING THEM WITHIN OR BELOW THEIR BUDGET, PLUS SO MUCH MORE!  I HAVE EVEN BEEN HONOURED TO BE ASKED BY THE BRIDE TO ATTEND BRIDAL SHOPS WITH HER TO HELP HER "SAY YES, TO THE DRESS!" A WEDDING PLANNER BECOMES QUITE CLOSE WITH THE BRIDE AND GROOM AS THEY BECOME INVOLVED IN ALMOST EVERY PART OF A COUPLES DAY. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MEMORIES WAS WHEN A BRIDE AND GROOM WERE JUST ABOUT TO BE ANNOUNCED AS MR AND MRS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THE BRIDE LOOKED AT ME AS ASKED, "CAN WE BE FRIENDS AFTER MY WEDDING?" THIS ATTESTS TO HOW CLOSE YOU REALLY DO BECOME! THIS IS A GREAT OPTION FOR COUPLES WHO AREN'T QUITE SURE WHERE TO START AND WANT A PLANNER TO WALK ALONG WITH THEM IN ALL STAGES OF PLANNING.

A WEDDING PLANNER OR COORDINATOR WORKS FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM! NOT THE VENUE, NOT THE PHOTOGRAPHER OR ANY OTHER VENDOR, BUT FOR THE COUPLE. WE ARE WHERE YOU CAN'T BE TO MAKE SURE YOUR DAY GOES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH! 

A FEW THINGS COUPLES FORGET TO THINK ABOUT: 

* A PEN FOR THE SIGNING OF THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE - IT CAN BE NOTICEABLE WHEN ARE REGULAR GENERIC BALLPOINT IS USED
* A CAKE KNIFE FOR THE CUTTING OF THE CAKE - ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU ARE USUALLY PHOTOGRAPHING THE CAKE CUTTING
* A VENDOR TABLE AND MEAL - VENDORS ARE USUALLY WORKING THE LONGEST AND HARDEST AT TIMES UP TO 12- 16 HOURS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. KEEP THEM ENERGIZED, HYDRATED, AND HAVE A PLACE FOR THEM TO SIT SINCE IT'S A LONG DAY ON THEIR FEET. 
* CHARGERS FOR LAP TOPS, IPADS, OR PHONES - I'VE BEEN WITNESS TO THE IMPROMPTU SPEECH THAT OCCURRED WHEN THE ORIGINAL WAS ON AN UNCHARGED PHONE. 
* STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET BUT PRIORITIZE OR SPLURGE ON THE THINGS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU. FOR SOME IT'S YOUR PHOTOS WHICH WILL KEEP YOUR MEMORIES, FOR OTHERS IT MAY BE FOOD, DECOR OR THE DRESS. 
* SKIP THE RITUALS YOU DON'T LIKE. FOR EXAMPLE IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE A BOUQUET AND GARTER TOSS. JUST BECAUSE IT'S AT MANY WEDDINGS YOU'VE ATTENDED DOESN'T MEAN IT'S A MUST. 

STAY TUNED FOR WHY HIRING A WEDDING COORDINATOR EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE AN EVENT COORDINATOR AT YOUR VENUE IS EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL FOR YOU! 

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