Why There’s No Such Thing As Day-Of-Wedding Coordination
Engaged? Congratulations! You’ve likely started looking around for help with your wedding day and considered a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator instead of a Wedding Planner. I’m here to tell you to be careful-- you might get exactly what you’ve ordered!
Day-Of Wedding Coordination is pretty new in the wedding world. In recent years, it’s become one of the most buzzed-about “secrets” being spread on wedding blogs, magazines and websites.
It makes sense why brides are so interested-- you can do your own wedding planning and hire a Coordinator to handle the logistics on your wedding day. You get the ice cream and the cherry on top-- you save money on a wedding planner AND have an experienced professional execute your wedding to perfection.
It sounds great, doesn’t it?
But before you walk down the aisle, there’s something you need to know:
Day-Of Wedding Coordination is a myth.
Here’s The Cold Hard Truth
You might be looking at your screen right now and saying, “You’re wrong, Claudia! I’ve found a wonderful day-of wedding coordinator who says everything will be perfect.” And I understand where you’re coming from. If you’re shopping around for a wedding professional, you’ve probably come across tons of “Day-Of “services, or someone who promises the world.
However, Day-Of Coordination just isn’t realistic. I tried to offer it as a service myself! And every time, the same obstacles popped up, teaching me that:
Without a skilled professional, you won’t see the scheduling problems that every couple faces when they plan their own wedding
To throw a great wedding, your wedding planner needs to study your signed vendor contracts (and there’s no time on the wedding day), otherwise set up, execution and tear down is impossible
Even the most talented wedding planners can’t execute a schedule without seeing it beforehand
Day-Of-Coordinators can’t pivot when things go belly-up-- and they always do in these situations!
You might think you’re the exception to the rule. Or that you’ve found the only Day-Of Coordinator that can pull off a miracle. But you need to know that there are shady wedding planners who will happily take your money-- doing nothing to make your day enjoyable and stress-free.
Here’s the truth:
Wedding planners PLAN. That’s what we excel at. We spend our time and energy making sure that every detail of your day is perfect. And you deserve perfection! Working with an experienced wedding planner means that you’ll enjoy a fabulous and super-fun day when you say your vows-- instead of running around like a headless chicken in your wedding dress.
Save Money, Time (And Stress) With A Professional Wedding Planner
If you’re still on-the-fence, let’s take a closer look at the job of a wedding planner (and why you’ll save money, time and stress as the wedding gets close).
At Claudia Tauro Events, we start with a free consultation so we know everything about you-- your style, taste, and personalities so we can uniquely customize your day. We want to hear about your ideas, dreams and wishes. This gives us a clear understanding of what you want from start-to-finish and gives us the knowledge to execute it.
Then, we discuss the wedding venues and/or outdoor locations that fit your idea of a perfect wedding-- whether that’s a beach, a chic restaurant in Cambridge or an urban loft. Everything is designed around you, your ideas, preferences and budget.
And if you want a gorgeous outdoor wedding (which is one of our specialties), we’ll take care of the details you’ll likely forget, like generators, marquis set-up and decor that’s made for the open-air. Once you’ve chosen your venue, we contact Boston’s top vendors (we have relationships with the area’s best suppliers) to service your wedding.
One aspect that day-of coordinators can’t offer is guaranteeing that the vendors you’ve chosen will:
1) show up (or show up to the right venue)
2) arrive on time (cross your fingers!)
3) perform to the highest standard
If your celebrant is double-booked and cancels right before your wedding, your day-of coordinator won’t have a backup to officiate your vows! Then what?!
With a limited number of couples every year as clients, we help them find the best vendors and do the negotiations. Without a wedding professional, many vendors will take advantage of you not knowing what prices are fair for their services. That’s when they hike up their costs.
An experienced wedding planner knows what prices are fair and we’ll demand them on your behalf. Plus, we’ll stretch your budget so you get the most bang for your buck. That’s why, with a wedding planner, you’ll get top-notch service, no matter how much money you’ve put aside for your wedding!
We also stay in contact with your vendors, take care of deposits, and update suppliers about any changes along the way so everyone is prepped to perform at their best when the day arrives. We’re ready to bring your dream wedding to life!
We also specialize in creating seamless timelines so everything runs to plan. Every minute is accounted for so the wedding party, venues, and vendors know where to be, when to be there, and what to do. That’s how flawless weddings happen. Plus, we create multiple backup plans so nothing goes wrong. If something weird does happen, I’ll be prepared so you won’t notice!
Still Stuck On A Day-Of Coordinator?
Remember-- hiring a day-of coordinator is like gambling in Las Vegas. This is the most important day of your life. Do you want someone you don’t know to pop up and take charge? It’s a high-stakes game of Russian Roulette!
Think hard before you hand over your hard-earned money on day-of-wedding coordination. If you just need a little help, see if a family member will do it. They’ll have a better idea of what you want and the flow of the wedding than a stranger.
However, if you’ve been dreaming of your wedding your whole life and you want it to be flawless-- you need an experienced wedding planner on your side. You’ll lower your stress, save money and actually enjoy being the honored guest. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you should have a blast!
You don’t want to look back on your special day thinking, “That was terrible. I wish I had just spent a little more. ” You don’t want to cringe when you see photos of your day. You deserve a day that’s all about you and your unique love story.