I’m glad to say we were wrong, and that hiring Cari, our month-and-day-of coordinator, has turned out to be the perfect solution. While many full-service coordinators charge a percentage of your total budget to handle all the major planning, most month-and-day-of planners will negotiate a flat rate, customizing a package that includes only the services you most need.
By working with Cari, I’ve been able to have fun handling most of the long-term planning on my own, but also feel completely relaxed knowing that during the crazy month right before the wedding, I can focus on wrapping things up at work and packing while she’s taking care of important tasks like setting up vendor timelines.
And even though our wedding isn’t until June, Cari’s already been so helpful in answering questions and giving us referrals to vendors as needed. For those who are still skeptical, here’s a glimpse at the types of services a month-and-day-of coordinator offers.
· Meet a month before the wedding to finalize details
· Provide a detailed event timeline for contracted vendors and the wedding party
· Personally contact each vendor during the wedding week to confirm arrangements and make sure they agree with the timeline they received
· Provide design and décor ideas
· Provide unlimited advice via telephone or e-mail
· Provide information about traditions and protocol, as well as advice about etiquette
· Coordinate all details on the wedding day, so the couple can relax knowing they are taken care of
· Orchestrate the rehearsal and ceremony
· Arrive at the wedding site 2-3 hours prior to the ceremony to ensure a smooth day and set up whatever the bride has provided the day of the rehearsal
· Distribute flowers to the wedding party and assist with pinning
· Distribute final payments and tips to vendors if needed
· Direct the seating of guests with the ushers, and cue the musicians
· Keep the wedding party and families stress-free
· Take care of any last-minute details to relieve the couple’s worries
· Act as a liaison between the couple and their vendors to ensure that the couple’s ideas are carried out and activities are kept on schedule
· Assist the bride and attendants in dressing for the ceremony if needed
· Bustle the wedding gown at the reception
· Coordinate all reception details such as the grand entrance and first dance, toasting, cake cutting, etc.
· Place personal items (bouquet, cake topper, cake knife, portrait, guestbook, goblets, gifts) in designated areas
· Provide a wedding day emergency kit
Who wouldn’t be grateful for this help? I know I definitely am! And while we also have a family friend who’s doing a fantastic job helping us out with certain planning aspects so far, I think expecting a guest to spend the entire wedding day working would be completely unfair.
Are you hiring a planner to help out on or before your wedding day? What do you think you’ll most need some extra help with?
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