When I first started thinking about my wedding I thought that a professional wedding planner was the LAST thing I was going to want. I’m artistic and I’m cheap. I thought a planner would take away my artistic license and my money. Yes, I know, you work WITH a wedding planner, going over your likes and dislikes, but still. I wanted to pick out every last detail. And I do a decent job of it, so I felt like a professional wedding planner was not something I wanted/needed to have to budget for. I’d rather put the money I save toward a better string ensemble. I assumed they’d charge a percentage of the budget, and I just didn’t like that arrangement.
But then a commenter on this blog, Anne Ruthmann, pointed me in the direction of a couple event planning companies in my area. I looked on their website and discovered that one of the services they provide is “day of coordinating,” in which they charge by the day.
So wait a minute. Does this mean I could have someone take care of setup, cleanup, and directing people? I wouldn’t need to work up a sweat or have family members have to have little “jobs” on the day of the ceremony? I like this idea.
So I have a new plan. I’ll find my own wedding vendors and do my own price shopping. I’ll create my own paper products, work with the florist on what I want for flowers, work with the baker on the design of my cake, talk to the ensemble about what songs I want, and speak with the photographer about what shots I want. I’ll design my own table scape, pick out my own decorations and my own venue.
I’ll either sketch out how I want my ceremony and reception areas to look, or photograph mock-ups.
And then I can present all that to the wedding planner coordinator, and she can put it all into action on the day of?
If a wedding planner coordinator can do all that, the hourly rate will be TOTALLY worth it.