By Lenni Stratton
Floral by The Flower Market
Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, and you want it to be perfect. You’ll spend hours poring over bridal magazines and blogs, searching out the perfect vendors, and finding the perfect elements for The Big Day. So why would you risk any of those beautiful plans by not planning accordingly? Hiring a wedding coordinator can save you time, money, and–most importantly, loads of stress!
Most couples in Utah are marrying for the first time. They’ve never planned a wedding, and have absolutely no idea where to start. They don’t know how long in advance to book the venue, to order the stationery, to choose the bridesmaid dresses. And, why should they? Unless you’ve been heavily involved in the planning of your friends or family’s weddings, there is no reason why you should know exactly what to expect. Most couple’s planning their wedding will greatly benefit from the expertise offered by a wedding coordinator.
Many people think hiring an event coordinator is an unnecessary expense. But did you know that they can actually save you money? Think about it: an event coordinator does this all the time. They know all the best sources and vendors, and often get better prices on things simply because of an ongoing relationship with various vendors. Think flowers, musicians, rental companies and venues; all of these vendors benefit by being able to work with a knowledgeable and efficient coordinator to help you pull off your perfect day, and they are often willing to pay for the luxury in the form of discounts and incentives.
Beyond mere budget savings, a coordinator will save you even more when it comes to stress and worry. Not only will a talented coordinator keep plans, meetings, and appointments running smoothly leading up to the wedding, but they will make life on the day of your wedding equally as smooth and stress-free.
You–and your groom and your mom and your sister and…–won’t be worrying if the caterer gets there on time, if the flowers are exactly the right shade of pink, or if the groomsmen all remembered their suits. Your planner will do all of that for you, leaving you to focus on relaxing and enjoying the happiest day of your life. Chances are, you’ll never know if the caterer was late or not. Those little problems (that you shouldn’t be stressed about anyway) will be handled before you even know that there was a problem to begin with.
Still think hiring a full-time coordinator might not be exactly your cup of tea? Consider bringing one on for just The Big Day. Most coordinators offer this option as an alternative to full-service wedding planning and coordination, at a fraction of the cost. They’ll work with you during the week (or month, depending on the coordinator) leading up to the wedding to get up to date on all the plans you’ve set in motion–vendor lists, colors schemes, alternate weather plans–and then make sure that all runs smoothly. You get all the freedom of planning the day exactly how you want it, in your own way, and then you hand the reigns over to the coordinator on the Big Day so you can sit back and enjoy enjoy your champagne and hor d’eourves.