What is your definition of a wedding planner? What if any is your definition of a wedding coordinator? Well, in the time it takes you to read this I hope to help define the jobs and what the common understanding s are of each job. First, there is a big difference between what is taught and what is considered common knowledge. A Wedding Planner does everything from seating charts to fluffing the dress before you go down the isle. A Coordinator takes what you’ve put together and makes it smooth together (if possible).
When I’m hired as a planner its my job to find out budget first and then if they can afford the style they want. I try to find ways to use my connections, experiences, skills and inventory to reduce costs so they can afford a level above what they can afford on their own. Sometimes I can pull off a miracle and get them two levels up. Rarely can I get them three levels and only once have I been able to go four levels up. We will sit down and talk about decor, style and how grand they can afford. Most people are realistic with the money to style reality of things. I can show you pictures of a 100,000 wedding and pictures from a 10,000 weddings. Both were great, both were just what that couple wanted and could afford. Now the 10,000 wedding looked like 15-20 and the 100,000 wedding pulled out all the stops and went over the top on almost every concept. It was fun to go overboard but in central Illinois it was tough to get a few things that couple wanted. We ended up having to go non local. I prefer to spend money in our local economy and let those services in turn spend money locally. When needed I know where to go to get things done. If you call the florist and order a certain type of flower you might pay retail, I pay wholesale. With food you might pay that extra %, I don’t. When you work in bulk and refer as much as I do, we can pull a little weight and reduce a few costs here that there. If I save you 2% here and 5% there and 1% with this and 10% with that, it all adds up to a saving of more than my fee. Plus you get to have less stress and less work. Sit back, relax and enjoy your day. Don’t let mom and dad work your wedding.
When you call me a little late in the process and just need someone to round it out and pull it together, I will function as your coordinator. A three day prior or even a day of coordinator can make a huge difference in your wedding. Reducing stress, time spent on the phone, running around the hall trying to get everyone in place and on time are things I can do for you. Making sure things are where they are supposed to be and when they are supposed to be there is just as important as taking the knives or toasting glasses to the engraver and getting them back before the wedding. There is no sense making the announcement to join the couple for the cake cutting if the knives aren’t there. There is nothing worse than announcing the toasts only to find out the someone forgot their speech in the car. That there are no glasses or that the bottles haven’t been uncorked yet.
All in all a properly trained and licensed wedding planner or coordinator can have a huge impact on the overall success of your wedding. Ask almost any bride after their wedding that they planned, executed and coordinated if they could’ve saved money, reduced stress and let some one else do the work and I bet you most would hire a pro wedding service to do it for them. when you’re ready,,,,, call me 585 4008
DJ MC Wedding Coordinator