By Dana Y. Briggs
One of the best pieces of advice a bride can receive is to hire a “Day-of Coordinator,” yet most people don’t know that such a person exists! Akin to a fairy godmother with serious wedding skills, a Day-of Coordinator picks up where you should leave off, allowing you to enjoy the most magical of wedding days.
Day-of services are designed to combine all the freedom and fun of planning your wedding yourself with the reassurance and peace of mind that hiring a professional event manager brings. Instead of tracking the dozens of details you put into place on the day of the wedding, an experienced and skilled coordinator can act on your behalf to make your plans come to life.
Most brides don’t realize the level of logistical coordination that is required on the wedding day. Day-of Coordinators greet and organize vendors on arrival and ensure that your contract with each one is followed. If a crisis arises, a coordinator has the resources and experience to make adjustments that will keep your plans on track. If you have contributed personal details like décor, favors or other items to the design of your wedding, your coordinator will often set these up for you as well.
Once guests arrive and during the ceremony and reception rituals, the Day-of Coordinator supports, or sometimes acts as, your Mistress of Ceremony. Roles may include releasing bridesmaids down the aisle, cueing flower girls and ring bearers and communicating with musicians to ensure smooth transitions. Coordinators often help direct guests and keep an eye on the tiny details, like whether or not guests are signing the guest book. They may also assist with finding family members for formal portraits.
At the reception, a coordinator will communicate with your caterer, entertainer, photographer, and staff to keep events running on time and confirming that important guests are present for each formality. The coordinator might help bustle your dress before your first dance or provide you with a quick fix when your shoes rub a little too painfully. Keeping you happy, fed and dancing are top priorities!
Finally, at the end of the event, a Day-of Coordinator will often pack up all of your personal items and either store them for pick-up the following day or transfer everything to a family car for easy departure.
If enjoying your meticulously planned wedding day is on the top of your to do list, hire a reputable, experienced Day-of Coordinator. Your investment will pay off in a stress-free, magical wedding day.
Dana Y. Briggs is the owner of Elegantly Yours Events, a wedding planning and design firm that specializes in transforming life’s special events into memorable and extraordinary moments that are a true reflection of your personality and taste. For more information, please visit www.elegantly-yours.com.