By Sharon for The Bride's Avenue
Do you need a wedding coordinator? The answer to this question does not hold the secret of eternal youth, but it is an equally serious one, at least for a couple. Wedding planning is no mean feat and even if you are a highly organized person, you do need a coordinator to tie it all together neatly.
So if you are wondering whether or not you need a wedding coordinator, the answer to that is a resounding YES and I’ll let you know just why I think you do. The short reason is that it saves you a whole lot of stress. Still not convinced? Okay, here’s the long reason below:
If you both work and you honestly don’t have the time
If you have a nine to five, or you run your own business, chances are you probably won’t have the time to go chasing vendors and figuring out all the little details that add up to a perfect wedding. If you are both busy people with very little time to spare, then engaging the services of a wedding coordinator will save you tons of time (and probably cash too).
Wedding coordinators can organize everything for you from the wedding ceremony to the reception and all you need to do is show up. If you’re like me and you have a little control freak hidden inside you, the prospect of handing over all the planning for your big day might be enough to turn your beautiful locks grey. But it doesn’t really have to go that way.
A wedding coordinator will work with you to bring about your vision for that day. Think of it as a consultancy. You still make the major decisions, and the coordinator is just there to well…coordinate!
If you’ve never planned a wedding before
Planning a wedding can be stressful especially if you are a newbie to the process. There are so many things to look out for when you’re choosing a vendor and lack of experience can be a real whoop. If you have zero experience with planning weddings, you definitely need a wedding coordinator. They have the experience and savvy to help you get everything organized so that you have a stress free day.
If you don’t have a huge budget
This might come as a surprise because the general assumption is that a wedding coordinator is just an additional expense. And while that is true to some extent, there’s stuff lots of people don’t know about these folks. If you don’t have a really large budget, these people can actually help you save money by helping you cut down on unnecessary expenses, searching out more affordable options and getting vendors to offer discounts.
Vendor discounts are not always obvious particularly to the couple. The truth is you are only getting married once or twice in a lifetime (hopefully) and vendors do not consider you repeat business. However, wedding coordinators organize weddings all the time and so it is easier for them to get discounts for you because they are repeat business for these vendors.
If you need to share the load
Okay, so you do have the time to plan your wedding and maybe you have some experience in wedding planning. Heck, both you and your fiancé might be really good at designing and decorating. But this is your day and you want to enjoy it and be as stress-free as possible. Who can blame you? I certainly don’t! In such a case, a wedding coordinator can share the burden of planning your wedding. You don’t have to delegate everything to the coordinator, just the stuff you feel would put too much pressure on you.
Hiring a wedding coordinator for full wedding planning might not be practical for you, maybe because you prefer to handle some areas yourself or your budget won’t allow for it. That’s okay. Most wedding coordinators offer partial wedding planning, which is more budget friendly and allows you to have a measure of control without compromising the success of your big day.
Whether you opt for full or partial planning with a coordinator, you will be glad you hired one.