Choosing a Wedding Coordinator – Do You Really Need One?
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, and if you find yourself at a crossroads and definitely unable to tackle the entire thing on your own even with the help of family and friends, then perhaps its time you consider hiring a wedding coordinator. But before you do, there are some things you might want to keep in mind.
When you are about to hire a wedding coordinator, what are some of the things you expect? He or she will be able to help you create the ideal wedding of your choice. Their knowledgeable expertise allows you to pick out the right themes, venue, color schemes and so much more. They should be able to help you set up a realistic budget you can work with including keeping tabs on how much money is needed or spent. The coordinator should be able to suggest vendors that fit your ideas. They should be able to make a wedding schedule that keeps you updated on what’s been done and what’s yet to be accomplished. They can also help you save money depending on how well connected they are in the business. Most importantly, they can take care of any emergencies that arise.
Knowing now the benefits of getting a good wedding coordinator, the next task involves finding one. The first option is to go with word-of-mouth. Talk to others who have dealt with wedding coordinators and hear their stories and recommendations. It is suggested that you speak to them over the phone first to establish a relationship. If you like the way they sound, then you can go ahead and schedule an appointment. While having the phone conversation ask about having a diploma to show their skills and call the organization to make sure they are not fabricating the whole story. Is the coordinator organized? Do they sound friendly? Are they confident and knowledgeable? Are they within your budget? Do they have any references? These are just a few questions you might want to pose to them, and if you’re satisfied with their answers, then set up that appointment as soon as possible.
Know what kind of packages the wedding coordinator offers. Some offer only consultations and will not be there with you every step of the way – at least not there physically. These coordinators are more like planners and give you ideas on how to make your wedding the best it can be. There are coordinators who not only do consultations, but are also willing to work with you on the wedding day itself. He or she basically runs the show on that day and is on hand in case of any emergency. If the coordinator is willing to work on the wedding day (or just consultation) discuss the charge for services. There are three different ways this can be done. They can charge a percentage of the total cost of your wedding. They can charge by the hour or they can simply charge a flat fee. Whatever the situation, make sure you have a contract signed before making the final decision.