Wedding Day Coordination: An Introduction
This is the first of a series of mini-posts dedicated to Wedding Day Coordination and everything an engaged couple needs to know. Expertly managing a wedding is a completely different service than full-scale wedding planning, but it’s no less important. A lot of couples, and many of their stakeholders like parents and best friends, misunderstand what wedding day, or day-of, coordination is, and how it works, so I want to take some time to give you a really thorough education in all things “wedding management”.
I’ll generally use “wedding day coordination” to refer to the service, and “coordinator” or “manager” to describe my role, but there are lots of terms that could be used with this level of service. Some you might see are:
Wedding day coordination/coordinator
Wedding day direction/director
Wedding day management/manager
And many combinations of these assorted titles
Part of the reason for all of the different terms is that they are all just a tiny bit misleading. Day-of coordination isn’t something that can be done all on one day. It takes me about a month to meet with you, discuss and review your expectations, make recommendations to help resolve issues, and prepare my team to execute your plans. I do sometimes think of it as “month-of”, but even that can be confusing as we do communicate a lot during that last month, but you remain the primary contact for your vendors and are still the big decision maker when necessary.
In my next post, I’ll talk about what the planning process looks like when you have hired a wedding day coordinator, and who is responsible for each role.
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