Why You Absolutely Need A Day-Of Coordinator

Planning a wedding is a huge process. From the big decisions like your venue, menu and guest list to the little ones, like seating charts and centerpiece configurations, you’ll be forced to make dozens of decisions about what you want - and what you don’t want - at your wedding.

When it’s time to choose whether or not you’d like to include a day-of coordinator in your wedding plans, you should absolutely say yes. A day-of coordinator can be a bride’s secret weapon, helping you finalize the details of your event while ensuring everything plays out perfectly on your wedding day. While some brides are hesitant to commit, fearing a day-of wedding coordinator isn’t worth the cost, many brides consider their day-of coordinators one of the best investments they make throughout the wedding planning process.

If you haven’t been convinced you need a day-of coordinator to help out with your wedding, here are a few reasons you may want to reconsider:

You want to enjoy your wedding day. The biggest reason brides look to hire day-of coordinators is so they don’t have to worry about, well, coordinating the details on the day they’re supposed to get married. You want your focus to be on walking down the aisle and reciting your vows - not making sure the vendors have all shown up on time, stressing over the timing and putting out fires as they arise. A good day-of coordinator will be able to take all of that unnecessary pressure off of you, the bride, leaving you free to make memories, mingle with guests, and marry the man of your dreams.

You aren’t the most punctual person in the world. If you find yourself running late to every appointment, you might want to consider a day-of coordinator to keep you on schedule during your wedding. Between the ceremony, the reception, the speeches and the dances, there are lots of things that need to follow a fairly strict timeline for your wedding to play out properly. While they can’t make you magically appear wherever you need to be, a good day-of coordinator can keep you on track and make sure your wedding stays on schedule.

You want someone with experience on your team. You’ve probably attended a few weddings, and you may have even been in some of them, but you’re likely no expert on getting married. Neither is anyone in your bridal party. But a good day-of coordinator has done this before - likely a hundred times over. She knows just what to expect and what problems to anticipate, and she can help to ensure your wedding and reception go off seamlessly. Involve her in the planning process, and she’ll likely ask some thoughtful questions and come up with a few recommendations you hadn’t considered.

As you get ready to share your big day with friends and family, consider adding one more person to that list - a day-of coordinator. From keeping you on schedule to helping to put out fires and give advice, the value they’ll add will far outweigh the price you’ll pay to have them on your team.

To Be An A+ Wedding Guest

If you’re planning to attend a wedding, you’ll want to make sure you show up on your best behavior. After all, the bride and groom have likely spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and money into the celebration - the last thing you want to do is deter from that. Fortunately, being a great wedding guest isn’t too tough. Want to know how to be the best wedding guest ever? Keep these tips in mind as you gear up to attend your next wedding:

RSVP as soon as you can.

Don’t be the invitee who waits until the last moment to let the bride and groom know they plan to attend. Instead, start acting like an A+ guest before you’ve even arrived at the wedding by submitting your RSVP as quickly as possible. You should, of course, wait until you can commit before you let them know - but don’t delay your decision too long, or you’ll add unnecessary stress to the bride-to-be’s plate.

Show up on time.

Make a plan to arrive at the wedding well before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. Unless an emergency catches you off guard, there’s no acceptable reason to be late. And if you are? Find a place in the back of the room to respectfully watch without causing a disruption and keep the focus on the vows, not your tardiness.

Follow directions.

This one shouldn’t be too tough, but a surprising number of wedding guests struggle to interpret directions as instructions - not guidelines. If the invitation includes a dress code, follow it. No kids allowed? Find a sitter if you’d like to attend. No photos during the ceremony? Keep your cell phone on silent mode in your purse or leave it in the car.

Make new friends.

Introducing ourselves to strangers isn’t always a ton of fun, but weddings present a perfect opportunity to meet new people. You’re all connected in some way through your relationship to the bride or groom, so you’ve got an easy conversation starter. Spend a few minutes catching up with the newlyweds, but don’t monopolize their time. Instead, circulate the room and find new folks to introduce yourself to.

Don’t overindulge.

Enjoying a cocktail or two is often part of the fun during wedding dinners and receptions, but when there’s an open bar, there’s the potential for trouble. Keep an eye on your level of intoxication and don’t let things get out of control. Eat plenty of food so you aren’t drinking on an empty stomach, and switch to water once you start to feel a buzz, and you’ll escape the evening unscathed and unembarrassed.

As you can see, acting like an A+ wedding guest isn’t impossible. With a little consideration and planning and the right mindset around the day, you’re sure to have a great time - without having too much fun. What are your best tips to stay on your A game when attending weddings? Alternately, do you have any faux pas to avoid at all costs? Leave a comment and let me know!

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