Get Real Series
5 Reasons Why Day Of Coordinators are Misunderstood
by Karen Hirsh
Let's be honest for a hot second. Wedding planners are probably the absolute closest thing a bride or groom will ever get to a fairy godmother. Unfortunately, the one major difference is that magical wand isn't for sale on Amazon Prime and planners need a little bit more time to work their magic...
Bippity. Boppity. Boo.
Karen Hirsh, co-owner of Perfectly Celebrated, joins us on the blog today to talk about how frustrating it can be when engaged couples actually think that "day-of" is a real service!
1. Let’s start with the title.
Day of Coordinators is a misnomer in and of itself. We don’t just show up on the day of your wedding and wave a magic wand (that would be awesome, and if you can find someone with a wand, go for it!). Our work begins months in advance – getting our names in front of you, telling you how and why you should hire us, and talking to you about what we can do to help you on your big day.
2. Once you have signed a contract with us (because we are professionals), then the real work begins!
About a month before your wedding, we will sit down with you to get all up in your business and make note of every last detail of what you want your day to look like. We’ll then create a detailed timeline for your wedding day. This is SO important. Let me say that again…this is SO important! There are a lot of things that need to happen in a relatively short amount of time and organization is key.
3. We like to attend your rehearsal (with timeline in hand) to meet your wedding party and family and go over that timeline.
We want them to know who we are and what we look like. On the day of your wedding, we will be the contact people and we want everyone to come to us with any questions or concerns. Think of us as an invisible force field!
4. Now, you may think that your MOH or maybe Aunt Suzie can handle this job.
Your MOH wants to have fun on your wedding day, and Aunt Suzie doesn’t think you will mind if something is done a little differently. This is why a professional trumps a friend or family member. We will do things EXACTLY how you want them to be done.
5. We decorate, organize, coordinate, hustle, cheer you on, help you when you need it, stand back when you don’t.
The typical things will be taken care of but at the end of the night, when you are reminiscing about your wonderful wedding day, you won’t be aware that one of your bridesmaids had a broken shoe (because we had superglue), or that your cake almost toppled over (because we adjusted the dowel rod inside), or that your mom spilled wine on her dress (we took her to the ladies room and got it out). And that’s exactly how it should be. And that’s why we love our job. We are there to make sure your wedding day is a dream come true.
So, call us Day Of Coordinators if you want, but we are much more than that.
Karen Hirsh is the co-owner of Perfectly Celebrated, Ltd., an event coordination company serving Northeast Ohio. Karen and her business partner, Gail Bisesi, started their company after Karen’s daughter was married several years ago. Gail was the photographer, Karen was stressed out about all the things that had to be done on her daughter’s wedding day and they have formed the perfect partnership. They each have over 20 years of coordination experience with both corporate and private events.
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