Post # 1
I’ve decided I need to get some sort of professional help planning our wedding (end of May 2010). I originally thought I would only hire a Day-Of Coordinator, but then I went dress shopping for the first time last week and saw terror in sales associates eyes when I told them my wedding date. Since then, I’ve started seeing terror in my own eyes when thinking about what needs to be done on top of my already busy schedule.
However, I’m not sure if I really need a planner/coordinator or an event designer.
So far we’ve confirmed Ceremony & Reception Venue; Band; Photographer; and room block for guests. We’re anxious to send out save the dates, but i’m stuck on this one because we don’t yet have a theme/concept/vision for the wedding and I’d really like to have a cohesive look and feel from the STD to the end of the wedding. Some of the coordinator websites seem to focus on the logistics of the planning and I’d like to find someone with a design background who can help us bring out our personalities in the details of the wedding. Would any typical coordinator or planner be able to do that? Any recommendations in the NY area?
Post # 3
Each coordinator is different so you need to start talking to ones in your area about the things you want and the amount you are willing to pay for it. All I have to say, is that hiring a pro to make all it all come together without my stressing was soooo worth it.
Post # 5
I’m in a similar situation, as was my sister for her wedding last year. We both hired the same lady, she has a flexible service meaning she can do the entire wedding planning thing, day-of-coordination and/or anything in between. We found all our venues and vendors on our own, but she is in charge of making our dream “vision” a reality. In doing so, she has helped us shape it into something we couldn’t initially imagine on our own. Her title I think is “event coordinator” and she’s also doing the flowers for the whole she-bang as well. I hope that helps! As for NY, I have no idea…this lady’s in Texas. 🙁
Post # 6
you may also want to check to see if any of the companies you’re looking at has a design package to get you going… (i’m an event designer although i don’t broadcast it) a lot of different companies have this option to brides who need help getting started and being pointed in the proper direction.
Post # 7
If you are a DIY kind of person, you can pull it off yourself. Just make sure to have lots of to do lists, they are a lifesaver. If you have it in your budget than go ahead and hire someone. I pulled mine off by myself, our cohesive look was red, black and white, no theme exactly, just colors, and its working out great.
Post # 8
Thanks for the replies.
jennifer_espos – The wedding is on 5/29/10
Br1tSh1n1ngStar – I’m definitely not a DIY-er, which is where the need to hire someone comes in!
crebre80 – Do you happen to know of any planners that offer a ‘design package’ around NY? What might a typical budget for that service be?
Post # 9
I would do my own inspiration boards using pics from the venue and also from other weddings and areas.
Many resorts have their in house coordinator but you could pull it off. My wedding to my former Husband, my huge big, fat, Protestant wedding, I had no coordinator but my sis and bff’s mom (who was a designer) and I told them what to do and it was easily created. No charge!
work on inspiration boards and tap a stylish older friend or mom who isn’t in the wedding party to help you bring your design to life and on the day of the wedding have her there to tell florists, dj, band, cake and whatever else where to go in the venue and make it happen!
But if you can $$ swing a good day of, why not?
Post # 10
I agree with Bellenga about doing inspiration boards. You do want the theme of the wedding to come from the two of you. It’s your wedding. If you’ve already chosen the majority of your vendors, I would just get a good day-of or month-of package. They usually include unlimited consulting via email and phone.
I was going to get one of those packages, but they want like $2k for it around here. Now I’m just looking for a friend or acquaitance to hire just for a DOC – hopefully for around $500.