(Closed) Are you hiring a wedding coordinator/planner?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

where is the wedding?

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I didn’t, but my reception had a coordinator that helped me out some, so that was good.  Also my FH’s cousin did a lot of leg work for me too.  I guess it really depends on where your wedding is.  Since ours is in my FH’s hometown, we were able to rely on family to help us out.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes, I’m am going to hire a day of coordinator.  If the venue offers a coordinator, I’ll use her for the long distance planning.  Otherwise, I’m doing most of the designing and planning. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ll probably hire a wedding coordinator that specializes in Indian weddings, mainly so that they can help me with some items like getting a grey or white horse for the groom’s procession (baraat), a mehndi artist, pandit (priest) who can conduct the ceremony in English and Hindi/Sanskrit, and any other such things required for an Indian wedding.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I considered hiring a day of coordinator but once I called for quotes, it was not in our budget.  Our reception location will have someone to help us once we’re there so that made us relax a bit, and our church has a wedding coordinator, so we will hopefully get the help and support from our wedding party. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I live in Los Angeles and my wedding was in San Juan, Puerto Rico and I did not hire a planner, so it can be done! That being said, I had been there before and knew exactly which hotel I wanted to get married in. The hotel did have a coordinator that handled all of the catering, alcohol, linens, chairs, etc. And she did help on the day of, but I researched and booked everything else from flowers to music to cake, etc. Also, my (now) sister-in-law offered to be a day of coordinator and did an amazing job at it. As a sidenote, my job is very similar to event planning, so hiring a planner just didn’t make sense for me.

If you’ve never been to the destination, then I would probably recommend hiring one, because I feel like choosing the venue is half the battle, especially with a destination wedding. Also, once you do choose the venue, it may actually come with a coordinator to help you.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I wish I could afford a wedding planner but realistically thats out of the question

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

You can check out Simply You Weddings…which is out of Key West.  She may go as far north as Key Largo and her work is amazing!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We have a coordinator on board for our Destination Wedding and it has really taken the stress out of planning.  It probably depends on how in control you want to be.  Personally, I didn’t feel the need to interview numerous florists, officiants, cake bakers, photographers, musicians, etc.  I just told our coordinator our budget, vision and prioritization of these pieces and she took it from there.   She knows who is good – and dependable – in the area.  And I figure vendors are going to have more vested in keeping HER satisfied than some out-of-town couple they’ll never see again. 

I’m actually only visiting the city twice prior to the big event – and it’s not a city that I knew AT ALL prior to deciding to marry there.  The first time I visited, my mom and I went and my wedding coordinator had set up appointments ahead of time with 10-12 venues, for my wedding and reception.  She drove us from one appointment to the next, kind of like a realtor showing hosues.  It was really nice!  My Fiance and I are headed back next month (Jan) to do our final planning for our March wedding.  I know she’s going to be a life-saver the day of, as well.  Hope this helps!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Not totally sure yet. I’m thinking we won’t since I will be done with my coursework for my PhD and on a ‘break” before starting my dissertation. I’m hoping that with my friends and family’s help I should be ok. I’ve already got the majority of the big stuff done. So I think I should be ok with out a coordinator. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wedding Coordinators are a great away to alleviate stress.. but they can also add it, if they are not good….

I would not like to post any names here but I could help so just send a message…

Im in the circuit of destination weddings so I can help with who is good and who is not!!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our venue has a wedding coordinator, so we haven’t hired anyone extra.  We still have to organize things that aren’t venue-related, like the cake, flowers, transportation for our guests, etc.  But it’s nice to know that everything on-site will be taken care of on our wedding day by our on-site coordinator. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not.It doesn’t make sense to since we are getting married in FBIL’s backyard. = )

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