(Closed) Thinking of hiring a newbie wedding coordinator…

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Are you hiring a coordinator, and if so, describe him/her:

    I would or have hired a coordinator who was experienced (3 years or more)

    I would or have hired a coordinator who had less experience (2 years or less)

    I would or have a coordinator who just started out or had a family/friend help out

    I didn't or won't use any coordinator

  • Post # 3
    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    It depends on the feeling you get with that person; if you think that the newbie is organized, communicates well (IMPORTANT) and does well under pressure then go for her.  My wedding planner has a lot of experience but mostly its her “no nonsense” attitude that is what I want to move the wedding day along…

    Post # 4
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I hired a planner who was just starting out her wedding planning business, but met with her first and got a really great feel.

    Post # 5
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    Mine is new but it seems like she has been doing it for a million years, she has thought of everything. You might ask her to do some more hand holding for you since she is new and you want to make sure everything is right, but they have to start somewhere!

    Post # 7
    8351 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    When I had my wedding I hired a full service planer that has been in the business for quite a awhile, but I know her, personally. If I would have interviewed other planners, and come across someone just starting out, I may have hired them, but only if I would have gotten a good feeling from them. I am starting out too as a planner/DOC, so I would like to think that there are bride/grooms out there that would give me an opportunity to prove myself. Just because we haven’t done any nonrelative/friend weddings doesn’t mean we don’t know what we are doing. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I think that if you feel comfortable with someone just starting out, you should hire them. You can save money and it will give them an opportunity to build their portfolio.

    Post # 8
    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would see if maybe she even had pics of the families and friends wedding she did… I know that sounds kinda crazy but…

    I had a friend DOC my wedding.. she had organized her bf mom very small wedding & does things administrative at our church for events.

    She came out to the rehearsal got everything timed out AWESOME and did a fantastic job on the Big Day! She got everything from the who to the when and everything in between. (we of course had corrosponded greatly about songs, timelines, vendors, etc all before hand)

    For the pictures though… I had NO idea HOW great she did until I saw our pro pics. Yes the photog took the pics but seeing how everything went through the ceremony… getting the party pics taken in the amount of time we had (she was there keeping everything on time) and how everything went through the reception to us leaving…

    She did a fantastic job. Maybe if you see some pics of some of the weddings she did and find out more of what was actually entailed you’d get a better idea if she’s for you =)

    Post # 10
    6571 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I’m all about saving money, but I would feel a little worried hiring a new coordinator. It’s such a hard job and it’s not something that I would want to deal with or worry about on my wedding day if something went wrong. For me, I think it’s worth the money to have a stress free day.

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