Post # 1
I will be attending my first wedding as the Wedding Planner, The wedding is not until June, but I want to get started on what I am wearing. I plan ahead for EVERYTHING. Anyway, I have seen planners in jeans…ugh! I most definitely don’t want to do that. I also know that wearing heels isn’t very smart either..since I have to walk around so much.
The wedding colors are latte and malibu (DB colors). Do I have to wear the colors?
I ran across this dress. What do you think? I am wearing gold accessories..including a skinny gold belt. I was thinking of wearing either a gold flat or a gold flat sandal. Do you have any other outfit suggestions?
Post # 3
Are you acting as the DOC? I’ve had experience with 2 DOCs and they both wore all black. They did their best to not stand out.
Post # 4
@PrncssDva: Yes, I like the dress. I would like to see you in a cute short sleeve cardigan to make it more professional. You are working, so I think its best to look cute, chic yet polished. Go easy on the accessories, think casual day at the office.
Post # 5
I have worked with alot of event planners and they almost always are in very conservative black outfits, as is their staff.
Post # 6
I agree with PPs, a tasteful black outfit is the way to go. That’s what my coordinator will be wearing. Come to think of it, each time I’ve met with her she’s in black or shades of gray.
ETA: I was just able to look at the dress. I think the formality of the event also dictates appropriate wear. If you were to get this dress, and it’s a formal event, you would most likely stand out and that’s really not the goal.
Post # 7
You don’t have to coordinate with the wedding colors. If you did weddings very often it would get rather cost prohibitive. What I’d suggest is investing in a good black sheath dress with a jacket that you can use or not as you like. Professional and polished but something that fades into the background is what I’d want in my coordinator’s appearance.
Post # 8
ive done wedding planning in the past.and worked in bridal salons. I agree with the black, but i myself always added a small splash of color- usually a belt or accessory that matched the wedding colors ( example went to a fall wedding the colors were brown and gold, i wore a black dress with a champange colored belt & heels)
Post # 9
My DOC and my catering manager wore black pants and a nice black shirt. You don’t want to stick out at all. If anything, you want guests to be able to ID you as the coordinator in case something is wrong.
Post # 10
@PrncssDva: I’d wear “show blacks”. Doesn’t need to be a pant suit (eta: with a black shirt or blouse, don’t wear a colour unless it’s also darker and subdued), a nice black dress with black leggings will do. Add a black cardy in case it gets chilly. I work with event planners a lot, and they always look like this, discreet but professional.
ETA: I found this helpful description: “Show Blacks (SBLKS): This is the same as work clothes but all of the clothes must be black.”
Post # 11
I would not try and match with the event, since you aren’t part of the bridal party, plus it would end up getting fairly costly. I agree with the PPs, wear blacks, you don’t want to stick out since you are there as staff, but you still want to look professional.
Post # 12
Ask the bride! I DOC and I let the bride know that I will usually wear black and gray business casual attire but am open to wearing different attire if they feel it better suits their event. A March bride wants me to wear bright colours so I will be wearing a hot pink dress. Word to the wise – if you are wearing something with a skirt, make sure you are wearing leggings or bike shorts underneath; dresses aren’t always the most practical attire!
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! I went ahead and asked the Bride. She is my friend and originally wanted me as her Matron of Honor. She wants me to wear the dress that I posted above. And yes, I am planning the wedding and acting as DOC. HELP lol
Post # 14
@PrncssDva: I guess it’s different since she is a personal friend of yours and close enough that you might have been in the bridal party. But if you are making a business out of it for others I would not wear what you posted. What PP said about black and business attire is appropriate.
Post # 15
@ChemistryBride: Yeah, I guess I should have mentioned that in the beginning, but I didn’t think about it. Thanks