Post # 17
Another note: When we chose our venue we asked them about wedding coordinators that they worked with and which ones they liked the best. We interviewed two of them that we liked the best and chose one.
gionnetto is right to a certain extent…having a coordinator limits your choices for which vendors to use…so unless you absolutely LOVE a vendor DONT SETTLE. It is your wedding coordinators JOB to find the vendor you love and are comfortable with AND that fit your budget and personality. So if you dont like the vendors that your coordinator is sending to you…ASK FOR MORE. and it wouldnt hurt to do a little research yourself also.
Post # 18
You can’t do anything until you have the venue so that should be the first thing you decide on. The planner comes afterward. But everyone has their own way that they prefer. Not everyone hires a planner at the beginning for the entire process as they prefer to plan their own wedding using their own style, and pick out vendors based on online reviews, their own interviews, etc and then hire a day/month of coordinator to pull it all together. In the end, it depends on your budget and preference.
While a vendor that is picked out by a coordinator may be cheaper, they may not mesh with your style and/or personality, in which case going with the vendor in question just to save money is not a good idea.
Post # 19
I hired a coordinator first, and I am SO glad that I did. She was able to show me venues I didn’t even know existed, after months of internet research.
I also am planning my wedding from a distance. Coordinators are a huge help in doing that.
I don’t know if I would say my coordinator has saved me money as much as she has stretched my dollar a whole lot farther. I am still spending X amount, but I am getting a lot more than I had thought. She is also making it possible for me to have a super personalized wedding. I am entirely confident that no one who attends my wedding will go to anything else like it. If you want a pretty standard wedding, you won’t get quite as much from your coordinator.
Post # 20
I think that if you have an idea of a venue you can choose the venue and skip that step and save money with a planner. If you are lost as to where to have your wedding a wedding planner can really help. All they do is weddings so they have alot of great ideas. They have suggestion have worked really well in the past.