One thing I wish I had done differently on my wedding day was hired a day of planner. If you have chosen the route of DIY along your planning process, that’s great. Many brides today choose this route in order to cut costs in a big way. However, when it comes to the day of the wedding, it’s important to have one or two designated person(s) to make sure everything gets done.
There are so many details that go into a wedding day:
Making sure the cake has arrived
Making sure candles are lit
Making sure flowers have arrived and boutonnieres are pinned on the groomsmen
Knowing the order and when each person should walk down the aisle
Making sure the bride has everything she needs before and after she walks down the aisle
Making sure music is cued at just the right moment
Making sure the DJ knows who and when to introduce at the reception
I could go on, but you get the point.
There are details majority of brides, grooms and parents plan for, but the execution part is sometimes lacking. A good day of planner isn’t just making sure things get done, but communicating in a big way to the photographer before things happen during the day so the photographer can be ready and know where and when to be. Most professional wedding photographers have photographed enough weddings to anticipate certain things, however, each wedding is slightly different in that each one has its own twist. A good day of planner should foresee all these things in order to make sure your hired vendors know what’s up.
A good day of planner is your point of contact for the wedding day. Vendors, family and friends should not be calling the bride, groom and even parents on the day of the wedding with last minute questions. You have enough going on that day, that you shouldn’t know whether something breaks or goes wrong. Your day of planner is there to handle any unexpected things that arise.
If you’re still debating on whether you need a day of planner, think through distant family members or acquaintances that are detailed and good following through with tasks that could be a good stand in. Often times these people would be honored to be apart of your big day!
Do yourself a favor and eliminate a lot of stress the day of your wedding and have someone present that can help make sure all your hard work and planning comes together.
Hope this helps. Happy planning!