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    Day-of Coordinator vs. Month-of Planner and Coordinator

    Day of Coordinator; What is it? Many brides call or email me, asking for this service. The truth is, it doesn’t exist. The term was introduced and perpetuated by wedding publications and blogs.

    Most experienced wedding planners offer Month-of Planning and Coordination. We know it’s not possible to show up on the day of the wedding and implement a seamless celebration without any prior knowledge. 

    When your Month-of Planner comes on board, she or he will be the new point of contact for your vendors. They will introduce themselves to your vendors and get an idea of what to expect on the wedding day.  Also, the Planner will review your contracts and understand exactly who is doing what and when. They will create your day-of timeline, which will break down all the details regarding arrival times, setup and breakdown. This one is very important: Your Planner will do a site visit with you, and discuss all of the details you have planned, to get an idea of how you envision the space on your wedding day. The day before your wedding, your coordinator will run your rehearsal, and on your wedding day, he/she will be there to run the show! For me, it’s sometimes a 15-hour day, and we’re there to make sure that each hour of your wedding day is worry-free and seamless. 

    Some couples choose to forgo a Day-of Planner/Coordinator because their reception venue includes a coordinator.   It’s important that you identify exactly what your needs will be on wedding day and know ahead of time exactly what your venue coordinator is able and willing to do. Keep in mind that they may not be able to call the limo driver who is running late, or assist the bride in steaming her dress or veil.