Successful Wedding Day Coordination Tips | Tips + Advice
This week, we are giving our best tips for successful wedding day management. Wedding day management is often the first service offered by wedding planners when they are just starting out. It’s a great way to get to know vendors, learn how different venues work, and get experience before offering full-service planning.
I talked a little bit about this in the previous post but wanted to expand more on how to treat other vendors. Give all vendors the benefit of the doubt before, during, and after the wedding. This includes non-professional event vendors. As the planner, you don’t want to be a dictator but rather you want to do whatever you can to ensure vendors can concentrate on their job and have adequate time for what they need to do on the wedding day.
For example, you may have a photographer who wants two hours to take photos after the ceremony but if the venue and band are already booked to start earlier, talk to all those vendors to create the best schedule that fits what the clients want.
Most vendors are professionals who hate to be micromanaged. It’s our job to lead the team and guide everyone to success. On the flip side, there will be times when you work with a vendor who has no idea what he is doing and will need strong gentle guidance to make sure his job gets done well and within the time frame allotted.
When in doubt about a wedding detail before the big day, ask the couple. When in doubt on the wedding day, you may need to make a decision based on what your clients would want. You know your clients best. If the couple is very laid back and you know they don’t care about napkin folds, you can make a decision about what looks best. On the other hand, if your client is very particular or tends to be high maintenance, you may want to check with her about those types of details on the wedding day if you have not discussed it before.
For attire on the wedding day, wear professional but comfortable clothes. Most planners want to look like a professional, not a wedding guest. Layering your clothes often works well, especially if it is an outdoor event. If the setup is lengthy, some planners wear casual clothes and shoes for setup then change into your professional clothes for the wedding. This post about 10 Things I Always Do On A Wedding Day will be helpful.
What other tips and advice can you offer other planners who provide wedding day management services? Please share them in the comments.
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