You’d be surprised how often couples say, “I’ll just have a friend or family member coordinate my wedding day. I don’t need to hire a professional”. Would you have a friend perform your heart surgery, simply because she’s obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy? Or would you have your aunt fly the plane you’re riding on because she likes the movie Top Gun? There’s certain things that should be left to the professionals, and handling one of the biggest days of your life is certainly one of them. Here’s 6 reasons why you shouldn’t have a friend or family member coordinate your wedding:
1. They Don’t Know People.
Wedding Planners have a really large network of vendors that they work with, especially after being in the business for 12+ year like us. I can literally call any vendor you would possibly need in a second if there was an emergency and one of your vendors backed out at the last minute, or worse - just didn’t show.
2. They’re Not Experienced in Handling Wedding-Related Issues.
Things happen. Very rarely do weddings go off without at least some small hiccup. Will your designated coordinator know what to do if the DJ is running late and won’t make it in time for the ceremony? Or the caterer won’t arrive in time with the linens and the florist needs to set up an elaborate tablescape? We do. We are Master Improvisors, and that only comes with our years’ worth of experience.
3. They May Not Make it to the Wedding on Time Themselves.
I’ve told this story a few times before. Long story short, my mother-in-law was generous enough to offer to set up the inside of my reception (this was before I planned weddings). Well, as luck would have it, she got stuck in traffic on the way back from showering and getting dressed at the hotel and was late getting back so we can start the ceremony. Of course, we waited for her, but holy cow, was I stressed out waiting!! Put us back a good half hour or so.
4. It’s Personal.
Your friend is your friend. She likely won’t tell you if something is a bad idea or won’t work in an effort to avoid hurting your feelings. We will because we want you to not only have the best time, but it will reflect poorly on us if something goes wrong. Your family and friends are too close to you to say “no”.
5. There’s No Contract.
They can throw in the towel any time they want. There is no contract legally binding them to fulfill their wedding planning duties to you. Do you know how many times I’ve had a couple tell me their “friend” was supposed to do their hair/makeup/photography/signage/ceremony/flowers/set up, but then they backed out? Yeah, it’s a lot.
6. The End Result Will Be Amazing.
When you put your trust in professionals, you can be guaranteed that the end result will be amazing. You will have the most beautiful, stress-free day EVER and so will your family and friends.
About the Author
Thanks for stopping by. I'm so excited that you decided to learn more about me!
First and foremost, I am a wife and mother to 2 boys, Kyle and Mason. They're part of the reason that I continued to pursue my dream of being a business owner. Having the ability to make my own hours and still be present for them is invaluable, and an experience for which I will forever be indebted to my amazing husband.
As a kid, I was always organizing everything. I loved stationary and paper and pens and markers and journals and planners and anything else that allowed me to plan and organize. Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank? Yes, PLEASE! As I got older, that love for organization became a love for planning, particularly fun things like events. I woke up one day with the thought, “Could I actually make a living doing this?”. I had gone to Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT for my Bachelor's Degree in Communications, so I had a little knowledge about business and how they worked. When the idea began to formulate more and more in my head, I decided to take my education even further and pursue a Master of Business Administration Degree. Right after I earned this degree, I had my first son, so the timing was perfect! I was able to be home with him during the week while my husband worked, and work at night and on the weekends, when most events took place!
More than 10 years later, I still love bringing the idea and concept of a wedding or event into reality. Each one plays out differently, and I love that! It keeps things fresh and exciting! I can't wait to hear from you and learn all about how I can help with your next event!