Brooke’s Wedding Adventures (entry no. 4)
It’s been too long since my last letter, and so much has happened since then! But for today, I wanted to talk about what I have learned as a wedding coordinator and why I will have one for my own wedding. I also wanted to share some of the most useful resources I have found throughout my wedding planning process!
Here are the top 3 things I have learned as a wedding coordinator:
- Day-of coordinators are a must-have for a stress-free wedding. At Chestnut & Vine, we meet with the couple several times before the actual wedding day so that we know exactly what they want and how to execute it smoothly and efficiently so that the bride and groom (along with their family and friends) can focus on just having a good time and savoring every moment. Our goal is to help give our couples the wedding of their dreams by organizing their vision and making it a reality.
- There are many things that happen behind the scenes during a wedding that the bride will never know. I’m certain there will be things that “go wrong” on my wedding day – missing seating labels that need to be handwritten last minute, misplaced table signs that need reorganizing, unstable decorations that need fixing, guests who have insulin reactions (yes, I’ve handled all of these situations and more as a coordinator) – and I do not need to know about them when it is my turn to be a bride. ☺
- Coordinators keep track of not only the big picture but also the little details that are easily forgotten (e.g. order of wedding party, whether or not there will be ushers/greeters, order of events, important contacts, place settings, song selection, etc.). Once I figure out these kinds of specifics, I can gladly pass them off to my wedding coordinator and never have to worry about keeping track of every single detail again!
My favorite wedding resources:
- Jamie Wolfer’s YouTube channel and Facebook page! Jamie Wolfer is a wedding planner, who shares many tips, tricks, and advice on anything wedding related. I have learned and applied so much from her in my own wedding planning.
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdAcY6YGgF-RgGYXTsOENbA
Facebook link: “Budget Wedding Planning Community” https://www.facebook.com/groups/theweddinghacker
- The Erin Condren Wedding Planner! This planner has helped me stay organized in both my daily and wedding plans. It not only functions as a regular planner, but it also provides resources such as vendor contact lists, photography checklists, a wedding day schedule, inspirations, and note pages to keep all of your wedding ideas, contacts, etc. in one place. From vendor contact lists to photography checklists to wedding party
Erin Condren Wedding Planner: https://www.erincondren.com/wedding-planners?gclid=CjwKCAjw9r-DBhBxEiwA9qYUpcAwwdpuXmQ2K9jZjZAW_S_sNe60UvJxw-0rc0NXbmJqqr9t1JPKbxoCg08QAvD_BwE
- The Knot Wedding Checklist! Caleb and I registered and created our website through The Knot and have found their wedding checklist to be very helpful in tracking the things we need to get done and when to get them done. Instead of trying to figure out and remember every single detail on our to-do list, The Knot’s wedding checklist provides all of that for us and allows us to check off things as we go!
The Knot Wedding Checklist: https://www.theknot.com/wedding-checklist-1
I hope you find some (if not all) of these thoughts and resources helpful as you continue to plan for your own special day! Next time I will catch you up on all the different vendors I’ve booked and ways I’ve included my loved ones in my wedding.