Monday, June 18, 2012

A Wedding Planner?

To have a wedding planner or to not have one... that was never the question. Okay, I know, bad play on words but apparently I'm just not that witty! ;)

Anyway, right when the planning begins, you know how you get hammered with questions? Mostly things like "Have you set a date? What are your colors? Can I have a plus one? When are you having babies?" (And yes, we were asked the baby question even though that definitely isn't in the cards for us for a bit.) Well we also got the question "who is your wedding planner?"

{personal photo: my OCD, color coordinated planner}

The short answer? I'm our wedding planner. For a lot of reasons:
  • First, I'm totally a Type-A. I'm also sort of OCD. (I've mentioned these things before, I know!) I love plans, details, color-coordinating, and scheduling. So I knew without fail that I would be the one to actually plan our wedding, go to all the vendor meetings (with my over-prepared presentations, of course) and generally just be making decisions on what I wanted for the big day.
  • Second, for those who don't know yet, I worked as an intern for a wedding venue for over a year. I loved it there and I also learned a LOT over the course of 70 or so weddings. After seeing that many events, with no two events being the same, I figured out pretty clearly what I did and didn't like.
  • And then the last thing? I don't want to be restricted in planning. Some of the event planners that I worked with had their brides meet vendors then make a decision within a set amount of days. That's definitely not how every planner operates, but the idea that I may be forced into a decision definitely wasn't my idea of a good time.
So when I started thinking about the wedding weekend, I initially said that I wouldn't be having a wedding planner. But again, with planning comes options - and specifically, with one that I hadn't thought of yet. Hiring a day of coordinator.

Instead of hiring a wedding planner who would work with me to execute my vision, make vendor decisions, and etc. I'm going to hire a day of coordinator. The few options I have in mind come highly recommended, and offer full weekend management services instead of just the day of. That means they would also be present for the rehearsal, take care of final payments to vendors and final confirmations in advance, so it looks like this is going to be a great option for us!

Now I just have to decide which DOC to choose... If you hired a planner or DOC for your wedding, how did you choose? Did you find that meeting with them in person was helpful?

1 comment:

  1. I found your blog from Ruthie Hart's blog today, and I love it! You may have already hired a DOC by now, but if not... I just hired one. I talked with several over the phone (I live in a different city than I'm getting married in) and most were awkward 10-15 minute conversations. Then, I found my girl! We talked for about an hour and a half about the wedding (could have gone even longer but I had to get back to work), and we just clicked! I am very type A, and I felt she was someone I could trust; someone I could count on to get stuff done the OCD way I would want it done. My advice - find someone you feel is like you - that way you know they will make any judgement calls the way you would want to make them - and make sure you feel they can get the job done so you can just relax on your big day. I look forward to hearing more about your wedding on the blog!!