How do you know if you need a Day of Wedding Coordinator? Take this little test. If you answer yes to most of the questions below then you need a Day of Wedding Coordinator.
- You'll enjoy doing DIY projects for your wedding
- You’re wicked organized and communicate your needs clearly
- You have already or are going to design the look and feel of your wedding
- You don’t want people bugging you with questions on your wedding day
- You want to stay on budget!
- You want your friends and family to have a good time and not have to be working at your wedding
- You’ve planned lots of parties and understand how they should flow
- You appreciate the value of a well-timed, smoothly-run event
- You’re a control freak, but you don't want to be in control on wedding day
- You want to be relaxed, blissed out and stress-free on your wedding day
Ok, so we’ve identified that you do indeed need a Day of Coordinator (DOC). Now let’s talk a little bit more about what these folks actually do (also listen to this interview with a real DOC). Let me start by saying that the name “Day of” is really misleading. A good Day of Planner will work with you for at least the month leading up to your wedding and sometimes even months in advance. They can make suggestions and refer you to vendors they know and like; they can suggest venues and give you guidance and feedback on your wedding weekend timeline; they can run your rehearsal (if you don’t have a professional officiant to do it); they will liaison with all of your vendors and be the point of contact for everyone on wedding day. Your DOC is the person who makes sure every little detail you’ve thought of and planned for happens the way it’s supposed to. A DOC will even make sure the caterers, or people you’ve identified to set up your tables, know how to recreate your vision. The DOC will be the one to alert everyone that the wedding is about to start. They’ll cue the attendants to walk down the aisle. They’ll even make sure your dress is shushed and your lipstick is fresh (if you’re a wearing a dress and lipstick, otherwise this would be really awkward)!
To help you find the Maine Day of Wedding Coordinator that's right for you, I’ve created this list:
- Dragonfly Services – Wendy Caron
- Purple Orchid Events – Kristina Slocum
- Day of Coordination by Misty Coolidge – Misty Coolidge
- A Family Affair – Paula Cano
- Daisies + Pearls Merrymaking - Sarah Goodwin
- Kristin Mills Events – Kristin Mills
- The Refinery Events – Adrienne Horty
- Lulu & Co. Event Design – Sara Mann and Terri Harriman-Mascis
- Nicole Mower Events – Nicole Mower
- Destination Maine Weddings – Catherine Fairbanks-Cliffe
- Jill Bean Weddings – Jill Barkley
- Blissful Beginnings – Melanie Voros
- High Tech Entertainment – Michael Tuthill
- Pinch Me Planning - Christina Padavano
So, there you go! You know now you need a Day of Wedding Coordinator, you understand what it is they actually do, and you have a list of some awesome Maine Coordinators. Good luck and happy wedding!
Did I miss anyone? Add their name and a link to their website in the comments.