Many of you might not know that I've been blogging for six years! I started my blog the same time I became a professional wedding officiant, back in 2011. Since then I've covered so many different topics like: wedding ceremony timeline, make sure to eat on wedding day, how to calm your nerves, where to wear your engagement ring during the ceremony, wedding vendor pricing, 10 tips for the best wedding processional, and so, so much more. I even wrote a blog post about the best Maine wedding resources to help you plan your wedding.Read More
The other day, my dear friend Wendy Caron of Dragonfly Services Day of Wedding Coordinator, stopped by for a little visit. While we were sitting on the couch in my office drinking hot tea and chatting about our work, I decided to do a spontaneous interview to have her to explain to us the duties and responsibilities of a day-of wedding coordinator.
A lot of people are confused about what a day-of wedding coordinator does and, equally important, doesn't do. Couples aren't always sure what the difference is between a day-of coordinator and a wedding planner. Well, Wendy is here to help you understand the difference and to know which on you need for your wedding.
Listen to the spontaneous interview (and forgive us for the "ums" because this was literally done in one take, on the spot with no script or predetermined questions).
So, what do you think? Does it make sense now? Will you hire a day-of wedding coordinator for your Maine wedding? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Have you set your wedding budget yet? Good for you! Now you and your sweetie need to sit down and decide on what's most important to each of you. Wanna splurge on photography? Hire a planner to guide you through the entire planning process? Cater the heck out of your reception? You get the idea. So, why do you have to have this conversation, you might ask? Because, by having the conversation now, before you've hired these vendors, you're going to save yourselves from so much squabbling later on.
It's a good idea to decide what's most important to each one of you on your wedding day. For some the florals are the most important, for others it's the DJ. Knowing this will help you figure out how to spend your carefully considered wedding budget. Think about this: If you're getting married at a botanical gardens, maybe flowers aren't as important and then you free up some funds to pay for that awesome band that everyone is Maine is trying to book. Or maybe you want to splurge on wedding photography (which I highly recommend) so you have to cut the guest list so you can afford that amazing photographer you've always wanted. Some of you probably do this intuitively, but it's such an important concept, it's worth talking about again.
I hate to say it, but if you skip this important step in your wedding budgeting, there will be blood. I mean, unless you're, like, a rainbow unicorn couple and you agree on everything, you're going to have different opinions about each aspect of the wedding. Avoid wedding-planning-fights (yes, they're real) and feel really good about yourselves by talking this through before you actually spend a penny. So, when it's time to book your vendors you already know exactly how much of the overall budget/pie you'll spend on each one. And then you'll think "Wow, Maria was so right, we should totally send her a 3-carat diamond tennis bracelet to thank her for her wisdom!" Hahaha!
I'd love to hear about what's most important to you? What did you splurge on? What's not that important to you? Where are you pulling back?
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