Wedding Coordinator

Brides, Uncategorized

Wedding Planner, Coordinator, Designer, Producer....What does it all mean?

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wedding checklistIn meeting with the clients we have had inquire about our services lately the question has come up as to what do all these titles within the Wedding Planning Industry mean: Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Designer, Wedding Producer?  So I decided to explain at least the main three (3) in more detail for you.  There happens to be a lot of blurred lines across the titles with regard to responsibilities. Hopefully this will clarify for you the meaning of the different titles that you see:

1. Wedding Coordinator: usually plans the day of coordination for the wedding day.  The wedding coordinator can be hired well into the planning process.  You have already met and signed the contract with vendors ~ the wedding coordinator makes sure that those vendors show up and know exactly what to do.  A day of or month of coordinator makes sure that everything runs smoothly on that day.  They assist you with the set up of the ceremony and reception décor.

2. Wedding Planner: assists with the planning of the whole wedding.  This is what we do.  I attended a seminar several months ago where Calder Clark spoke and put it best, "The Wedding Planner is the architect."  The planner handles all the logistics from the vendors to the venue.  The wedding planner is the first person that you want to hire so that they can assist you with hiring your vendors and making sure that you have stayed within the budget that you create together.  They help to steer you in the direction of hiring professionals and making sure that you don't spend money where you aren't going to need to.

3. Wedding Designer/Producer: assists with the décor and design of your reception.  I like to think of this position similar to an interior designer for your home.  They come up with the theme and the colors that will be used throughout the day.  They design your décor from what flowers you will use to what the texture of the linens will on the reception tables.  They work closely with the planner to make sure that your vision is incorporated in all aspects of the décor.

Hope that explains a little better in detail the roles of individuals that you hire for your big day.  There are a few Wedding Planners our there that also do a great job of incorporating design into your day.  Make sure that you know what it is that you are looking for and that they provide that service.  When meeting with professionals ask for their credentials and referrals.  They should be happy to provide those to you.

~ Best,

Laura

Anniversaries

Reaffirming Wedding Vows

Senior Couple

Reaffirming wedding vows has become an increasingly popular way to celebrate a significant anniversary or to have the formal event that a civil ceremony did not provide. Couples may choose to repeat their original vows or they may wish to write new ones that express the way their love has grown over the years.

Generally invitations are not sent unless the ceremony is large and elaborate.

The ceremony options are varied.  Some couples choose to hold the ceremony and reception in their home or they my arrange for a church with a reception to follow in a restaurant.  Ceremony details are worked out with the officiant. If it is to be part of a regular religious service, the church will dictate the procedure.  If it is to be a separate ceremony with a large guest list, much of the procedure is likely to be similar to a second wedding.

Some reaffirmations are limited to family only and others include a wide circle of friends they have acquired over the years.  Either way, it is a nice touch to include children and even grandchildren in the ceremony.  With family members participating, it reaffirms the love of not just the parents but the entire family they have created.

Generally the attire they have chosen is dressy but not as formal as that of a wedding.  The bride may chose to carry a modest bouquet or wear a corsage.  For those couples that wish to reaffirm vows in an exotic location, a call to the resort or hotel where they plan to stay is important.  A resident consultant can help implement plans and suggest new ideas.

~ Best,

Laura