Hiring a Day-of Coordinator
Guest: Julie Ann Call | Wedding and Events Photographer | Julie Ann Call Photography
As an experienced professional wedding photographer in Hawaii, most of my wedding couples come to me through referrals from wedding coordinators. They come to Hawaii as destination clients. Some are elopements where it is just the wedding couple in attendance, but most of the time, there are guest counts anywhere from 25 - 250 people in attendance.
As a Southern girl growing up on the East Coast in the Carolinas, I am used to shooting weddings that are upwards of 500 guests. So a guest count for a "small" elopement wedding is usually a piece of cake for me to photograph.
Having said that, I work closely with my wedding couples to ensure they have all of their details, vendors and venue elements in place as they plan. The wedding details are such an expression of the couples personality. I make every effort to get to know the couples well before their wedding day. I love my vendor connections. We are all experienced professionals, we love what we do and we are good at what we do!
Hiring a good team is truly the secret of a perfect wedding day!!
When my brides call to inquire about photography services, I answer their questions and then I ask mine! One of the most important vendors you hire is your wedding coordinator.
Today's bride is more budget focused than ever. With Pinterest pages in hand, brides design their weddings with dreamy pins and personalize their details with favorite color swatches, locations and wish lists.
Including a Day-of Coordinator or a full scale wedding planner is paramount that your "wish list" is implemented. All of the beautiful details that have been dreamed about for months and even years are now to be implemented, carefully placed as you wish within your dream design. Who is going to be in charge of making this happen? Your best friends? Your family
members? Hopefully, it's your coordinator!
Why? They are there to celebrate too!
Here are 3 valid reasons why every bride needs to hire a coordinator:
1. You have hired a photographer, videographer, DJ, florist and a caterer. You have hired them to do their job. While having a great team means these vendors are great at working well together, they should not have precious time taken away from their responsibilities to do their job well because you don't have a coordinator to direct your guests, implement your timeline, set up your party favors, reception decor or even to make sure your tables are set up the way you want them to be.
2. As the bride getting ready for your wedding, you should be sitting in your makeup chair sipping champagne with your gal pals while your coordinator sets up both your ceremony site and your reception with all of those dreamy Pinterest pins and ideas!
3. At the end of your gorgeous night, you should be leaving with your new spouse on your way to your honeymoon without worrying about cleaning up your reception venue! Your friends and family will appreciate this too!
Julie Ann Call