What exactly is day-of coordination?

 Wedding planners have the best views! Photo by Sara Drew Photography.

Wedding planners have the best views! Photo by Sara Drew Photography.

Day-of coordination - such a hot button topic in the industry. We’re going to let you in on a little secret - there is no such thing as day-of coordination. Sure, some wedding planners will list day-of coordination as an option for their most minimal package, but really, the planning starts well before the day of any wedding or event.

A more accurate term for this type of planning would be month-of coordination. Most often, wedding planners will start contacting your vendors about a month out from the day of your wedding to confirm timeline details and take over as point-of-contact. This is about the time when the last minute details start to stress you out and one minor question might push you over the edge at any second (trust us - we’ve been there). Your month-of coordinator will review your details to make sure everything is all set and ready for your big day.

We encounter a lot of couples who are just looking for someone to show up on the wedding day and take over, but that’s actually really hard for us. Have you ever started a new job or taken over a project from someone else? There is usually a little bit of a learning curve, and it takes you some time to get acclimated to the new role. Wedding planners experience the exact same thing. It’s not that we don’t know what we’re doing, but rather that we have a specific way in which we plan, so it takes a little bit of time to get accustomed to all the amazing work you have done thus far.

As with any vendor, our advice when booking a wedding planner is always to understand what services you are getting for the price you are paying. Oftentimes, a wedding planner who is charging much less than everyone else really is too good to be true.


The KME Team