Anyway, back to business!
When I meet with potential clients, more than not the topic of facility coordinators vs. a day-of wedding coordinator is brought up. Luckily, I can share a very unique view of this topic, having started my love affair with weddings when I was a facility coordinator at a local plantation years ago.
So, let me share the good, the bad and the ugly!
What is a facility coordinator? A facility coordinator is hired by the facility, be it a church, plantation or reception hall, to ensure that the clients leave pleased with their choice to host their function at that venue while staying within that facility's policies and procedures. Obviously, every facility coordinator is different. Some go above and beyond the call of duty, while others do exactly what is necessary. Every venue is also different, so don't hesitate to ask very detailed questions before booking.
When I was a facility coordinator, I typically did not have contact with the bride until the week of the wedding. I was present at the rehearsal to ensure that the rules of the facility were mentioned to the wedding party and families. On the day of the wedding, I helped the vendors set up and made sure everything ran smoothly and everyone was pleased. If the bride forgot something or missed a big step in her planning (i.e. didn't order enough flowers, estimated guest count was off, poorly researched vendors before hand, etc.), there was very little I could do as a facility coordinator to help her on that day. We always made it work but there were times when the bride did have to make some compromises because some steps were skipped.
The major role of a facility coordinator is to be an advocate for the facility. To make sure the facility provides everything promised in the contract while making sure all guests, vendors and the couple follow the facility rules while having a fabulous event. The biggest take away, is that the facility coordinator will only be in attendance or able to help with the activities happening during the event at that particular facility. She isn't going to help with the coordination of the ceremony if you are only having your reception at her venue and vice versa. If you have the facility for three hours, you have the coordinator for three hours.
Please know that most facility coordinators in the Baton Rouge area are pure pleasures to work with and truly care about the importance of a successful wedding day....but here is the major difference...
What is a day-of wedding coordinator? A day-of wedding coordinator is an outside individual, not affiliated with a specific venue, that handles all the details of your entire wedding day. Hopefully, the couple communicates with this individual throughout the planning process to ensure familiarity is established and that all details are tied up and ready to go for the big day.
The day-of wedding coordinator might be a traditional wedding planner but, with this particular situation, was probably not involved with every small detail and step of the planning process. A day-of coordinator is typically hired to make sure the plans of the bride come to fruition. Basically, for the bride who just needs a little organization for the last bit of her planning process.
Any wedding planner will tell you, our preference is to be involved from step one...assisting with the event design to make sure every detail is cohesive and fabulous...making sure every potential crisis is averted from day one...and, most notably, that every possible want, wish and desire of the couple is met from the beginning. With this being said, I am still tickled pink when a bride contacts me towards the middle of her engagement asking for a day-of wedding coordinator. Although all of my packages are custom made to fit the specific needs of my Bliss brides, typically, my day-of coordination services have me entering the scene no later than the last month of the planning process to be a liaison between the bride and the various vendors and communicating the detailed timeline and set up of the entire wedding day; in addition to being there and handling the details of the rehearsal, set up, ceremony, reception and break down.
The major role of a day-of wedding coordinator is to be an advocate for the bride. To make sure that she is provided everything that every vendor has promised and that all needs of the couple are met throughout the entire wedding. Every wedding coordinator is different, so make sure to ask detailed questions before signing a contract.
Can you and should you have both? You absolutely can have both a facility coordinator and a day-of wedding coordinator! In fact, I encourage it! This just ensures that any challenge or crisis that occurs can be handled with ease. You have an advocate for you and the facility...so all I's are dotted and all T's are crossed! Most facility coordinators breathe a sigh of relief when you tell them you have an outside coordinator because the extra set of hands just ensures that everything can be done quicker, smoother and more fabulously!
Ultimately, you have to do what's best for you. But, I will point out that when you hire professionals to handle your wedding day...the stress of "will everyone show up on time? will everything be set up the way I like? what if something happens and I'm getting my hair done?, etc." is gone and all you have to do is focus on the importance of the day and the beautiful celebration of your new journey with the love of your life!
If you have any questions or need clarification on any of the statements above, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.