Photo courtesy of Lowertown Event Center.
Since I got engaged 18 months ago, I handled the majority of wedding planning along with my mom and fiancé. I'm an organized person, so this worked well—until about two months ago. I realized how many details I had to manage in the final days leading up to my wedding, and it overwhelmed me.
Who would make sure our vendors set everything up correctly? Who would answer the bridal party's questions? Who would light candles and set up the place cards and table numbers? Who would dismiss guests for dinner? Who would be on-point if something went wrong in the moments leading up to the ceremony?
I could handle these tasks with my mom or delegate some of them to friends and family. But do I really want to? Instead of working the wedding, I want to enjoy every moment of it. I want the same for my mom, fiancé, and guests.
When I asked married friends for wedding advice, their No. 1 recommendation was to hire a day-of coordinator. My friends who didn't do this said it was their biggest regret. I decided to call in reinforcements.
I contacted a few wedding planners hoping that they'd still have availability for my wedding date. I was thrilled that Joan Nilsen from Ambiente was available and willing to work with me. I interviewed her for this magazine several years ago, and I was impressed with her expertise, professionalism, and poise.
Joan attended my final venue walk-through last week, and we're having a meeting this week to go over every detail of the ceremony and reception. She'll check in with all of my vendors the week of the wedding, and she'll be on-point the day of to make sure every detail is carried out flawlessly. Hiring Joan relieved a huge amount of stress.
With so many wedding expenses to pay for, it's tempting to eliminate a day-of coordinator from your budget. For me, it's been worth every penny.