You are now probably 2 months into the planning and although 10 months feels like an eternity until the big day, don’t be fooled by time. It has a way of creeping up on you so fast like the alarm going off at 6 AM on Monday morning. Don’t you ever find yourself thinking “man the weekend went by so fast”? Well that will be a familiar thought as you say to yourself “man, it seems like just yesterday we set the date for our wedding reception”.
After the Wedding Venue, Entertainment and Photographer
After you have secured the venue, entertainment and photographer, the next vendors in line are “day of” coordinator and florist. Coordination and flowers should not be put in the DIY category. I always hear couples say, “Oh, I have a friend who is going to help coordinate my wedding” or “I’m going to make all the centerpieces and bouquets” myself. I know the idea of assembling your bouquets and centerpieces on the eve of your wedding may sound like a great idea right now but getting sleep will be way more important the night before your big day. You may find yourself up until 4 o’clock in the morning trying to get those flowers together. In the long run it’s not worth it.
A "Day Of" Coordinator is Essential to Your Event
A day of coordinator is essential to your event no matter how big or small. If you can afford a full service coordinator to help you with all the planning, I say DO IT! Talk about relieving stress! Full service coordination is the way to go but it does come at a cost. If you’ve decided to hire a coordinator to help you plan your whole event then they should be the very first vendor you will hire once you set the date. If you decide just to hire a day of coordinator, he or she will be one of your top 3 vendors. I recently wrote a blog on *hiring a coordinator*. It is very informative as I share all the advantages to having someone to help you through your most important day of your life. I have two coordinators I absolutely adore working with. They are in no particular order and equally as talented. Michele Spring with Mia Bella Weddings and Dana Walker with Floral Fields. They provide both full service and day of coordination.
Now, About the Florist...
Your florist is the person that will create that WOW factor when your guests arrive. She is your “artist” so to speak and your florist will do this by adding color and dimension to the ceremony and reception area. Flowers have a way of transforming a very plain room into something really spectacular. When you meet with your florist, you should definitely have an idea of what your vision is, which includes color scheme, type of flowers for your arrangements and theme.
I have a fabulous florist who is so great at what she does that every time I see her work I start to cry. Debbie’s designs are so beautiful. Debbie Fields with Floral Fields
By Lisa Capitanelli-Kasberg