i refused to not have a coordinator at our wedding because that would be ridiculous. and stressful. while i could have maybe asked a friend to do it, it felt a bit easier to speak with a few people who were professionals since… they are better at it than other people. haha
our coordinator. is. awesome. she just happens to know friends of mine that are very dear to me, and she also went to the same school as the fiance! what a small world! and they even recognized each other! YAY LIFE!
about 2 weeks ago, we met at the reception venue so that she could see where it is, what it looks like, how much work it would be, etcetc. she also got to meet the guy that will be in charge of the venue itself! actually… that was the first time i met him as well! and he’s the best! but we’re talking about my coordinator right now, so *ahem* let me get back at it.
so she walks in, looks around, says hi to everyone, is smiling the entire time… and then she starts asking questions. and that’s when i was blown away. i mean… i THINK that SOMETIMES i’d want to be doing wedding planning and coordinating, so i think i ask the right questions most of the time. but that moment was the first time i was so confident and happy with our decision with our specific person.
there are many great qualities about her. however, her questions convinced me that she knows what she’s talking about… WAY more than i could have probably imagined. asking questions not just about set-up and such, but about the legal aspects of what can be where, the electrical cord make-up of the venue, what type of gas or whatever can be used to cook inside the building… i mean. maybe these questions are obvious to everyone else. but as a person who thinks that she is interested in coordinating, i tend to think more about the schedule and setting things up and making everything right.
as my confidence with my coordinator continued to grow, i also got to experience sitting down with her to coordinate the potential schedule for the day of the wedding. that was another amazing experience. we grabbed some dinner and talked about the people who are involved in the party, who is standing where, etcetc. her attention to detail is not only impeccable… but she is also well-rounded in her questions, her knowledge about weddings and events in general, and her ability to give sound opinions and advice.
it will likely be semi-crazy that day with our particular type of wedding… so i am very very very happy with everything and i feel much calmer placing these things into her and her team’s hands :)
ever wondering if you should/shouldn’t get a coordinator that’s professional? get one.