*Every bride can use an extra pair of hands on her wedding day. If you decide to forgo a full-time planner but still want help on the big day, our experts weigh in on how to make sure sure everything runs smoothly. *
These days there actually are tons of options when it comes to hiring a wedding coordinator. If you can't afford a full-time planner for the entire length of the engagement, consider a week-of coordinator. It's important to note though that, as industry sources tell us, that week-of or month-of planners are worth the extra cost rather than a day-of planner, simply because having a person step into the hot seat on the day of your wedding leaves little to no learning curve and plenty of opportunity for disaster to strike.
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Make a short list of wedding planners whose work you admire, and then give them a call; most offer short-term services as a secondary option, giving you the chance to utilize their creativity and style for final touches.
If you're tying the knot at a hotel, it probably will provide you with an on-site coordinator, so don't overlook their assistance. This is a trained professional in the event industry, whether it be corporate or weddings, and they are more than capable of fielding questions on everything from table décor to creating a timeline so that the reception runs smoothly. If it's truly not within your budget to hire anyone, then call in a favor with a family friend. Trust us when we say they'll love the responsibility and being included in the planning process. Most people love to feel of service, especially when it means helping pull off a fabulous affair like a wedding, so hand that person a clip board and clear list of duties; we guarantee they'll get the job done with a smile.