A lot of people that I talk to are actually surprised that we have chosen to hire a day-of coordinator for our wedding. We are very transparent with the fact that we are paying for our whole wedding, and while I think our budget is high, it’s not that high by Charleston standards. We are avid do-it-yourself-ers; we love building and crafting and creating and planning things. But there was never any doubt in my mind that we would have a coordinator. I ended up engaging our florist, Beth from Wild Flowers Inc, to also act as our day-of coordinator. Really, though, since we booked her as a comprehensive coordinator, she is acting more of a “month-of” coordinator. It was worth the extra $1,000 to our budget. (We booked her last summer when she had slightly lower rates—it’s now $1,500, but you get 10% off if she’s doing your flowers.)
I really want to relax on our wedding day. We can get into the venue Saturday morning, but not before then. I plan to spend Saturday morning drinking mimosas, getting pampered, and giggling with my girlfriends and my mom. I don’t want to have to set up, and I certainly don’t want to know if anything goes wrong, especially minor things. I tend to freak out about things, so staying just a touch in the dark will be key to my big-day sanity.
I also really don’t want to clean up after the wedding. We are having an unofficial after-party at Red’s Icehouse, a creek-front bar across the parking lot from our venue. I’d like at least the option to attend, and I certainly don’t want to be worrying about getting our decor and vendors out in time to keep our deposit. I also don’t want to burden our family with that task.