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What does a wedding event coordinator do?

Pulling off a large, complex wedding or an elegant, small affair requires juggling myriad details, including the officiant, food, drink, wedding cake, entertainment, transportation, rehearsal dinner, photography, equipment rentals, venue reservations and more. A wedding event coordinator can help you keep track of these details, overseeing the planning process and managing everything on the day of your wedding. Each wedding coordinator (and wedding) is different, but in general you can expect an event coordinator to:

  • Help you devise a realistic wedding budget and hold your vendors to it.
  • Map out a master plan that includes all of the details including ceremony music, favors, the guest book and more.
  • Suggest ceremony and reception locations that fit your wedding size, budget and vision.   
  • Suggest florists, photographers, bands, caterers and other vendors that fit your budget.
  • Negotiate vendor contracts for the best deals.
  • Create a timeline for the day of the wedding that includes each vendor and member of your wedding party.
  • Mail invitations and track RSVPs.
  • Answer questions about wedding etiquette and current wedding trends.
  • Manage the wedding day from supervising vendors and setup to handling last-minute emergencies.

How much do day-of wedding coordinators cost?

A day-of wedding coordinator makes sure that every detail of your wedding day goes off without a hitch, and deals quickly and quietly with any last-minute emergencies. For many brides, the day-of wedding coordinator is their best investment! The average national cost for a wedding coordinator is $800 to $1,000. Although full-service wedding coordinators often charge a percentage of the total wedding budget, most day-of coordinators charge a flat fee plus an additional hourly fee if the day runs long. For example, a 15-hour day-of coordination costs an average of $600, plus an additional $45 per hour if the coordinator works more than the planned 15 hours. Another option is to hire a coordinator to manage the last-minute details leading up to the event; for example, 25 hours of month-of coordination costs an average of $1,200. Several factors affect the cost of day-of coordination, including the region, the planner’s experience, and the specifics of the wedding. If the ceremony and reception are in two different locations, expect to pay more than if they’re in the same place. Also, extra details, such as managing food trucks or setting up snacks in addition to the meal, will increase the cost.

What should you ask a wedding coordinator?

When you hire a wedding coordinator, you want to make sure he or she gets you and can execute perfectly your vision of your dream wedding. To find the very best fit, it’s important to ask these five questions:

  • Are you available on my wedding date? If the coordinator isn’t available on your big day, there’s no reason to continue the interview — unless you’re willing to shift your date to accommodate their schedule.
  • What’s average cost of most of your weddings? If the coordinator’s usual wedding is outside your range, they might not be the right coordinator for you. Ask whether the coordinator requires a minimum wedding budget. In general, the wedding coordinator’s fee should be about 15 percent of your budget.
  • What is your speciality? Some coordinators specialize in day-of coordination, some create the overall vision, and others act as a producer. Make sure your wedding coordinator provides the type of services that will most help you create the event you have in mind, such as selecting vendors and handling their contracts, or managing the guest list and invitations.
  • What are your ideas for fulfilling our wedding vision? After you describe your dream wedding — rustic or sophisticated, traditional or funky — the wedding coordinator should be able to suggest appropriate venues, menus, decorations, etc..

Do you have a portfolio? Ask to see photos of their favorite weddings, especially if they’ve managed any that are similar to what you have in mind. This will help you see if you like their style and if their ideas seem fresh and creative.

Do I need a wedding day coordinator?

Even if you’ve handled every detail of planning your wedding, you might appreciate having a day-of wedding coordinator in your corner. Usually, the coordinator meets with you a few weeks before your wedding to put together a detailed timeline of everything that needs to happen on your wedding day. Then, on the big day, the coordinator makes sure everything goes according to plan — and handles any emergencies that pop up, such as party crashers, missing tuxedos, late vendors, disappearing bridal party members and more. Most wedding coordinators also handle:

  • Distributing the wedding day timeline to all of your vendors.
  • Coordinating all of your vendors, including the photographer, florist and baker.
  • Conducting the wedding rehearsal.
  • Helping the bride and her wedding party get dressed and take photos.   
  • Checking floor plans, lighting levels, cake placement, menus, favors and more.
  • Collecting the wedding gifts and keeping personal items safe and accounted for.

Even if you don’t think you need a wedding coordinator, check with your venue. Some require that couples hire a day-of wedding coordinator for the day of the event. 

Reviews for New Orleans day of wedding coordinators
Alyssa M.
Stephanie was wonderful to work with! She helped to take some of the stress out of my wedding day by coordinating vendors at the reception venue, setting the space up, and breaking down a few final things at the end of the night. Everything was beautiful, and ran smoothly, thanks to her!
Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"
Dianna C.
I just chose Stephanie as day of coordinator for an upcoming wedding. So far, I have been so impressed and appreciative of her super prompt response time and eagerness and willingness to make sure every detail is carried out! I would absolutely recommend her for your event!
Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"
Renee S.
Ashley was utterly amazing from start to finish she did way more than just my day of coordination. If your on the fence about hiring someone hire Ashley! She took care of so many details for me things I hadn’t even considered. Every task she killed it on! She did a ton of coordinating between my caterer and my band, it took an incredible weight off my shoulders to have her help and support. There no way the wedding would have run as flawlessly smooth with out her. As a frazzled bride her work was so helpful. Her advice was 100 percent on everything. Every question every phone call I felt I had her undivided focus. She was able to incorporate my last minute additions even the night before the wedding I was adding things to my ceremony and reception. You can trust Ashley! Get a day of coordinator get Ashley
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Tori R.
I can not say enough about Amelie. I do not want to know how our wedding would've been without her. We hired Uncommon Camellia for Day of Coordinator. 6 weeks prior to our wedding date Amelie reached out for timeline and vendor information and immediately I felt a weight lift off of my shoulders. She was so pleasant and organized. She asked all the right questions and really made me feel at ease throughout the entire process. Leading up to the wedding, Amelie and I were in steady contact. The day of timeline was incredible, leaving no detail out. They seriously think of everything! The day of, we also had a chance to meet and work with Ashley. Both Amelie and Ashley took all of our DIY setups like champions. They were there to make every little thing go as smoothly as possible with smiles on their faces. I really wish I could convey exactly all they did for us in words. Every little thing was so perfect thanks to their orchestrating and we can not thank them enough for all the work they did with our vendors, families, and us on our wedding day. To Amelie and Ashley, thank you for being so incredible. You both helped to make my day, from getting ready to leaving our venue, so insanely wonderful and your presence alone kept me so calm and sane. You truly brought my year of planning to life and it was so much more than I ever thought it could be. YOU ARE THE BEST. I would highly recommend these ladies to absolutely anyone. This was easily the best money we spent during wedding planning and was the reason our wedding day so incredibly perfect.
Uncommon CamelliaUncommon Camellia
Drew W.
Adrienne with Uncommon Camellia was AMAZING!! We choose to have her coordinate our wedding via phone conference and could tell just from that one phone call that she was the perfect fit! Throughout the planning process she always quickly responded and gave great suggestions when we needed them. We only “formally” met with Adrienne a few times before our wedding date but we felt so comfortable with her and trusted her with our day, and we are so happy we did! Adrienne knew we wanted a formal ceremony and fun reception and that was exactly what she helped us have! Thank you, Adrienne, we will highly recommend you for the rest of your lives!
Uncommon CamelliaUncommon Camellia
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