What does a day-of wedding coordinator do?
Wedding coordinators diligently (& happily) work behind the scenes to ensure your day goes smooth. Regardless of whether or not it’s in our job description, we use our best judgement and instinct to do whatever it takes to make sure that your wishes are carried out and that you will have an amazing wedding day. Many couples ask what does a day of wedding coordinator do? Do these things happen at every wedding? Thank goodness, no! But I’m sharing them because they have happened, and *could* happen, and having a wedding planner on your side to deal with stressful things is an important ingredient for having a great wedding!
What happens behind the scenes?
- Bring Emergency Kits including backup toiletries, tools, tape and so much more!
- Fix broken shoes, glasses & boutonnieres
- Bring shower caps to the salon so the bridal party’s hair doesn’t get wet in the rain on the way to the ceremony
- Run to your house to pick up your bridal jewelry that forgot
- Have paper towels ready to dry off bridesmaids’ bouquets so their hands don’t get wet
- Run to the tux store to switch out the wrong size jacket (I highly recommend that the men try them on before the ceremony!)
- Bring extra batteries for your twinkle lights or battery operated candle that you forgot to pack
- Move a table under a leaky hole in the tent so the water drips into the centerpiece vase
- Make a “rain call” and handle the last minute changes due to weather
- Wipe water off outdoor ceremony chairs after a shower comes through right before the ceremony
- Verify the correct number of seats are each table & double check with seating chart & place cards
- Alphabetize your escort cards before setting on welcome table
- Level uneven & wobbly tables
- Parking, parking, parking! We can help you hire a parking attendant and ensure that a prime spot is reserved for your caterer & parents
- Move your cake out of the sun or inside when it’s melting in the heat
- Clean and straighten up the bridal suite after the bridesmaids run off to pictures
- Transport bridal party’s personal items & bags that they don’t want to carry on the trolley or limo
- Put bride’s veil on last minute because she forgot
- Change up your processional order because your groomsman got sick or missed his plane to the wedding
- Carries an extra flower girl basket for when yours disappears (more often than you’d think!)
- Provide water to the couple before or after they walk down the aisle and are overheating!
- Find & return missing items (phones, sunglasses, etc.) that are misplaced at the ceremony
- Greet the limo driver and give him the chilled champagne for the bridal party
- Set up your oreo/macaroon/cupcake tower
- Squeeze in an extra seat & place setting for a guest that didn’t RSVP
- Quickly remedy a situation without worrying the couple or family members
- Sneak the late cake delivery into reception during the ceremony so no one knows
- Clean stains off your wedding dress when accidents occur (ie, mud, food, etc.)
- Be the one to take the blame for your decisions that family members or guests may not like
- Clean spills off dance floor so the dancers don’t slip and fall
- Cut and serve the wedding cake when the couple forgets to add on the cake cutting fee with the caterer and they refuse to do it (although it shouldn’t happen because I confirm ahead of time!)
- Help bustle the bride’s dress and find those invisible loops right before she enters the reception
- Place purses & phones at seats for mothers & bridesmaids so they won’t have to carry them during processional or introductions
- Flip your ceremony site to reception while guests are at cocktail hour
- Go on an emergency ice/cup run when the bartender runs out
- Have your cake knife, plate & napkins set out for cake cutting – and give you tips on cutting so it looks effortless
- Pick up random wine & beer glasses that guests leave on ledges, cocktail table, outside, etc.
- Stop children from popping balloon decor or touching the wedding cupcakes
- Quietly switch up formalities with the DJ because someone is missing
- Bus the head table before toasts (if caterer hasn’t gotten to it)
- Get a bridesmaid something sweet because her blood sugar is low and she’s light-headed
- Make sure your great aunt gets her heirloom cake server back
- Take trash out if it’s full and the caterer can’t/won’t get to it
- Clean wax off the venue floor so you don’t lose your deposit
- Put your gifts & cards in a safe place at end of the night
- Make arrangements for your baker to get their cake stand returned
- Assist designer/florist at the end of the reception collecting their rental pieces
- Light sparklers for your grand exit – and ensure guests have a bucket of water to put them in and don’t burn themselves
- Return your rhinestone flip flops after the wedding that you left under the sweetheart table
- Decorate your getaway car
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