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What's the difference between a wedding planner and wedding coordinator?

Sometimes people use these terms interchangeably.  But generally, wedding coordination refers to services on the actual wedding day - pulling everything together and handling the logistics on the big day.  A planner, on the other hand, is probably helping you throughout the whole planning process - helping you book vendors, assisting with your event design and decor, etc.  Bluebell offers a variety of options for both planning and coordination services!

Do I really need a wedding coordinator?

Yes, Yes, Yes! Ok, I'm biased - but this is still objectively true.  Many venues actually require you to have at least a day-of coordinator.  And even if yours doesn't, you still really need someone dedicated to managing the day from start to finish - coordinating schedules, working with vendors, overseeing deliveries, set-up, & tear-down, and handling unexpected problems! Weddings are complex - even a relatively small or simple wedding usually has at least 6 different vendors, and many have up to 15! And trust me, you do not want to saddle a friend or family member with this responsibility. They won't be able to enjoy your wedding, and hiring a professional means having someone who knows weddings in and out to make sure your day is as *perfect* as possible. 

Do I really need a wedding planner?

Maybe. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

How much free time do I have to dedicate to wedding planning?

(Without a planner, you can easily spend 200-300 hours planning your wedding over the course of your engagement)

Do I like planning? Am I an organized person?

(If you're like me and love planning, lists, and spreadsheets, then wedding planning may be fun for you! If not, hire a pro!)

What can I afford with my wedding budget?

(Based on the other two questions, think about how much of your budget you want to put towards the convenience of a planner! And that brings us to the next question...) 

Can I afford a planner/coordinator?

I totally get it - weddings are crazy expensive! One of the first things to do when you start planning is a budget breakdown to decide how much to spend on what.  Depending on what's important to you, you'll want to prioritize certain vendors and services and spend less on others.  And honestly, the investment in a coordinator is well worth it for the peace of mind knowing your wedding day will go smoothly and be everything you hoped for! I'm happy to talk with you about budget constraints and customize a package to make sure you're only paying for what you need. Most people find that they can include coordination and/or planning services without breaking the bank!

Additionally, Bluebell Weddings can actually SAVE you money! Here's how: 

  • I work with you to develop a realistic budget to allocate your money wisely and avoid overspending

  • I match you with trusted vendors who are in your price range

  • Use my inventory of decor and accessory items! This can be a big money saver and keeps you from buying specialty items that will only be used for one day. 

I'm interested! How does this all work?

You've done your research and it brought you what?  Contact me via email, text, phone, or the contact form here to let me know you're interested in services. If you're not sure what exactly you need yet, that's fine! First I'll check my availability for your wedding date. Then we'll schedule a time for an initial consultation - this is totally free, lasts about 20-30 minutes, and is completely no-pressure. You can choose from phone, video chat, or in-person. We'll chat about your wedding, what plans (if any) you have so far, what services you want/need, and I'll answer any questions you have. From there if you decide it's a good fit, I'll send you a contract to e-sign and get a deposit, which reserves your wedding date and starts your services. Then you relax and cross off "Find wedding planner" from your to-do list!

Can I hire you if I don't have a wedding date yet?

Yes! Many couples who choose full planning services have not yet booked a venue or set a date. We'll work together as we find your perfect venue and select a date that works for everyone.  The earlier you book with me (a year out or more is preferable), the more options you'll have. 

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