A Month-of Wedding Coordinator is a popular alternative for couples who did their own planning, but would like a professional to execute the final details. After months of planning, it is truly priceless to have the support of a coordinator in the final month. My primary focus is to provide my clients with a stress-free month while ensuring their wedding day remains true to their vision.
1. Can I afford a coordinator on my budget?
A coordinator should not be considered a luxury, but an essential part of your wedding budget. My pricing for this package is approximately double a DJ’s fee and half a good photographer’s fee.
2. Can I coordinate my own wedding?
Even if you have planned your wedding day down to the last detail, it is practically impossible to oversee the set-up of each venue and direct the caterer, florist, photographer, DJ, officiant, ceremony musicians, family, guests, and wedding party throughout your wedding day. Every wedding has “glitches”, which is no surprise when you consider how many people: family, wedding party, guests, vendors, and staff are involved. The best way to plan for “glitches” is to have a coordinator to resolve the problems in an efficient and professional manner.
3. Can’t a family or friend coordinate for me?
By asking family or friends to help, you run the risk of them missing much of the wedding, being unable to complete a task as you expected, or lose focus because they get caught up in the wedding festivities.
4. What is the difference between a Day-of-Wedding Coordinator & Month-of-Wedding Coordinator?
A DOC usually get involved a week before the wedding and works with the information you provide them. They are great for moving table arrangement, tying bows, acting as your assistant, and running any errands you ask of them. Where as, a MOC gets involved a month before the wedding. An MOC asks for all of your contracts and organizes the information on to their own customized worksheets. They contact your vendors to confirm commitments and finalize plans, create timelines, and make set up lists for each venue. They will visit the ceremony site and reception site before the wedding day. On the wedding day they will be the first to arrive and they will usually know the “flow” of the day better than the couple.
5. What sets Gloster Hill apart?
Although my services officially start one month prior to the wedding, I recommend hiring me in the early stages of planning. Upon hiring me, I provide my clients with customized Gloster Hill Budget Tracker & Gift Tracker spreadsheets, along with a Gloster Hill Wedding Checklist and other helpful worksheets such as: example invoices for caterers, rentals, florists, DJs, tent companies and forms such as: a timeline spreadsheet and vendor contact & wedding party contact spreadsheets. All of which help to ensure your planning process is organized and efficient.
The Gloster Hill Budget Tracker acts as your very own personal accountant throughout the planning process. Not all budgets are created equal. For example; you might be using your mother’s wedding dress, but want a Sylvia Weinstock cake. For this reason, “cookie cutter” budgets found in wedding planning books, will not work for you. I approach wedding budgeting from a percentage stand point. On a customized spreadsheet, I list all parts of the wedding budget: venue, vendors, attire, decor, etc., after an in depth meeting with the couple I assign each part of the budget a percentage. Once this is done, you simply input your overall budget number and each part of the budget is assigned a monetary amount. Along with the GH Budget Tracker, my clients also receive a GH Gift Tracker Spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is great for keeping you organize while writing your Thank You Cards. I recommend the couple hold on to the Gift Tracker spreadsheet for a few years, to refer to as a “gift buying guide” when their friends marry.