Last minute wedding coordination, what can I say. It’s kinda our thing. While some couples are super organised and book us months and years ahead of their wedding date, for other couples it’s more of a case of living in denial until right before the wedding day. The proverbial s* has hit the fan and all your friends are busy getting their spray tans. Ahh such is a busy life we all lead.
I actually don’t mind the challenge of getting stuck in at the 11th hour and straightening everything out when we are hired for last minute wedding coordination. Actually I love it. Those first hours of being booked to an event happening say in two weeks time are spent just figuring out who is involved in the day (i.e. other suppliers), and what they have committed to doing. Then for me it’s a case of either feeling very good about where things are at (because they have booked awesome vendors) or feeling like I am pushing that same s* up a hill trying to fix everything up. They have too many suppliers involved, wasted a silly amount of money on things they didn’t need, and didn’t understand enough to consider the logistics of bumping in and out. It’s a hard lesson. Quite often I feel torn between feeling really loved and appreciated by my client, but really feeling a little helpless that I could have saved them the expense of some of their supplier bookings if we were hired earlier.
There is such a lot of information (much of it FREE), on the internet. As great as free information is, it’s in no way a substitute to talking to someone who has experience and the knowledge to lead you down the right path. Engaging a wedding planner to consult for last minute wedding coordination isn’t a waste of money, it’s just common sense. While you will benefit from hiring an experienced planner at any stage of your planning process, hiring them before you book anyone else might just save you a lot of time and money going down the wrong track. When you’re looking to spend thousands and thousands of dollars, a consulting fee of a few hundred is always a sensible investment.