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Ask The Experts – Wedding Coordinators

Published on January 1, 2013 . Blog, Issue 55

So now that you’ve finally landed a great guy, you thought that the hard part was over, right? Wrong. Now you have a wedding to plan! That’s when a wedding coordinator can be a real godsend.

We recently caught up with a few of our wedding coordinators, who were gracious enough to take time out of their busy schedules to answer a few questions. Here’s what they had to say:

Deann Robertson
Photo by MJ Photography

Deann Robertson

Simply Yours by Design
903.372.4728
SimplyYoursByDesign.com

Are there any new wedding trends you’re especially excited about right now?

Some of the newest trends I am really excited about are the use of really loud, bold colors and bouquets made with anything but flowers. Another trend is the use of extraordinary photography shots from the engagement to the honeymoon. Brides are also having food trucks of favorite restaurants cater their weddings and they are also incorporating unique desserts that replace or compliment their wedding cake. Photo booths are becoming a must-have at all weddings to give the guests an interactive experience and something the bride and groom can cherish forever. Making the day a reflection of the bride and groom is really the key to having the best day EVER!

Esther YeagerEsther Yeager

Plan it! Events
903.521.4726
PlanItEventsTyler.com

What is the one piece of advice you give all your brides when they’re feeling overwhelmed?

Hiring a certified wedding planner to coordinate your wedding offers a great degree of freedom for a couple and their families from feeling stressed or overwhelmed. My most recent client said when she finished signing her contract with me, “I feel better already!” However, should my brides start feeling a bit overwhelmed by the wedding process we often put away the wedding decisions that are causing stress and revisit them a little later. I will often advise my brides to just think about the ideas for now and we can talk about and decide them later when the decision can be a pleasant and joyous experience instead of a stressful one.

Amy HallAmy Hall

Host Event Design
903.689.2548
HostEventDesign.com

What’s one thing a couple should never skimp on, no matter how small their wedding budget?

One area I help my brides focus on is custom details. Whether or not you have a planner to help keep things organized for you, I advise creating at least five small visual impact moments for the photographer to capture. Anything from vintage ring boxes to handmade garlands and monogram letters will do the trick. Pre-planning these details will give your design the most bang for your buck, even if your budget does not allow you to outfit the entire venue with elaborate decor, from floor to ceiling.

Taryn CoffeyTaryn Coffey

Event & Company
903.521.9050
EastTexasEventAndCo.com

What’s your number one money-saving tip for couples on a tight budget?

DIY (do it yourself) is the obvious answer for the design. Research online thru Pinterest, Facebook, wedding websites, looking through magazines, and checking out books from the library…there are millions of ideas. Choose just enough to make the right statement for your style and use what you already have or have access to.

Enlist help! If you have creative and talented people who offer to help, put them to work for you and designate. Be specific!

Most importantly though, establish a realistic budget and stick to it. Pay cash as you go and do not finance your wedding. The wedding day is only the first day of your marriage and you don’t want to be paying for it for years to come. Decide what’s really important to you from the start.

BONUS: A great planner will save you many hours and many dollars!