Wedding Wednesday: Day of Coordinator?

A reader contacted us with this inquiry below. Her daughter is getting married next spring. Let us know what you think!

I have an acquaintance who is insistent that we have to have a wedding coordinator at the wedding, so that "the girls will know how to walk down the aisle." Do you think it is silly to assume that bridesmaids who have been in countless weddings will know how to properly walk down the aisle? Would a day-of coordinator be helpful in overseeing details that I won't necessarily have time to manage on that day (transportation, deliveries, etc)?


neill said...

in my opinion, a day-of coordinator can be very valuable. on the day of my wedding all vendor questions and issues were directed to the cordinator, rather than me...which made all the difference. i was able to enjoy every minute of the wedding day without having to worry about a thing.

sarah said...

A coordinator can be helpful, but I think what that looks like depends on the particulars of your wedding. For example, I had an intimate wedding of 40 guests and was fortunate to have an amazing caterer who provided a similar service ( For my scenario, this was perfect but an eager friend or family member could have served as mistress (or master) of ceremonies to accomplish the same end. However, if you are having a large wedding, I'd hire a day-of coordinator...relax and savor the day!

Anonymous said...

A day of coordinator is going to do a lot more than show the gals how to walk down the aisle. I think it's definitely good to have someone there who knows what the plan is and can assure things fall into place. One neutral go-to person can help avoid disasters and solve last minute problems. It's important to trust this person and let everyone know that he/she is in charge. The mother of the bride, a bridesmaid, or aunt may feel that they know what the bride wants but in reality, their opinion may differ drastically from the bride's vision and a day of coordinator can smooth things over and ensure the bride's vision is brought to life.
I've worked on a few weddings as a day of coordinator and I think a coordinator and/or wedding planner you consult with in advance can help you save money and more importantly, eliminate day-of frustration & worry. Hope this helps =)