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Wedding Coordinators

South Dakota and Iowa wedding coordinators don’t have to be expensive, contrary to popular belief. In fact, they can help you save in some circumstances... save time, save money and most of all save your sanity. Unlike the movies, wedding coordinators are not always glued to the bride’s side for the entire planning process. Brides may hire a coordinator for just the wedding day to ensure everything runs smoothly, for help with just some of the details or for the entire event. They are at your beck and call to do whatever you wish and are thrilled to help.

From the start, a coordinator will save brides time by doing the early research on vendors. Experienced coordinators have worked with many of the industry professionals and are able to provide a solid recommendations for the hiring process. Plus, you are able to reap the rewards of their close relationships with other bridal professionals in the form of discounts and added perks. The coordinator's main goal is to get you the best service for the lowest price. And no one can work wonders with a limited budget stretching it to create the wedding of your dreams as they can.

Your coordinator must be able to interpret your vision, so getting to really know him or her is vital. This person will be your friend, organizer, negotiator, tough guy and shoulder to lean on for many months. His or her ability to remain calm in the face of adversity is the key to a seamless wedding day. Plus, being knowledgeable about wedding etiquette and wording is a huge bonus. Just be sure to check if the coordinator is certified by any associations.  This will lend credibility and help you make the right decision.

As the mouthpiece for you and your groom, your coordinator will most likely handle the ordering of your flowers, hiring your DJ, finding the caterer and even making guest favors. It is important therefore be sure you have communicated your ideas completely. Making sure you set boundaries, expectations and detailed responsibilities will allow for a smooth process.  

Finally, knowing what to ask when interviewing candidates is essential. Be sure to ask specific questions: How long have you been in business? Do you have a business license? Do you charge an hourly fee, flat fee or a percentage? How many weddings have you coordinated? Finally, ask to review a portfolio of previous weddings they have planned. Resource

This article was also featured in the 2009 VOW Wedding Planner. To view a PDF of this article, go to the PREPARATION & PLANNING section of VOW.