Confession: I don’t know how to do “Day Of” coordination. Don’t get me wrong, I am good…no great, at what I do and I know how to tie everything together and make a wedding day go smoothly, but I have NO idea how to do that with only one meeting with the client, no venue walk-through, and no assistants. Yet that is what potential clients are asking me to do when they email me and want a “Day Of” coordinator for less than what a DJ charges or a quality cake costs. IF I were to only do the bare minimum of a 3 hour meeting, 3 hours of paperwork/communication, 1 hour rehearsal, and a 10 hour assistant-less wedding day, these 17ish hours would not really benefit you, the client, and my reputation would be ruined because too much would fall through the cracks. My work would be mediocre at best and the possibilities of what could go wrong are endless.
I just don’t know how to do an incomplete job when my reputation is on the line. Instead of 17 or 18 hours of bare bones (Day of), I spend 30-40 hours (Month of aka “Wedding Supervision”) by doing a venue walk-through, contract reviews, two meetings, and I have assistants with me at every wedding that the Amber Events name is attached to.
This wedding season I provided a Wedding Supervision package where I discovered as I was reviewing the rental order that the rental company was not installing the chair covers. We’re talking 160 intricate satin covers that have to be tied on in a specific way. I asked the rental company how much time they estimate per chair? The answer: 1-2 minutes. That doesn’t sound too bad, but multiply 160 covers times 2 minutes: that’s 320 minutes, or 5.33 hours. Since I caught this early the week of the wedding I was able to schedule my assistants to start earlier to take care of it. It took one assistant 4.5 hours to complete this task. I can imagine the fallout of what would have happened if I’d shown up alone as the “Day Of” coordinator.
So, I don’t do Day Of coordination. My Wedding Supervision package, on the other hand, is pretty darn great.