Planning a Wedding in Paso Robles Wine Country?
The Paso Robles Wedding and Event Expo is just around the corner! March 3rd, to be exact! The Paso Robles Inn Ballroom will open its doors to welcome wedding professionals from around the county. If you are a bride, grab your soon-to-be groom and head to Paso Robles. In the meantime, I want to share some advice so grab a pen and paper!
As someone who is about to be married in just seven short weeks, I can personally attest to the fact that wedding planning entails a lot of work. There are countless decisions to be made not to mention the minor details which add up quickly. My advice as I enter the last leg of planning is to hire a wedding coordinator! This may be one of the most important decisions that a couple will make- after the proposal, of course!
Wedding planners have become indispensable regardless of whether you are working with a large budget or a small budget. The overall consensus is that hiring a wedding coordinator is well worth the expense for a wide variety of reasons and in contrast to popular belief, it can actually save you money. Wedding planners will assist you in various capacities depending on your needs. They are equipped to guide you through the entire process from start to finish or can simply assist with whatever capacity that you require. In addition to planning for your wedding day, your coordinator will help you refine your ideas, plan your budget and keep your schedule on track. With the assistance of Lavender Blue Events and CJN Event Planning (both members of Central Coast Wedding Professionals), we have compiled a list of the top ten reasons to hire a wedding coordinator for your Paso Robles wedding.
- Point Person
Allowing one person to serve as a point of contact ensures that your day runs smoothly and limits mishaps. This also takes the burden off the bride and the bridal party which allows them to enjoy the special day.
Wedding coordinators have a network of professionals to choose from and they know which vendors will mesh well with your wedding style and budget. You can rely on their referrals being tried and true professionals.
- Save Money
An experienced wedding coordinator will know which vendors provide the best quality and value for their services. They have regular updates on discounts, price changes and sales. Many coordinators have multiple weddings in progress so they are able to negotiate additional price breaks for the bride and groom.
- Insider Tips
Since all wedding businesses make a point to network with wedding coordinators, they often have the inside scoop on what makes the industry tick. We also know the industry standards and what to expect from your vendors; we review contracts and make sure that you are getting what you pay for.
- Priority Treatment
Because wedding vendors want to stay in good standing with wedding coordinators, they tend to follow up more quickly and work harder when they know that they will not only be answering to a bride, but to a professional coordinator. Most vendors breathe a sigh of relief when they know a professional coordinator is on the job because it means they get to focus on their job alone, and not worry about filling in the blanks of a missing coordinator.
- An Unbiased Mediator
It is often inevitable that a family or vendor conflict will arise at your weddings. A coordinator can act as a calm and unbiased mediator to point out the logical points (and legal points, if necessary) to quickly settle a dispute.
- Time Saver
There never seems to be enough time in the day. Hiring a wedding planner saves you from hours of research because they have the answers at their fingertips.
- Enjoy efficient event design
Professional coordinators have a deep understanding of how your entire wedding will come together. They will ensure that all aspects of the event flow together such as the floor plan, traffic flow, florals, linens, décor, lighting and more.
- Your Advocate
A coordinator will work to ensure that your opinions and priorities are accurately represented to your vendors and your guests (if necessary). They will keep you from getting lost in the shuffle of your own wedding, and allow you breathing room to enjoy the party. While all other vendors have a product they’re representing, a coordinator only represents you.
- Emotional Support
When you hire a professional coordinator, more than anything you are hiring peace of mind. If all other vendors fail, this is the one person that you can trust to “make it work”.
Photography credit to: Frame 37- Photography by Keith Dunlop
Tina Swithin is the Marketing Coordinator and Blog Manager for TravelPaso.com where she writes blog-a-licious Paso Robles articles. Follow the Paso Robles Insider to get the inside scoop on all the haps in Paso Robles Wine Country.