Looking for the perfect venue is one of the first things a newly engaged couple does.
We have some amazing wedding venues in Coeur d’Alene, Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. When you interview a venue they may tell you they have on site wedding coordination and you may think you are all set for the wedding, and there is no need to hire a full service wedding planner or day of coordinator.
There are some important differences between a coordinator that works for a venue and one that you hire independently. Venue coordinators have a very important role and I love working with them just as I enjoy the partnership I have with all the vendors that are hired by my client but we provide very different services.
- As your wedding planner we refine your vision, contribute to your Pinterest board and help you pick out the venue, and all of your other vendors. Your venue coordinator will often provide you with a list of referrals, sometimes these vendors have paid to be on this list, sometimes not. Either way your time will be more efficiently spent with referrals of 1-2 vendors in each category versus a list of 10 given to you from the venue.
- As your wedding planner we manage all the little items that go into planning your wedding, including vendor communication, rehearsal direction and just being available when you have that sticky etiquette question. We provide you a checklist, negotiate with vendors (including the venue), give budget advice and make sure your DIY projects have the necessary resources.
- As your wedding planner we are focused on your wedding and will be your advocate throughout the planning process. A venue may do 20+ weddings/events in a summer, we limit our weddings to one per weekend per consultant. That means you have our undivided attention from the day you hire us until the last guest leaves the reception. We are available to meet when it is most convenient for you- weeknights, weekend days and over Skype if you are planning a destination wedding.
- As your wedding coordinator we have confirmed all of your vendors a week before your wedding. They have been provided a timeline for the day, we have their emergency contact information and they know if there are any questions we are the people to ask, not you or your groom. A venue coordinator will not do this pre-wedding coordination work nor will they look for any issues that may need to be refined to make the day run smoothly such as adjusting the photography timeline or hair and make up schedule.
- As your wedding coordinator our focus is on your vision for the day. If there are problems in the kitchen, the venue coordinator will be focused on that and not on setting up your DIY photobooth correctly. Your wedding day is about attention to detail and planning and sometimes we even have to point out issues to the venue coordinator such as a place-setting missing or cold appetizers. We are there to ensure your day is as close to perfect as possible for every aspect of your wedding.
If you are in the process of looking at venues we want to help! Fill out the form below to get a free list of questions you can bring to your venue appointment. Red Letter Event Planning still has 2014 dates available, contact us or call us at 208-244-0601 to set up your complimentary consultation.
Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!