Most couples planning a wedding have not been married before. Those who do not regularly entertain (throw parties) do not know what it takes to organize an event for 50 to 100 guests or more. With little or no experience it is hard to know what to expect. Everything is a new experience with nothing to compare it to.
Throw a Party
So you want to coordinate your own wedding? I cautiously say, ‘Well okay.” To get your feet wet and experience what it takes to produce a large event, throw a party for 20 – 50 people. Consider: the location, parking, (rentals: tables, chairs, linen, etc.) invitations, flowers, itinerary, toasts, food, entertainment, party favors, etc. Designate who does what. Choose a person who will conduct the festivities as your Master of Ceremonies.
You probably can do it all yourself, great, but (on the day of your party) did you enjoy your guests? Or, were you running around being a party coordinator, cook, bartender, etc…
If you can delegate responsibility and get others to help perhaps then you will be able to enjoy your own party.
Take notes from the start of planning until the day after the party when rentals are returned and everything is done. Review your findings; you will learn a lot. If you are really serious about doing it all yourself you may need to throw several parties to get it right.
If this sounds like a lot of work, you’re right it is! You are planning for one event. Event professionals do it every week (sometimes 3 in one weekend).
In real life you may already be a really organized person and can delegate responsibility and after throwing your first couple of “test parties” learn that you can be your own wedding coordinator; I don’t recommend that but I do understand if situations exist that make that necessary.
Ask yourself, “Can I really do this?”
You may realize that you can do it. Great! Or, you may realize that wedding planning is a lot of work and learn the value of a wedding coordinator.
Note: People are people and not all wedding coordinators are the same. Before you choose any wedding vendor please see: Choosing A Wedding Professional – Wedding Vendor.
I think that most people who are administrators and executives in real life (if they are not already too busy) can thoroughly plan their wedding and then hire a “Day Of Coordinator” and turn it all over to them so they can enjoy their day without further responsibility. Actually, if they are any kind of administrator they would probably just hire a wedding coordinator and let them handle most of it.
Elegant Music provides:
Live Music – (Duos, Trios, Quartets, Bands and talented soloists.)
DJ Dance Music
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann, DJ/Master of Ceremonies, Pianist and Band Leader. Elegant Music 3190 Crestford Drive, Altadena, CA. 91001 Phone: 626-797-1795