I often get emails requesting "day-of" wedding planning assistance. I often overhear conversations in which someone states that they'd like to hire someone for the "day-of" their wedding. I often see planners offer "day-of" wedding planning services.
Well, let me clearly state that this terminology is flat-out wrong.
Day-of wedding planning does not exist. I don't know any wedding planners that swoop in for just one day, clocking in at the beginning of your event's set-up and clocking out once all of your gifts are packed in your car or hotel room. It's impossible to do that and do a good job at your wedding. And for Type A people (the type of people planners usually are), this scenario is not only an impossibility, but also a nightmare!
Part of what allows me to do a good job for my clients is getting to know them and their families. Personalities play a huge part of a wedding day and I like to have as much insight as possible in advance of the actual wedding day. It allows me to make split-second decisions and anticipate your needs much more easily.
It's also impossible to come in for just the day-of and be expected to run the show without encountering a bevy of problems. No matter how many weddings and events you may have planned, having a second or third set of eyes on all of your plans helps tremendously. It also helps enormously to have a professional look over your plans and highlight any trouble spots. I'm used to all of the common problems that arise -- I know how to spot them and solve them easily.
My event schedules are an average of 4-7 pages long. They are specific and detailed and contain every possible bit of information that might be necessary. Unless you're going to hand me a similar document and double check everything with all of your vendors the week of your wedding, don't hire me for the day and expect me to be able to do a great job. It's just not possible. You're essentially setting someone up for failure.
All of these reasons are why I have never and will never accept day-of wedding planning clients. My minimum engagement is for month-of planning because that month prior to your wedding is necessary for us to get to know each other, for me to review your contracts, create that crazy detailed schedule I mentioned, and touch base with all of your vendors.
I want your event to be a success as much as you do. So I'd like to take the necessary time to prepare for it. It's as simple as that.
If you're looking for a planner (for month-of or full service planning), please contact us.