I hope the blog posts we have provided since April have provided lots of useful information as you continue your wedding journey! This next set of series will have a little twist to them. We have partnered with a few friendors (Friend Vendors) and asked them about their contribution to a couple’s wedding journey experience and the importance of each part of their contribution. Each person we have spoken with provides details from their perspective and some thoughtful questions that couples can ask themselves when deciding on this particular vendor. Up next, we spoke with Courtney-Rose from Dantus and Co Events all things Wedding Planning and Design for your wedding day. Let’s Dive in!
So this title is a lot, right? Already have to understand the difference between all three. But no worries, Courtney-Rose is here to help break it down.
The first question that should be asked is:
What do you, as a couple, value the most? Is it your time? Or saving money?
If the answer is saving money, then Wedding Manager or even Venue Coordinator might be in your realm but let’s break down their services.
This is also known as a Day of Coordinator. They are here for you approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to your wedding day. The level of support includes:
Venue Coordinator is primarily responsible for the venue
Courtney-Rose has a wonderful FAQ page that discusses more in detail why a venue coordinator is a great addition to your day but you still need a Wedding Manager for the day.
When you hire a Day of Coordinator or Wedding Manager, keep in mind that EVERYTHING that needs to happen prior to 6 to 8 weeks out, will be the responsibility of the couple. This means you will need to hire all the vendors including finding and securing your own venue, selecting a caterer, hiring other vendors, investment tracking etc. Yes you are saving money but it does eat into your time.
If the answer is you value your time more, then a Full Wedding Planner is what you should be looking into.
Provides a stress-free wedding journey experience from beginning to end. Services include
The list goes on and on. As mentioned above, having a Full Wedding Planner makes the wedding planning experience exciting and fun vs. overwhelming and not fun.
On average Courtney-Rose spends 300 hours for your Full Wedding Day offerings and on average you should hire your Full Wedding Planner 12-18 months prior to the time you would like to get married.
A great benefit with hiring a Full Wedding Planner is that they are well versed in the world of wedding planning, designing and execution. They also provide a bird’s eye view of how your wedding day will be and flow. A lot of times as a couple you are viewing things from eye level and might not have that overarching view. That is definitely where your Full Wedding Planner comes in.
With all this being said it is SUPER important that you have someone there for your wedding day. If you decide not to invest in any of the above, this means that family or friends need to be there for you or you can look to your wedding party to help move things along. It is definitely possible but make sure you level-set expectations for said family member, friend and or wedding party. It may not be possible for them to help with your planning as well as be by your side in your wedding party.
Courtney-Rose Dantus is the Founder and Principal Planner of Dantus & Co. Events, a wedding planning company for modern, multicultural couples in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond. She is passionate about creating modern, refined and personalized weddings that reflect her couples’ values and help them forge new traditions together.
Courtney-Rose has been planning weddings professionally since 2012. Her wedding planning training includes several years of experience working for two of the top luxury wedding planners in the Washington, D.C. area. She has an extensive background in communications and project management.
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