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REAL Brides answer- Day of Coordination

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

We are constantly on the hunt for new ways to share our work and show brides (and grooms) what we do and if it is really worth it... Which it is... duh.  When clients first get engaged, many of them are not aware of the idea that you can hire a wedding planner without us planning everything. 


There are plenty of brides out there who enjoy doing the legwork and gathering the details and choosing everything without any assistance. But then there is the day of.. which most people start to panic about. "who will set up?" "will my fiance be on time?" "what if my cake doesn't show?" "which friends do i choose to WORK my wedding instead of enjoy?"


Our Day of coordination clients do not ever have that worry.


We thought it would be fun to interview a few of our "Day of coordination" clients to see how their wedding went with our help!




Name: Andrea

How long was your engagement? 11 months

What was your number one priority during wedding planning that you wanted a coordinators help with? Timeline/management of everyone the day of

What was your biggest concern or worry Everything coming together!

How soon before your wedding did you book Affinity Weddings and Events? About 6 months

Did you know from the moment you started planning that you’d be hiring a coordinator, or was it a last minute decision? Last minute decision when I won a package :)

How did you hear about us? Social media (Facebook?) Ad

Why did you decide you needed to hire day of coordinators? I was clueless about a lot of the little details

Why did you elect not to hire us to do full-service wedding planning? Did you prefer to do the legwork yourself and enjoy the details during the process? Was the price out of your budget? It was just the package I won! I did not want to upgrade because it just wasn't in the budget.

Did you find our day of coordination package to be everything you needed? Or do you wish we offered more in that package? To be honest, I didn't have many high expectations so what was done was everything I needed!

Do you feel that we allowed you to be stress-free both leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day? Yes!

Looking back, would you hire us again? Or recommend us to future brides? And why…I would recommend. Even though I won the package I felt like you ladies went above and beyond to help me and my aunts who did a lot that day too!

What did you most enjoy about our services? Extra hands on deck and expertise about wedding stuff that I knew nothing about.

Describe Affinity Weddings & Events in 3 words Helpful, honest, bride-oriented :)




Name: Rachel

How long was your engagement? 9 months

What was your number one priority during wedding planning that you wanted a coordinators help with? to take care of all the day of details!

What was your biggest concern or worry? that I would have to worry about the cake, table arrangements, and decorations.

How soon before your wedding did you book Affinity Weddings and Events? About 7 months?

Did you know from the moment you started planning that you’d be hiring a coordinator, or was it a last minute decision? I knew I'd be looking for a day of coordinator.

How did you hear about us? browsing the internet!

Why did you decide you needed to hire day of coordinators? Because my mother had to be the day of coordinator for my brothers wedding and she did not have time to enjoy the wedding. She did not want that experience again.

Why did you elect not to hire us to do full-service wedding planning? Did you prefer to do the legwork yourself and enjoy the details during the process? Was the price out of your budget? I love to plan! So I wanted to do a majority of it myself :)

Did you find our day of coordination package to be everything you needed? Or do you wish we offered more in that package? It was great!

Do you feel that we allowed you to be stress-free both leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day? yes, absolutely.

Looking back, would you hire us again? Or recommend us to future brides? And why… yes! I didn't have to worry about anything. All the details I wanted for our day were executed perfectly.

What did you most enjoy about our services? You were on top of everything and so friendly :)

Describe Affinity Weddings & Events in 3 words organized, friendly, and committed.



Elaina & Sam

Name: Elaina

How long was your engagement? 5.5 months

What was your number one priority during wedding planning that you wanted a coordinators help with? Day of coordination

What was your biggest concern or worry? That my family/friends would have to deal with wedding stuff during the day and not get to enjoy the festivities

How soon before your wedding did you book Affinity Weddings and Events? 4-5 months

Did you know from the moment you started planning that you’d be hiring a coordinator, or was it a last minute decision? *YES!

How did you hear about us? Referral from a friend (Kristi N)

Why did you decide you needed to hire day of coordinators? I don't have a big family, and had the experience of being the "Mistress of Ceremonies." I did not want to saddle my family or friends with responsibilities the day or. I wanted everyone to be able to relax and enjoy the day.

Why did you elect not to hire us to do full-service wedding planning? Did you prefer to do the legwork yourself and enjoy the details during the process? Was the price out of your budget? I never really looked into it because coordination was just one of the vendors I was booking, so by the time I booked Affinity, I had booked many other vendors as well.

Did you find our day of coordination package to be everything you needed? Or do you wish we offered more in that package? It was great. As a Type A planner, I appreciated that Alex and Caitlin told me to back off on certain things and they would handle it. I probably should have relied on them more.

Do you feel that we allowed you to be stress-free both leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day? YES! Both my parents and my in-laws stated that Caitlin and Alex were the most important people we hired for our wedding.

Looking back, would you hire us again? Or recommend us to future brides? And why… YES. Caitlin and Alex are extremely good at reading people and meeting their needs. During planning, they told me (bride) to let go of a few things and let them handle it. During the wedding/reception, they were always inconspicuous, but as soon as someone started looking around like they needed something; they were right there asking what they could get you (a drink, a vegetarian meal, the photographer, a family member, etc). They also took care of last minute emergencies that occurred and didn't tell us until days later. Our cake got mixed up and they had an extra one delivered while setting up for the reception.

What did you most enjoy about our services? I really enjoyed getting to know Caitlin and Alex. Free of charge, Caitlin referred me to the florist she used for her wedding.

Describe Affinity Weddings & Events in 3 words A great investment



Lindsay & Jordan

Name: Lindsay

How long was your engagement? 2 years

What was your number one priority during wedding planning that you wanted a coordinators help with? Ensuring that everything went smoothly on the big day so that my friends and family (and the bride and groom) did not need to worry about the logistics and details.

What was your biggest concern or worry? We were planning from a distance and weren't able to go to the site with Alex and Caitlin until the day before the wedding so I wasn't sure how the space was going to be transformed.

How soon before your wedding did you book Affinity Weddings and Events? About 6 or 7 months

Did you know from the moment you started planning that you’d be hiring a coordinator, or was it a last minute decision? No, we did not originally plan to hire a coordinator

How did you hear about us? Through a local Facebook wedding group

Why did you decide you needed to hire day of coordinators? I had spoken to a family member who had just gotten married and said hiring a coordinator was the best money they spent!

Why did you elect not to hire us to do full-service wedding planning? Did you prefer to do the legwork yourself and enjoy the details during the process? Was the price out of your budget? I have always been such a planner so as soon as we got engaged, I started looking into the major decisions that needed to be planned and we started booking vendors around the 1-year mark. Once we hired Alex and Caitlin, most major planning was done but we needed help with the day-of.

Did you find our day of coordination package to be everything you needed? Or do you wish we offered more in that package? The day-of coordination package was everything we needed plus more! Alex and Caitlin went way above and beyond for our big day to make sure everything was just right.

Do you feel that we allowed you to be stress-free both leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day? 100% yes! Alex and Caitlin handled all the minute details and logistics on the day-of. All I had to do was show up. It honestly took my breath away when I walked into the reception space before the ceremony and everything was all set up and so beautiful. When there were any issues, Alex and caitlin handled them before I even heard about them so I did not have to worry about a single thing except enjoying the day.

Looking back, would you hire us again? Or recommend us to future brides? And why… Yes, if you are on the fence about hiring them, do it right now! Seriously.

What did you most enjoy about our services? Alex and Caitlin were such a relief so have around on the day. Their personalities are so bubbly and they really have a calming presence. There are so many little things I didn't even know about weddings, like what order the processional goes in, and they helped with every detail. They trekked out into the woods before my outdoor wedding to find ferns and leaves to decorate our ceremony site because I didn't bring enough artificial flowers with me. When we were close to running out of alcohol, they went out and picked up more (that we paid for of course) before I even knew about it! They really went above the call of duty to make sure everyone had a good time and everything was just right.

Describe Affinity Weddings & Events in 3 words: Absolutely the best!




Lets chat, lets meet for coffee and get to know each other and just how we can help.

xoxo

-A&C

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