Here is a list of common questions regarding my services at Hamilton Wedding Finishing:
Q: What is a Day-of Wedding Coordinator?
A: A Day-of Wedding Coordinator is someone who allows you to have all of the control over your wedding planning, but is competent and skilled in taking the reigns from you on the wedding day and making sure all the details are taken care of so that you do not have to lift a finger or worry about the evening.
Q: Will you plan my wedding?
A: As a Day-of Wedding Coordinator I love to work with brides who enjoy the planning process and want to do it all themselves, but they also want to hand over their planning and hard work for execution on their wedding day so that they can enjoy their big day. While I will assist you ahead of time with your timeline or give logistics advice if desired, I do not offer any planning services.
Q: Do you only work with DIY Brides? How do I know if I’m a DIY Bride?
A: The definition of a DIY Bride at Hamilton Wedding finishing is “A Bride who is excited about the planning aspect of her wedding and who wants to be in control of all of the details leading up to her big day.”
Being a DIY Bride does not mean you have to sew your own dress, bake your own cake, or have a million hot-glue gun burns from creating centerpieces. It can simply mean that you have put in the hard work that creates a beautiful wedding day that reflects you and your fiance. (PS. We do love the hot-glue gun wielders as well!)
Q: How do you handle our first consultation?
A: After our first contact, either through my website or The Knot, we will schedule our Consultation Call. This can be via phone, FaceTime, or Skype, and we will cover things like details about you and your fiancé, the wedding plans you’ve made so far, and the type of services you might need on your wedding day. Pricing is based upon the number of guests attending your wedding and will be given at this time.
Q: Why don’t you do in-person first consultations?
A: While in-person first consultations are great, they can also be a burden upon time and resources for both me and my clients. I have found that having phone or video conversations is still a great way to get to know one another and will still help us determine whether or not we are a good fit.
Q: If you’re a Day-of Coordinator, how will you know what we need done on our wedding day?
A: Part of being a Day-of Coordinator is being well prepared for my client’s wedding day. We’ll schedule a Pre-Wedding Meeting where we will go over my detailed Wedding Checklist, your timeline, your vendor list, and the setup of your venue and decor. These details will help me execute all of your hard work and help you have a relaxed, fun wedding day.
Q: What happens if you are unavailable on our wedding day due to illness or an emergency?
A: While I will do everything in my power to be there for your wedding day (I’m a mom, so I know what it’s like to power through,) there may be an emergency situation that doesn’t allow me to be present on your wedding day. In this case I will call on my assistants and/or my fantastic network of friends in the wedding industry to take my place and still offer you the best services possible.
Q: Is there anything you won’t do on a wedding day?
A: I’m happy to do pretty much any service a DIY Bride might need: Cake cutting, train bustling, sparkler lighting, table busing. The only services I do not perform on a wedding day are any decorating requiring a ladder or step stool (please hire a vendor who specializes in decor hanging,) and I will also not perform any service which is against the law or which goes against the venue’s policies. Other than these things feel free to ask!
Q: How many weddings will you have on my wedding day?
A: While I may have an assistant or two on your wedding day, you can rest assured that I will be present for your entire wedding. I only book one wedding per weekend, and I am currently only booking two weddings per month. I find this schedule conducive to giving my Brides and my family the attention they deserve.
Q: Just for fun: What is your favorite part of a wedding?
A: I love lining up the wedding party just before the ceremony. Everyone’s excited and the feeling is almost palpable in the air. The Bride has lights in her eyes, Dad’s usually a bit weepy, the Groom is full of nervous anticipation to see his Bride, and the wedding party is ready to get the party started!