Why hire a wedding planner?
When people ask me this question, I answer with my own questions: When you dreamed of your wedding day, what did you envision? Was it putting on a dress you knew would take his breath away? Was it tearing up as you said your vows? Was it dancing through the night with your closest family and friends? Or was it that moment at the end of the reception when the last guest said goodbye and congratulated you on hosting a party they would never forget?
I'm sure you dreamt about all that and more. But I'm also pretty sure you didn't dream about making sure your server-to-guest ratio at the reception is appropriate. Or that the food is served hot. Or that all your personal items are collected at the end of the night. Or that you might look back on the biggest night of your life and think "I just wish I would have thought of that!"
With over 8 years of comprehensive wedding experience behind us, the Something Blue team has attended hundreds of weddings. We know what works well at a wedding and unfortunately, we have also seen what can go wrong. This is the biggest party you will ever host and it will be our job to make sure it is flawless. You'll be left to just relax and enjoy the time with your family and friends.
What is your role?
Most couples have a general vision of their day. Your coordinator will be the one to iron out the details to make that vision a reality. Some couples are most interested in someone to help with the initial legwork, while others want a "best friend in the business" to assist with everything right up until they head back to their bridal suite. In any case, we will tailor our amount of involvement to meet your needs.
Please see the services page for a complete list of what Something Blue can do for you.
I have a catering manager at the venue where my wedding is booked. Isn't he/she my wedding coordinator?
Many venues promote themselves as having an "on-site wedding coordinator." Remember, this was me not too long ago. And while I gave the best service I possibly could to my clients, there were a few obstacles preventing me from being a true wedding coordinator.
First, I was completely on site. If there were personal items that needed to get from a church to the resort or vice versa, I could not assist with this. My duties and responsibilities pertained ONLY to what happened on property.
Second, very often there would be multiple weddings at the resort on any given day and I had to be
a "wedding coordinator" to all of them. So if/when there was a problem with one wedding, I was
completely taken away from the other wedding(s).
Third, and possibly most importantly, I could not be 100% in the bride and grooms' corners
while working for a hotel. Although in my heart I wanted to do the best possible job for them, at the end of the day it was the hotel that signed my paycheck so my loyalty was naturally with my employer.
As your wedding coordinator, I will be YOUR employee and will represent YOUR best interests in every aspect. I look forward to that opportunity!
What qualities should I look for in a wedding coordinator?
The number one quality for which we think you should look is compatibility. You want someone with whom you will ENJOY working for the next several months.
Make sure you hire someone with experience because he/she will then be able to look for all the little things you might not even think of. It will be a comfort for you to know that your wedding planner has probably seen it all and can troubleshoot prior to anything going wrong.
A vast majority of the Lake Geneva area weddings come from out of town. For that reason, it will also be important that your wedding planner have knowledge of the local market because then he/she will recommend good venues and/or vendors and be able to save your precious time running around town.