Wedding Coordinator or Wedding Planner? A Personal Story
Many brides are confused about whether to hire a wedding planner or to use the wedding coordinator at the selected venue. I chatted with Maureen Chandler of Blush Bridal Boutique about her personal experiences with this decision. This is her story.
I was one of those brides that dreamed about my wedding all my life. I knew what kind of dress I wanted, how the cake would look and the perfect decorations for my “perfect day.” I was told for months leading up to our wedding that I needed to hire a planner or a day-of coordinator. Nine years later, I still regret not taking that advice. I had an event coordinator on-site and had done all the planning myself so I thought everything was under control.
Like many couples, when we chose our reception site, we were led to believe that our event coordinator was there to help us plan our wedding, and, he was, but only for the venue itself. We did not take into consideration the other vendors that were booked: photographer, florist, limo service, band, decorator, baker, etc.
Using Pinterest to Plan a Wedding
Ok, I admit it, I am addicted to Pinterest!
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People use pinboards to plan their weddings (my favorite idea!), decorate their homes, and share their fashion wish lists.
As someone who has always been a fan of “inspiration boards,” I am loving the ease of using Pinterest.
Inspiration boards required actual clipping, gluing, and labeling of various items onto a board or piece of paper. While incredibly fun and useful for creating an image or developing a concept, storing and revising the boards was always impractical.
Pinterest simply requires the user to register, install a “Pin It” button, and start pinning!
Live Streaming Your Wedding: Is It For You?
If you are getting married and have friends and family all over the world, it is not always practical to expect everyone to attend your actual event. Modern technology now allows couples to opt for live streaming so that nobody has to miss out on all of the fun and excitement of the big day!
Bliss Collection member Jessica Piscitelli of Jessica Pi Productions has begun offering this new and exciting trend. I asked Jessica about a recent wedding that she was able to live stream.
“Thanks to my company’s association with Marry Me Live, we were able to accommodate Areej and Mohannad’s request to live stream their Arnold Mellon Auditorium reception for their friends and family all across the world. The bride and groom looked gorgeous and so in love, and it was a beautiful reception at the fabulous Arnold Mellon Auditorium.
We ended up streaming several hours of footage and the stream got 355 hits during the night. Obviously, we also recorded the video we shot, both from the camera used for streaming as well as the second, more mobile camera, and will be editing it at a much higher resolution, and with the ability to cut out some of the less exciting stuff – like the eating! But for friends and family who were in North Carolina, or Jordan, it was a great way for them to be able to be a part of this once in a lifetime live event!
Marry Me Live recently posted a little blog introducing Jessica Pi to their community. Read it here.
I am sure we will be streaming many more live events over the years. I am excited to help more brides and grooms share their wedding with family members and friends who would otherwise have to wait for the DVD or Blu Ray to be done to experience, firsthand, the joy of seeing their loved ones get married!” Piscitelli commented.