Wedding Planners and DIY Weddings

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Are you thinking of a DIY wedding, but then wondering how you can keep it together on the day itself and still enjoy it all? Well there is an option that would work for you. Plan your wedding yourself and then hire a wedding planner just to coordinate the actual day for you.

DIY weddings aren’t for everyone. They involve a lot of hard work, clever budgeting and thinking of nothing else in all your free time for months before the big day. However if you enjoy planning, love details and are keeping your wedding fairly small then they can work well. But the bride can’t exactly run around with a clipboard instead of a bouquet, checking arrangements on the day. So this is where hiring a wedding coordinator for the day comes in.

Generally you will meet with your ‘day of’ wedding planner about a month before the wedding to go over your arrangements. She will be able to point out anything important you’ve missed in time for you to make any final adjustments to your plans. On the day she will have all the details, contact numbers and timings and will be able to oversee things, with or without clipboard, so that you don’t have to worry about whether the flowers have been delivered, if the wedding cars will be on time and so on. Of course the bride could ask a family member to take on the role of organizer for the day, but often entrusting it to a professional is easier and allows that touch of experienced wedding planner  polish to bring all your plans together beautifully, smooth out any wrinkles and make sure the bride can just focus on the essence of the day.

Check out the directory on SAWeddings, to find wedding planners in South Africa that offer both full wedding planning packages and the wedding coordination outlined here.

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