The short answer to the question, “should you hire a wedding coordinator?”, is most definitely yes. However, not all coordinators are equal and just as you have “weekend photographers” the wedding industry is loaded with inexperienced, self proclaimed coordinators. Over the past 20 years we have had the opportunity to work with many wedding coordinators and we can honestly say that if you hire an experienced professional coordinator you will be glad that you did.
Weddings are expensive, we all know this, but for most couples it is a once in a lifetime event, so we urge all of you engaged couples not to cut corners just to save a few dollars. Unfortunately, many couples still choose to trust part time photographers with their most precious memories and it usually ends badly. A working professional has been successful in making a full time career out of their craft, thus proving their worth and ability to be a great photographer. Their entire livelihood depends on their success so by nature they tend to be the best. Well, a professional coordinator is no different, their career is successful only if they can demonstrate that they are best in what they do. Full time professional coordinators understand the needs of the couples they work with and how their task is related to all the other professionals working with the same couple.
Unlike most amateur or part time wedding coordinators, professional planners/coordinators aren’t there to just enforce a timeline and snap their fingers, they ensure that everyone’s needs are addressed to their best of their ability. Great coordinators understand that while our prime concern is the wedding couple, the rest of us have particular needs as well. A photographer’s assignment can be much easier to accomplish when they have a good coordinator working along side them with a common goal. This is true for all the professionals that a wedding couple will hire. Everyone’s work will be enhanced with the right facilitator, so we encourage all wedding couples to consider retaining a professional coordinator.