One of the very first questions I ask my brides is if they have a wedding coordinator or planner. As an experienced wedding florist who has designed and seen hundreds of weddings, I know right off the bat that if my couple hired a wedding coordinator for their big day, that the event will go smoothly.
Although you can hire your wedding coordinator or planner to help with colors, vendors, and set up; more importantly you should hire a wedding coordinator or planner to help with your timeline, problems that may arise throughout the day, and the small details that may be overlooked.
To give us more insight into this topic I’ve asked Emily Giancarlo, who operates the Livery, to give us her advice.
“This is the question I am asked the most about as a Venue Manager for the Livery. Being an empty space, where everything needs to be brought in, the short answer is yes. Our venue is a blank canvas where a bride is able to build her dream day from scratch. But with that comes a list of vendors. Caterer, Florist, DJ, Rentals, all of it. Plus a million other questions and details. This can be overwhelming, especially when you have never planned a party for a few hundred before!
The longer answer is simple, do you want a stress free day? Who is going to make sure every box gets checked? Who is going to time your bridal party down the aisle? Who is going to coordinate with all your vendors? No one is saying you can’t pick out the decor, no one is saying your family can’t participate. But the fact remains that wedding coordinators are just that, coordinators! They do more than help you select a color palette or set out the candles. They know events inside and out. They know the gritty details, they know how to handle hiccups during the day. The planners we work with have my number, they can call me with questions, they know my venue inside and out as well. They probably know your other vendors too!
Investing in a planner for a venue like the Livery, that is not turn key, is one of the best pieces of advice I can give to brides. Think of your perfect day like a giant puzzle piece. Only its 500 pieces and you have a limited amount of time to complete it. Why not hire someone who is a puzzle master? You’ll get the venue you’ve dreamed of, the flowers you want, that great caterer and someone working behind the scenes who is driven to make sure everything, like the puzzle pieces, fall into place!”
Emily Giancarlo operates the Livery, a historic venue located off Main Street in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. First built in 1868, it was the original horse stable for the city of Lexington. Emily first got her jumpstart into the wedding industry in 2013 by assisting a professional photographer on the weekends. When she’s not busy shooting or working events, she enjoys spending time with her husband and baby girl.
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