Are you looking for Certified Wedding Planner, Month/Day of Coordinator, Ordained Wedding Officiant.
Hi!! Welcome to Wedding and Officiant Services by Dana. I offer full Wedding Planning, Month/Day of Coordination Services, and Officiant services in the state of Kentucky.
I’m ordained through Universal Life Ministries, a non denominational organization. I preform religious and non religious customized ceremonies and offer Vow writing assistance to those choosing to create their own vows for their special day
I obtained my certificate in Wedding Planning through IAP college
I offer free in person or virtual consultations. Planning a wedding is very stressful, with many things to consider. Whether I’m your planner, coordinator, or officiant I work closely with my Brides and Grooms to create the wedding they envision.
Wondering what I do as your Month/Day of Wedding Coordinator! As your Coordinator this is what you should expect from me:
Planning the entire wedding without a coordinator is stressful enough, so we highly suggest you hire someone who can handle the stress of “THE DAY-OF!” After months planning every aspect of your wedding, don’t leave the execution of your final details to chance.
Brides often rely on family and friends to help carry out plans on the day of their wedding. When this happens, we often see the last minute mishaps before the ceremony go unnoticed as the family member or friend leaves the role of coordinator to get ready and attempt to be a part of the bridal room activities. Remember, your family and friends are your guests also! You want them to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding and not end up feeling like “event staff.”
In most cases your “volunteers” have little experience in the role of event planner. They often end up feeling overwhelmed as they try to keep on top of everything that must be done to ensure that the day runs smoothly. For example, we often see mothers of the bride take on these responsibilities and they end up missing out on the important personal moments of their daughter’s special day.
At least a month before your wedding day you should meet with your coordinator and review the various vendor contracts. You should be sure the venue has the name of your coordinator as this will be the person handling questions and deliveries and making sure what you have ordered arrives and is set up the way you want it set up
• Set up a detailed schedule for your rehearsal, wedding and reception. An order of events will make everything run smoothly and your guests will appreciate knowing what is going on – and no drag time!
• Discuss with the officiant the order of events for the ceremony. Your coordinator will then walk through the order of events during rehearsal.
• Be in charge of the layout of the rooms. Your coordinator will be able to tell your vendors where everything will be placed.
He/she will also be sure that linens, décor, flowers, etc. come in according to your schedule. o What time are your flowers being delivered?
Who will place them, pin them on or give out to the wedding party and family?
Is this a photo opportunity for your photographer? What happens to them after your event?
Do you have specific requirements for the set-up of your cake(s) or desserts? The coordinator needs to be aware of them.
The coordinator and your caterer:
Your caterer will need to unload and set up prior to your guests arriving. His/her vehicle should then be moved from the kitchen area prior to the arrival of your guests. Your coordinator should tell them when and where this should take place.
The coordinator and your bartender:
Your bartender needs to follow the same procedure as the caterer. o What happens if you run out of something during the reception?
Your coordinator should know what to do and where to find it.
• The DJ or Band: The coordinator needs to be able to show them where they need to set-up and give them the schedule of the wedding so they know when to expect/announce the time for events to happen.
• Photographer: The coordinator needs to know the schedule of photographs that will need the presence of the bride, groom and wedding party in order to be sure everyone is where they need to be when they need to be.
• Clothing: The coordinator should know who is responsible for getting the wedding gown and veil to the venue. Who is responsible for picking up any rented clothing items and who is responsible for gathering these up and returning them?
• The Guests: the coordinator needs to be sure someone is available about 30 minutes prior to the wedding to help guests know where to park and the location of the ceremony. Where to place gifts. Whether to wait to be seated or to seat themselves. Whether to pick up a program or will they be passed out
• THE CEREMONY: The coordinator is in charge at this time. He/she is responsible for Organizing and directing the entrance for:
The Family Members,The Groom & Officiant, The Groomsmen, The Bridesmaids, The Bride and the coordinator needs to work with the DJ concerning the music and what songs play at what times.
• After the Ceremony: The coordinator should be sure you have provided a list of photos you want taken after the ceremony. This will cut down on the amount of time it takes before you can join your guests.
• Between the Ceremony and the Dinner: The coordinator should be checking to see that the guests know where they need to go while photos are being taken. He/she should also be checking with the caterer to be sure they have things under control.
• Reception Details: The coordinator makes sure that each event happens according to prearranged plans:
• First Dance
• Cake Cutting
• Toasting o Departure
• Departure: The coordinator should be sure
That your departure vehicle arrives on time. Your luggage is loaded and ready for the send-off , Organize the send-off
• Clean-Up: The coordinator makes sure that the final details have been taken care of:
The coordinator should be sure the bartender has cleaned his/her area. The coordinator should be sure the caterer has cleaned his/her area.
As you can see, there are many little details that go into making your wedding special and stress-free! We highly suggest hiring a qualified and experienced “Day of Coordinator.” We do have a list of Recommended Vendors that we will be happy to share with you. Our mission is to do all we can to help your Wedding Day be everything you dreamed of!