Is it better to hire a Wedding Planner? Day Of Coordinator? or just Do It Yourself?


I consistently work with brides on their choice of entertainment for their Cocktail Hour, Dinner Hour or both. One of the first questions I ask is, “who is your wedding planner?” So, you may be asking why would I want to know whether they have a planner or not. I’ll tell you why. 

When they answer with their planner’s name, and they give it to me, I know it will be easier to increase the experience, the bride will have a lot less stress, and chances are I’ve worked with their planner before, so it makes it easier for everyone. 

When they answer they have a Day-Of-Coordinator, it still a great option but in my opinion, not the better choice. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve performed at many successful weddings with only the Day-of-Coordinator. However, most begin working on the couple’s wedding anywhere from two weeks to two days before the wedding day. I have less contact with them because they are only responsible for the day of the event. 

And, when they answer they are a do it yourself bride, I know I will have to educate them on how we fit into their wedding day. I understand brides may be on a budget or decide they want it a particular way. It makes sense. There are a ton of websites to assist them in doing their wedding, and lots of them have templates they can print and use to help them. But, in my opinion, it’s a lot of work. Remember, wedding planners become wedding planners only after several exercises and exams to become certified. And, wedding planners do this for a living, so they have the experience and expertise. 

In the end, it’s the brides choice. She’ll determine how much time and stress she’ll devote to her wedding. 


Alex Ramirez