Yes! I like to keep things simple, which benefits both my clients and myself! The last thing I want to do is ask for additional payment during your reception hours.
My day-of duties are usually a 8-10 hour stretch of hands on coordination. Should your wedding demand an early setup/or late closure (sometimes unknown until midway through planning), we will review any expectations at the earliest opportunity so we have no surprises.
I want to answer all grey areas, so please ask.
Start and setup time depends on venue and my necessary judgement call.
On average, I depart from a wedding about an hour into dancing; the things I can put away are away and the vibe and wedding feels in control and coordination is done.
Two main reasons I'm not the last to leave:
Venue. Your venue lays the laws first...we start there!
I draft a time table of setup - tear down and where delegates are needed. We review together 2 months prior to date so there are no surprises and expectations are met. Examples are: Where do flowers go at the end of the night, do vases need to be returned or put back to venue's stock, who's taking left over food, gifts, rentals, table linens...the list goes on, and I'm here to spell out all these tasks.
Should your wedding decor exceed what I'm able to do alone in the given setup time frame, and you do not want or have family to delegate, I can arrange for helping hands for an additional fee. Because most weddings have at least 3 folks able to help for 1 -2 hours, this almost always is a non-issue, and same with closing down your wedding.
Again, setup and tear down is determined on your venue.
I certainly can should your wedding call for or upon request. I've not needed a clone for majority of my weddings. I try hard at offering my clients the best service while not breaking the bank!
Should you feel at ease and if your wedding is at large with decor, I'm happy discuss additional labor costs of bringing on an assistant.
I take on 6-8 weddings a year. I'm about the work/life balance.
It's not only the actual weddings that fill a calendar. My weekends are also consumed with client meetings and site visits.
I also want to watch my kiddos play ball, grow up, be involved in their schools, and camp with my family on the weekends .
Taking on a limited amount of weddings allows me to be more present within my family and clients' wedding as well.
Trust me I've seen a lot, but there's still a first rodeo to attend! I've learned that remaining calm, unattached to ideas, and embracing positive thinking in tough dynamics can win over hostility.
The other skill and prerequisite to the Coordinator job is psychology. As an empathic person, I understand the complicated truths of reflecting your own identity vs. embodying a family identity. I also see the re-emergence of parent/child dynamics; often for the first time addressing priorities, beliefs and values.
Weddings can surface family issues. I have an unbiased perspective and am able to act as your experienced liaison.
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