Over the years we have had the opportunity to work with many, many wedding coordinators and as a couple have stood out in our mind as doing a great job, Heidi at “I DO” Details has made a lasting impression on us as simply fabulous.
We worked with Heidi a couple of times last year and then had the privilege to reconnect a couple of weeks ago at a wedding we photographed at Iron Valley Golf Course. She is incredibly skilled at getting everything to look amazing, taking care of all the vendors, keeping everyone at ease – guests and wedding party alike – keeping things running smooth and on time and doing it all with hardly being noticed.
At wedding’s where there is not a coordinator, the job normally lands on us. We are very willing and able to help in that area but it does make our job of capturing all of those moments, a harder task to accomplish. So we are so thankful when we can work alongside a skilled coordinator.
I asked Heidi if she would be willing to answer some questions for a blog post and she was happy to do so.
“I honestly didn’t set out to start a business. When my best friend was getting married 13 years ago she asked me to coordinate the wedding. I coordinated her wedding, had a lot of fun doing so and figured it was a one time deal. Over the next few years I had more friends and family ask me to coordinate their weddings. Before I knew it, I had a side business. In the last 4-5 years is when the business really grew and I began working with clients outside of my friend/family circle.”
“This is a hard question to answer as it really depends on the couple as each one has unique and special parts of their day. Overall my favorite part is at the end of the night when they tell me they’ve had a fun, enjoyable, all they dreamed of day (it means I’ve done my job).
Some of my other favorites are: when the groom first sees his bride, the excitement on the couple’s face at the end of the ceremony as they walk back down the aisle, seeing the bride right after she’s gotten in the dress.”
“This is a hard one – I have so many great memories from the weddings and clients I’ve worked. One of my favorite things is when clients become friends – there’s no greater blessing from this job than to gain friendships.
But the first memory that came to my mind when I read this question is from Kevin & Alyssa’s Barn at Silverstone wedding in Oct 2017. I was watching everyone dance and Kevin (groom) comes over to me and says “Did you see what Alyssa sewed onto my tie? It’s a piece of my mom’s sweater!”
He was so excited to show me this and it absolutely warmed my heart! Kevin’s mom passed away a number of years ago from breast cancer – but her presence was felt in many ways throughout the day – this being one of them. The guys also all wore pink socks in her honor – I love when sentimental, personal things are added to weddings.”
“Hire a coordinator – haha 😉 But really – if you don’t want to be stressed on your wedding day and if you want to your family to be fully present and not worried about the details – hire a coordinator to take the stress and worry of the day off of your shoulders.
Bonus advice – hire great vendors, this will make or break your day. And be ahead of the planning – the more you get done early the less stress you’ll have as the wedding day approaches.”
We highly recommend starting with an excellent wedding coordinator like Heidi from “I DO” Details! You’ll be so happy you did!
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