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When we were wedding planners, one of the services we offered was an incredibly detailed timeline for the day of the wedding.  This timeline not only detailed when everything was scheduled to happen, but who is involved, where items are to be placed and how.

Because we were sometimes brought into the wedding planning process only months or weeks prior to the big day, couples had often begun writing out their own timeline.  When it comes to timelines, we found that many couples forgot to add in buffer time.  That is, for example, the time it takes to get everyone from cocktail hour to seated for dinner (usually 10 minutes or so depending on the size of the guestlist).  If between each event on the timeline, you haven’t accounted for this buffer time (locating your Dad whose outside smoking a cigar when it’s time for his toast), you could end up running behind and you may wind up having to pay more for something (like the photographer who had to stay later in order to get a shot of the cake cutting) or missing out on something completely.

While a lot of things seem to be a no-brainer, the devil is in the details and professional wedding planners know which details shouldn’t be missed.  When it comes to producing an event and bringing all the pieces together, it is money well spent to hire a professional who understands the ins and outs of wedding day production.  Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor by meeting with and hiring a wedding coordinator that fits with your personality and style.

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