Happy new month, I hope my last last post was insightful and gave you some useful tips on how to find the perfect planner.

Today we will look at the role of a wedding coordinator.

A wedding coordinator, also known as a day of wedding coordinator, can really assist wedding couples in so many wonderful ways on the actual day of their wedding.

Their sole responsibility is to manage and oversee the running of your wedding day. They usually begin helping you prepare a month before the wedding, creating the timeline for the actual wedding day.

It is their job to ensure that everything goes according to plan as well as fixing any issues that may arise on the day.

They will confirm vendor contracts and create a timeline for the day, they will also make sure things like payments and guest counts are in order, but they won't be involved in the earlier planning phases or keep track of your budget.

A wedding coordinator will be logistically focused and be in charge of the following tasks:

  1. Meet with you four to eight weeks before the wedding to get a handle on what you've planned thus far (work through any details and follow up on any loose ends).

  2. Checks in with your vendors to review the signed contracts and confirm logistics.

  3. Creates detailed timelines and floor plans.

  4. Completes a final walk-through of the ceremony and reception sites.

  5. Addresses any overlooked details (such as forgetting to hire a coat check attendant).

  6. Manages the rehearsal.

  7. Oversees everything on the wedding day.

Making decisions like these are quite important as you are trusting and relying on these professionals to plan and execute one of the most important events in your life. Although this can be quite overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. My advice would be to pick someone you genuinely like, someone who understands your vision, who is efficient in their ability to respond. This is because you are going to be communicating with them and seeing them very frequently.


So, with all that has been said… Don’t worry too much, trust your instincts and enjoy this process!


Happy Reading

Mannuela x


Sources:

Brides Magazine


It’s no secret that planning a wedding is no small task, which begs the question; Should I get a wedding planner or a wedding coordinator?

How do I know which one I need?

In this blog series, we will be discussing the key differences you should be aware of to help you find the best fit for your special day.

Wedding Planners: Fundamentally, their role is to manage and execute all of the logistics involved in planning your day. From sourcing and booking suppliers to managing contracts and developing timelines, while keeping track of your budget.

  1. Provides vendor referrals and negotiates contracts; schedules and attends all vendor meetings.

  2. Creates detailed timelines and floor plans.

  3. Helps determine and manage your budget.

  4. Attends site tours and menu tastings.

  5. Brainstorms style ideas and coordinates design details.

  6. Coordinates hotel room blocks and transportation.

As every planner comes into the industry with a totally different skill set, experiences and training. Planners with a creative background are more passionate about the creative aspects of the day, while those who have worked in more organisational roles may be more spreadsheet and timeline driven. So, the right planner for you, will be the planner whose skills compliment your overall vision and needs for your special day.


If you’re managing most of the wedding preparation yourself, you can be more flexible when it comes to when to choose to hire your wedding planner. On the other hand, if you require full planning services, it is best to hire a wedding planner ASAP as most wedding planners on average take on 8-10 weddings a year, so bookings aren’t readily available especially during the peak summer months.

A Wedding Planner can take on as little or as much of the organisation of your wedding as you want, giving you the option to tailor their involvements in planning to meet your requirements. Hence why most planners offer a range of services to suit multiple needs.


In terms of where to find a wedding planner we suggest you try the UK alliance of Wedding Planners website as this will provide you with planners across the UK. You can also use social media - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get a good idea about the planners personality and specialisation, especially if you find yourself constantly looking and liking their posts.


Bonus Tip: When you’re comparing proposals and quotations from planners, don’t simply look at the figure alone. When looking at the amount consider the level of support and service you will be getting for the amount you are paying to determine whether your quote is good value for you, i.e. site visits, travel, calls, admin etc.


So before you dismiss using the services of a Wedding Planner, either to plan the whole event or just part of it, look at the big picture and see the benefit they can add to your big day.


Stay tune for our next post as we will be looking at the role of a wedding coordinator.


Until then, stay safe


Mannuela x



Updated: Jul 11

Buying your wedding band is a massive deal and after all, this will be one of the most important object to represent your commitment to your spouse.

There are lots of different ways to go about it, hitting the high street, visiting your favorite jeweler or having bespoke bands designed for you. With so many options to choose from,

we hope the second segment of this blog series (be sure to read the first part if you haven't already) will make it easier to find the best rings within your budget and your style.

Tip Number 5: Choosing your preferred metal

Years ago wedding rings were mainly purchased in a classic gold style, however nowadays wedding rings can be designed in a number of different materials that all possess their own advantages in terms of looks, sturdiness and cost.

Material options for wedding rings consist of two types of metals:

• Precious metals: gold, silver, platinum.

• Alternative metals: cobalt, stainless steel, titanium, tungsten.

Alternative metals provide a more lightweight and modern look.

Each type of metal has benefits and drawbacks, its best to narrow down your search to find what suits your personal style and lifestyle, for instance:


Platinum:

  • Usually more expensive

  • Extremely durable - doesn’t tarnish or oxidize

  • Although it will wear and scratch but jeweler can polish your band to remove scratches.

Gold:

  • The alloy mixed with gold affects its colour, so there are a hundred possible mixtures, but options generally include: yellow gold, white gold, green gold and pink and rose gold.

  • Gold is mixed with other metals/alloys because it's soft and easily damaged.

  • Buff your ring with a soft cloth to keep it shiny and smooth

Silver:

  • Most affordable of the precious metals

  • Pure silver mixed with copper or other metal to make it more durable

  • Loses it shine quicker

  • Can get scratched and marked easily

Tip Number 6: Size It Right

Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies, all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain.

When buying your wedding band(s), always make sure you do the final ring sizing after morning hours, and ideally when your body temperature is normal. Your fingers swell for many reasons throughout the day. Everything from exercise, pregnancy, cold and hot temperatures, and times of day can impact the swelling of your hands.

So, don’t worry, don’t stress and enjoy this time of wedding band shopping.


Happy Reading,


Mannuela x

FLORISSA DESIGNS is a creative floral and event design company based in London. Born in Ivory Coast and raised in France, our creative director Mannuela Konan founded the company back in 2014 after spending years developing her artistic skills and extensive knowledge as a floral designer and completing a 2 years FDA Floral Design and Event management at the University of the Arts London.

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