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Wedding vs. Venue Coordinator

Contributing today is Galina Nemstov Wohl of Deserve Your Time, LLC.  We met her through the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and found her professionalism and aura just wonderful.   Galina is a professional Certified Wedding Planner/Wedding Coordinator and also offers  Special Occasion Planning and Concierge services.  She has been a popular spotlight vendor at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo and we will be proud to have her in the store again this year.

In this blog, she reveals the differences you will find between a Wedding Coordinator and a Venue Coordinator – and there are some very important differences.  Don’t find out too late that what you thought was covered by one actually isn’t!  Read on to see which one you need at your wedding.

by Galina Nemstov Wohl

Wedding coordinator and venue coordinator, the two names sound very similar, but they differ in their responsibilities to the bride and groom.

Many brides mistakenly think that if their selected wedding venue offers an in-house coordinator, they wouldn’t need the services of a wedding planner at all, but there is a good chance that the bride could end up stressed out and facing a disaster on her wedding day, when the venue coordinator will not “perform” the duties of a wedding planner.

Unfortunately it is often assumed that the venue coordinator is going to help set up all your décor, manage and coordinate all third party vendors and generally oversee everything that needs to be done in order for your special day to run smoothly.

Do not be fooled when a venue coordinator will say to you, “I will take care of everything on the day of your wedding, making sure the day will run smoothly.”

Although the venue coordinator will offer her/his assistance with emergencies if you need it, that is totally a different thing from taking responsibility for running the entire wedding. To clear up the confusion between the duties of a wedding planner and a venue coordinator, here is a short checklist to help you remember what you can expect in most cases:

Wedding Coordinator’s Responsibilities:

*They will make sure all the vendors get to the venue on time
*They will communicate with the vendors in case there is an issue
*They will help to set up décor, flowers, candles to bring the bride’s vision to life
*They will stay at the venue until the end of your wedding
*They will run the wedding day according to the timeline that you or the wedding planner help you create

Venue Coordinator’s Responsibilities:

*They are responsible for the venue
*They will protect the interests of the venue
*They will make sure all the vendors have liability insurance
*They will ensure the food and drinks are served in the timely manner
*They will ensure basic set up of tables and chairs as it states in your contract

Now that we have some clarity on the difference between the wedding coordinator and the venue coordinator, you can avoid quite a bit of frustration and unmet expectations.   A wedding planner/coordinator can save you time, money and offer wedding planning services to make sure your special day is stress-free.

Call us today for a complimentary consultation! 267-968-1210.

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo in Warrington is proud to feature guest bloggers whom we know and trust.  Galina and Deserve Your Time, LLC offers multiple (and very affordable!) packages to fit your needs and to ensure the best day of your life really is!

Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 4: Tips for Your Wedding Registry

Our bride-to-be Kathleen is back with some more great advice, this time on the wedding registry!  Have you thought about this step yet or did you learn anything along the way that would help another bride?  Share your tip here!

Wedding Registry: Bridal Shop in Bucks County

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A Lasting Impression: Your Wedding Photographer

Phillip Gabriel Photography logoAs proud members of the NACE Greater Philadelphia chapter, we meet monthly with some of the most professional and dedicated vendors in the wedding industry.  Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is excited to feature in this blog a photographer who embodies the excitement and emotion of the perfect photograph.

Phillip Gabriel Photography was started by Philip and Gabriel Fredericks, a father and son team.  Thirteen years ago, Gabe took over the business and has been clicking ever since!

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 3:  The Food

In her next installment in her journey to the aisle, Kathleen gives some good insight and information on a very important part of the event… the food.  From the h’ors d’oeuvres to the desserts, soup to nuts, this takes serious thought and planning.  Read on to find out how she is doing with this part of the process!

apple cinnamon and anise treats

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Setting the Tone with Stationery

Guest Blogger and recent Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Bride: Heather Dombrowski

Owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

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Darianna Bride & Groom Heather & Tom Dombrowski Heather is the owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

Planning your wedding requires thoughtfulness regarding the theme and tone you want to set, and it’s going to start with your Save the Date cards.

Whether you are having your wedding on a tropical island, a formal grand ballroom, a funky winery, or at home with your family members including the furry ones, sitting down with someone like Heather Dombrowski, owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC, will allow you to thoughtfully plan this announcement piece, as well as your invitations, with your wedding guests.

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Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo’s Real Bride: Heather Wilkinson-Slobodinsky

Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar
Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar

The Meeting:

Mark and I met in January 2013 in physical therapy school at Temple when both of our classes were at a conference in San Diego and have been together since then.

The Proposal:

August 8th, 2015 in LBI. I absolutely thought he was going to propose the night before since we were going to have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia and was pretty bummed when I was wrong!  But little did I know, both of our families were totally in on the surprise for the proposal to happen in LBI where Mark’s parents own a beach house. My parents and sister had planned to come down to LBI for the weekend and my mom suggested that we take “family photos by the beach” before dinner. This was actually the ploy to get everyone to the beach for Mark to pop the question.

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Destination Wedding – Jackson Hole, WY

destination weddingDo you dream of having your wedding in a gorgeous outdoor setting?  We found one of the most perfect places yet:  The Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

In mid-September we headed out there for a quick getaway.  We love to travel, and having never been to Wyoming it was truly an experience in everything from scenery (breathtaking!) to food (elk nachos!) to altitude (10,450’!).  It was pure beauty.  The temperatures were in the 70s, the majestic Aspens were full golden yellow, and there were acres and acres of unspoiled nature.

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Guest Blog: Daneene Jensen Talks Wedding Hair and Makeup

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo bride Lindsey Farthing-Minnisale with Daneene Jensen and Associates, September, 2016. Dress by Justin Alexander, headpiece by Edward Berger.
Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo bride Lindsey Farthing-Minnisale with Daneene Jensen and
Associates, September, 2016. Dress by Justin Alexander, headpiece by Edward Berger.

We met Daneene Jensen almost four years ago at a bridal show when she offered to do our models’ hair and makeup as a demonstration.  It was brilliant.  It worked for us to have our models looking amazing and for her to show her incredible skills.  In about 20 minutes she turned one from pretty to Vogue photo shoot.

Her company,  Daneene Jensen and Associates, is everything you want for your wedding day hair and make up.  She’s featured in Philly in Love, Borrowed and Blue, and Style Me Pretty, and is a Hall of Fame vendor on the Knot with 296 5-star reviews.

I am so proud to know her and refer her as a professional stylist and genuinely caring, lovely woman.  Read on to learn more about Daneene Jensen and her work!

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Q&A With Finley Catering

Finley CateringDo you need a place to host your special day? Consider choosing one of the five Finley Catering venues in the Philadelphia area.

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is proud to have relationships with some of the best and most well-respected venues in the tri-state area!

We are excited to have tapped Kathryn Phillips of Finley Catering for some insight into each of their gorgeous properties, along with a few other FAQs that can help guide you when choosing a venue.

They host not only weddings, but events with guest lists that include Presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities. And let’s not forget that one of their properties was featured in an iconic scene of an Academy Awarded nominated movie.

But beyond all of that, they are the one of the finest caterers you will find anywhere!  Read on to find out more.

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The Wedding Planner

Philadelphia Wedding plannerWe are so fortunate this week to have Lynda Barness as our guest blogger.

Lynda is the Master Wedding ConsultantTM
 for I DO Wedding Consulting in Philadelphia. She’s one of only 69 people in the world to receive this distinction.

Lynda is a member of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) and is consistently featured in magazines including Philadelphia Style, Philadelphia Magazine, and Main Line Today just to name a few.  She is regularly quoted in industry magazines and was recognized last year as a Woman of Distinction in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In addition, Lynda published a book in 2015 entitled, I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales.

Recognized as a Master Wedding Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants, she has the experience, education, and contacts to make your day stress-free perfection.

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