by Maraina Frabbiele & Tanya Paye

Whether your big day is just around the corner or not for another few years, it is important to stay as calm and collected as possible while planning. For many, money may be an issue, or perhaps you just can't seem to get your color choices right. Whatever the dilemma of the day may be, it is important to ask for help when a situation arises. However, for others, planning may be the easy part and the ultimate stress stems from the idea of something going wrong on that special day itself. If that is the case, you will want to consider hiring a Day-of Coordinator. Much like a full-service wedding planner, a Day-of Coordinator is there for the couple on their big day for support, as well as a few days or weeks before. It's really your call! Your Day of Coordinator is perfect for a Do-It-Yourself kind of couple because you do the majority of the planning yourself but your designated "DOC" will help to keep you on track and will be there with you every step of the way to answer any questions you may have.

"A day-of coordinator can be a life saver for couples who don’t have the budget for a full-service planner; they step in right when you need them the most, which can be the last few busiest weeks of your planning and preparing. Most importantly, they show up the day of, ready to rock and roll! It's that easy." - Kyndall Arnold, aspiring wedding coordinator.

Like any special events coordinator, everything begins with an initial interview. In other words, a comprehensive consultation with the couple. From there, the conversation is yours. Your Day of Coordinator will also take over that daunting task of creating the all-important event timeline. The goal: to work together to ensure that everything comes together just as the couple envisions it.

A Day of Coordinator allows you the luxury of feeling like a guest at your own event. You don't have to worry about vendors showing up late or things going awry. A good coordinator will handle issues in such a way that you never know that there was one.

Leave the last-minute problem solving to someone else and truly enjoy every moment of the first chapter of your Happily Ever After. In all of the big dreams and glitter, take a second to be realistic. Leave the checking, double checking and TRIPLE checking, to someone else. And no, preferably not your best friend that you have known since grade school or your cousin that says that helping is "not a problem".

"Remember, your family and friends are your guests too, and you want them to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding," - Rachel Lighthill, Bride since 2008 and mother of two.