While I was fairly comfortable planning the wedding myself, I knew our wedding day would be complicated and that I might need help so we hired Carmen as a weekend of coordinator. Our wedding combined American and Indian traditions and Carmen ha...
d experience with this type of wedding. She was helpful in providing recommendations for vendors from weddings she had helped with in the past, one of which (a dhol player, used for the groom's entrance to the wedding hall) we ended up using and wouldn't have found otherwise.
Carmen was helpful in providing lists and tips of considerations not to overlook as the wedding approached and was available as needed to discuss wedding details leading up to the event. She contacted all of our vendors leading up to the event to confirm details and sent a detailed weekend itinerary to everyone in the wedding. During the wedding weekend she helped to provide guidance during the rehearsal and ensured that the wedding ran smoothly, doing such things as helping decorate and checking in with day of vendors, dismissing guests for dinner, and making sure all needed items (throw bouquet, toasting glasses, etc) were accounted for and available when needed. She was not overbearing and approached the groom and I only a few times with necessary questions. She requires an assistant for events with over 200 guests (total cost includes assistant fee).
Our event was complicated, but I definitely needed a good amount of additional help from family and friends to get everything set up and ready to go. We had a family friend "take charge" to make sure our decor was taken care of.
Carmen was very kind and easy to work with. I'm sure she took care of more details that I am unaware of. Our wedding was pretty seamless with no real mishaps, and we have A Beautiful Wedding to thank for helping to make the day run smoothly.