TL;DR: Please don't think you can do this without a coordinator, and don't even bother going to anyone else - Rubina thinks of it all, has seen it all, and will put you & everyone in your family at ease.
Like many organized brides, I didn't th...
ink I needed a wedding planner. I thought, how hard could it be? And I wasn't working FT so I thought I'd have the time for it. I was SO WRONG. We booked Rubina far in advance for our June 24 wedding, after hearing glowing reviews, following her closely on Instagram, and attending one of her bridal workshops. We chose the day-of package, where she helps you throughout the month before to get all your ducks in a row, so she can properly run the entire wedding day coordination. About 3 months out, even without a FT job, I was feeling so overwhelmed that I truly regretted not getting the bigger "full wedding" package! We had 320 guests, so the pressure was on. Luckily, Rubina has a heart of gold and she eased any fears I had along the way with a quick pep talk, well before her one month commitment started.
LISTEN BRIDES & GROOMS: If you both work full-time jobs and especially if you're having a big wedding, you NEED a coordinator. Don't be stubborn and think you can do without one! The biggest piece of advice she gave me, which was what really changed my mind, is that you do not want your loved ones, i.e. mom, sisters, brothers, bridesmaids, etc running around like chickens without their head on your wedding day trying to organize family for a group photo, or find vendor payment envelopes in your bedroom, etc. Your family and friends should be enjoying YOUR special day. My parents and in-laws were also extremely hesitant about hiring her, and they didn't even get a chance to meet her until our rehearsal. Immediately it felt like she was family, extremely professional and caring. The moms were IMPRESSED and that's a big deal! Me being the 3rd daughter, my mom was used to running around a lot on a wedding day and not getting to enjoy that much. The day after the wedding my mom just kept thanking me over and over again for hiring her.
Rubina was truly my lifeline on the big day. She was getting me water when I needed it, reminding me to breathe and enjoy the moment when I was stressed, she took care of vendor payments and gifts, she made sure my overnight bag made it to my hotel room, I mean the list goes on and on! She just had great vibes all day & you can tell she loves what she does. And she had an amazing assistant with her on the day of, I can't remember her name but she was also extremely professional and the next best thing to Rubina.
I did a lot of the wedding prep myself in advance, because like I said I only got her for the day-of coordination, but she made sure we had a smooth transition of tasks and physical items (her checklist and itinerary were EXTREMELY detailed and helpful). Our wedding went as smooth as butter, all thanks to Memorable Moments!!!