Tying the knot? Give a coordinator the loose ends!

Tying the knot? Give a coordinator the loose ends!

Somewhere between the “I will” and the “I do,” it’s easy to find yourself suddenly adrift in a sea of timelines, contracts, checklists and decisions to be made. That’s because planning a wedding really does  take a lot of time and energy, with a level of detail that often takes couples by surprise!

As you prepare for the big day, trust us when we say that the best gift you can give yourself is the personal guidance of an experienced event coordinator. Really. These industry pros will help you navigate the waters and allow you to embrace the planning process for what it should be – a truly special time for you to create a shared vision of your first day as mr. and mrs. (and have some fun along the way!).

The team at Patrick Properties is fortunate to have one of the best network of professionals around who help our events team transform historic Charleston wedding venues into the unique moment our couples have imagined. A great coordinator’s role also extends well beyond what you’ve seen in that J. Lo movie. In fact, here are three reasons we wouldn’t set sail without one.


They will help you prioritize – and set boundaries. The biggest service a great coordinator brings to the table is the ability to acts as your financial planner. As a sounding board and personal advocate, your coordinator is the key to staying within a budget. By properly allocating funds and clearly distinguishing your “needs” from your “wants,” you will find your dream wedding is not only attainable but also affordable.


They are (really) well-connected. Your coordinator’s insider perspective and personal network are invaluable when it comes to selecting local vendors, from florists to calligraphers to bakeries and everything in between. Want a great live band to get the crowd dancing? She knows just the one. The best Charleston restaurants and activities for out-of-towners? Yep, she’s got you covered there, too.


They bring your vision into focus. Think of your coordinator as the matchmaker for your dreams and your day-of reality.  In the inspiration overload of Pinterest, coordinators are the professionals that can create the storyboard you didn’t even realize you wanted. Beyond just timelines and making appointments, embracing the creative decisions of planning with your coordinator can be the most enjoyable part of the process.


Thanks to all of our talented photographers: Riverland StudiosMarni Rothschild PicturesRichard Ellis,  Julie G. Rowe Photography