Many couples believe that when they book their venue the venue's coordinator will serve in the same capacity as a day of coordinator. In most cases this is simply untrue. The duties your venue coordinator will fulfill are very different from those your day of coordinator or planner will.

Venue coordinators do not manage weddings they manage venues.

They manage the kitchen and prevent rule breaking, and they may help with a few things here and there such as setting up the tables or making sure your place cards are out. But the biggest takeaway you will need to remember is that your venue coordinator will be looking out for the venue's best interest. Your wedding coordinator will be looking out for YOUR best interest. Here are a few duties that your venue coordinator will not handle:

1. Keeping up with the timeline

2. Directing the rehearsal and ceremony

3. Telling the DJ when to make announcements and when to begin wedding formalities

4. Assisting in gathering important family members for formal portraits

5. Managing the seating arrangement

6. Gathering guests for your sendoff

7. Handing out final balances to vendors

8. Troubleshooting wedding emergencies

9. Making sure your gifts and personal items are packed at then of the night.

10. Creating a master timeline

11. Personalized service and attention

12. First to arrive, last to leave

13. Wardrobe malfunctions

14. Emergency errands

15. Vendor confirmation calls

Now, as a disclaimer all of this is not to say that there may not be a few venues out there offering a real day of coordination service as an add-on. But I will tell you this is rare, rare, rare. It is not a likely thing. So be sure and ask questions and make sure you are getting the dedicated coordinator you need on YOUR behalf.

This couple loves their day of coordinator, and this coordinator loves her couples! It's a beautiful relationship built on trust.

Photo: Rian Fuller Photography

Charleston is one of the most popular wedding destinations for good reason. It has a unique charm unlike any other city in the world. Truly it is such a beautiful place, from the beautiful architecture and the gorgeous views in gardens and Charleston waterways.

Popular wedding trends in Charleston include outdoors-y soirees under a canopy of great oaks, antique lounges, and LOTS of greenery; eucalyptus, ruscus, smilax, the works! What elements can you use to infuse a little Charlestonian charm in your wedding? Here are some of our favorite trends!

1. Unorthodox getaways! Long gone are the days of the limousine getaway. Vintage wheels, horse drawn carriages, and cute little rickshaws are a few cool options to up the anty on your getaway.

2. Dress up the bar! Charleston is known for its hospitality and what's hospitality without a few drinks. The top most important thing Charleston couples say they envision for their wedding is a great time, so drape your bar in pretty and make it the focal point of your reception... aside from you of course.

3. Pretty Cakes big or small are a deliciously sweet way to add a little something to your dream day. We recommend either a large monumental cake or a pristine and petite one. Remember that guests always wait on the cake. They are looking forward to it!

4. Having a trendy wedding is great, but in Charleston, classic is King! Crisp white linens, monograms, neutral color palettes, and candelight are all lowcountry faves.

If you're raised in the South, you know all about Grits and Whiskey! This couple took Southern roots to a new level and it shined in every detail of their big day at the Saw Mill Pond Vineyard! From their whiskey mixing unity ceremony to their grits tossing sendoff.


Venue: Saw Mill Pond Vineyard

Photographer: KB Photography

DJ: Terrence Bryant

Beauty: A Touch of Color Bridal

Florist: Karens Krafty Nook

Food and Bev: Just Stuff It

Rentals: Three Chicks Gifts and Accessories

Dessert: Krispy Kreme