Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Day-Of Coordinating & Itinerary Writing by Kristin

Today’s planner interview is with Kristin Thompson of Day-Of Coordinating & Itinerary Writing by Kristin of Denver, CO! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

There are many capable, budget conscious brides who can plan their own dang wedding, they just need some help executing what they’ve envisioned. I want to make their lives easier in 2 ways:

Location Independent Itinerary Writing: No matter where couples are in the world, I communicate via phone and email to guide them in putting logistics on paper to help ensure their day-of coordinator can make their wedding a dream come true.

Day-Of Coordinating: I execute the plans and absorb all of the stress while the bride and groom enjoy their wedding day.

Read the full interview after the cut!

Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Day-Of Coordinating & Itinerary Writing by KristinPhoto Credit: Lydia Jane Photography

How did you get into wedding planning?

I grew up in a bakery and began helping my parents deliver wedding cakes as soon as I could walk. I started planning and coordinating large events in college to welcome incoming freshmen to campus. After planning my own wedding, I began helping others with theirs.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

It’s fun and an honor to use skills that come naturally to me to relieve stress from others on the most important day of their lives. I get such a rush from hurrying around, anticipating issues, troubleshooting, organizing, and perfecting the day.

Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Day-Of Coordinating & Itinerary Writing by KristinPhoto Credit: Matt Gari Foto

Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Day-Of Coordinating & Itinerary Writing by KristinPhoto Credit: Matt Yari Foto

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

My dad always tells brides who visit his bakery, “it’s not possible to over-communicate.” I’m careful never to make assumptions about the bride and groom’s wishes because every wedding is unique. This is why it’s important I help couples create ultra-detailed wedding itineraries with explicit instructions for the entire wedding day.

What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I enjoy my pet guinea pig, rock climbing, yoga, reading, organizing, baking, and travelling with my husband.

Any great stories from working with a client?

I recently coordinated a wedding for a bride and groom who both had such warm, loving friends and families. I didn’t have a personal relationship with that couple, but I could just feel the joy of their wedding day. Even though I was on the job, a few members of the wedding party invited me to join them on the dance floor, which I thought was so kind and fun of them.

What is your current favorite color combination?

I recently had the privilege of serving as a bridesmaid and coordinator, and the bride asked us to wear mismatched dresses that were all in the nude pink/ivory palette. I love this increasingly popular, mismatched look because it allows each bridesmaid’s personality to shine through.

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

Every unique bride and groom should do whatever makes their wedding special to them and their guests. When I planned my wedding, my mantra was, “I will not do anything in my wedding just because that’s what everybody does in their wedding.”

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?

The more information the day-of coordinator has, the easier it will be for her to ensure the wedding day goes as planned, and the less stressed you will feel. The wedding timeline, also known as the itinerary, is by far the most important planning document. It should include all of the information needed in order for your wedding to be executed as you envisioned.

Every detail you want to happen should be in writing. You’ll have enough going on without people asking you logistical questions on your wedding day! For example, the itinerary shouldn’t just say “10:00pm: Bride and groom leave reception.” You need more details. Who’s pulling up the getaway car? Who’s taking the gifts home? Who’s making sure the honeymoon luggage is in the car? Who’s helping the bride change into her getaway dress? Who’s helping with cleanup? Where do rentals need to be returned? and on and on.

Thanks Kristin! For more information about Day-Of Coordinating & Itinerary Writing by Kristin, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile, or head straight to her website.

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