Tips for working with a wedding coordinator
We've gone over the overview of the wedding day. We've talked about doing business beforehand. Um But let's talk about the wedding overview in regards to working with the wedding coordinator. Now, bigger weddings will have a wedding coordinator and some wedding coordinators will have a whole team of people and have everything to A T and sometimes wedding coordinators won't necessarily have everything organized or sometimes there just won't be a wedding coordinator. So being able to adjust on the fly for that wedding is something that you need to start to think about and start to learn. It's part of the reason that you should know the structure of a typical wedding. You never know when you're going to have to step in. And in fact, so many weddings I've been to where the default for what's going on in the day people look to you. People will look to the photographer because they know the photographer knows what photos they need to get and they know what's happening and when it's supposed ...
to happen. So keep in mind that sometimes you will become a default wedding coordinator. We'll talk about that in a sec. But to start with working with a wedding coordinator. Now, they'll always, usually reach out beforehand. Sometimes it's months in advance. Sometimes it's a week beforehand, they'll send you a schedule and it's your job to kind of go over that, make sure you work with them. Just like we talked about working with the couple. We wanna work with the coordinator because at the end of the day, we're all on the same team. You don't wanna be fighting your wedding coordinator and you don't wanna cause more stress for them. The wedding coordinator can be an incredible ally for you as you're photographing the wedding, they can also be a job referral. Typically, some people will find their wedding coordinator before they find their other vendors. And if you can get in with a really popular good wedding coordinator and they like working with you, they will start to recommend you as a photographer. So building that relationship with wedding coordinators is really important and a lot of them really have everything planned out. And so working with them will not only give you, uh you know, calmness throughout the day, potential jobs in the future, but it'll also teach you about the general structure of a wedding. If your first couple weddings, you're, you're shooting with a wedding coordinator, you're gonna learn so much from just working with them. And it's really, really great on the flip side not having a wedding coordinator or often the couple will maybe not pay for a wedding coordinator and have a family member do that. It can get kind of rough. The thing to remember again is to take your PDF out that you've gotten from us. Look at the structure of the wedding, make sure that the times line up with them and the venues that you are uh photographing at and stay calm. The only thing you can do is stay calm and the only thing you can do is remember that the most important thing of the day is that they are getting married and that should be king among other things, we don't need to be rushing and we don't need to be running so late that people are uncomfortable, but we also wanna make sure that they actually are calm and enjoying them getting married because that's the only way they're gonna look great in your photographs. So if you, by some reason become default wedding coordinator, you need to be able to bring back up what you've learned in this course and what you have on your PDF as far as a schedule goes, I love getting schedules from wedding coordinators or building a schedule with a couple. And I like actually putting it on my phone as the lock screen. So it's something I can reference very quickly. Just a quick little tip.