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What we’re loving this month!

Goodness gracious, we can’t believe it’s December already!! But bring on all the snow, warm fires, twinkly lights and holiday get-togethers – it’s my favorite!! Below are 10 things I’m loving this month – perfect for gifting, hosting, snuggling in front of the fire or even celebrating your upcoming wedding festivities! Enjoy!

1. SUGAR PAPER WRAPPING PAPER – It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Sugar Paper LA products, so it comes to no surprise that their holiday gift wrap and supplies are on point this holiday season!

2. THE WEDDING DAY JOURNAL – This Southern Weddings journal would make a great gift for any new bride to record all of the fun details and events from their engagement and wedding day, to the honeymoon and first days as newlyweds!

3. COZY FUR THROW – I could curl up in this cute throw any time of year. And how fun are those pompoms?

4. FELT LETTER BOARD – I absolutely love these letter boards from Letterfolk Co. They are super versatile and perfect for everyday quotes, reminders, photography props, milestone events, and weddings!

5. KATE SPADE GLITTER STUD EARRINGS – These glitter studs would add the perfect touch of sparkle to any holiday or New Year’s outfit. They would even make a great gift for your bridesmaids or as stocking stuffers!

6. REWIND CANDLE – All natural, handcrafted, and wine-inspired scents. These candles are one of my favorites to burn on those chilly afternoons in the office or cozy evenings by the fire!

7. EMILY LEY RECIPE BINDER – Oh how I just adore the Emily Ley brand and everything they create to make life a little simpler. Especially this brand new recipe binder they just launched this week!

8. HOLIDAY PAJAMA PANTS – Everyone loves Christmas pajamas, and these adorable striped pj pants are no exception!

9. BHLDN GOLD CAKE CUTTING UTENSILS – Such a simple, elegant and stunning way to add a touch of whimsy to your cake or holiday table this year!

10. FELT BALL GARLAND – These felt ball garlands are a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays, hang from a shelf, or decorate a table at your next get together. And they come in a wide array of colors too!

Xo,
Jess

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The JDWC Team is growing!

We’re HIRING!! Are you or someone you know looking to gain experience or further your skills in the wedding industry? Want something with flexible hours and the ability to create your own schedule? Love the thought of executing a couple’s wedding day exactly how they’ve envisioned it? If you are looking to work with a well-respected team of professionals heavily focused on the client experience, we want to partner with you!

We’re looking for an Associate Coordinator to join the JDWC Team and we’d love to meet you!


About our Associate Coordinator Position:

This is a PART TIME, contract-based position. What that means is that the number of hours involved in any given week or month are determined on the number of clients the Associate Coordinator manages in a given wedding season, as well as the individual client contract’s terms.

Our Associate Coordinators are not Assistants. They take on weddings of their own under the JDWC brand, manage all client details, vendors, day-of logistics, and represent JDWC on the client’s behalf during the last few months leading up to, and on the day of, the wedding. Our client and vendor relationships are extremely important to us, and therefore professional communication is imperative to deliver our best experience possible.

Disclaimer: JDWC is not a full-service wedding planning company. We focus solely on day of wedding coordination and begin working with clients approximately 2-3 months prior to their wedding day. If you are looking for full-service, full-time, internship or assistant-like experience, our Associate Coordinator position may not be the right fit for you! To learn more about JDWC’s services before applying, please read more about What We Do, review more details about our offerings, or see Frequently Asked Questions on our website. We also wrote more on What Exactly a Day of Wedding Coordinator is on our blog!


Requirements:

    • Local to Indianapolis
    • Minimum of 2 years event industry experience
    • Extremely detail-oriented and very well organized
    • Ability to commit to weekend wedding dates 12+ months in advance
    • Ability to communicate effectively both in written and verbal formats
    • Own, or have access to, a computer
    • Quick and joyful learner
    • Fun-loving and genuine person, with a sense of humor and love for others


How to Apply:

    • See requirements listed above
    • Please EMAIL both your resume and 2-3 references to hello@jessicadum.com
    • Please do not send direct Instagram or Facebook inquiries

Thank you in advance for your interest in JDWC, and please feel free to share this opportunity with those who may be a good fit to join our team!

Xo,
Jess

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And 5 other common questions about hiring a DOC

One of the questions we often get is “What exactly is a Day of Wedding Coordinator?” I love this question because it’s an opportunity for me to really express the importance of what we do, and why we do it!

An often misunderstood concept, a Day of Coordinator can be a life-saver for couples who don’t have the budget for a full-service wedding planner; couples who thought they could do it alone and then realize closer to the wedding that they do indeed need someone; and couples who actually manage to plan it all on their own, but then wisely recognize that they shouldn’t leave the day-of nitty gritty in the hands of their mom, maid of honor, or even a close family friend. Remember, your family and friends are your guests too, and you want them to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding right alongside you!

What exactly is a Day of Wedding Cooordinator? | 6 common questions about DOC's answered

To shed some light on what a Day of Wedding Coordinator really means for a couple, I am sharing a little insight into some common questions we get:

1. What exactly is a Day of Wedding Coordinator? As a Day of Coordinator, we do just that. We coordinate the details and logistics of your wedding day to make sure that everything you’ve spent months planning is executed exactly how you’ve envisioned it to be.

2. Do Day of Coordinator’s really just show up on the day of? If you hire a professional to execute your wedding day, you will quickly realize they do not just show up on the day of your wedding able to manage and execute your ideas flawlessly without any prior meetings, site visits, or communication with your vendors. There is still a lot of work that goes in behind the scenes ahead of time – from multiple consultations with the couple, timeline creation and site visits, to vendor communication, working through all your details, devising a game plan for the day of and much more!

3. What kind of couple should consider hiring a Day of Wedding Coordinator? This may sound biased, but I strongly recommend that every couple planning their own wedding hire a Day of Coordinator at the very least. If not a partial or full-service Wedding Planner. Planning your entire wedding without a coordinator is already stressful enough, so the least you can do is hire someone who can handle the stress of the day. Your peace of mind (and your mom’s) on your wedding day will be the best gift you give yourself. And worth every penny, trust me!

4. What kinds of tasks should a couple expect from a Day of Coordinator? Each coordinator is different, but depending on your arrangement they will meet with you on multiple occasions, do a site visit, and discuss all of the details you have planned, to get an idea of how you envision the space on your wedding day. He or she will review contracts and reach out to vendors. They will create your day of timeline, which will break down all the details regarding arrival times, setup and breakdown, where the bridal party is at all times throughout the day, photo timing, formalities, and more. Then on the day of, your coordinator will be there to actually see it all through, manage vendors and décor setup, and keep the day according to schedule throughout the entire evening. For a more detailed list of tasks a Day of Coordinator may handle leading up to and on the day of your wedding, we’ve covered these on our What We Do page!

5. Is it necessary to hire a Day of Coordinator if my venue comes with a Venue Coordinator? Again, I may sound biased, but yes I do believe it is in your best interest to have a Day of Coordinator in addition to any venue personnel that may be onsite the day of your wedding. Although the roles may sound similar to each other, be aware; it is not exactly the same. While Venue Coordinators can be extremely valuable and helpful on the day of (we love our Venue Coordinators!!), they often do not spend as much time focusing on the nitty gritty of your details as a Day of Coordinator or full-service Wedding Planner would. It’s important that you identify exactly what your needs will be both leading up to and on the wedding day, and know ahead of time exactly what your Venue Coordinator is willing and able to do.

6. What is the biggest myth about Day of Wedding Coordinators? That you don’t need one.

What exactly is a Day of Wedding Cooordinator? | 6 common questions about DOC's answered

At the end of the day, a Day of Coordinator or Wedding Planner isn’t for everyone and doesn’t always fit into every budget. We get that. But I would encourage couples to at least consider the idea and think about what’s most important to them on their wedding day. Do you want to worry about #allthethings that need to be done? Or would you rather be able to soak in every second of this special day that will already fly by in the blink of an eye?

I hope this gives a little insight into what a Day of Wedding Coordinator really does and provides you with a little more knowledge on how beneficial a DOC could be for your wedding day!

Still want more? We’ve covered more Frequently Asked Questions over on our FAQ page – or feel free to email us directly at hello@jessicadum.com if you have additional questions!

Xo,
Jess

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