Scranton Wedding Coordinator: Danielle Pasternak

Scranton Wedding coordinator, Danielle Pasternak

Today here at Dpnak we have a guest blogger Dpnak  who is a local Scranton wedding coordinator from Dpnak  who is going to give you some helpful information on the importance of working with a wedding coordinator at your wedding. This is a new segment we are introducing in 2013 where we introduce you to some of the best wedding vendors in the Scranton area.

l will let Danielle take over at this point and tell you a little about herself.


Danielle Pasternak DPNAK


Cheers and hellos to you, Darkershadesofbrown readers. My name is Danielle Pasternak and I’m incredibly thrilled to be filling your head with all sorts of information about what I do. You see, I’m incredibly passionate about what I do, but for today’s sake, I will refrain from using too many exclamation points.

So what am I? I am a wedding coordinator from the mountains of Scranton, Pennsylvania and according to my Dpnak , I’m wedding-obsessed and fabulously in love with bread, details, love, cream cheese, etc. But for now, I’ll just focus on wedding coordination, what it is and how it can help you.

First and foremost…

What is wedding coordination?

First, I want to clarify. There are several terms in the wedding world that can be confusing and I feel that “wedding coordination” can be one of them. Wedding coordination can also sometimes be called wedding planning or bridal consulting. All three are similar with small differences, but ultimately wedding coordination is a service that just about every couple can greatly benefit from – and that’s what I do. Sometimes, I hear that couples assume hiring a wedding coordinator/planner/consultant means that you are either super-duper wealthy or that you don’t want to plan your own wedding. Both cases: not true. 

Wedding coordination is a way for couples to enjoy their wedding planning process and wedding day. A great coordinator will help their couples throughout the planning process based on that couple’s individual needs. Some couples need help finding the perfect venue, others need help finding their stellar team of vendors. Maybe they have all of their big decisions made but the nitty-gritty details are giving them a headache. Maybe the bride is looking for a buffer between her Mom and Maid of Honor or the groom wants his wife-to-be to be as calm, happy and confident as possible. Remember, confidence is sexy, ladies.

Not only do coordinators offer help throughout the planning process, but they also are there throughout your rehearsal and wedding day guiding the day along. If something doesn’t go according to plan, they’re there to find a solution and chances are, you (and your guests) will never even know about it. Ready to walk down the aisle? We’re ready to cue the musicians, officiant and gents. Time for your first dance? We’ll make sure you’re bustled. Need to hit the bathroom? We’ll make sure they don’t announce that you’re about to cut the cake.

Who needs wedding coordination?

As I’ve said, hiring a Scranton wedding coordinator is not just for the wealthy or those that don’t want anything to do with planning their wedding. In fact, when you have a coordinator on your team, you will remain in the driver’s seat the entire time. We’re just chilling in the passenger seat – or maybe the middle console where the spare change and extra ketchup packets go – passing along advice and guidance as you go.

In my opinion, an ideal client is one that has a vision of what their wedding will be and wants it be a great day for their guests as well as themselves. Maybe they have some ideas of where they want to get married. Maybe they know who their photographer or DJ will be. And maybe they have an entire binder full of magazine clippings (a.k.a. Pinterest). But at the end of it all, they want to make sure they are making the right decisions and the best decisions for them as a couple. They don’t want to waste money on “mistakes” or spend their wedding day trying to fix a problem. They want to enjoy themselves in life and remember the positive moments rather than focusing on the not-so-good.

But that’s just an ideal client. Truly anyone who is planning a wedding with a ceremony and celebration can benefit. Even if you have an on-site venue coordinator, chances are they will not perform the same tasks as an independent wedding coordinator. And keep in mind, a venue coordinator works for the venue. A wedding coordinator works for you.

What are the benefits to having a wedding coordinator on your team?

Having a stellar coordinator on your team will equal sanity. You can call when you need advice. You can email when you need someone to review a contract for any funky clauses. You can count on them to be your back-up and wingman for whenever is needed. A great coordinator will save you money with the connections they’ve made and the time they’ve spent seeing what works and what doesn’t. And they will be the one sweating their buns off on the wedding day running around making sure everything is being taken care of – all while you get the credit. Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Ok, let’s recap.

A Scranton wedding coordinator is not someone who will come in and make all the fun decisions while you just sign the checks. It’s a joint effort and the main goal is always for you to have a kick-butt experience and the time of your life. Chances are you’re going to be spending a hefty amount on your wedding and the last thing you want to do is let is whirl past you while you’re stressing over flowers.

Ready to have a great time?

Check out my website for more info, Dpnak  or dive right in and send me an email at Unless there’s some crazy event going on, I’ll get back to you within 24 hours and it’s usually closer to 2 hours if it’s during the day. Not into email? You can call me at 570-561-4118. Text works too. I’m looking forward to chatting with you and I don’t even know you yet. Oh and congratulations!!