As a venue manager and someone who has seen a lot of weddings, I highly recommend having a day of coordinator to relieve you and your family the details the day of, so you can enjoy your celebration with family and friends. I have attached the Santa Barbara Historical Museum's venue rental brochure, that includes a lot of wonderful event professionals in the area starting on page 11. If you can't see the file here, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy. I also suggest checking out the local bridal fairs at Earl Warren and the Fess Parker Double Tree for additional help. Best of luck! -Nora
YES! I just got married in SB and I live in Los Angeles... I have lots of family nearby Santa Barbara and I am very much a DIY kind of girl... all of that being said, our venue required us to hire a "Day Of" coordinator that was not relation. We thought it was just an extra expense as we were so well organized and did everything else ourselves. Come the day of, however, everything was set out that should have been, when we wanted it to, everything was so smooth! And the best part?? My family (normally such good helpers and hard workers) didn't have to lift a finger! We just all enjoyed the moment.
At the minimum I suggest a "Day of" coordinator. When you look around, take lots of interviews (mine were via phone) and ask if they can work with you on your budget. Sometimes you can get their assistant for 1/2 the price.
We had Donna Romani of Santa Barbara and she was great and was willing to meet us as many times as we wished (and as her schedule would allow) just to give her a better sense of what we wanted our day to be...
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