I hired an event planner to make sure the wedding day went smoothly. I planned all the details out and had the planner execute them the day of since I knew I'd be busy getting ready. I gave her envelopes with all the vendors payments for her to deliver the day of. I had all the decorations for the tables set aside and she put them on the tables. I tried my best to over-communicate details. The only glitch we had was the information to the photographer. I e-mailed her and the photographer all the planned photos that I wanted. Neither showed up with the list and I had no pockets in my dress. :) I suggest, over-communicating to everyone; bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, even friends outside of the wedding party, so that if there are hiccups in the details, someone may be able to cover it. Basically, your wedding, photos and reception all happen within around a 5 hour window and if there are details missing, there is not any extra time to fill them in. Her rate was $1000 for one day and she did not have an assistant to help execute any of the planning. So you brides may want to ask for the rate of an assistant to make sure the event planner has help.
Hope this is helpful to you brides out there.
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