One of the mysteries of the wedding world for newly engaged brides is determining the difference between a wedding planner and wedding coordinator. Aren’t they pretty much the same thing? The short answer is no. In a nutshell, a wedding planner helps you create wedding plans while a coordinator helps carry out the plans that you’ve already made.
If you have an idea of how you want your wedding to look but need some help making it a reality, then a wedding planner may be a great fit for you. Wedding planners work with you from the beginning stages of planning to help you manage your wedding budget, design décor, choose and secure vendors, create wedding timelines and floor plans, and bring your plan to life. A good wedding planner is creative and passionate about weddings and often finds ways you never even considered to make your dream day complete. Wedding planners are particularly useful if you are trying to plan your wedding during an otherwise hectic time in your life such finishing a degree, planning a wedding out of town, or just generally having a lot of other obligations on your plate. Utilizing a planner can provide peace of mind that you are on track and creating a successful event.
If you are all set with your wedding details but need someone to take charge and carry out your plan on the big day, a wedding coordinator is a great option. Wedding coordinators (also called Day of Coordinators) take the plans you have made and bring them into action. Your coordinator is there to make sure your vendors arrive on time, your décor is set up correctly, your wedding party walks down the aisle at the right time, and your event flows according to your timeline. If you have utilized a wedding planner, they may also act as your coordinator. If you are planning the wedding yourself and just using a coordinator’s services for the event, they will typically meet with you about a month to two weeks before the wedding day to go over your plans.
Keep in mind that wedding planning and coordination packages and services vary from place to place. Pay close attention to your planning and/or coordination agreement to make sure you understand the services provided.