I often hear couples and people in general confuse and interchange the terms wedding planner, designer and coordinator. I totally understand the confusion, but there is a difference… a big one actually! I’m going to try and clarify it for you in this 2 part series so read on…. A planner is generally a coordinator as well, but a coordinator is not always a planner. A planner can be a designer too, but don’t take that as a given; and a designer is not always a planner or a coordinator, but can be. Some of us wear all three hats and some only one. More confused?
Although many wedding professionals are a combination of the three, many are not. Each area is different and includes specific duties and responsibilities when it comes to the wedding services provided. I’m going to outline the differences for you, so you know what to look for on your quest for a wedding professional.
A Wedding Planner is a seasoned professional who can confidently plan and guide you through the entire wedding planning process from start to finish. All the logistical elements (florist, baker, officiate, DJ, caterer, venue, musicians, rentals, etc.) you need for your big day are sourced, presented, procured and planned for you by the wedding planner. The planner is involved from the very beginning of the planning process; they have ideas, provide inspiration and are educated in everything wedding.
A wedding planner, and I am speaking from a destination wedding planners perspective, will assist with keeping you within your budget; source venues and assist in the selection; express your needs and vision to all the vendors/suppliers and coordinate/communicate between the two of you, maybe even manage their payments for you; work with the catering company and help with the menu selection and coordination; put together a wedding day timeline; help with the seating arrangements; help arrange pre and post wedding day events; keep you calm and focused…and more! They are your go to on everything wedding related and a shoulder to lean on for etiquette, advise and if you’re “freaking out”. As well, a wedding planner will coordinate the day of flow and is the go to person for mom, dad, uncle Bill, best friend from high school, grooms dad’s new wife… absolutely anyone… with questions, comments, needs or concerns, so they don’t bother you. They have planned everything from start to finish and know what is going on every minute and how the couple wants their big day to unfold.
Now that you know what the realms of responsibilities are for a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Designer, which one do you think fits in with what you’re looking for? Planner?… Designer?… Both?… Not sure??
Maybe you want to wait until next week when I break down the difference between a Wedding Coordinator and an onsite Venue Coordinator/Event Manager.
Have a great week!!