Wedding Planner, Coordinator, Director...
What's the Difference?
When planning a wedding you will notice there are wedding planners, wedding coordinators, wedding directors, wedding consultants, and event coordinators. What is the difference?
A Wedding Planner is the professional who helps you with everything! They help you plan all the details, meet with the vendors, some even decorate the venue. They direct your rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. They are with you from beginning to end.
A Wedding Coordinator and Wedding Director are basically the same. They are available on the day of the wedding to make sure the last details are done and everything runs smoothly. Some are even available to direct the rehearsal the night before the wedding. Some churches will have a wedding coordinator or director on staff. These are similar to a venue coordinator. Wedding Planners are trained to work with the coordinator.
What about an Event or Venue Coordinator? This person is hired by the venue to make sure the property is protected. They are on hand to open the venue for the caterer, baker, and florist. They answer any questions about the venue, they make sure the vendors clean up, and they lock up after the event. Even though they have met with the bride, they are not always available to direct the wedding.
Some brides feel they do not need a wedding planner if the venue has a coordinator. Keep in mind, the wedding planner is with you from the beginning of planning. They know your wishes and will be able to help carry them out. A wedding planner will take that extra step to make sure your day is special.