Are you familiar with the difference between having a wedding planner versus an on-site coordinator? Although they may sound like they do the exact same thing, they actually have different rolls that will play different parts in planning your wedding. Each of them bring something different to the table that will help you create that picture perfect wedding day.
Independent Wedding Planner:
- A wedding planner will handle every aspect of your wedding, including the venue. They will help you with the planning of your: floral, venue, food, alcohol, dress, makeup/hair, etc.
- A planner stays by your side all day and all night.
- A planner is with you every step of the way, through the good and bad.
- A wedding coordinator contacts ALL your vendors before the wedding to ensure everything is good to go and that they will be there at the appropriate time.
- A planner will help you create YOUR vision and execute the details.
- Your planner is there to make sure not only everything goes well on the venue contract side but with all of your vendors as well.
On-site Venue Coordinator:
- A venue coordinator handles everything that has to do with the actual venue (i.e. food, setup, bathrooms, bar, etc). They will make sure everything is up to par in regards to the contract you have with the venue specifically.
- A venue coordinator will typically stay until dinner is served and most of the time will leave afterwards. They make sure everything is setup and has begun smoothly, where they will then pass the responsibility on to an “event hostess/captain.”
- A venue coordinator will be there in time of need, when it's time to help pack up or track down anything in the venue.
- A venue coordinator might contact other vendors, but usually they just ask you who your vendors are to note on their end.
- The venue may have multiple events going on so they may be juggling other events as well.
Ultimately if you have the option we highly recommend having BOTH types of planners for your big day. This will ensure EVERYTHING is covered and nothing gets missed.