What’s the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator?
A wedding planner works with you every step of the way to plan your wedding. They assist you in “planning” your wedding from day one up until the big day. This can start 12 months before or 6 months before. A planner will help you select themes, colors, venues, vendors, budgeting, and anything else wedding related along with being there on the day of your wedding to help out. And that is where a wedding coordinator comes in. A coordinator is someone who “coordinates” the day of events. They will meet with you a month or two before your wedding to get a feel for what your style is and to get a list of your vendors. They will assist with set up, tear down, act as a contact for your vendors on that day and handle anything else that arises. A coordinator is there for your short-term needs when you feel that you can handle all of the before planning yourself (or you’ve got a great support system with your parents, in-laws and bridesmaids). But, when it comes to the day of the wedding, you really want all of those people to enjoy the day. So, bringing in an outside coordinator is a great idea to make sure everyone has good memories!