Many people believe that wedding planners and wedding coordinators are the same thing. Truthfully, they are not. While both help the couple to achieve the wedding of their dreams, their tasks are different. Here are some of the differences between the two.
A wedding planner is someone who will aid the couple in planning and organizing the entire wedding. Upon meeting the couple, the planner with have a consultation with them to understand their vision, this means very specific points such as themes, guest count, bridal party, but most of all it’s also to get acquainted with the couple. Most planners meet the couple at least a year in advance and will continually work with the couple until only a few day before the couple’s big day. Planners must get to know the couple before they can help make any decision for them. She will make phone calls to vendors and help to set up appointments as well. A wedding planner must also help the couple financially manage their wedding and not go over budget. Once the main points are discussed, the planner, along with the couple will make the plans for the wedding day and go the logistics and also make any last minute revisions needed for the day.
A wedding coordinator is a bit different. She is the person who will be there the day of to make sure everything goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It is a high possibility that she has not met the couple and will only be introduced to them the day of. Their main tasks are to look after the guests, execute all the details the couple has planned, and troubleshoot in case any issue arises. This doesn’t mean that a wedding coordinator’s job isn’t important, in fact it’s essential for her to be there to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible and to make sure the couple has a stress free wedding day. Another big different between a plan and a coordinator, is the time difference. The coordinator will only be and work with the couple the day of the wedding as opposed to planning with them an entire year like a planner would.
While both are different, they are both important to making a couple’s wedding day come true. Depending on which is your preference, you can decide which profession is better for you. If you enjoy the planning process then a planner would be the best choice for you or if you prefer to execute the tasks given to you without having to worry about planning anything, then a wedding coordinator would be a better choice for you.