The difference between a wedding venue coordinator and a wedding planner

Congratulations on your engagement! Hooray! You are getting married!

By now you may have checked out a few venues online or even in person. You’ve received the venue brochure telling you all about what’s in the package, including your very own wedding coordinator. So, you might be thinking why would I need to spend extra cash on a wedding planner? Isn’t an in-house coordinator and wedding planner the same thing?

The simple answer is no! They are two very different roles in your wedding and here is a little guide to the differences.

Budget
A wedding planner will look at your overall budget and help you to break this down into chunks so you know how much to spend on each element. A coordinator will possibly give you a guide and provide you with venue and catering costs but not be able to help you any further than this.

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Décor and design
A wedding planner will design a wedding totally unique to you, they will spend HOURS on Pinterest collate the perfect mix of ideas. They will work with you to make sure that the décor and design are totally unique to you as a couple. An in-house wedding coordinator will show you ideas of what has been achieved in the space before but will not guide you in decision making.

Suppliers
An in-house coordinator will be able to supply you with a list of preferred suppliers who regularly work at the venue. But, they won’t find out if they are available, negotiate on the package, communicate with them in advance and make sure that they turn up on the day with everything they should!!

Timings
This is an area where a venue team and wedding planner will work together. It’s vital that the timings work for everyone, the couple, catering team and additional suppliers. A draft plan will be coordinated, normally by the planner and then double checked with the suppliers and in-house team.

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Styling
Your in-house wedding coordinator will set up your décor according to your specifications, they will set out place cards and make sure your table plan is placed in the correct location. They are a safe pair of hands, but a wedding planner will do far more. They add the extra elements of luxury and uniqueness to your day, creating the Pinterest perfect look you want to achieve!

Hiring a wedding planner isn’t for everyone, but it will save you time and money. Want to know more about working with me? Check out my packages here or drop me an email on [email protected] to find out more.