Planner vs. Coordinator: Which is Right for Your Wedding Day?

Selecting the Perfect Assistant for Your Big Day

Wedding Planner vs Wedding CoordinatorAfter years of searching, you’ve finally found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. The man of your dreams has knelt down and offered you a ring with the request that you become his wife or the woman that has finally tamed you has accepted your proposal for marriage. Even though it was a nerve-wracking, yet exciting process, the easy part is over. Now comes the hard part: planning your wedding. There are so many things that you have to consider that it can seem like an impossible endeavor at times. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with the process of putting together a wedding that you and your husband or bride-to-be will love and your guests will enjoy, there is no shame in asking for help.

When you finally realize that you can’t plan your nuptials on your own, you will have to decide which wedding assistant is right for you: a wedding planner or a wedding coordinator. While they may sound the same in theory, they’re actually quite different. We’re going to give you the basic responsibilities of each to make it easier for you to decide which one to hire for your wedding day.

Wedding Coordinators

For those that feel that have a pretty decent grasp on the planning process and really just desire a bit of outside assistance on the day of the wedding, a wedding coordinator would be better suited for them. A wedding coordinator is basically just going to be there for the day of the wedding to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Other than meeting with the bride and groom a few weeks before the wedding day to get the specifics of how they want the day to go, the wedding coordinator will otherwise have no hand in the planning process.

Since the bride is going to be indisposed due to hair, makeup, and getting into that perfect dress they spent months searching for, they won’t be able to do much in terms of directing guests, sending the wedding party down the aisle at the right time, and other important wedding day details. This is what the wedding coordinator is for.  They will also make sure that the vendors such as the caterer, officiate, and entertainment is where they need to be, when they need to be there.

Once the vows have been said, garters and bouquets have been thrown, and the bride and groom are on the way to their honeymoon, the wedding coordinator will ensure the cleanup of both the ceremony and reception venues are completed before calling it a day themselves.

Wedding Planners

Now, if you aren’t the type that delights in creating your own wedding decorations from Pinterest boards or deciding what type of floral arrangements would be perfect for the ceremony and reception, a wedding planner is probably who you need. The best wedding planner can create a beautiful wedding by listening to your wants and desires before putting them together into an incredible day that everyone will remember.

Your wedding planner will be the one responsible for contacting the different vendors to arrange for interviews. They will set you up with caterers and bakers for taste testing the cake and reception menu as well as presenting you with different photographers to choose from for your wedding pictures or a limo company for the wedding party. While the job of a wedding planner is more involved than a coordinator, and therefore more expensive, they still have the ability to save you money. In some cases, the relationships they have developed over the years with different vendors could lead to discounted prices for wedding day services.

Basically, you need to figure out if you want to plan your own wedding, all the way down to the type of cutlery to have at the tables, or if you want to let someone do it for you. Up to this point, your wedding is probably going to be the most important day of your life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in making sure it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of.


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