Wedding planning season is in full swing! As you are visiting venues, you are most likely meeting with venue coordinator. A question that I get asked quite frequently is what is the difference between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner? Today I am going to explain the difference.
A venue coordinator is strictly there for the venue. Their duties are to represent the property and to make sure that you are getting what you were promised in the contract. They are there to make sure that the venue is set up to specifications, food is out at the appropriate time, tear down is done properly, etc.. They have boundaries and while they are there to help your day run smoothly, they are not there solely for the bride and groom. There is a chance that the same person that you dealt with will not be the same person that is there on your wedding day.
A wedding planner will be there every step of the way from and has the sole responsibility to make sure that the bride and groom's needs are met and that their wedding is everything that they have dreamed of. They will be the liaison to make sure that you are not only getting what the venue's contract states but what all of the vendors contracts state.
Your wedding planner will be with you all day, telling you when things will happen throughout the day and night such as pictures, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.. As a wedding planner, I am there from when the first vendor loads in to when the last vendor loads out. They coordinate with all of the vendors to make sure that things run as seamlessly as possible.
In conclusion, a wedding planner and a venue coordinator work in unison together. I love having a good venue coordinator because they are a big help to make sure that everything runs smoothly. They are a valuable asset to the wedding planning process. It is important to know the difference between the two though to avoid frustration and disappointment in the long run.
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