Wedding planner versus a wedding coordinator?

As an engaged couple, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing who will help you plan and execute your dream wedding. When it comes to coordinating your big day, two titles pop up often: wedding coordinator and venue coordinator.

So, what’s the difference between these two professionals?

A wedding coordinator is a professional who is hired specifically to button up the last few months of wedding planning and manage every aspect on your wedding day. A wedding coordinator will work with you from about two to three months before your wedding day, help you get to the planning finish line and then bring all of your planning to life, and handle everything on the wedding day so you can enjoy your special day without any worries.

A venue coordinator, on the other hand, is a representative of the venue where you’re having your wedding. Their job is to make sure everything related to the venue and its staff goes smoothly. They can provide you with recommendations for vendors and help coordinate details within the venue, such as catering, decorations, and parking. They are not responsible for planning every detail of your wedding, but rather for ensuring that the venue’s facilities and services are on point for you and the vendors who are using the venue’s space.

In short, a wedding coordinator is more like a personal assistant who works with you throughout the entire planning process and helps with tasks such as creating a budget, developing a theme, and managing contracts. Meanwhile, a venue coordinator is responsible for the operations and logistics of the venue only. They are a great asset to have on hand, especially if the venue is providing catering and bar services.

Both a wedding coordinator and a venue coordinator work hand in hand to ensure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day.