If you are recently engaged or have now started planning your wedding, you most likely have considered the idea of hiring a wedding planner/coordinator. Considering to hire someone is the easy part, but one of the biggest distinctions over looked is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator. Although the two sound exactly the same, there is differences in the type of service provided, as well as the fee. Keep on reading to find out what the difference is!
The Wedding Planner
A wedding planner is your planning guru. They are the most involved and active participant in planning your wedding. A wedding planner focuses on everything from venue scouting, booking your vendors, event style and design, floor plans, seating charts, wedding etiquette, negotiation and the list can go on. The wedding planner is your right-hand-man from the beginning of the planning process until the end of the wedding day. Hiring a wedding planner is ideal if you have limited time to plan your wedding, if you’re not sure where to begin and what needs to be done, are concerned about budgeting or the idea of planning a wedding simply does not sound fun to you (with a ton of other reasons I haven’t mentioned). The fee of a wedding planner can range anywhere between $2,500-$10,000, based on region, level of service, and wedding details.
The Wedding Coordinator
A wedding coordinator is often referred to as the “day-of coordinator” or the “month-of coordinator.” The wedding coordinator jumps into the picture generally one month prior to your wedding to ensure your big day is ready to run smoothly. The wedding coordinator will address all last minute details, confirming logistics and arrival times with your vendors, building your day-of schedule, and of course, overseeing and managing all aspects on the wedding day. If you’ve completed most of your planning and are now looking to be hands-off on the wedding day, hiring a wedding coordinator is just what you need. Sit back, relax and enjoy the most precious day of your life and let the wedding coordinator take control. Based upon various factors including wedding details, region, and level of service, a wedding coordinator’s fee can range from $1,000-$5,000.
Now that you know the difference, choosing the right service for your wedding will be a piece of cake. Book your wedding planner or coordinator sooner than later, as dates get booked up very quickly. You don’t want to be the couple who says ” I should’ve hired a planner/coordinator” at the end of your wedding day.