I’m always asked, “What exactly is the difference between a wedding coordinator and a wedding planner?” Read up on my definitions of the two roles and why they’re both important.
Wedding Coordinator: A wedding coordinator is a person who is there to coordinate and direct your wedding day. They will be there to do the hands on work for the rehearsal and the wedding. The coordinator is there to make sure that everything you planned for last three hundred sixty five days goes perfectly. All details are overseen by the coordinator. This include vendor management, making sure photographs are being taken of all the special moments, putting the bridal party in all the right places, and countless other tasks.
Wedding Planner: Wedding planners organize and execute the planning of a wedding. They can be hired at any point in the wedding planning process. Some brides start with a planner from the very beginning and some jump on board with only a few months left to go. Planners visit vendors, negotiate prices, help develop your wedding style, control budgets, offer advice, and more. The list of what a wedding planner can do for you is endless.
The coordinator and the planner can certainly be the same person (a la, me!) and help you from planning to the actual execution of the wedding day. Planners and coordinators are also sometimes considered stylists and designers (although, this is not always the case). I recommend when interviewing planners and coordinators for your big day, ask what their definition of these roles are!