• Celesia Faith Patterson

Wedding Planner vs. Coordinator

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

It’s time to start planning your wedding! Where do you even begin though? There are so many moving parts to a wedding ceremony, a wedding reception and the wedding planning process. Making sure your special day runs smoothly requires a lot of detailed planning, so it’s important to get help when you need it, whether it’s from your friends, family, or a professional.

Which professional service do you need - a wedding planner or a wedding coordinator?

Typically, the two questions most couples ask themselves when deciding which one to hire are:

  • How much money do we have to spend on a wedding?

  • How much time do we have to spend planning your wedding?

Wedding planners tend to be more expensive than wedding coordinators. Most couples should plan to dedicate at least 10 to 15 percent of their overall wedding budget to a wedding planner. Wedding planners are heavily involved in the planning process, so couples who don’t have a lot of time to research venues, florists, catering and the other details of their wedding will hire a wedding planner.

In the age of creative social media sites like Pinterest, couples are able to gather a ton of ideas for their wedding and don’t necessarily need someone to plan every detail. All they need is someone to take your ideas, your vendors and that venue you spent forever researching about and make that vision come to life. You need a wedding coordinator!

Why hire a wedding coordinator first?

Just like a wedding planner, wedding coordinators can help with the details, depending on the level of service you get. Wedding coordinators have levels of pricing for different services. They can help with booking things like catering, linens and chairs, as well as helping you comprise an appropriate timeline for your ceremony and reception. Getting these details in order after you’ve done all of that research about venues, florists and finding your dress can help make the rest of your planning run smoothly.

What your wedding coordinator can do for you on the day of your wedding

The most important service offered by wedding coordinators is day-of coordination. Making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time, making sure the tables, chairs and name cards are all in place, and making sure everything is on schedule are just some of the services offered by most wedding coordinators. Having this one person whose job it is to make sure everything runs smoothly makes it so that you, your bridal party, your family and friends can do what’s most important on your wedding day – enjoy yourselves!

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