Venue Coordinator vs. Wedding Planner: What’s the Difference?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Many wedding venues have venue coordinators. A common misconception among newly engaged couples is that their venue coordinator will act as their wedding planner. While a venue coordinator can help you on your wedding day, venue coordinators are not wedding planners. Their jobs and responsibilities are very different.

Wedding Planner Kathleen and her bride Kate

Venue coordinators handle all matters relating to your venue, such as table and chair setup, food and beverage service, and parking logistics. The venue coordinator may also be responsible for managing the venue’s catering staff. Venues can host hundreds of events a year, meaning the venue coordinator works with many brides and grooms and other clients throughout the year and can’t give you the personalized and extensive help a wedding planner provides.

A wedding planner works strictly for you, helping with décor, budget, invitations, etiquette, linens, and so much more. For example, your wedding planner will contact and/or meet with your vendors (including the venue coordinator) to ensure they have been contracted to do everything you need and coordinate delivery, setup, and teardown times with your vendors and venue. Your wedding planner will help you with the logistics of your wedding day from start to finish and prepare a detailed wedding day timeline for you, your wedding party, all your vendors, and the venue so that everyone is on the same page on your wedding day.

Every couple has different needs and expectations for their wedding day. If you’d like to find out more about how a wedding planner can help you, contact Kathleen (Kathy).

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