Whilst browsing on Facebook the other day I found a post which got me thinking. It was a genuine question being asked by a future bride on whether they should invest in a wedding planner since their venue already offers in on site venue coordinator. Whilst I believe that every person, especially those who already got married have their own opinion on this matter, as a wedding planner (yes you can call me biased, but 10 years of hands on experience has only made my opinion firmer) I feel that couples should not put the 2 job descriptions at par but evaluate what each job entails before taking such decision which could make or break their wedding altogether.
So lets take a look at the 2 and make more sense of what to expect when hiring either one.
1. A wedding planner plans and coordinates the event, while a venue coordinator manages the catering location
2. The wedding planner will also be in charge of overseeing all of the logistics onsite including the catering aspect
3. It’s important to find someone who is experienced with both weddings and venues so they know how to handle any unexpected surprises
4. A venue coordinator typically does not work with vendors and any mishaps on the day are then shouldered onto the couple who should not be facing any hurdles on the very special day
5.A wedding planner would typically offer vendor recommendations, help you choose your menu, extend offers to the couple and be a strong shoulder to the couple during the entire journey leading up to the wedding
6. Whilst a venue coordinator is there to oversee the catering and location operation on the day the planner provides advice on things like timelines, budgeting, and etiquette
Without taking anything away from the venue coordinator, because ultimately that the role intended, it is important to find someone who will work well with you – this person should have experience in weddings and understand how much time it takes for each task. Do your homework well and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision at all times.