Planning your wedding is a big deal! There is a lot that goes into it and if you dont know what your doing, it can be stressful, overwhelming and can go down hill fast. For some reason, people bunch together these vendors and feel that they are one in the same, you have Venue Coordinator, Wedding coordinator, and wedding planner. Just like with any other vendor, there are differences between the 3, some do everything vs some only do 1. So here is a glimpse of what each does and how they relate to your wedding.
A Venue Coordinator is really, in short, just that, Venue Coordinators Coordinate everything about your venue. I am a strong believer that you cant define a word or term using the words or terms that you are defining. So lets break this down even more. a Venue Coordinator is the person that you book your venue with. They work for the venue and put everything together that involves the venue in it self. They will ask you every question they can so that they can put everything together for your big day. They will ask you everything from how many guests, the type of food you want served, types of linens, etc. They will then put that together for you the way they normally do along with the customized items you want for your wedding. When a venue includes a Coordinator, for the most part its an All in one kinda deal. Some of the draw backs are, its there way or no way. You are the client yes, but everything is done the way they normally do it and they will not change the way they do things to suit the needs of your wedding. They will run it with the best interests of the venue in mind, not the client.
Some venues do not have Venue Coordinators, Some venues will book your wedding or event as a clean slate and you have free range to do what you want and put everything together how you want. In this case, the venue will supply everything you need, but may not set anything up. Here is were a Wedding Coordinator really helps out. Some times Wedding Coordinators are also called "Day of Coordinator" will in short take everything you have, and design the room and your day just the way they want it. Keep in mind though that in some cases, this can be a struggle since if there are things you dont have, they cant put together. So it is still in some part on you to ensure they have everything they need. Some of the Draw backs are if you dont have everything you need, there might be stress and frustration and things may not go smooth.
The cream of the crop, best of the best, and the top notch of them all, is the Wedding Planner. A wedding planner will sit down with you well in advance and go over with you all the details of the wedding. They typically do not do this all at once, but in steps so that your not overwhelmed. They customize everything for you. A very good Planner, will also communicate with your other vendors and ensure they have what they need to ensure they can do there job. They will plan and talk with the venue to insure all the plans are in place and go from there. IN short, they do EVERYTHING, and everything will turn out awesome! Some of the draw backs are that if you have a very controlling Wedding Planner, it might be there way and how they want it with little regard for what your wanting. If there is no communication between vendors, and they have a power trip, you will have other vendors not happy and things may not go smooth.