A COUPLE'S WEDDING GUIDE. Understanding the differences between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Coordinator: You Get What You Pay For.
Understandably, I get this question often. Most likely, this is your first Rodeo in navigating the wonderful adventure of planning a wedding! Congratulations! You are getting Married!
Let’s Start with The Wedding Planner.
A full-service Wedding Planner is going to become a part of your family for the next year (or 2!). We will lead you and support you from day one. We will work with you to first establish a vision and style and help you create a budget. We introduce you to the best suited venue, caterers, designers, florist, musicians, etc., with whom we have professional relationships. We will secure lodging and transportation for your out-of-town guests, pet sitters for your 4-legged fur babies, and more! Once all of that is secured, detailed budgets, contracts and spreadsheets begin to fill out our 3” binder (and then some). Rain plans are formed and Timelines! Timelines with weekend activities, Timelines for vendor logistics and week of deliveries, Timelines for minute by minute event day logistic, and Timelines for post event breakdown. It takes a team to see your weekend through. In a nutshell, EVERY DETAIL WILL BE HANDLED FOR YOU or along-side, with you (this is the bridged version of, trust me!).
A “day of” Coordinator does not exist, and if anyone tells you that, run! HOWEVER, this is the title which is used by those who wish to select their own vendors, do all the legwork ahead of time, organize all the details, carry their own 3” binder, but want to relax on their Wedding day by handing over the reins (and 3” binder) to a Wedding/Event Coordinator aka “day of” Coordinator. This Service begins 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding date and involves a site visit with all participating vendors and the clients. The Coordinator will create a timeline, review all contracts, offer professional advice and see to it that nothing has been overlooked prior to orchestrating your wedding day. The Coordinator is the “go to”, instead of you!
Fun Fact: A Wedding Planner works, on average, 18-hours on event day alone! It is TRULY a labor of love and nothing makes us happier than to step back and take it all in.