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Wedding Wednesday Discussions: Wedding Planner Vs Wedding Co-ordinator
OK so I may not be the right person to write this being a wedding planner myself but I wanted to get your thoughts on your dealings with wedding planners and wedding co-ordinators and what you all think the difference is.
When I first started this job, I found one of the hardest things was selling the role of a wedding planner, a lot of couples didn’t see the need and saw it just as an added expense. After nearly a year in the industry people’s perception do seem to be changing, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
Now I don’t want to P anyone off, There are plenty of very very good wedding co-ordinators out there, who do a great jobs, one of which I am meeting this morning, another I know took her job so seriously that this weekend when the venue she works for couldn’t give one of their couples everything they wanted then offered up her own garden to them instead…..now that’s dedication!……….BUT there are some awful ones as well, and I do feel so sorry for couples when I hear their dreadful stories of how the wedding co-ordinator promised them so much and then never delivered.
One of the main things that gets said to me is ‘I have a wedding co-ordinator at my venue, why do I need a planner as well?’ Well my lovelies let me explain
• Firstly the main difference is a wedding planner works independently for the couple, where as a wedding co-ordinator works for the venue, they are paid by the venue so have the venues best interests at heart not the couples. If you hire a wedding planner they will work on your behalf, they will work with a variety of suppliers and it is their job to find you the right people to achieve the wedding you want in the right style and right budget, where as a wedding co-ordinator often has a group of preferred suppliers that they will only use.
• A wedding planner will be there with you for the whole of the planning process, so there is continuity, they will work with you to achieve your dream wedding, they will get to know you, so they know who to achieve whatever it is that you want. Some great friendships have been formed from brides and wedding planners (in fact I’m going for lunch this week with one of my old brides) A wedding co-ordinator will meet with you at the booking and may meet with you a couple of times after that but will not be there for the whole of the planning process. Often (and I have heard this a lot recently) you won’t meet the same wedding Co-ordinator on every meeting, as some venues have 3-4 people working so the continuity isn’t there…….not exactly the personal touch
• The wedding planner will be there on the day of the wedding, for the whole of the wedding. They are there for you where ever and whenever you want. They will come to you house to make sure that you are OK, they will run errands for you, they will make sure the venues is set up OK, meet with your suppliers, and be there throughout the day to make sure that everything runs smoothly. A wedding co-ordinator will be at the venue, and will be making sure that the venues is OK, if you have a dress disaster, or your mum has a hair disaster the co-ordinator will not be there to help you! I have even heard of instances when the co-coordinator isn’t even there on the day. They work on the prep but then hand this over to the banqueting manager.
• A wedding planner will sort out the finer details. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, or help with the little details of the wedding the wedding planner is there to help, they will do everything they can to make that wedding as special as you are. A wedding Co-ordinator will book the venue, arrange your food, maybe give you a few suggestions but leave the rest for you to sort out. Now there is nothing wrong with that, it just isn’t there job to do the other things for you
Now it may seem that I am singing the praise of wedding planners for my own benefit…possibly true, but I just want to draw attention to the difference as these days there still seems to be a confusion. I have heard great stories of some wedding co-ordinators, but at the same time heard horror stories from couples who have told me they wished they’d had a planner for their wedding. Stories of wedding co-ordinators not being there on the day, having 4 different co-ordinators to deal with throughout the planning process and none of them knowing the details of the wedding, while others seemed more like sales people, tacking their money for the booking never to be seen again!
Yes if you book a venue with an on sight Co-ordinator you may get some help, but don’t’ expect them to be there like a planner, in fact don’t expect them t be there on the day of the wedding as they may not be……………so ask! Ask who will be there, ask how many co-ordinators there are working within that venue and will you always see the same one!
I have some pet hates in this industry………….(Venus holding more than one wedding in one day being one of them, as discussed before) and wedding co-ordinators letting their brides down and not offering a personalised service is another!!
So I would love to hear your stories and thoughts. Are you a bride who has had dealing with a Co-ordintor was it good or bad? Are you a supplier and what are your experiences?
Feel free to leave your comments………prove me right, prove me wrong…I don’t mind!