Q: What is the difference between a “wedding planner” and “wedding coordinator”?
A: These terms are essentially the same thing. The difference is between the role of a “day-of coordinator” and a planner. A day-of coordinator (DOC) begins service close to wedding date and after the couple has booked all their vendors and venue. The DOC’s role is to be in charge of the actual wedding day by managing all the details that the bride and groom have spent months planning to make sure that everything comes together in the end exactly as the couple imagined. A wedding planner goes beyond just the day-of the wedding. A planner will work with the couple for up to a year before the big day, planning for every aspect of a wedding. A wedding planner is there for YOU. It’s YOUR day and YOU deserve the best! Most couples think hiring a planner will take control and take away the fun of planning, but in truth, a planner will be there to help couples make smart decisions and lessen the stress, which actually allow couples to have more fun with the whole planning process!
Q: What is the difference between the catering manager at the hotel and a (person) wedding day-of coordinator?
A: Wedding day-of coordinators offer a different range of services than the catering managers at any hotel. Specifically, a day-of coordinator is working for you, not the hotel or venue, therefore, a day-of coordinator is a person who will be there to oversee that all the hard work of your planning and requests are executed. A day-of coordinator can also help you with any planning that is not related to the hotel or venue. My advice is to ask the staff at your wedding hotel or venue what they “will” and “will not do” to determine your additional needs. Lastly, a day-of coordinator will work with the manager at your ceremony and/or reception venue to ease the planning process and provide you peace of mind.
Q: What do you see is the biggest value in having a wedding planner?
A: Having a planner will save you time, money and most important of all —stress. It really does take a lot of time finding the right vendors. It’s taken me years to establish a network of wedding professionals (and I’m still meeting and establishing new vendors ’til this day!) that I love and trust. I appreciate and value the people I work with and I enjoy the challenge of providing my clients what they want at a price that makes sense. My client’s budget come in a wide range, but there’s no surprise that regardless of how big your budget is, you’ll find yourself excited and tempted to overspend it! It’s one of my jobs to help my bride and groom find out what their preferences and priorities are, and focus on that during our planning process.