Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Coordinator vs. Wedding Designer

Finding the right professional to help guide you on your big day can be a difficult decision to make. Here is a guide to help you decide which consultant is right fit for you.

If you’re a busy person and don’t have enough time to plan every detail of your wedding, a wedding planner is your best option. A wedding planner handles all the logistics and can relieve a lot of the stress that comes along with planning a wedding. A wedding planner helps manage your budget, negotiates with vendors on your behalf, creates detailed timelines and floor plans, and oversees the whole production on the wedding day. They are the conductors that lead all the vendors for a seamless day.

However, if you want to have a bigger role in planning your wedding, a wedding coordinator is a better option. A wedding coordinator will meet with you 4-8 weeks before the wedding to review everything you have already planned and double check to ensure everything will run smoothly when the day comes. They oversee the logistics on the day of and carry out and coordinate everything you have planned already.

If you are confident in your ability to plan the logistics of the wedding, but want the design aspect of your wedding to be perfect, a wedding designer is your best option. A wedding designer helps only with the design and aesthetic of the wedding and leave all vendor contract negotiations and budget management to you. They have very little to do with planning or coordination as their role is to conceptualize and create a cohesive wedding sign. They create floor plans and handle on site details that pertain to the decor only. Your wedding day timeline will be your responsibility to put together and manage.