In today’s wedding world, many service providers have begun to blur the lines as to what they offer. You have DJs that also provide “lighting” for clients. You have Planners who also offer makeup services. The list goes on and any bride or groom can start to get confused.
It doesn’t help when you watch movies or TV shows that further makes one believe that one person can do it all. For the unknowing couple, it’s really easy to think so.
In situations like this, you wonder who you should really be hiring to make sure your wedding will have everything you need. When we hold wedding consultations, many couples did not realize that a Wedding Planner, Coordinator, and Designer are all different services. In some cases these are different people.
Didn’t know that? Further confused?
It’s ok. Let’s break down what the differences between all three.
What is the difference between a Wedding Planner, Coordinator, and Wedding Designer?
A Wedding Planner is the person that is going to focus on the following:
- Finding a venue
- Finding vendors
- Negotiating contracts
- Scheduling your menu tasting
- Creates your day of schedule
- Track your budget
- Makes sure your vision comes to life
- Manages travel and accommodations
- Create floor plans
- Manage RSVPs
Most Certified Wedding Planners require 8-12 month notice to effectively plan your wedding. It’s also encourage that you start planning further out than that as many wedding venues and vendors get booked fast. When you contact a DC Wedding Planner online, make sure you ask if they will be there every step of the way.
What is key to understand about a planner is that their job is based on what you ask them to do. There is no set list of things that applies to all weddings. With that, a planner’s price is based on the amount of work that you are asking them to do.
A wedding of 100 people in many cases will not cost the same as a wedding for 400 people. In this example there is far more work to be done with 400 guests than with 100 guests.
It can take a wedding planning company 300 or more hours to plan a wedding. Between answering emails, phone calls, attending meetings, working with vendors, and day of work can add up. It’s key to know you wedding planner cost.
A Wedding Coordinator is the person that is going to focus on the following:
- Day of timeline/schedule
- Load in and load out of vendors
- Works with wedding party
- Confirms all of the planning that you have done
- Double checks contracts you have signed
- Does final walkthrough
Just by looking at the two lists above, you can see there is a difference with who does what. For a Coordinator, it is key to know that the couple does all of the planning. The Coordinator comes in 6-8 weeks before you wedding which in most cases isn’t enough time to plan anything.
If you are the type of couple who wants to make all decisions and plan the bulk of your wedding, this is the best option.
The cost for a Dallas Wedding Coordinator or one near you is far less than what you would pay for a Wedding Planner.
Lastly, it’s key to know your limitations and that of your Coordinator. If you are a DIY couple, please understand that your Coordinator may not be able to take on all of the projects you tried to do, but cannot complete. Remember the planning and all of the preparation is your responsibility.
A Wedding Designer is the person that is going to focus on the following:
- Linen selection
- Table types
- What the flowers will look like
- Lighting color and type
- Table top décor
- Oversee decoration set up for ceremony and reception
In short, your Designer is going to focus on all of the pretty. The things that you can see and feel is a Designer’s responsibility. It is key to state that not all Wedding Designers are Florist and not all Florist are Wedding Designers.
Many people get this very confused. Another clarification is that you have to ensure that your Designer is going to focus on what the ensure room or ceremony space looks like. If they have the title of Designer, then this is part of their job.
Just think of hiring Wardrobe Stylist Keri Henderson and all she provides you with is a dress or tux. But what about the shoes, the accessories, and anything else? Same goes for your Designer. They have to focus on it all.
Now here is some good news. There are plenty of Wedding Planners who can do all three. We are one of the wedding planning companies in DC that can. Note: Each of these are a different service and should not be grouped into one service. With that, each has its own wedding service prices.
It’s key that every couple takes the time to determine what they want from their wedding. This is a critical step that is often overlooked. Any of the above services can apply to every wedding or none. You get to select what service works best for you. Don’t be afraid to ask your Wedding Planner what full wedding planning includes as it may not include everything stated above. Ask about their wedding planning career want are popular services.
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