Do you need help planning your wedding? Are you looking for a wedding planner or a wedding coordinator? Maybe you've already called various venues and spoken with the venue coordinator. The services they offer can start to become overwhelming to many couples. Each site provides very different services, so it helps to know what you want before you start to spend your wedding budget. A wedding planner works with all types of vendors, from bridal shops, wedding photographers, DJ's and gift registry services. Their experience with coordinating a variety of weddings allows them to offer options based on availability, theme, complexity, and budget. As they learn more about your tastes and preferences, they're able to personalise your wedding day. As a certified professional, a wedding planner is hired by you to represent your best interests and to work with reputable suppliers on your behalf. They're also required to follow the ethical guidelines that prevent them from receiving any personal gain from working with particular vendors. Instead, their professional affiliations work in your favour, allowing them to pass on any savings directly to you and make the most of your budget.
As Lead Planner, I love to see a smile on my client's face when they see all the personal details that make their celebration unique and memorable. I attend your wedding to make sure that everything runs smoothly, the guests are free to relax, and your enjoyment is the top priority of the day.
A Month of Wedding Coordinator works with the vendors you've already chosen and complets all the plans you have made for your wedding day. They confirm the list of suppliers and put together a detailed timeline to coordinate the setup and take down required for each vendor you have hired. This approach can save some money, however choosing suppliers you haven't worked with before can sometimes bring unexpected costs. Maybe a friend who was going to make floral arrangements didn't order the flowers in time, and the rush fee doubled the price. Or perhaps you find out too late that the party rental company doesn't offer a delivery service and you suddenly need to call on all the friend with a pickup truck. It happens! My experience as a wedding coordinator has helped me to go through your plan and ensure all the details are organised. This frees up your time to enjoy the weeks leading to your wedding so that you can spend time with family and friends without worrying about the details. As a wedding coordinator, I also attend your wedding so that I'm available on site to make sure that all goes according to plan, the guests are free to enjoy themselves, and the clean up is all looked after.
A Venue Coordinator is a beneficial resource for both couples and wedding planners. They provide you with information about any services available through the venue and work to ensure that both parties meet the requirements of the venue contract. If the site provides banquet or catering services, the venue coordinator will work with you to plan your menu, provide you with pricing, and make arrangements with the chef. One significant advantage of working with a venue coordinator is their familiarity with the facility. However, that can be inconsistent if there are changes to staff, management, or policy. It can be disappointing to find out the person you've been working with is no longer working there, not scheduled to be there the day of your wedding, or you find yourself having to explain things that have already been discussed with another employee. Venue coordinators often have great recommendations concerning layout options. However, they don't offer the services that a wedding planner would such as arranging your seating plan, helping guests, or removing the lipstick from your wedding dress. Once the date and services are confirmed, and the deposit is received, the venue coordinator's involvement with the actual planning is minimal. They are accountable to you on the day your contract starts, and their goal is to make sure that the operations run smoothly once everything arrives on site, and that things wrap up neatly when the wedding is over.
Each of these planning options can be an asset to you as you think about how you want to plan your wedding. Understanding the differences and limitations of each can help you avoid disappointment by having realistic expectations. If you'd like to arrange a free meeting to talk about your wedding planning, please call us at 250.772-3080.