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Do I Need a Wedding Planner or Coordinator?

At some point in your wedding planning journey, you will find yourself asking “Do I need a Planner or Coordinator?” and “What is the difference?”. Wonder no more and read on to find some insight into these similar yet different terms.


In a nutshell, a wedding planner is a professional who will help you plan your wedding and oversee your wedding day. They will be with you from the beginning until the end; they will be your expert in all things wedding. Your planner will conduct your vendor research, handle vendor communications, create planning checklists, keep you organized, assist with décor/design, and some may even manage your budget. They are your guide through the planning process and your leader on wedding day. A wedding coordinator on the other hand does not guide you through the planning process. They jump in anywhere from 2 months to 2 weeks before the wedding, become the leader your wedding day needs, and ensure that your wedding day runs smooth. Your coordinator will help you wrap up final details, build your timeline, run rehearsal, and orchestrate everything regarding the wedding day.


So, which one do you need? It all depends on if you want oversight and help during the planning process. If the thought of researching and reaching out to multiple vendors is unappealing to you, then you may want to consider hiring a planner. If the thought of planning your wedding causes you to feel overwhelmed, and you are having trouble staying on track and being organized then a planner will be your ticket to peace of mind. However, if you love the idea of planning your wedding, handling research, and know exactly what needs to get done and when (hello DIY Bride), then a coordinator is going to be the best fit for you.


No matter which you choose the end result should be the same; a smooth, worry free wedding day where you can relax and enjoy with your family. Don't spend all those months planning and not be able to enjoy the end result. Someone is going to have to be the leader on your wedding day and organize everything, it is either going to be yourself (or a family member) or you can choose a professional. Someone who has done this before and is invested in making sure your day goes your way.


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