Brides are always saying they don’t need a planner because they have someone at the venue taking care of things for them. Are they doing the same job? No they actually are not. For those who are unfamiliar with the differences between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner, it’s important to recognize that they are two different positions each serving their own purpose in the bride and groom’s wedding preparations.
Remember JLo’s famous role in The Wedding Planner where she planned every intricate detail leading up to the wedding day? This person guides the couple through the planning process, from setting a budget to keeping Aunt Sue away from crazy Uncle Ned. The wedding planner will also answer the couple’s questions, assist with contracts and vendor negotiations, help with event design and create a detailed timeline of the wedding day events. Then on the day of the wedding, the planner will coordinate and be there to take care of every last detail from the ceremony to the reception.
If the wedding planner does all of this, what is left for the venue coordinator to do? The venue coordinator ensures everything taking place at the venue is in order. The venue coordinator usually enjoys organizing weddings, but does not have the responsibility of handling all matters for bride and groom. This person will handle the set-up of all tables and chairs, manage the food and beverage provided by the venue, coordinate placement of wedding items with the wedding planner, handle venue parking logistics and manage the venue staff.