Wedding Planner or Venue Coordinator?

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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.

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Wedding Planning 101- Get Organized

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Getting organized is probably the most important piece of advice you can have when planning your wedding.  Make lists, write out everything, and settle on a definite budget. If you don’t, I truly believe you are setting your self up for a lot of extra stress.

The first thing you should always do is settle on your budget. You need to know how much you can realistically spend. It is so easy to get carried away and lose track of how much you are spending.  You find something you think is a good deal on sale, and the next thing you know you have spent more on things that you were not even planning on buying.

Yes, these days brides are keeping all their plans on phones, computers ect.  I am one of those people who want a tangible way of organizing.  I recommend still keeping a binder of all your wedding details.  You can keep everything in there from inspiration pictures, checklists, budget tracking, brochures and anything wedding related.  Besides, if you love office supplies and organizing like me you can get a prettiful binder, daily planner and clips to make it even more fun. 🙂

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