Many brides think that because the venue they’ve booked has a venue coordinator, they don’t need a wedding planner. What the brides don’t quite understand is that the venue coordinator is just there for the venue and only the services the venue supplies. It’s true they do handle things on the day, and are there for most of the set up and overseeing it, but what they won’t do it take over the suppliers you’ve organized for your wedding and liaise with them directly for you for the day. A venue coordinator will be at the ceremony if the ceremony takes place at the wedding venue, however if the ceremony takes place offsite, the venue coordinator will not coordinate the ceremony as it is not part of the initial wedding venue.
A wedding planner works very closely with the bridal couple from start to finish, and organizes all the external aspects that are not included in the venue such as décor, music, photography etc. They draw up the days schedules (e.g. schedule of events, hair and make-up schedules), supplier schedules, schedules for the bridal couple and MC and set up and break down schedules. They also handle the wedding budget for the couple, liaise with all the relevant suppliers, set up mock tables and do the relevant site inspections.
This being said, the two do work together and go hand in hand. The venue coordinator may know more about the venue than the wedding planner e.g. where the generator is and how it is switched on. The wedding coordinator will know about all the external factors that are put together to make this spectacular day happen.
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