Planner or Coordinator: Which One Do You Need for Your Wedding?

Planner or Coordinator: Which One Do You Need for Your Wedding?

Turning your dream wedding into a reality is no small feat. Even if you’ve pictured everything down to the last detail, it’s difficult to solidify your vision. This is where professional wedding management services come in. But out of the many wedding planners, coordinators, designers, and consultants who offer you their services, which one do you need for your wedding?

Wedding Planner – for the Busy Bride

What do they do?

If you don’t want to experience the stress of scouting venues, looking for multiple vendors, comparing prices, other planning-related tasks, a full-service wedding planner is your best friend. Wedding planners do it all, from setting a comprehensive budget and creating a master plan to listing vendors that align with your budget and preferred theme, and coordinating with everyone else.

In a nutshell: they do most of the work, but the final decision still rests on you.

Most wedding planners also offer day-of coordination to see everything you planned through. Some planners also wear the hat of a wedding stylist or designer. The role of the designer is to offer consultation and advice on wedding aesthetics: lighting, floor plans, flowers, table setting, attire, theme, décor, and other design-related matters. Wedding planners with an artistic eye can make the planning easier for you since they know all the details necessary to ensure a cohesive and stylish event.

What kind of couple are they best for?

A full-service wedding planner is perfect for couples who are unable to be as hands-on as they’d like. This is also a great option when you’re planning a destination wedding and you need someone familiar with your location. Hire a full-service wedding planner if you want as much assistance as possible.

How much does a wedding planner charge?

The Knot revealed in its 2018 Real Weddings Study that in an average wedding worth $33,931, $2,002 goes to the wedding planner. But this figure can still change depending on your location (planners in megacities tend to be more expensive), the services you want to include, their experience, the size of the event, and how much time left they have before your wedding day.

You can opt for a partial-service wedding planner if you don’t want to spend much on a full-service professional. They typically offer “a-la-carte” services, which means you can cherry-pick the aspects you need assistance on. For example, you need help allocating the budget, but you want to scout the vendors yourself.

Wedding Coordinator – for the Hands-on Bride

What do they do?

Wedding coordinators work on a shorter timeline than planners. They’re focused more on the logistics and execution of the event rather than the planning. A wedding coordinator normally comes on board a month or two before the day of the wedding. He or she makes sure that everything is on time, reviews and follows up contracts, manages the rehearsal, does a walk-through of the ceremony and reception rites, and oversees everything on the wedding day. The coordinator also addresses any last-minute issues and oversights.

What kind of couple are they best for?

A wedding coordinator is the best choice for hands-on couples who want to do things their way. Day-of coordination is perfect for couples who want the freedom in planning but don’t want to spend their entire wedding day stressing about schedules and vendors. Having a coordinator can also ensure that your wedding will go off without a hitch

How much do they charge?

Thumbtack, a digital platform that connects customers and small businesses, says the national average cost of a wedding coordinator is $850 to $1,150. Similar to the cost of a wedding planner, the price varies depending on a variety of factors, such as the event design, size of the wedding party, timing and location, and your budget.

Evaluate your needs, your budget, and how hands-on you want to be with planning your wedding. Of course, you want your wedding to be perfect, so an extra pair of hands is always a good idea.

When you need a wedding planner or coordinator who listens to your needs and adjusts to your financial conditions, Arluis Destination Weddings is happy to help. Contact us at for inquiries.

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