Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Coordinator

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

When you get engaged you enter a new world, the wedding world.   It can be very overwhelming with all of the jargon, knowing who to trust and how to even start.  I’m here to help!  Today is the launch of Wedding Wednesdays Q&A where I’ll answer all your questions about wedding planning and give you the advice you need to get unstuck and moving forward.  I get so many wedding planning questions from couples that I thought I’d share the answers with all of you in a weekly post so that it can help with your wedding planning as well.  Please also feel free to send me any wedding planning questions you have in the comments below or via social media and I’ll be happy to answer them.  You can consider me your personal online wedding planning resource.

To start off, a question I get a lot when first meeting with a couple is, what is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator?

It’s a great question to ask because the terms are used pretty loosely and many times in inaccurate ways.  The main difference is that a wedding planner helps with the planning and executing of your wedding while a wedding coordinator only focuses on executing the wedding.  A wedding planner will be there to guide you through the entire planning process working with you from the start of your planning (helping with vendors, schedules, floorplans, timelines and all the little details) through your wedding day.  A wedding coordinator tends to come into the picture about a month before the wedding just to coordinate the final details and make sure the wedding day runs smoothly.  If you are interested in some additional definitions or just want to learn more about wedding planners, check out my 5 part Wedding Planner Series.

Got a question you need answered?  Share it in a comment below and we’ll get you an answer in an upcoming Wedding Wednesdays Q&A.

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