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Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Coordinator vs Wedding Designer: What's the Difference?


When planning a wedding couples are faced with lots of important decisions. One of the biggest decisions a couple needs to make, is whether or not they will need a wedding planner, a wedding coordinator or a wedding designer. Before they can make this decision, they first need to distinguish the difference between these three roles.

Wedding Planner: What Does A Wedding Planner Do?

Wedding planners handle all aspects of your wedding from vendor referrals, to contract negotiations to day-of coordination this is to ensure that the vision and expectations for your big day are executed in a smooth and professional manner. A planner's job is also to keep track of your budget and handle the logistics.

While some planners also provide design and styling services, others prefer to leave that aspect of the wedding to a wedding designer and in this case you will need to hire two professionals to create your dream wedding.

Wedding Coordinator: What Does A Wedding Coordinator Do?

Wedding coordinators deal with the logistics of the wedding but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They will begin helping you to prepare for the wedding between 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding day, and ensures everything you've planned up to their take over is in good standing. A coordinator will also be the main person handling all aspects of the wedding on the day. Ensuring that all vendor contracts are confirmed, and a timeline schedule is completed for this day. Unlike the planner they are not involved in the early planning stages or keeping track of your budget.

Wedding Designer: What Does A Wedding Designer Do?

Wedding designers mainly focus on the aesthetics of the wedding and are not involved in the planning or negotiating aspects. They are specialised in design and styling, from choosing linens and furniture to flowers and lighting to name a few. A designer has an artistic eye which gives them the ability to turn your vision of your special day into a reality.


Look out for my next few posts detailing the roles of these three professionals and reasons why you would need to hire either one. The posts will give you a better view on which one would be more suited to your needs.

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