Hiring a Wedding Planner or a Venue Coordinator for your Maine or New Hampshire Wedding.

There is still confusion in the industry between venue coordinators or hiring a wedding planner. Often couples may think that when they book a venue which provides a wedding coordinator, you are sort-of getting a wedding planner for free. The truth is…. it is not true.

Here are the main differences which separate a venue coordinator and wedding planner, along with 3 reasons why you should know this before walking down the aisle:

1. Knowing your full vision. Although the venue coordinator may help with suggestions for your day, they do not have any obligation {or desire} to plan anything further than your reception set-up, food display, staff management, and reception breakdown. Your venue coordinator is employed by the venue, not by you. On the other hand, your wedding planner works for you, the couple. Your full vision is the only focus for the day. Your planner has already mapped out a full concept of the day, dreamed it up with you, is just as excited about bringing this day to life as you are, and will be with you from start to finish {not just at the reception}. Your wedding planner is in essence, your business partner for planning the best day of your life. 

2. They might not be there when you get married. {eek!} More times than I can count, I have heard brides tell me that the person they originally booked the venue through is now either gone, fired, moved on, had a baby, or is traveling Europe. Sadly there is no guarantee that the venue coordinator you originally provide your wedding vision to will be there 6-8 months later. This is a scary truth. The last thing you want to do a month or weeks before your wedding, is scramble to find someone to understand and coordinate your vision who has just stepped into the role. This happens all too often. Plan ahead and don’t rely on a venue coordinator as your wedding planner. If you are lucky enough to have a great venue coordinator {which there are amazing ones out there} on your wedding day, along with your dedicated wedding planner, all the better. Better to be very safe and happy, than unprepared and disappointed.

3. Vendor Management. Your venue coordinator is hired to ensure that vendors at the venue are abiding by the venue rules. They will offer some suggestions on vendors they have worked with in the past, but they do not work with you on vendor contracts and negotiations. Unlike your wedding planner, they will not have a strategy to to maximize your budget and match you with vendors that are a best fit, as that is not their job.

You wedding planner is your assistant, partner, friend, and the only other person {other than you} who knows your wedding from front to back. Your venue coordinator is a great resource and someone who can provide great assistance on your wedding day, but do not expect them to be your wedding planner, they are simply not hired to do that.

Still deciding on a wedding planner for your special day? Peep this: 5 Reasons Why Not Having a Wedding Planner is Outdated.

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