Wedding planner, wedding director, wedding coordinator, day-of coordinator, month-of coordinator, full planning, partial planning…I Know, Right! What do all these different terms mean?
When you start looking for a wedding planner, you might have an idea of what that person does, but like most people, you are probably just saying “I need someone to help me get through all this!”
Even within the industry, I meet other planners, and after talking to them, I realize they don’t do the same thing I do. So, I’ll try my best to clarify things.
Wedding (and event) planners – Usually these people fall into two camps: décor and logistics.
I am a logistical planner. I help you with your budget, timeline, securing your vendors and direct on the day-of your wedding; I don’t do much with décor. I don’t drape, hang, provide tablecloths, or do arrangements as my primary tasks. I more than happy to hire trusted partners to provide that service, but it’s not what I typically do.
There are plenty of people who are creative, love décor and provide rentals that also call themselves wedding planners, but a lot of them don’t like to dive deep into the logistical part. They would rather have someone like me handle that part.
Wedding directors and coordinators – I covered the difference between a wedding planner and an on-site coordinator in another blog, but for the most part, people who call themselves directors or coordinators work for the venue, not for the couple. While coordination and direction is part of a wedding planner’s job, it is usually not the only service we provide.
Day-of Coordination/Month-of Coordination – These terms essentially mean the same thing.
When a planner offers Day-of Coordination the job typically starts a month before the wedding. The planner will meet with you to discuss what your plan is, get copies of the contracts, contact the vendors to confirm the details and provide direction and coordination on your rehearsal and wedding day.
Partial vs. Full Planning – This is where things can get really fuzzy.
There is no set definition of either of these terms. But most of the time, when I provide partial planning, it means that you have secured most of your vendors by yourself and maybe you just need help with the final details and day-of coordination. Or, you need me to recommend vendors and provide day-of coordination, but don’t need me to attend vendor meetings, help with your budget or any other details.
Full planning typically means that you are at square one and you need help finding vendors, you want me to attend vendor meetings, advise on contracts, secure rentals and décor, help with your budget as well as day-of coordination. I am involved in every step of the process from start to finish.
I offer customized packages for my couples, no matter where they are in the planning process, because no two weddings (or couples) are the same. However, I really love to do full-service planning. I think that the more involved I am with your plan, the better I can execute on your wedding day. Which makes everyone happy.