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Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Coordinator: What's The Difference?

Updated: Jan 3

Wedding planners and wedding coordinators are both essential to a smooth and stress-free wedding day. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely a luxury to be able to hire a planner or coordinator

Hiring a planner or a coordinator can often times be the difference in an organized and fun filled wedding day vs. a chaotic day that adds to your stress. But what exactly are the differences between the two? Let's get into some key differences in services, time and costs of a wedding planner vs. a wedding coordinator.

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Wedding planner: A wedding planner is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of a wedding. They will work with you to find your venue, develop a budget, complete your layout and design, develop a timeline, book vendors and handle all of the logistics of the big day. Dani Cymone Events offers full planning and design services for couples needing their entire wedding planned with our team of wedding experts.

Wedding coordinator: A wedding coordinator is responsible for the weeks leading up to and the day-of coordination of a wedding. In our wedding coordination package, we offer vendor communication, timeline creation, ceremony rehearsal and management of your wedding day. We will work with you to make sure that everything runs smoothly on the wedding day and handle any hiccups and time issues that arise from the set-up to the close-out.

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So, which one do you need?

If you're looking for someone to take care of all of the details of your wedding, then you'll need a wedding planner. Based on our experiences, many couples do not have time and resources to research vendors and visit countless venues to find the perfect one. This is where your wedding planner will serve as a valuable asset. Full planning caters to couples who do not have the time and resources to plan on their own . We provide you with venue tours, vet the best vendors for your vision, layout all details and guide you the entire way. Our couples have reported feeling less stressed and also rated their wedding planning experience as more enjoyable once hiring us.

If you're a DIY couple who prefers to handle all planning and vendors on your own and need a little help in the 6 weeks leading up to your wedding (because that's when it gets REAL), then a wedding coordinator may be a better option. Our coordination services begin 2 months prior to your wedding date and we pull all vendors together in meetings, create and distribute the timeline, run the rehearsal and manage the day of logistics. Please note that a planner and coordinator are not the same service as a decorator and a florist. Those are vendors we hire in to transform your day.

If you are not sure about hiring a wedding planner, check out our blog post , How To Choose a Wedding Planner to learn more about the process .

Here's a table that summarizes the key differences between wedding planners and wedding coordinators:


Wedding Planner

Wedding Coordinator

Scope of work

Overall planning ,design and coordination

Event coordination


Budgeting, timeline, vendor booking, logistics

Coordinate vendors, set-up, execution, close out


Typically more expensive- Our full service planning begins at $4,500 and final pricing depends on your needs after scheduling a consultation with us.

Typically less expensive- Our event coordination begins at $2,000 and final pricing depends on your needs after scheduling a consultation with us.

Time frame

Typically works 6 to 12 months with the couple

Typically works 6 to 8 weeks with the couple

No matter which type of wedding professional service you choose, make sure you are choosing the right service that fits your needs. If you're interested in working with someone who is experienced, organized, and reliable; feel free to schedule your complimentary consultation with us by completing this quick form and we will be in touch within 48 hours. If you are receiving this and are one of our amazing vendors, we love referrals and greatly appreciate your support.

Happy planning!

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