A question couples ask when planning a wedding is “my venue has a Coordinator, do I really need a Wedding Coordinator?” My answer is a big fat YES. Why? Well to put it quite bluntly. A Venue Coordinator is NOT the same as a Wedding Coordinator. There IS a difference between a Venue Coordinator and a Wedding Coordinator.
Before I go on, let me point out a few key things first.
Firstly, this blog is not aimed at bad mouthing venues or Venue Coordinators in any way. I love Venue Coordinators! But there is a difference in our roles. Their job is super important to a wedding day. As a Wedding Coordinator, I work with MANY Venue Coordinators and very much value what they do. My goal with this blog is to simply educate you on the difference and so you can choose as to whether you need a Wedding Coordinator or not. I’d also like to add that I used to be an Event Manager at some pretty high profile venues in Melbourne that deliver major sport and entertainment events (heard of Maragret Court Arena and AAMI Park?) so I fully appreciate the work venue staff do in delivering events. With that said, I also understand the role venues and Venue Coordinator do in quite a bit of detail and therefore know the difference.
Secondly, this does not apply to all venues. I know there are venues out there who have Venue Coordinators that actually do both roles of Venue and Wedding Coordinator. I say to every couple BEFORE we start working together to ask their venue how involved they are in the lead up AND on the wedding day so they can determine if their Venue Coordinator is going to deliver the level of service they need and want for their wedding day. If it is, I’m quick to say you don’t need to outsource a Wedding Coordinator.
And finally, I know there are lots of terms to describe a wedding coordinator (such as wedding planner, on the day coordinator, wedding consultant, month of coordinator, etc) but for the purpose of this blog I will be using the term Wedding Coordinator (let’s keep it *simple*). Okay… Here we go! Venue Coordinator VS Wedding Coordinator: There IS a difference*
A Venue Coordinator is employed by the venue to manage everything related to the venue. Such as:
In the lead up to your wedding, your Venue Coordinator will not be helping you contact ALL of your hired vendors to collate or distribute key information about your wedding day. They also will not create a detailed plan (aka a run sheet) for your day that includes ALL of your vendor key information. They might provide you with an overview of key timings (such as meal service times and ceremony start time) but they will not go into the detail ALL your vendors need (such as specific song titles for each of your reception entrances or the location of where you will be getting ready in the morning).
On the day itself, your Venue Coordinator will be focused on the venue operations and staff. They typically arrive a couple of hours before your ceremony starts and leave once your main meals are served or cleared. And here’s the real kicker… sometimes the Venue Coordinator present on your wedding day is NOT the person you have been liaising with in the lead up to your wedding day *eeeek*
Finally, some venues may provide you with a list of preferred vendors they would suggest you hire for your wedding which is always super helpful, but the list is often not personalised to your wedding needs, wants and overall wedding vision.
Wedding Coordinators are hired through you (the couple) to coordinate YOUR entire wedding day. Not only will they be managing your wedding day from start to finish, they are also by your side every step of the way in the lead up to your wedding day putting all the pieces together for *ultimate* smoothness!
A Wedding Coordinator will provide you with ONE person who knows everything about your day. Their focus is YOU. They will be a gatekeeper of all your wedding day information allowing there to be no confusion or miscommunications. If your venue, vendors or even guests have questions, your Wedding Coordinator will be the GO-TO for information. Key things a Wedding Coordinator will do includes:
Wedding Coordinators are essentially your wedding day BESTIE! They make sure you (the glowing couple) are relaxed and having the BEST day of your lives. I say to all of my couples that on your wedding day, you do what you want and when it’s time to do things, I’ll come find you so you can take in every glorious moment of your day!
Let’s be real. While it would literally break my heart, there are some venues out there that will say you don’t need a Wedding Coordinator. To this I say. YOU (the couple) need to do your research. Ask your Venue Coordinator questions like to see if there is a difference in what they provide compared to a Wedding Coordinator. Questions like “what time will you arrive and leave on the wedding day?” or “Will you contact all my vendors prior to my wedding day to give key information about the day and create a master run sheet?” or even “Will you be present on the day?”. It could be tricky or super easy to assess, but only you can decide if you are confident in your Venue Coordinator delivering the level of service you need and want for your wedding day. If you’re unsure, reach out to a Wedding Coordinator and have a chat* about the difference!
*You can totally have a chat with me if you need. Get in contact with me here!
This is not a debate or battle of Venue Coordinator VS Wedding Coordinator. Both have important roles so the question is how can a Venue Coordinator and Wedding Coordinator work together to be the ultimate *dream* team for YOU. While your Venue Coordinator is making the final touches to your meal service and getting wait staff in position ready to serve, your Wedding Coordinator is getting you and your wedding party ready for introductions as well as making sure your MC has the correct names (and in order) and your band is ready to go with your chosen songs. We are both striving for one goal – The ultimate wedding day for YOU!
Finally, a good Wedding Coordinator will introduce themselves to your Venue Coordinator WEEKS before your wedding day to not only introduce themselves, but to explain the role you have hired them for so there is no stepping on toes. Some Venue Coordinators don’t fully understand what a Wedding Coordinator does so this is one of the MANY key steps I take in my wedding coordination services when working with couples. We’re all friends* here and while my focus is on YOU, we all need to work together on a wedding day.
If you’re keen to outsource and hire a PRO Wedding Coordinator (aka me), click here to check out my Wedding Coordinator Package.
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