Understanding the Differences Between a "Venue Coordinator" and a Wedding Coordinator
October 26, 2015
We recently have had a few couples reach out to us just a few weeks before their wedding because they learned that their venue coordinator was not going to take care of the things they thought they were going to do. Because there are so many job titles thrown around in this industry its easy to see where the confusion is. We wanted to take a few minutes and explain the differences between a venue coordinator, or a "venue host" as we like to call them,
in hopes of avoiding the last minute panic we have seen recently. We have prepared this cheat sheet to help you understand the many differences between the two. We want to clear up any misconceptions so you are not disappointed (and frantic) on your wedding day!
Very simply put a wedding coordinator’s client is you, the couple. A venue coordinator’s client is their manager (the venue). A venue coordinator is there to coordinate anything that relates to the venue; where as a wedding coordinator is there to coordinate anything that relates to your wedding. Most importantly, a wedding coordinator represents you and all of your wishes on the day of your big event.
Both the wedding coordinator and the venue coordinator are very important, but they play very different roles. The roles may overlap slightly depending on the venue and the wedding coordinator. Our biggest tip is to make sure you discuss specifics with your venue coordinator to ensure everyone is on the same page and to avoid any surprises the day of your wedding.
A venue coordinator will:
• Give you a tour of the space • Book your date • Answer questions/explain rules of the space such as “no candles”, or “music off by 11” • Create a floor plan • Set up table and chairs (this varies greatly depending on the venue and what is included) • Organize a tasting, if there is an on-site catering company • Provide you a list of vendor partners the venue refers. • Tour the space with you • Unlock the doors • Be present during set up, ceremony and or reception to ensure that all venue regulations are followed • Take care of any emergency issues with the venue such as overflowing toilets or blown fuses • Ensure that the event ends at the time indicated on the contract • Lock up the venue at the end of the evening
A wedding coordinator will:
* Provide trusted vendor recommendations
* Partner with you to ensure you stay within your budget
* Assist with your décor vision
* Assemble a master timeline and ensure it is understood and followed by all vendors * Review contracts and identify any potential issues. Ensure all vendors follow through with contractual obligations
* Answer etiquette questions
* Keep you on track with your to-do list throughout the planning process
* Order your rentals * Direct and assist guests through ceremony and reception * Organize and run your dress rehearsal * Decorate your ceremony and reception area to your specifications * Line up and cue the bridal party and musicians/DJ for your processional * Attend to the needs of the bride and bridal party * Distribute final payments and tips to vendors * Set out personal items (guestbook, escort cards etc) * Coordinate your grand entrance and exit * Ensure your photographer knows when all of your special moments will take place * Adjust the timeline as necessary and communicate with all of the vendors * Coordinate all of the special announcements with the DJ * Create a seamless wedding by being your liaison between your family, friends and vendor
* Clean up your décor and pack up your personal items * And most importantly, a day of wedding coordinator will take care of any last minute changes and emergencies that come up on your wedding day
We hope that this break down of responsibilities helps you understand the differences between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator and most importantly we hope it helps you prepare for a smooth and picture perfect wedding. And of course, if you find that you would like the benefits and peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a team of professionals there to ensure your plans are executed perfectly, be sure to contact us for a complimentary consultation. You can read about our services and see our rates on our website; www.yourperfectbridesmaid.com. We would love to be Your Perfect Bridesmaid!