Many couples get hiring a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator confused.  You may be asking yourself, what is the difference?  Well, the decision on which professional to hire depends on a few factors.  Such as the budget, size of the wedding, and how involved you plan to be.

In order to choose between a wedding planner and a day-of coordinator, you must know the difference. This article will serve as a guide to help you make the right decision for you!


  • Overview

A wedding planner is a full-service planner who assists you in organizing every aspect. They are involved with sending out Invitations, fixing dates, making consultations, etc.  Wedding planners are always available to handle any project or crisis’.  Typically, the wedding planner’s duties begin several months before your big day and doesn’t end until after your special day.

A day-of coordinator helps you run and coordinate different activities the day of.  They are there to ensure everything goes smoothly, so you and your fiancé will not have to worry.  Unlike the wedding planner, the duties of a day-of coordinator starts and ends on your wedding day.


  • Duties and Responsibilities

Some of a wedding planner’s duties are reshaping your overall wedding plan. While reviewing your budget and vendors contracts, they help create and organize the timeline of your wedding day.

In addition to, a wedding planner keeps an eye out for any details you may have missed.  They get creative and find new ways for you to enjoy your day.

More so, a wedding planner organizes vendors arrivals and product deliveries at the venue.  This will help you keep up to date with current trends.

A full-time wedding planner’s goal is to be your assistant throughout their contract with you.


Some of a day-of coordinator’s duties include helping you preview your wedding venue and organizing the arrival of guests. The coordinator also manages your wedding license and other documents and items, so you will not have to worry about that.

They also manage and distributes items at your venue, oversee the setup and décor, handle any last minute emergencies.

A day-of coordinator’s goal is to ensure your wedding day goes smoothly from start to finish.


  • Who to Hire?

Furthermore, this decision is based upon your needs and expectations. However, if you do not intend to participate much in the planning process, you should hire both.

You can even let your wedding planner select the day-of coordinator.  Or you can hire one yourself.  Either way they must develop a good working relationship. If you are having a small and intimate wedding, employing only a day-of coordinator may be better for you.

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