Ask Syrie: Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Coordinator vs. Wedding Designer: Part 2


You already know wedding planning can be a little overwhelming.  You’re excited, anxious, and probably have a million questions, and that’s before you even get to the catering. 

We might be a little biased, but we strongly believe that all couples should have some professional help while planning their wedding to help them create the event of their dreams (without losing their minds along the way), and actually enjoy attending it.

You probably already know a helping hand from an expert can be essential when it comes to finding the best vendors, making sure all the details are in place, and running the big day. But, as we discussed in our last installment, there are several different types of wedding professionals!


Yes, there is a difference. Very often people confuse a wedding planner with a wedding coordinator or a wedding designer. Don't worry! In Part 2 we'll dive further into the differences between them. 


What does a Wedding Coordinator do?

A Wedding Coordinator will take the reigns for what you have already planned for your wedding. They'll help solidify your vision and determine what else needs to be secured to bring it all to life. Most of them will be able to assist you in the selection of specific remaining vendors and can recommend services to fill in the gaps.

Wedding Coordinators will also be the point person for your vendors and venue on the day of your wedding. They'll prepare a timeline, call and confirm all vendor drop offs and pickups, and be there for the set up, wedding day, and breakdown.

Who should definitely hire a wedding coordinator?

  • Anyone who wants to be heavily involved in the planning of their own wedding.

  • You have a keen attention to detail and are hyper organized.

  • You would like someone to manage the months or weeks leading up to your wedding. .

  • You’d rather have a lower investment than a full wedding planner.


How much should I expect to invest?

You should expect to invest an average of $2-4k depending on the level of service.

When should I book my Wedding Coordinator?

We recommend that you book your Coordinator 7 or more months in advance. This will give you the most return on your investment and make the process smoother and less stressful. Make sure you have all the details needed ready to be handed off to your coordinator.

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At Social Maven we offer all 3 levels of service: planning, coordinating, and designing, as well as custom packages designed to meet our couples' needs. Our goal is for you to be able to make an informed decision when hiring your wedding team so your expectations are met and your wedding day is as flawless as you have dreamt about. Want to chat? Send us an email, the coffee's always on us!

Join us in the final installment where we'll get into the role of Wedding Designer.