Ask Syrie: Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Coordinator vs. Wedding Designer: Part 3


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 3 we'll dive further into the differences between them. 


What does a Wedding Designer do?

A wedding designer’s role has very little to do with the overall planning of the wedding. The role of a designer is purely aesthetic; they are the architects of your vision and are responsible for making it come to life. A designer creates a cohesive feel and your desired atmosphere. They will offer guidance with fabrics, textures, color palettes, props, furniture, and all décor elements.


Who should definitely hire a Wedding Designer?

  • If your number one priority is the décor and feel of your wedding.

  • Someone who isn’t necessarily creative but is able to manage all other aspects of the wedding planning process.

  • You want someone to dedicate themselves to decorating the event space for your wedding.

  • If you’re looking for ornate or difficult to source props or equipment.

  • You have a specific, detailed theme in mind and need help developing and executing it.


How much should I expect to invest?

You should expect to invest about 3-5k, depending on the intricacies of the design and how much time there is to complete the project.


When should I book my Wedding Designer?

Especially when looking to source more specific items, booking a designed about 6 months to a year from your date will come in handy.  Because of the intense creative nature of wedding design, professional wedding designers only take a few projects a year. Make sure you secure yours in advance.


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!