Your wedding planner business card should express who you are and the work you do simply by the title under your name. For those who are unfamiliar with the differences between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner, it’s important to recognize that they are two different positions, each serving their own purpose in the couple’s wedding preparations.
Remember JLo’s famous role in The Wedding Planner movie where she planned every intricate detail leading up to the wedding day? This person guides the couple through the planning process, from setting the wedding budget to keeping Aunt Sue away from crazy Uncle Ned. The wedding planner works closely with the couple throughout the planning process. The wedding planner answers the couple’s questions, schedules and attends vendor meetings, assists with reviewing wedding vendor contracts, advises the couple on vendor negotiations, helps with event design, and creates a detailed timeline of the wedding day events.
If the wedding planner does all of this, what is left for the venue coordinator to do?
The venue coordinator’s job is very important as well. The wedding venue manager ensures everything taking place at the venue is in order. The venue coordinator usually enjoys organizing weddings, but does not have the responsibility of handling all matters for wedding couple. This person will assist the couple and the planner during the planning process with all details regarding the venue.
On the wedding day, the venue manager will typically handle the set-up of tables and chairs, manage the food and beverage provided by the venue, coordinate placement of wedding items with the wedding planner, handle venue parking logistics, and manage the venue staff.
How can the wedding planner and venue coordinator work together effectively?
As someone who has worked as a wedding planner and as a venue coordinator, I completely understand how it may be hard for either professional to relinquish their own duties to the other or to determine the best way to work together.
Here are a few tips on how to keep this business relationship professional and enjoyable for current and future events:
Do you have any tips or advice for working successfully with venue coordinators? Please share in the comments.
This is a guest post from Christine Pirkle.
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