There’s been a lot written about the differences between a venue coordinator and an independent wedding planner/coordinator but I like to boil it down to this…a venue coordinator is looking out for their own best interests (the reception venue) whereas an independent planner/coordinator is looking out for their client’s (bride and groom) best interests.
I hear couples say their venue provides a wedding planner or a wedding coordinator so I don’t need to hire one… this drives me crazy. I really wish venue coordinators would stop to think how much assistance they’ll receive from the bride and grooms independent planner and realize it’s a mutually beneficial relationship.
Indy’s (independent planners) deal with big picture items such as room set, vendor deliveries, schedules, problems and changes as well as little details such as place cards, favors, escort cards, gifts, guest book, guest arrival among other things. Running and overseeing weddings is a big job, sometimes with complex logistics so why not work side-by-side with the Indy whose been with the couple for close to a year? It can’t hurt can it?
Besides, is the venue coordinator going to help pick out stationery, wedding cakes, linens, floral, centerpieces, decor, manage the budget and guest list, run a rehearsal, oversee the ceremony and provide discounts and complimentary upgrades?
I love venue coordinators who “get it” and actually recommend independent wedding planners. I can’t leave this post without posting a photo of two of our favorite venues that recommends indy’s – Jules Meyer at Interlachen Country Club in Edina and Nicole Aronson at Nicollet Island Pavilion…you guys are the best!