As a wedding planner, answering questions is a HUGE part of my job.. and I get a lot of them. Questions about etiquette, scheduling, family matters, menu choices, invitation designs…the list goes on and one. Some questions are outrageous, awkward, funny and some are just plain weird.
Here are some of my favorites from last summer:
“Can you take care of the stray dog that just wandered in?”
“Can you make sure the kids stay out of this room? We had our bachelorette last night and there are a lot of sex toys in there.”
“Can you wash the dishes for me?”
I swear to you these are all honest quotes of questions I was asked this summer.
I also get asked a lot of the same questions over and over again. One of the questions I get most often is this:
“My venue has a banquet manager that will be managing everything for me on the day of the wedding, why would I need to hire you?”
Today, I will explain to you the difference between the two roles and how the complement, not copy, one another. First, let’s look at the Venue Manager.
Venue Manager: The primary duty of the venue manager is to oversee all operations of the venue. They manage the venue staff, oversee procedures and troubleshoot any venue-related problems.
This being said, yes your venue manager will help you create a floor plan for the day of, they’ll also make sure the lighting is okay and the bar is open. The venue manager knows the ins and outs of the venue.
Wedding Day Coordinator: The primary duty of the wedding day coordinator is to oversee and manage all details of the wedding day. From the time the bride is getting her hair and make up done until the dance winds down, the wedding planner maintains the schedule, communicates between vendors and troubleshoots any wedding-related problems.
The wedding coordinator is an essential part of the wedding day. They will help you with the running around on the day of, assist with your ceremony and reception set up, manage your schedule and act as the main point of contact on the day of.
The big difference? While the venue manager works for the venue in question, the wedding coordinator works for YOU. Your venue manager will be looking out in the best interest of the venue, and will have many other things on their plate on the night of your wedding. Your wedding coordinators sole focus is you and your wedding! We work for you and hold everything up to your standards to make sure you have the day you have always wanted.
Your venue manger won’t be there to mist your bouquet or fix your gown before walking down the aisle. They won’t be able to drive over to your Mom’s house to pick up the guestbook you forgot. They certainly won’t have a back-up copy of your vows, readings, schedule and vendor contact information. There are many, many things that your venue manager won’t be able to do for you that your wedding coordinator can.
I hope this small post was able to clear some things up for you! Although there are some similarities between the two roles, the wedding coordinator is essential to the success of your big day. If you are thinking about hiring a Wedding Day Coordinator, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we are available on your wedding date!