You are engaged! What an exciting time in your life! Now’s the time to start planning that wedding of your dreams 🙂

Are you looking for a professional who can help you come up with a vision and identify the colors and a theme or a style for your wedding? Maybe a professional who can put all the details together and guide you through the planning process? Or maybe you just need assistance on the wedding day because you have enough time to plan your wedding… Do you know who you are looking for? Do you know what services you need for a successful celebration? Here is a quick guide to the different roles of a wedding designer, wedding planner, and a wedding coordinator.

Wedding Designer

A wedding designer is specialized in creating a vision and putting together all the elements for your wedding (color palette, textiles, decor, lighting, furniture, etc.), they create the mood and the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests by involving one or more senses.
Most wedding designers (or stylists, as they sometimes call themselves) have a background in arts, floral design, interior design, or fashion design. They are the ones who think about every single detail from the ceremony aisle décor to the napkin fold to the late night snacks presentation. Some of them have a team of vendors who provide flowers, lighting, rentals, and so on. Their team has great experience working together and great chemistry which is a big plus when it comes to creating memorable events.
Many celebrity wedding planners are wedding designers in the first place: they create fantabulous weddings based on their clients’ vision (and very often on healthy budgets). They are always a huge inspiration for wedding couples: their work is constantly pinned on Pinterest or reposted on Instagram, and our couples often come with pictures of their work when they meet with us.
A wedding designer, though is not usually involved with the planning process, they don’t create a timeline and they don’t run the show on the wedding day so they work together with wedding planners – unless they provide both services like me.

Wedding Planner

A wedding planner takes care of the logistics of the entire wedding. They are the ones assisting with venue and vendor selections, reviewing all the agreements before they are signed, creating and keeping track of the budget, acting as the point of contact between client and venue and vendors, and more. They create a detailed timeline, direct the rehearsal and manage the entire wedding day. They are very organized, they always have everything in control including payments, deadlines, tasks to be completed, they are always ready to solve problems and last-minute emergencies, and they offer assistance with stressful situations, meltdowns, family issues, and so on. Some planners are not very creative so they specialize in planning services thanks to their efficiency and organization, and they work with wedding designers to create a vision.
Some planners are also designers like me, and I love being able to provide both aspects of a couple’s planning. I can create a vision for you, suggest the right venue and the most appropriate vendors, I can update your vision during the planning process (and make some changes along the way) and at the same time keep your tasks on track. I can also provide additional services such as candy stations and dessert tables: I used to hire a company to take care of this but I was never happy with the results so I decided to design the displays myself. I already know the couple and what they want, I already know the style or theme of their wedding, I might just keep the look consistent, right?

Wedding Coordinator (or Director)

Usually this title is for people working at a venue or at a church and they specialize on wedding day management only. Coordinators are not involved with the planning process, they don’t assist with vision, venue selection, vendor recommendations (unless they have their preferred ones but they might not be a good fit for you), budgeting, seating chart, family issues and more before the wedding. They just meet with the couple, get all the information they need, prepare a timeline (or maybe not even that, you will need to create one), and they perform their duties on the wedding day. If you are working with a venue coordinator, many times this person just takes care of the services at the venue (rentals, catering, setup, etc.) and doesn’t even connect with your vendor team on the wedding day. This means, she / he will not coordinate vendor arrivals, setup, strike, will not coordinate transportation to / from ceremony and reception sites, etc.

We at La Dolce Idea will be happy to assist you with all of this for a memorable celebration; CONTACT US today for more information!