When it comes to planning your wedding, having a coordinator or director for your day is essential, even if only for the rehearsal and wedding day. Many venues may offer the services of their Venue Coordinator, while this is a necessity for your set up, they are not going to help you run the show.
Venue Coordinators have different priorities than making sure your day is exactly how you dreamed it. They work for the venue so the venue is their top priority. They’re the ones who are going to make sure the food is ready and comes out on time, the tables are correct, and the bar is fully stocked. Their loyalty is to the venue, not to you.
Venue Coordinators can’t add that personal touch that a wedding planner can. They can only execute the event to the venues specifications. You are just one of many clients they have at the time. Venue Coordinators can work up to 50 events a week! Their jobs are high paced and stressful. They don’t have time to personalize your day like a Wedding Planner.
When it comes to your wedding day, you’re going to have anywhere from 2 to 6 different vendors there and the Venue Coordinator won’t know who they are or where they are supposed to be to set up. They don’t know what you’ve ordered or who’s coming, so they won’t be able to help direct them. Even when it comes to suggesting vendors, they can only suggest those that have a working relationship with the venue, rather than those that would best fit your needs.
It may be tempting to forego a wedding planner or day-of coordinator in favor of your venue’s coordinator but the jobs are not interchangeable. Each have a part in your day and both are necessary.