In meeting with the clients we have had inquire about our services lately the question has come up as to what do all these titles within the Wedding Planning Industry mean: Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Designer, Wedding Producer? So I decided to explain at least the main three (3) in more detail for you. There happens to be a lot of blurred lines across the titles with regard to responsibilities. Hopefully this will clarify for you the meaning of the different titles that you see:
1. Wedding Coordinator: usually plans the day of coordination for the wedding day. The wedding coordinator can be hired well into the planning process. You have already met and signed the contract with vendors ~ the wedding coordinator makes sure that those vendors show up and know exactly what to do. A day of or month of coordinator makes sure that everything runs smoothly on that day. They assist you with the set up of the ceremony and reception décor.
2. Wedding Planner: assists with the planning of the whole wedding. This is what we do. I attended a seminar several months ago where Calder Clark spoke and put it best, "The Wedding Planner is the architect." The planner handles all the logistics from the vendors to the venue. The wedding planner is the first person that you want to hire so that they can assist you with hiring your vendors and making sure that you have stayed within the budget that you create together. They help to steer you in the direction of hiring professionals and making sure that you don't spend money where you aren't going to need to.
3. Wedding Designer/Producer: assists with the décor and design of your reception. I like to think of this position similar to an interior designer for your home. They come up with the theme and the colors that will be used throughout the day. They design your décor from what flowers you will use to what the texture of the linens will on the reception tables. They work closely with the planner to make sure that your vision is incorporated in all aspects of the décor.
Hope that explains a little better in detail the roles of individuals that you hire for your big day. There are a few Wedding Planners our there that also do a great job of incorporating design into your day. Make sure that you know what it is that you are looking for and that they provide that service. When meeting with professionals ask for their credentials and referrals. They should be happy to provide those to you.