Wedding Planner vs Venue Coordinator | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama

While a venue coordinator is a great asset for the portion of your day taking place at their location, they aren’t going to be with you to ensure the rest of the day unfolds just the way you’ve been dreaming. That’s where your personal wedding planner comes in. Don’t skimp in this area. You won’t regret it!

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Wedding Coordinators vs. Planners vs. Designers | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL

One of the questions I get asked most often during consults: "What is the difference between coordination and planning?"

It's a very valid question on a topic that can be confusing if you're not used to the wedding-industry lingo. So today, we're tackling the topic of wedding coordinators vs. planners vs. designers.

Katie and Alec Photography

Katie and Alec Photography

Megan Forehand Photography

Megan Forehand Photography

Day Of (or Month Of) Coordinators:

- Usually hired a few months out from the wedding date, when you're starting to feel like you need an extra set of hands to pull it all together.

- Communication begins typically beings between eight to four weeks prior to the wedding day.

- Coordinators will meet with you to get caught up on all of the plans you have made and vendors you have secured.

- Creates a timeline, manages the logistics of the wedding day, and handles any "day of" issues that might come up.

- Coordinators are usually very limited in services compared to a full service planner.

 

Katie and Alec Photography

Katie and Alec Photography

Planners:

- A planner's role is to be a bride's advocate every step of the way throughout the planning process.

- Usually hired soon after engagement, at the beginning of the planning process.

- Responsible for a large variety of things - overseeing logistics, assisting with vendor selection, etiquette assistance, table design, wedding weekend timeline, and so, so much more

- On the wedding day, they are responsible for managing all involved vendors, distributing final payments and gratuities on your behalf, taking care of any problems that arise, and being the go-to person for any questions that day. A planner is also there to ensure you and your bridal party and family have everything they need to make sure your day is perfectly flawless.

- A planner is a big player in making your day come together flawlessly. They should provide you with service that feels undeniably like the most valuable investment you made for your wedding day.

 

Nick Frontiero Photography

Nick Frontiero Photography

Stylists and Designers:

- Stylists are essentially responsible for focusing on the aesthetics of your day - details like tablescapes and linens, bouquets and centerpieces, favor ideas, stationery suites, decor and lighting - basically everything that sets the overall tone and ambiance of your wedding day.

- Services such as floral design are sometimes included in a designer's service.

- Designers should ultimately be able to guide you into making decisions so that everything fits together cohesively.

- This service is often included in the full service package of planners.

 

 

Wedding Coordinators vs. Planners vs. Designers | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL

Christina Sloan Events is a Wedding Planning and Floral Design Studio, offering Full Service Wedding and Event Planning, Design, Management, and Day and Month Of Coordination | Serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding Southeast region | Destination Services Available Worldwide

Lauren + Brandon: A Joyful Birmingham Wedding {The Barn at Shady Lane} | Wedding Planners Birmingham

When I first met Lauren, I knew right away that her day was going to be full of joy. Listening to her tell how she met Brandon and how he popped the question, she was so full of life, with a smile that can light up the room. And once she began to tell me about her wedding vision, I was smitten. These details, y'all. 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

Lauren and Brandon's first look was emotional and raw and full of anticipation. It truly set the tone for the rest of the day, with their excitement and joy coming through every aspect.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

Lauren is one of the sweetest, most genuinely beautiful brides I have had the honor of working with. The perfect embodiment of southern, classic, and timeless. 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

And can we all just take a minute to take in these bridesmaid dresses? The rose gold champagne sequins, the drop cowl back. Y'ALL.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

The reception was full of personal details that make my heart sing. From the toasting flutes, serving set, and silver champagne bucket that were used in their parent's weddings to the groom's perfectly Texas cake (where he's from and where they were moving post-wedding) and the sorority sing.

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane

Reckless Band brought the party all night long. 

Christina Sloan Events | Wedding Planners Birmingham AL | Be Light Photography | The Barn at Shady Lane
 

Lauren + Brandon: A Joyful Birmingham Wedding {The Barn at Shady Lane} | Wedding Planners Birmingham Alabama

Christina Sloan Events is a Wedding Planning and Floral Design Studio, offering Full Service Wedding and Event Planning, Design, Management, and Day and Month Of Coordination | Serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding Southeast region | Destination Services Available Worldwide