Surprised to hear that from a wedding planner? The fact is, a wedding designer and a wedding planner or coordinator are not the same things. They require very different skill sets and are rarely found in the same individual. A wedding designer is the artistic talent. They are likely the person to create the vision for your event. They often have backgrounds in floral design, interior decorating or fashion, whereas, the planner is the nuts and bolts person. They are focused on event management, the logistics and the timeline. Who do you need for your event? Much depends on the type of wedding you are having and your personality. Here are some things to think about...
Are you getting married in a raw space?
A designer would be an excellent choice for you. They can help create your blank canvas into a vision. By getting to know you and your fiance and your style, they will be inspired to create a wedding storyboard just for you. Through lighting, fabric and floral design, they can make the space come to life. The images below show the before and after for three different events all in the same space, The Foundry in Long Island City. Each wedding has a completely different style and feeling.
Images found on TheFoundry.com
Do you love Pinterest?
I do too. But I think I love it because it inspires me to copy what I see. (That's because I'm not an event designer.) The fact is, artists don't like to copy other artists. So, most designers won't want to copy your Pinterest board. They will, on the other hand, use it as a spring board to get things started. They may get to know you and your style by following your boards. But not just your wedding boards, all of them. They get to see your sense of fashion and other parts of your personality that can come through on your wedding day.
I have great wedding ideas but I'm so disorganized!
If you are an artistic person with lots of ideas, you may only need a planner to execute your ideas. A planner will help you find the vendors who match your wedding style and help you to stay on budget. She can set and attend bridal appointments. Another option is have a wedding coordinator. She will start working with you a month before your wedding to be sure that the plans are complete. The timeline she will create will keep the wedding day organized and lessen the day's stress.
I'm too busy to plan my wedding and I have no ideas!
You may need both a designer and a planner. A designer can create the event you can't seem to imagine on your own and a planner can help execute those ideas. If a full service agency isn't in your budget, look to divide and conquer. Find a designer who will give you the wedding concept and vendor recommendations to make their design come to life. Make your own appointments and book your own vendors. Later, hire a wedding coordinator to make it all come together on the wedding day.
Here's an easy way to break down the differences...
If you don't want the images above to be you the weeks leading up to your wedding, then you need a wedding coordinator....and I'm just the girl for the job. I'm a planner with a focus on wedding coordination. I focus on month long coordination because that is what I excel at and love. I am your typical A-type planner personality. I love the timeline and the logistics of the event. I love organizing the vendors. I love making it all come together for your #HappyWedding. Click over to the Contact Page to set up a consultation.
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