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Planner or Coordinator? Is There Really a Difference?

We’re here to help clear up the confusion surrounding choosing a Planner or Coordinator

planner or coordinatorHere at the Beacon Center, we decided to answer this question for ourselves. After all of our research, questions, and experience we came to realize (Spoiler alert):[tweet_box design=”box_08″ float=”none”]There are some key differences between Wedding Planning and Wedding Coordination. [/tweet_box]

Keeping in mind, of course, there are as many different ways of getting hitched as there are people eager to tie the knot. There is no right or wrong way.

If you can, you should.

Wedding Planners and Wedding Coordinators are different things in some respects and yet essentially the same. If you can afford the help, get one or the other. Both help you decide how to plan your event, will help you navigate the maze of flowers, cakes, dresses, and DJ’s. They will both be godsends to the Bride and her party and should be considered indispensable tools. In reality, there are only two things to consider when choosing between a Planner and a Coordinator. The levels of money and attention paid.

How Do I Know if I Need a Wedding Planner or Just Someone to Help Coordinate My Big Day?

First, No one can tell YOU what kind of wedding to have. Many little girls dream of storybook weddings, replete with 5 tier wedding cakes, designer dresses and the finest of professional catering. You may have been that little girl once but now reality has come crashing down. All of those wonderful things take one other wonderful thing….MONEY.

If you are blessed with the financial assets to allow a horse-drawn carriage, bridesmaid gifts from Tiffany and a cake trimmed in gold leaf, you have probably already hired a Professional Planner. Seriously though, most of us will never have a “dream” wedding and in our hearts, we know it.

That does not mean your Wedding has to take place at the Court House or be a memory you would rather forget. As we mentioned before, Planners and Coordinators differ in two major ways, money and attention.[tweet_box design=”box_07″ float=”right” width=”40%”]How Do I Know if I Need a Wedding Planner or Just Someone to Help Coordinate My Big Day?[/tweet_box]

Perhaps the biggest difference between planners and coordinators is attention.

A planner will treat you like a queen, while a coordinator may only treat you like a princess.  In other words, you pay each at a level commensurate with the attention they will pay to you and your event.

A planner will cater to you, they will actually run the show for you all the way from the proposal to the rings being exchanged, allowing you to focus on the joyous event. You will most likely pay extra for this level of attention. We highly recommend this course if money is no concern and the carriage and horses are waiting in the corral.

If you are a bit more self-sufficient, prefer to control things closer to home and you have to go back to work the day after your wedding, a coordinator is a smarter bet. Not to mention, a cheaper one. Rather than make decisions for you or being at your beck and call a coordinator will assist you in planning your wedding. You will need to make some phone calls and decisions, but it will likely cost you far less and the sense of accomplishment will be a huge boost to your self-confidence.

Again, there is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding. If you can afford to be a Queen, tell your wedding planner to find a real crown. If you take your lunch to work and are wearing your mom’s gown then the Beacon Center is here to help. We can easily act as your Coordinator and help you navigate your nuptials without breaking the bank. Contact us to find out how we can help.

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Becky Stonebarger

The Beacon Center is the collaborative effort of Husband and Wife team, Gil & Becky Stonebarger. Becky is the mastermind and driving force behind the Center, with Gil supporting her every step of the way. With over 50 yrs of combined experience in Hospitality, Becky & Gil finally realized their dream of an affordable, inspiring space for Businesses and Individuals alike to meet, train or just party. Becky has owned several businesses through the years and is very proud of her degree in Casino Management and is currently working on her Event Planning degree as well. Gil is a US Navy Veteran who has managed hospitality operations across the country for over 30 yrs. They have been happily married for over 30 yrs, have two daughters and two grandchildren.