Role of the Planner: Full vs. Day-Of Coordination

Many people are confused when it comes to what a wedding planner actually does. There are even more that confused when I explain that I offer two services: Full Planning and Day-Of Coordination. So let’s break it down shall we?

Full Planning

Full planning is really just as it says- planning the wedding alongside you right from the beginning. You are engaged and ready to start putting your wedding together. You hire a wedding planner at this point and they start to pull your ideas, research vendors to fit your vision, manage budget and keep you on track right through the entire process. This does not mean they are making decisions for you, signing contracts on your behalf or even DIY-ing all your centrepieces (unless it has been included in the contract or they are invoicing for their time). You will always be in control of your wedding decisions, wedding planners are just guiding you in the direction and taking away hours of research, back and forth emails and overseeing everything stays on track.

Day-Of Coordination

This is often where people give a very confused faced and have no idea what I am talking about. Day-Of, sometimes called Month-Of Coordination, is when a wedding planner is hired, usually a month before your wedding day to run the day. All the plans are done, all the craft projects are complete and all that is left is to enjoy your day. The wedding planner steps in to review your contracts so they can get familiar with what is going to happen the day of. They become the contact for vendors, confirming times, creating an itinerary for the day, and making sure everything goes to plan. They run rehearsal (unless otherwise indicated) to make sure everyone knows their cue and is ready for the wedding day.

The day of the wedding runs the same for both options. The wedding planner checks in with the bride and groom in the morning, arrives for set up and ensures the day runs as plans right until the last bit (usually the afterglow).

If you have questions, or are looking for a wedding planner for full or day-of coordination, feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you and chat about your wedding.


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