June 27, 2021
Coordinators ARE planners, but their role differs in the amount of involvement during a given event. You may have come across terms like full planning, partial planning, and day-of coordinating. Oftentimes, there may be confusion on who does what, so hopefully this post can highlight some key differences between the two to help you make a decision that will best fit your needs.
Many wedding planning companies offer all three services mentioned above. As the term suggests, a planner that does full planning will be there to help you plan the entire event, from suggesting, contacting, to booking vendors. Full planning bridges that gap between you and the vendor without you having to directly contact them, ever. This is a good choice for those who may be occupied with work and other responsibilities and helps lighten the load of having to keep up with the planning process 24/7.
Partial planning is more of a shared responsibility, where the planner provides suggestions and aides in booking, but you are responsible for maintaining contact with the vendors.
A coordinator is a planner who will check in but usually doesn’t get involved till two months out from the event day. That means you have full responsibility to secure all vendors and should have all pertinent ones booked before that time. It’s only a matter of transferring information like who your florist is and what their email is. The responsibility then shifts to the coordinator regarding communication with vendors.
To clarify, coordinating is included for planners who do full and partial planning. They are just more involved earlier in the process rather than later like a coordinator would be. All three services include creating a timeline and making sure everything operates smoothly on event day.
For intimate events, I primarily offer full and partial planning services because I value making connections with each couple and want to be involved in the exciting process of building a dream celebration from the beginning. Check out the link here for more information on the services I offer and inquire here for a more comprehensive list of what each entails.
Hope this helps clarify a few points and that you leave this with more clarity on a decision that best fits you!