Should I Hire a Wedding Planner or a Wedding Coordinator?

Some women spent hours lying on the floor of their childhood bedroom building scrapbooks and flipping through magazines dreaming of their fairytale wedding. Others didn’t give the wedding planning process a spare thought until their fiancée popped the question. Regardless, of how much thought you’ve put into your wedding, you’ll likely need to enlist the help of a professional at some point. You may choose to work with a wedding designer, wedding planner, wedding coordinator, or wedding director. A wedding designer helps you plan the aesthetics of your ceremony and reception. A director helps manage the wedding rehearsal and everything the day of. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. What you really need help with while planning your wedding is logistics. A wedding planner or wedding coordinator can help you with those needs. 


What does a wedding planner do?

A wedding planner takes care of all of the logistics. A good wedding planner takes care of the technical aspects and allows you to get creative. They are well-trained in managing a budget, finessing vendor contracts, and tracking all of the logistics. They may put in anywhere between 80 and 250 hours of work to provide vendor referrals, negotiate contracts, manage your budget, schedule tours, meetings, and tastings, coordinate lodging and transportation for guests, manage the rehearsal, and oversee the wedding day.


Should I hire a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is certainly worthwhile if their services are within your budget. Your planner will be with you from the start of the wedding planning process until you and your spouse say “I do”. They can help reduce your stress and workload, especially if you don’t have a lot of free time or lack organization skills. Wedding planners also typically have plenty of experience, so they can nail down details quickly if your wedding is fast approaching and you don’t have everything figured out. You may also want to consider hiring a wedding planner if you’re traveling a long distance to get to your venue or destination. 

What does a wedding coordinator do?

A wedding coordinator handles logistics, much as a wedding planner does. However, they typically do so on a shorter timeline. They will likely help smooth out details in the month leading up to the wedding and make sure everything goes as planned on the big day. You can expect them to put in roughly 25 hours of work. You should schedule a meeting with them about 4 to 8 weeks before your wedding so they can confirm all contracts and logistics. They can do a final walkthrough of the site and make sure all of the decorations are set up and in accordance with venue regulations. They also have the experience to know if you’ve missed anything, and quickly address it. They will also be able to help direct the rehearsal and oversee your wedding day. They won’t be with you at the cake testing, help you pick out flowers, or go with you to try on dresses, but they do take care of all of the minor but important details. They can help rent linens, haggle with vendors, confirm venue details, and more!


Should I hire a wedding coordinator?

A wedding coordinator is a good option for couples who want to take the lead on wedding planning. Still, you’re likely not experts in wedding planning, so it’s good to have a wedding coordinator ensure you didn’t miss anything. This is also a better option for people hoping to keep their budget smaller. 


Plan your dream wedding at Hidden Creek

If you’re looking for a spectacular venue and help planning the wedding of your dreams, look no further than Hidden Creek. We are one of the best wedding venues in Dallas. Our property holds a beautiful outdoor area for wedding ceremonies, a gorgeous rustic barn, and lush scenery. We are also lucky to have a talented in-house wedding coordinator. Brett Welch, the Hidden Creek Coordinator is easily accessible and can help you with planning everything from vendors to decorations. She is a trained wedding planner and is certified by the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (AACWP). Contact Hidden Creek today to learn more about our venue and wedding planning services.