If I made a dollar every time I heard a bride say "Our venue comes with a coordinator," I would be rich! Many brides don't understand the difference between the two ..... I mean why would they? They sound like the same thing to me! When in reality, there is a HUGE difference. Below will explain why every bride should hire a Wedding Coordinator regardless if their venue provides one for them!
What most brides don’t quite understand is that the venue coordinator is just there for the VENUE, not you. (Nothing against venue coordinators- I love them and have made great relationships with many.) If they tell you they can handle things on the day of your wedding, it’s true- they can, but it’s only within a certain scope.
A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue. A wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of YOU, the bride. The venue coordinator deals with everything having to do with the venue- food, setup and logistics. A wedding coordinator will deal with aspects of the venue, such as setup, and will make sure everything is to your specifications.
A wedding coordinator stays by your side throughout the day and night. They are there to tell you when things will be occurring throughout the night, such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, etc. Every wedding I am apart of, I stay until the very end of the wedding, until all of the guests are gone. A venue coordinator stays until the meal is served, and the majority of the time, leaves after. Some may stay until the cake is cut and served. He or she will not be by your side throughout the day or night. Although the venue coordinator will do their best to keep you happy, he or she likely will not be involved if your bustle breaks, when it comes time to load up your gifts, or tracking down your bridesmaids favorite lipgloss.
Venues are known to have a high turnover rate among the coordinator/sales positions. The person that you book your wedding with may or may not still be there when it comes time for your wedding a year, year and a half later. Your wedding coordinator is hired by YOU, hand selected by YOU, and won’t be going anywhere (unless, God forbid, something horrible happens!). The wedding coordinator is there for your best interest from start to finish!