Selecting a venue is often the first step toward planning your dream wedding… with so many gorgeous venues in the Dallas area, it can be tough to select the perfect one! We are lucky to partner with fantastic venues that set the tone for unforgettable occasions—and we love to see which location steals our bride’s heart.
Today we want to address a venue-related question that we often hear from our brides:
What’s the difference between a venue’s On-Site Wedding Planner and your own hired Wedding Planner?
We’re here to break it down for you! Many venues do have an on-site Venue Coordinator—who has a highly valuable role on the day of the wedding! A Venue Coordinator is typically responsible for all the details associated with the venue space itself (i.e., tables, chairs, linens, serving staff, kitchen staff, etc.). They have plenty of their own responsibilities on the day of the wedding, and we are lucky to work with fantastic venue coordinators who are excellent at what they do!
However, things get sticky when a venue tries to promote their on-site Venue Coordinator as a “Wedding Planner.” As you can see, Venue Coordinators already have plenty of important responsibilities on the wedding day… asking them to double as a “Wedding Planner” is likely to overextend their capabilities (after all, they are just one person!). As convenient as it may seem to hire the venue’s on-site “Wedding Planner,” we have to caution brides to think carefully before signing the dotted line on this one.
While On-Site Wedding Planners have the best intentions, they will not able to offer a full planning experience. It’s important to keep in mind: the on-site planner has been hired by the venue. Their primary responsibility is always to the venue—not to the bride.
Because of this, brides should be aware of some common concerns:
As much as we appreciate Venue Coordinators and all that they do, we don’t believe that selling a Venue Coordinator as a “Wedding Planner” is in the bride’s best interest. If your desired venue requires you to hire an on-site wedding planner, you might want to think carefully before you book. While it seems like an added bonus, there are some definite cons to working with an on-site wedding planner instead of a dedicated Wedding Planner you’ve hired yourself. At best, the on-site planner has divided interests: serving the venue, and then serving the bride.
We hope this helps our sweet brides answer a common question! The bottom line? Venue Coordinators are so valuable for doing what they already do… combining their job with that of a wedding planner is simply too much—their commitments will always be split between the venue and the bride, at best.
Whether you choose to work with us, or one of our talented Wedding Planner colleagues, we believe hiring a dedicated Wedding Planner is the wiser investment. You deserve a Wedding Planner who is dedicated to your client experience, and who will always advocate on your behalf!
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