Wedding Planners vs Wedding Designers




We’re so glad you asked! This can be a tricky one to figure out when you’re newly engaged and starting to look for professional help to plan your wedding. Who do you need and who do you hire? We’re here to break it all down for you so you can make the best decision for your wedding.

What’s a Wedding Designer?

A wedding designer manages the logistics and production requirements essential to realize the overall ambience of the wedding.

Your wedding designer consults on the vision of the design, event décor, spatial planning, guest flow, lighting design, stationery, cakes, and often food presentation. We create floor plans, vision boards, mood boards, proposals, décor vignettes, lighting plans, and production timelines to effectively communicate ideas and produce event design installations. In simple terms, we are responsible for the overlook and feel of your wedding. We translate your ideas and visions into a cohesive style that speaks to you as a couple.


“In simple terms, we are responsible for the over look and feel of your wedding. We translate your ideas and visions into a cohesive style that speaks to you as a couple.”


What’s a Wedding Planner?

A wedding planner in the traditional sense handles everything logistics related from contract negotiations and budget management to vendor meetings and day of production of your wedding.

Your wedding planner is there to ensure your big day is seamless and smooth sailing, allowing you to enjoy your day without any stress. They will create and execute a timeline to keep everything organized and on time. Plus, should anything not go according to plan, they’re there to mitigate and fix the mishap before anyone even notices.

What’s a Wedding Coordinator?

A wedding coordinator, often called a day of coordinator or month of coordinator, is also logistically focused, but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They start working with you one to two months before your wedding to create a day of timeline, and take over everything you have planned up until the day of the wedding. This includes a final walkthrough of your venue, the rehearsal schedule and wedding day execution.




Hire A Wedding Designer If…

  • The decor and look of your wedding is important to you

  • Your guests’ experience is important to you

  • You’re lacking a little in the creative department

  • You’re low on time

  • You need help narrowing down your ideas

  • You don’t know which vendors (florist, cake maker, etc) to hire

  • You want this experience to be stress free




Hire A Wedding Planner If…

  • You are low on time due to a demanding job or homelife 

  • You have no idea where to start when it comes to planning your wedding

  • You have a short time frame to plan

  • You want this experience to be stress free

  • You want everything to stay on schedule


If you checked off points in each category, we recommend hiring a planner or coordinator AND a designer. Not every wedding planner offers design, so be sure to check when you inquire. 

At Melissa Dawn Event Designs, we’re happy to work with you and your planner to create the wedding you always envisioned.

Still have questions about wedding designers? Pop them in the comments below, we’d love to answer them for you!

xox Melissa

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