What’s the Difference Between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Manager?

You’ve toured and booked your venue.  Your venue has a manager who gave you a lovely site tour, recommended some vendors and explained the flow of your wedding day.  Your venue manager also told you that you will need to hire a wedding planner or coordinator.  But what’s the difference between a planner/coordinator and the manager who already works at your venue?  Why do you need both?  Read on for answers!


  1. Your wedding planner can help you with to-do list items that venue managers may not include in their services such as budgeting assistance, wedding day timeline creation, wedding design and scheduling vendor appointments.

2. Your venue manager and wedding coordinator will need to play two different roles on your wedding day. Your coordinator will place linens on tables, decorate, direct the ceremony timing, ensure the timeline is followed on schedule and more.  Your venue manager will direct vendors as they arrive onsite, make sure the heat or AC is perfect, refill toilet paper, dim lights and ensure the venue is left in good condition as vendors leave at the end of the event.

3. Although wedding planners and venue managers have separate jobs, they work together in the months leading up to your special day as well as on the big day. There are many emails and phone calls and day-of communication to ensure your wedding day is the day you’ve always dreamed of!

Photo Credits

Photo#1:  Photo: Astrid Johana, Flowers: Garden Delights, Planning: Social Bliss Events, Rentals: Southern Events

Photo #2: Photo: Allie Chambers, Flowers: Creations by Debbie, Planning: Christina Logan, Rentals: Southern Events, Draping: Events Plus

Photo: #3: Photo: Melanie Grady, Flowers: Foxglove and Heather, Planning: Sweetwater Events, Rentals: Southern Events

Photo #4: Photo: Cannon Weddings, Flowers: Charming Bridal, Planning: Sweetwater Events, Rentals: Southern Events