Almost every hotel with a reasonable number of weddings now employs a wedding coordinator – a member of their regular team who is responsible for liaising with couples before their wedding day, and ensuring things go smoothly on the actual day. As a result, freelance wedding coordinators have begun to brand themselves as wedding “planners” rather than coordinators. Unlike hotel based coordinators who are there to ensure plans run smoothly for the hotel AND the couple, wedding planners have the couples interest as their only priority and will negotiate with your suppliers on your behalf. Planners often divide their services into three sections: Sourcing venues and suppliers Negotiating with suppliers and making arrangements Support and attendance on the day Even if you are getting married in a venue with its own in house wedding coordinator you might choose to employ a wedding planner to source your suppliers and put all of the arrangements in place, handing over to the in house coordinator on the day.
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