Your wedding venue has a coordinator...do you still need a wedding planner? The simple answer is YES. While a venue coordinator can be a valuable tool to brides choosing not to have a wedding planner, their responsibilities are focused on tasks related to the venue. They act as a liaison between the bride and groom and the venue's operation's team.
On your wedding day they are focused on delivering their contracted services such as: accurate venue set up (tables, chairs, place settings), food and beverage is delivered as contracted. This individual often departs once the meal is served, and then what? This should be taken into consideration if you are looking for assistance for the remainder of the evening, especially with the break down of items the venue is not responsible for.
Also remember, you are not guaranteed to work with the same individual throughout the entire planning process.
When you hire a wedding planner, he or she is your personal consultant with a wide range of focus on every detail of your dream wedding...from start to finish.
From the beginning planning stages (depending on the level of service you've hired) to wedding day preparation (timelines, ceremony rehearsal, confirming details with contracted vendors) your wedding planner is present from start to finish.
This also applies to "Day of Wedding Coordinators" personally hired by you. They may come in closer to your wedding date, but they work exclusively for you!
In conclusion, a venue coordinator works for the venue, making sure the requirements of your contract are executed in a smooth and timely manner. A wedding planner works for you, ensuring every detail of your day is flawless and executed exactly as you've planned.
Take the necessary time to weigh out your needs, and be very clear what a venue coordinator is offering before you decide against hiring a wedding planner.