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Wedding Planners & Designers: What’s the Difference?


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When it comes to planning your wedding, there are many decisions to be made and details to be taken care of. Delegating some of the work to experts might take some of the weight off your shoulders. Event planners and event designers can help, but what’s the difference?


What a Wedding Planner Does

In general, event planners focus on the logistics of the event. They work closely with the client to develop a plan around their vision, budget and ideas.


From there, the planner takes charge of locking down a venue, hiring staff and vendors and negotiating contracts. They also develop a timeline for the event, coordinate transportation, run the rehearsal and monitor the event itself, handling any problems that may arise the day-of.


If you want to have a wedding with multiple events, if you want a non-traditional venue, don’t have much time to plan, want to alleviate stress related to planning or are just not a very organized person, an event planner will be a huge help when it comes to coordinating the big day.


What a Wedding Designer Does

An event designer, on the other hand, focuses on creative and visual details.


Similar to an event planner, an event designer starts by working with the client to understand their vision for the event. The designer then brings it to life, choosing decorations and colors to set the desired tone, selecting the right entertainment and orchestrating all the other details that help create the atmosphere the client wants for their event.


Designers make sure everything comes together perfectly to reflect the proper theme and ambiance.


Why Not Both?

While not all events have both planners and designers, some do. In fact, the event planner sometimes is in charge of hiring and supervising the event designer.


Depending on the preferences of the individual planner, the designer will have varying levels of freedom to make decisions about the event. Some services offer packages with both planners and designers.


What event planners and designers have in common (other than that you should hire them as early in the wedding-planning process as possible) is that they should be focused on creating the best experience possible for you and your guests. Both should strike a good balance between relying on their experience and being receptive to your ideas about your event.


But event planners handle the parts of wedding planning that are hardest to do on your own. On your wedding day, you want to be focused on enjoying your special day, not whether all your guests made it from the hotel to the venue. Count on event planners from Entyse Lyfe to ensure that everything runs smoothly leading up to and on the day of your wedding.

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