I’ve been working in the wedding industry for a hot minute, and one of the biggest things that I see making a difference in my couples’ weddings is the presence of a Memphis wedding planner or a wedding coordinator. Having someone else thinking of all of the details and making sure everything goes according to plan is such a relief as a bride or groom. Because then you get to enjoy just being present in every moment of your wedding day!
So, what’s the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator anyway? Well, there are a lot of similarities between the two roles, but some pretty key differences, too.
A wedding planner is typically involved earlier in your wedding planning process. They’ll help you determine your theme, find the right vendors, manage your budget, and actually plan the wedding. Whether you just need a little guidance and support or would rather take a backseat to all of the decision-making, a wedding planner focuses more on just that – the planning! :) A lot of planners will offer a package that includes day-of coordinating. So you’ll have a trusted wedding professional by your side for the entirety of your wedding day, making sure everything runs smoothly!
A wedding coordinator usually steps in a month or two before your wedding day to make sure there are no details glaringly missing and to help you pull off your entire wedding day as flawlessly as possible! A wedding coordinator acts as your point-of-contact day-of. They’ll help you create timelines to make sure everything goes according to plan. Then they’ll be the ones to interact with arriving vendors and guests. So you can focus on being present in every moment of your wedding day.
So how do you find the right planner or coordinator for you? Obviously, looking online is a great way to find a planner or coordinator. Be sure to check out websites like TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com to get reviews of different businesses and individuals. These come from couples who actually worked with them. Then, check out their own websites to get a sense of their style, work ethics, and general vibes. See if they are someone you may want to work with! Pay attention to how clients (and the planner/coordinator themselves!) describe their style, personality, and aesthetic to make sure you are finding the right fit. Another great resource for finding a great planner/coordinator is social media and word of mouth! Know a friend or acquaintance who recently got married and whose social media posts you totally scrolled through and loved? Reach out and ask them about their planner/coordinator!
Lucky for us, here in the Memphis area, there are so many wedding planners and coordinators known for their passion, reliability, and wedding expertise! If you are beginning your search for a wedding planner, here’s a list of a few experts to check out. See if they fit your special day!
Purple Door Planning is lovingly owned and operated by Master Certified Wedding Planner and all-around amazing human Nicole Moore. With a background in elementary education, Nicole knows all about the importance of paying attention to details, having copious amounts of patience, and fostering genuine relationships with every couple she serves. That’s why each Purple Door wedding is unique and tailored to reflect each clients’ personalities, values, and vision. Regardless of whatever it is you have in mind!
Regardless of which Purple Door Planning wedding package you select, you will receive honest and encouraging assistance. She will help you feel empowered throughout the entire process! Whether your wedding is traditional or non-traditional, Nicole’s events are all about authenticity and sophistication, ensuring that every element of your wedding day is inspired, beautiful, and has your best interest at heart. Whatever your religious or cultural background, whomever you have chosen to spend the rest of your life loving, Purple Door Planning is here for you!
Andra Hurst, owner of Your Wedding Day by Andra, has been planning beautiful Memphis events for over twenty years. She brings her expertise and experience to every wedding she coordinates! As an incredibly organized and detail-oriented person, she specializes in month-of coordinating leading up to your perfectly run wedding day. When you hire her as your coordinator, you’ll get service that is customized to your budget and can potentially include everything from rehearsal management to timeline creation to vendor communication and so much more!
Andra will work with you leading up to your big day to make sure that every detail is thought of and tended to, so you can enjoy every present moment of your wedding. In fact, she is so beloved by her clients that she was just awarded the 2023 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award!
Connor & Co. is a Memphis wedding planning and coordinating team that can truly do it all! They specialize in helping clients curate new fashion weddings. Which means they take the time to learn about their couples’ personalities, cultures, and interests to create an event that truly screams, well, YOU! Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or an epic party that guests will be raving about for years to come, owner Kelsey Connor and her team will help you fill in every gap and account for every detail.
While comprehensive planning packages are their specialty, Connor & Co. also offers additional planning services like custom venue searches (for when you just can’t find the right setting for your wedding), invitation and RSVP management, design and rental assistance, and more. They also provide gorgeous florals for all kinds of weddings and events, and they are known for their over-the-top statement balloon arches! Whatever you need, Connor & Co. will help you make your day special!
The Hardin House comprises of a powerhouse team of Memphis wedding planners led by owner and expert planner Holly Hardin. Since 2013, The Hardin House has been helping couples bring together their perfect wedding day. They focus on design details, vision streamlining, and as much consultation and coordinating as you desire!
They offer several planning packages to accommodate your needs, including full-service planning (perfect for the couple who has begun planning a wedding but may need help with finding and hiring vendors, negotiating contracts, etc.), a Two-Month Planning package that can help you review vendor contracts and create extensive to-do lists, and the smaller Wedding Weekend planning, perfect for couples that just need some extra hands and eyes before and throughout the big day! Another cute perk? You can also hire a Bridal Assistant to help as your party prepares in the morning. They will be busy steaming dresses, coordinating lunch, and more!
Whether you are beginning your wedding planning journey or are in the home stretch and need someone to step in and help with the last-minute details, be sure to check out these amazing Memphis wedding planners! You’ll quickly see how important it is to have someone else running the show. So you can focus on being the main event :)
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