An On Site Planner is one generally employed by a venue to be sure a wedding hosted there stays on pace and on time. They are familiar with the facility and working with the on hand staff and often the preferred vendors, as well. They are a benefit to both the couple and venue, guarding the venues reputation, equipment, restrictions, and timeline.
These Planners are defined by title. Usually meeting with the couple before the wedding day to verify vendor, venue, and detail information, a “Day Of” Planner handles the timeline, controls the pace, and deals with the little emergencies of the actual wedding day. They are sometimes employees of your wedding venue or may be hired independently, specifically for the occasion. Many other Wedding Planners offer “Day Of” Service exclusive of their f...
Part Time Wedding Planners are usually one person operations, often handling just one or two weddings at a time. They offer much the same services as a Full Service Planners, but usually without additional full time staff or many additional resources. They may have a package offering simply an initial consultation and "Day Of" coordination. A Part Time Planner should be carefully interviewed, but is a good option for a mid to smaller budget.
Wedding Consultants typically meet with the couple before the planning begins to determine the couple's desires and help them in setting a theme, budget, and formality to achieve those goals. Sometimes a couple will meet with a Consultant to get them back on track or clarify direction. A Consultant does not participate in actual planning of the wedding, contracting with vendors, or coordinating activities.
Wedding Planners are also known as Wedding Coordinators (both of which there are many variations), or confused with the term Wedding Designers or Consultants. In the Wedcyclopedia, we have defined the differences.