Wedding Stylist or Wedding Planner - What's the Difference?

wedding stylist or wedding planner

The roles of stylists and planners in the wedding industry have shifted a lot in the last five to ten years. They used to be thought of as an extravagance only useful for super fancy weddings - think Franck in Father of the Bride (although who wouldn’t want to hire him?!). But fast forward to 2018 and couples with all sorts of weddings and budgets in mind are utilising the skills of stylists and planners. This is great news for the industry because it means more creative weddings with more variety!

There are so many different terms to cover this area in weddings. Planners, stylists, designers, coordinators…. But what’s the difference and which one is right for you? There are a lot of overlaps between these roles, and of course every supplier is slightly different. Hopefully this post will help shed some light on the subject and help you to decide which one (if any) will be the right choice for your wedding.

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What does a Wedding Stylist do?

A wedding stylist is all about the visuals and the atmosphere of your wedding. Their job is to dream big with you and help you realise a beautiful and cohesively designed day that celebrates you as a couple. Your wedding stylist is in charge of all the aesthetics, and takes the workload off you in the making of all the details. Some examples of things that a stylist can do for you are:

  • Creating a cohesive and original design concept for you based on your ideas and personalities as a couple

  • Suggesting and curating suppliers that compliment your theme.

  • Making and sourcing props and decorations

  • Remembering and designing all the details, from place cards to cake toppers.

  • Keeping you on budget, and often saving you money as they know all of the best tricks

  • Helping set up the visual elements on the morning of the wedding, and making sure everything lives up to your plans.

Benefits to hiring a wedding planner

What does a Wedding Planner do?

A wedding planner is all about the logistics of your wedding. Think about them as really clever project managers - your wedding planner is basically the chief of all of your wedmin - from the booking the catering to setting out the seating plan. The list of things that wedding planners cover is huge, but it includes things like:

  • Helping you choose a venue

  • Booking suppliers for you

  • Looking after your budget

  • Working with caterers to develop a menu

  • Making sure everything is completed and booked for the day

  • Communicating with suppliers and organising logistics for the day

  • Leading a team to set up and manage the day itself.


What does a Wedding Coordinator do?

A wedding coordinator has a lot of crossover elements with both planners and stylists, but is usually onboard for a much shorter time frame. A coordinator will usually work with a couple from about a month before the wedding, and their main role is to make sure everything comes together on the day itself and that it all runs smoothly. Both planners and stylists usually incorporate some coordination into their service packages.

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There are of course lots of crossovers between these different job titles. Some wedding planners do a bit of styling, some stylists do a bit of planning, and stylists and planners often do a bit of coordinating. That’s why it’s really important to research the suppliers that you’re interested to make sure you go for the right option for you. If you’d like to have a look at how I can help you with your wedding, you can read all about my styling services here. Spoiler alert I'm on the aesthetics team ;)