Navigating the Wedding Maze: Unveiling the Distinctions Between a Wedding Coordinator and a Venue Manager

Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments in your life, and meticulous planning is key to ensuring it’s everything you’ve dreamed of. When it comes to orchestrating the perfect celebration, it’s crucial to understand the distinctions between a wedding coordinator and a venue manager. At Laurent Venue on Lourensford, we recognise the importance of clarifying these roles to help couples make informed decisions and ensure their special day unfolds seamlessly.

The Wedding Coordinator’s Role:

For couples with hectic schedules or those who simply prefer to entrust the planning process to a professional, a wedding coordinator becomes an invaluable ally. Here’s a closer look at the responsibilities they undertake:

1. Creating a Concept:
    • Wedding coordinators collaborate with couples to conceptualise the theme of their wedding.
    • Proposals are presented, reflecting the envisioned concept.
2. Sourcing Professional Wedding Vendors:
    • Coordinators offer a curated selection of trusted wedding vendors.
    • Couples choose from this selection, streamlining the planning process.
3. Assisting with Booking Wedding Vendors:
    • Coordinators facilitate the booking process, ensuring a smooth experience.
4. Creating a Mock-up of Table Décor:
    • Essential for visualising the final setup, including décor, styling, and sometimes food and cake tasting.
5. Liaising with Vendors:
    • Coordinators act as intermediaries between vendors and couples, preventing miscommunication.
6. Setting Up a Time sheet:
    • A comprehensive schedule detailing the events of the day, from make-up to the couple leaving the venue.
7. Briefing Wedding Vendors:
    • Ensuring vendors understand expectations and the running order of events.
8. Managing Wedding Vendors on the Day:
    • Overseeing the smooth execution of plans, ensuring vendors are taken care of.

The Venue Manager’s Role:

While the wedding coordinator focuses on the overall event, the venue manager plays a pivotal role in managing the venue itself:

1. Managing the Wedding Venue:
    • Ensuring the venue is clean, prepared, and ready for the wedding day.
2. Assisting Guests:
    • Welcoming guests and addressing any venue-related queries.
3. Ensuring Vendor Set-up:
    • Collaborating with wedding vendors to ensure they are set up and familiar with the venue layout.

4. Managing Venue Time Schedule:
    • Coordinating with the wedding coordinator to create a venue-specific timetable.
5. Liaison between the on-site service providers
    • Some venues like Laurent, has service providers that needs to be utilised at every wedding or event, such as the catering, bar and staffing companies. The venue manager will then act as the liaison between those suppliers and ensure that they are on-time with service and properly execute every detail.
6. Ensure that restrictions are managed
    • Laurent venue has sound restrictions due to Erinvale Estate being so closely situated and therefore noise levels needs to be managed and the venue needs to be closed by 00:00. The venue manager is responsible to manage that on the day of the event, to ensure everything runs smoothly.
7. Preparing for the Next Event:
    • Overseeing the breakdown of the venue post-celebration, ensuring it’s ready for the next event or wedding.


In essence, the wedding coordinator and venue manager play distinct but complementary roles. While the wedding coordinator focuses on the comprehensive planning and execution of your dream day, the venue manager ensures that the venue itself is primed for perfection. Understanding these roles is vital for couples seeking a seamless and stress-free wedding experience. Remember, when planning your wedding at Laurent Venue on Lourensford, hiring a professional wedding coordinator can make all the difference in crafting the wedding of your dreams.