Often couples ask what the difference is in San Diego between a full service wedding planner, an event designer, month of wedding planner, and day of wedding planner. It is usually followed by them saying that their venue comes with a coordinator. This is a great question!
When it comes to wedding planners or coordinators, there are many choices. You should start to think about which type is best for you. There are many types of professionals that come under the wedding planner and coordinator title. Many of them offer different skills and specialties. Always be clear of the services and expertise the planner is able to provide for your wedding weekend.
Here is a list of services that are offered for brides and grooms to decide which type of planner is best for them.
Full Service Wedding Planner
A full service planner is for couples looking to work with a local wedding planner from now until the wedding day. Their planner would be assisting them in every aspect needed for the entire wedding weekend. From start to finish. This includes design and coordination.
The wedding planner communicates with all the handpicked wedding professionals during the planning process. The team also does budget design & monitoring. They negotiate the wedding professional packages & contracts which include venue/lodging, celebrant/officiate, florist, photographer, DJ, ceremony musicians, transportation, invitations & calligraphy, hair & make-up artists, rentals (chairs/chair covers/linens/lounge/furniture/lighting). They do design consultation for you overall look with florals, lighting, linens, paper details, layout & floor plan. They would have unlimited communication via phone and email with you. Create group blocks for lodging, room block coordination & monitoring. Acquire group rates for transportation and transportation coordination. Create seating chart & floor plan design. Seating and place card production. Provide local marriage license information. Does a one hour site inspections of ceremony site & reception venue. Review vendor deposits & payments due. Construct a personalized wedding day timeline. Distribute personalized wedding day timeline to all wedding professionals. Distribute personalized wedding day timeline to bridal party and family. Confirm each vendor & their timeline. Venue liaison & review banquet event orders. Relay final headcount & confirm floor plan. Receive & set up all personal items for ceremony & reception (guest book, toasting flutes, favors). Personal assistance wedding day kit “Emergency Kit”. Coordinate your ceremony rehearsal on the eve of your wedding. Have two event coordinators on your wedding day. Wedding day execution & set up. Cue your ceremony on your wedding day. Distribute final payment & gratuities to wedding professionals on your behalf. Post reception strike and cleaning.
An event designer’s main focus is the look of your wedding day. They do not specialize in the details of the planning of your wedding and hiring of professionals needed for your wedding day such as a photographer. They are truly your interior designer who is going to customize the look of your beautiful wedding day. They want to be sure your wedding day looks beautiful and is exactly the décor and look that you want. They are the creative team that is adding there little touches to make it look and smell fresh and amazing. They specialize in coming up with unique theme ideas and concepts.
Month of Wedding Planner
A month of wedding planner is perfect for the bride who enjoys planning all the details for her entire wedding weekend and wants to hand off the responsibility a professional wedding planner the month of her wedding. There are a few last minute projects that need to be handled the month of the wedding. The wedding planner will also communicate with all hired professionals, construction of personalized wedding day timeline, distribution of personalized wedding day timeline to all hired professionals, confirm each vendor & their timeline, relay final headcount & confirm floor plan, receive & set up all personal items for ceremony & reception (guest book, toasting flutes, favors), personal assistance wedding day kit “Emergency Kit”, coordination of your ceremony, rehearsal on the eve of your wedding, two event coordinators on your wedding day, wedding day execution & set up, cue your ceremony on your wedding day, distribute final payment & gratuities to vendors on your behalf and post reception strike & cleaning.
Day of Wedding Planner
The day of wedding planner is for the bride who has done all of her wedding planning herself. She’s looking for a wedding planner with the ability to execute all of the details she has planned up to this point. She provides the wedding planner with all her personal items that she wants to setup for her ceremony and reception. This includes (guest book, toasting flutes, favors). The wedding planner will communicate with all hired professionals, personal assistance wedding day kit “Emergency Kit”, coordination of your ceremony rehearsal on the eve of your wedding, two event coordinators on your wedding day, wedding day execution & set up, cue your ceremony on your wedding day, distribute final payment & gratuities to hired wedding professionals on your behalf and post reception strike & cleaning.
Scripps Seaside Forum – San Diego Destination Wedding Planner – Katherine and Ryan – InStyle Wedding Planning
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine – Racquel & Michael – San Diego Wedding Planner – InStyle Wedding Planning
Vintage Classic San Diego Wedding | Paul & Jessica | San Diego Wedding Planner | InStyle Wedding Planning
Paul and Jessica wedding was vintage black and white. Back to the roaring twenties!
The bride and grooms PARTY came from Texas to have a fun-filled wedding on the shores of La Jolla and the La Valencia Hotel. Congratulations Reuben & Kathy!
Leave a comment below about what you love about Ruben’s and Kathy’s wedding
pictures and La Valencia Hotel La Jolla.
Sean and Heidi – Private Estate Rancho Santa Fe Wedding – San Diego Wedding Planner – InStyle Event Planning
Sean & Heidi wedding ceremony at sunset with the Pacific Ocean serving as a back drop was amazing! The huge estate in Rancho Santa Fe served to welcome their friends and family to a wonderful wedding experience.
Wedding Photography by True Photography Weddings
Music by Betamaxx Band
Matt & Jessica San Diego Fun Beach Wedding – San Diego Destination Wedding Planner – InStyle Event Planning
Matt & Jessica are a very sweet couple from Arizona who had their San Diego destination wedding in our beautiful city. Their very laid back attitude showed at their wedding ceremony on North Beach in Coronado. Their guests dined in a small and intimate reception with an amazing ocean view. Their wedding had a very cool San Diego feel as beach goers walked along the boardwalk.
Will & Michelle San Diego Destination Wedding – Hard Rock Hotel San Diego – InStyle Event Planning – Shellie Ferrer Wedding Planner Designer
L’Auberge Del Mar
The BEST money my husband and I spent on our wedding was on a
wedding planner. Worth every single penny!
At our first meeting with InStyle Event Planning I knew we had to hire them. It was essential that we hired someone to help plan and make recommendations since we lived in Orange County and our wedding was in San Diego. InStyle was so personal and so genuine but always maintained that professional balance. They asked questions about us and wanted to get a good feel for what we were looking for. I loved their energy and how passionate they were about our wedding. I cannot stress enough how much better off we were in the long run because we hired InStyle for full coordination for the entire year before our wedding and it ended up saving us so much money!!
Shellie Ferrer was our wedding planner and I cannot say enough wonderful things about her. She was efficient, organized, helpful, kind, detail-oriented, has impeccable taste, and she was not phased but the incessant questions I asked! Shellie handled the details and helped keep everything on track. In particular she helped us save so much money on my wedding dress, transportation, our photo booth, photographer, room blocks, flowers, DJ, Band, linens, etc…..you name it and she negotiated it no matter what and made it work! The money she was able to save us was more than worth her personal fee.
When I arrived in San Diego for our wedding weekend Shellie had everything organized and was available to handle all the last minute details. I was able to let go of the wedding-related stress and enjoy my weekend with my family and friends. Everyone commented and how seamless the ceremony and reception were and how everything just flowed. Well, that was all thanks to Shellie and the InStyle staff. It was such a joy working with Shellie. She truly cares about her brides and makes you feel like you are planning your wedding with your best friend.
InStyle Event Planning leaves no detail overlooked and are so wonderful to work with. They worked with my husband and I to achieve our vision and helped us stay within our budget. My wedding was amazing!!
If you are looking to get married anywhere give In Style Event Planning a call.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!
Photography Credit: Tim Otto Photography San Diego
Where do I begin???……. I had absolutely NO plans to hire a wedding coordinator. What was I thinking?? From the very first phone call with Shellie, she had me hooked!! I could not have pulled off the most beautiful and amazing wedding for my only daughter without her.
Shellie returned every email and phone call within a reasonable time. Shellie helped me tremendously with major aspects of the wedding, she definitely has an eye to detail and her EXCELLENT and strong interpersonal skills made the day of my daughter’s wedding, a day for me to just sit back and enjoy.
Shellie and her assistant Lacy oversaw EVERY detail and ensured that everything went smoothly and it most certainly did! Shellie even made sure that my grandson had milk at the wedding! Who does that….?! Shellie and Lacy are an excellent team and were such a pleasure to have at the wedding, while I was totally enjoying my daughter’s wedding, they quietly worked behind the scenes and help me give my daughter, her perfect wedding!
Shellie and Lacy was the best investment I made out of the entire wedding. Worth every penny!!!!!
Thank you both so much!!! ~Patti F 6/8/12
Ian & Breanne InStyle Event Planning @InStyleEvents Hard Rock Hotel Wedding @HardRockSD Shellie Ferrer Testimonial
May 14 2012
We just came off of the high from our incredible wedding week that would have been nothing without all of the help and guidance and detailed planning and hard work that Shellie of InStyle Event Planning put into it.
I worked with her for about a year and half and she not only put up with all my crazy ideas but made them into reality even better than the dream created in my own mind! She was always available and ready to jump in to help at any moment even when I would send her emails at 3:00 in the morning the weeks leading to the wedding.
She kept us on track and made sure we knew what we needed to take care of and when to get it done by. She offered great ideas and innovative ways of doing things.
I would have to say the greatest thing that we received from Shellie that you won’t get anywhere else is how much money she saved us. She provided us with our charger plates, linens, vases, baskets, card boxes, emergency kit, frames, decorations for the ceremony and much more. The vendors she recommended always offered better rates and had better services then anything I found on my own. She actually paid for herself before we even hired her! We had gotten a couple quotes on our venue and she called about a half an hour after we inquired about her services and had already talked to the Hard Rock and got our venue quote down by almost the same amount as her fee, and even that was so incredibly reasonable. I would have paid tenfold for the peace of mind she gave us.
She was there to calm me down when I had my little freak out moments and there were issues that were caused by other vendors that happened at the wedding that we didn’t even know about because she took it upon herself to make executive decisions and everything went off without a hitch.
We have never been more impressed with services like this in our lives at any event. I am actually in the entertainment business and work with event planners all the time, Shellie rocked our wedding day and all the months that preceded it. Not only did we realize all of the hard work her company put into our special day but we got compliments from many of our guests that noticed how amazing and on the ball she was.
Thank you Shellie.
I will recommend you to everyone I know, you went above and beyond in every aspect!
Bre & Ian
Thank you for being part of my 50th birthday celebration, on April 7, 2012. You and your staff did such a fabulous job. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Everything was beautiful;-)
I have received so many positive comments from my guests. I hope to do business with you again in the future. I definitely would “recommend” you and your company to events that want finesse and style.
Thank you again for making my Birthday Bash a wonderful and memorable day! I wish you well with your business.
“The Best Wedding Ever!” – Amy C
“The Best Wedding Ever!!!!!” – This is the statement that I happily continue to hear from many friends and family members about our 125 person wedding in early December. This statement would not be possible without the wand-waving, magic workers at InStyle Event Planning!
Less than 2 months before our wedding, I realized that I was up a creek without a paddle and that I would need someone who has experience in planning weddings to carry me over the finish line. In a panic, I searched the internet and stumbled across InStyle and decided to give them a call. Within a few hours, Shellie was on the phone with me: listening to the obvious panic in my voice, calmly providing suggestions and continuing to tell me, “Don’t worry about it, we will make everything beautiful.” Whew! That was a load off my back when I heard Shellie utter that statement alone!! In addition to carrying my wedding over the finish line, Shellie also played part therapist on the other end of the phone – listening to me drone on about all the crazy drama that always unfolds when planning a wedding, taking my calls at odds hours, even talking to me when she went on vacation for her anniversary! Aside from her wonderful “bedside manner”, Shellie also has the most infectious laugh – when she laughed, it made me laugh and the rapport that we developed so quickly made me relax about the wedding planning for the first time in 10 months! (word of advice: don’t wait this long to call InStyle! Do it right away, after you get engaged!)
After our initial consultation on the phone, Shellie accepted the challenge of handling our wedding day-of activities. Some, but not all, of these tasks included coordinating ALL the vendors for the day-of, coordinating ALL bridesmaids and groomsmen (we had 20 people in wedding party!), handling ALL reception room decorations and executing an enormous lighting project that was involved in our outdoor, pergola covered ceremony space. My vision for the entire ceremony and reception completely came to life through Shellie’s skill and perseverance. She went above and beyond the call of duty by “laying down the law” when I had an issue with any vendor. Bottom line, she was the perfect coach for my wedding day and she executed all the right plays at the right time!
I know I could not have had a better wedding and I will be forever thankful that InStyle gave me my dream day!!!
Photography by Tree House Weddings
Venue: Private Estate – La Jolla, California
Guests: 80 People
Specialty Linens Design