We stumbled across this fabulous article and have to agree it was spot on! After doing both sides of it as well ( Venue Coordinator & Independent Wedding Coordinator) we agree the two jobs are very, very different!
Ask the Expert: Venue Coordinator or Wedding Planner?
“I’d like to set the record straight on a common wedding industry misconception. There seems to be quite a bit of confusion about the difference between the job of a venue-appointed wedding coordinator and that of a professional wedding planner or wedding-day coordinator.
All too often, I hear from brides that they did not hire a wedding planner or coordinator because their venue came with one. This concerns me because the two professions are not one and the same. True, some of the tasks and services performed by each may overlap, but overall they are completely different roles and therefore offer a different type of service.
… It’s important to differentiate between the two roles, as venues may lead you to believe that the service they are offering should be used in lieu of hiring a professional planner or coordinator. However, you may actually be expecting something more hands on and complex in scope.”
Check out the whole article, its a very informative read.