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When Your Caterer, DJ or Venue Manager Says They Will “Coordinate” | Defining “Coordination”

Event Planning Advice / 04.29.20160 comments

Photo Credit: Emily Merrill

Photo Credit:  Emily Merrill

Something new has been emerging in the event and hospitality industry these last several years and it is confusing wedding and event clientele, as well as fellow event supply partners and worst of all: causing communication breakdowns in event execution and expectations. In the end, the event client is paying the price for a substandard quality event because of it.  Let’s address this once and for all, head on:   it is the misuse of the term “event coordinator“.

Below, we take the three most common industry positions who misuse this term (some perhaps unintentionally), or have decided that they are going to gain additional revenue stream and figure they can do what a professional coordinator does and help save the client some money.  What many “day of” professional coordinators charge (around $1200-$3K), they will charge a nominal $500 or so.  To an inexperienced first-time bride, this monetary difference is extremely attractive.  But in the end, one truly gets what they pay for.

Below is a job description that fits 99.999% of the services who say that they do “Coordination” and what that really translates to:

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