What is the difference between an event planner and event coordinator Messages in this topic - RSS

What is the difference between an event planner and event coordinator Messages in this topic - RSS

debdu387734debdu387734Posts: 1 March 18, 2010
Curious to see if my fellow planners have been asked this question from a potential client.
Debbie Duz
event387613event387613Posts: 2 March 22, 2010
Event Planners create the event and negotiate all of the details and contracts and Event Coordinators pull all of the details and services logistically together for a smooth day-of event as well as handle any lumps and bumps that may occur. Event Coordinators are really good at fixing problems in a way that you and your guests don't even notice.
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thedukeofmotownthedukeofmotownPosts: 2 March 23, 2010
Event Planners just make the calls to get things set up. Event Coordinators work to pull things through and also are there on-site for the event date to make sure everything goes smooth.

I do coordinate some events and also perform Motown at many of them. Perhaps I may be of help.

Email me if interested: thedukeofmotown@live.com

Thanks,

The Duke of Motown
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LiveWire99EntLiveWire99EntPosts: 18 May 29, 2010
Some see Event Planners/Coordinators as the same. Event Planners "pull events" together as well. The only difference in how people reference the person and for some companies it is to show difference in career status. What I mean by that is this: Event Manager, Event Planner and Event Coordinator are all the same thing just different amount of experience. Most people utilize Event Planner the most because people's marketing association with the title is what they recognize. Hope this helps.
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marci127154marci127154Posts: 1 May 31, 2010
I read the comments with interest. It all starts with the client really...some like to get involved, others just want you to handle all the details. Therefore, the "event planner" can handle from soup to nuts so the client need not worry...they just get updates based on what they have shared with the planner. Some clients need someone to handle the day of the event...and that is all right too because it can really make a difference to have a professional on site to keep the event flowing smoothly.
CandinCandinPosts: 1 June 3, 2010
What is the difference between an agent, manager and event planner?

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Giani
devin452328devin452328Posts: 1 June 9, 2010
Event planner -> A person you would have with you from beginning to end. This is either because you don’t have the time to do it all, or you just simply acknowledge that you need help pulling it all together. This goes for weddings and other social events.
Event coordinator-> In the case of a wedding, a person who would show up for the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. In other social events, this person would simply run the show the day of the event.
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Devin
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creat450686creat450686Posts: 5 June 12, 2010
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kimmiemkimmiemPosts: 11 June 25, 2010
creativeeventsbylisa wrote:
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CapicuLove1CapicuLove1Posts: 254 August 23, 2010
Event planners actually help to see your vision come to fruition. Based on your ideas, they help and guide to pick all the aspects and details of your event.

The event coordinator is good a overseeing the physical aspect of the event. They direct the floral, food and other vendors to put everything where it needs to go. The event planner also pops by to see that everything is in order, according to his/her design and make sure that their clients' vision is completed properly.

Vendors are best located at:

http://www.weddingsitesandservices.com/

Though they primarily focus on weddings, there will be many vendors who can do outside duties such as lighting, staging, seating rentals, tents, set design and the like.
Guest August 19, 2011
i work in chocolates shop and gift wrraping shop and i see my self in decorating and sales very good !is there any chance for me to work as event planner or coordinator?

any help pls.
thx
DrRonShapiroDrRonShapiroPosts: 347 August 20, 2011
Hi Guest from the Chocolate Shop,

The short answer to your question is Yes. If you really want to work in event coordination and planning there is a chance to be successful doing it. The bigger question is how do you get from where you are today to where you want to be. Your brief statement does not provide enough background to offer more than a very general response.
  • You need to understand fully what an event planner and event coordinator do.
  • You need to gain experience working on events to build a portfolio.
  • You need to have strong skills in reading, writing, business math, etc. to be able to effectively communicate with your potential clients and vendors, to be able to cost an event effectively to offer good value to your clients and also to make an appropriate profit for yourself after paying your vendors, assistants, etc., to be able to write and understand basic contracts.
Where do you start?
  • By meeting some event coordinators/planners in your area.
  • Talking about what event coordinators/planners do with them and seeing if you would like the work.
  • Obtaining part (or full) time work helping event coordinators/planners, to learn, build a portfolio for yourself and gain experience.
  • Helping friends and family with their events... and documenting the events with photos, video, and written text to help you to market to others at an appropriate time.
  • Acquiring basic business skills, perhaps by earning an associate degree in business from a community college (if you do not already have a degree).
  • Talking with the career center at the community college about career options.
Please let me know if I can be of help to you.

Ron
Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro
Education By Entertainment
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Guest August 20, 2011
Thank u very much Dr.Ronald for ur help ! i just want to tell u that i dont have a degree! and is it ok without a degree to work in this field ! if iam interested !even with low salary while i have other job!
DrRonShapiroDrRonShapiroPosts: 347 August 20, 2011
Hi Guest,
I don't see why a degree would be required if you decide to go into business for yourself, but if you wanted to work for a corporation they might give preference to people with a degree. What (in my judgement) you do need is business, math and communication skills which might, most easily, be acquired with an associates degree.

Think about working on the associates degree. Also, think about contacting people who plan and coordinate events and see how you could learn from them while being of help to them.

Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD
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Guest August 21, 2011
hey dr.ronald

thx ... ya i have a friend works in event company ! so i will just ask him if i can be his assistant for free charge!


thx. and best regards,
bassil
Madis655806Madis655806Posts: 1 August 24, 2011
Hi I am planning an evnet and instead of making a new page, I just updated the old one. However, it is not updated on my home page. Does anyone know how to change it on my profile so I am able to keep track of the guest count and such.
Thanks
eventectiveeventectiveAdministratorPosts: 310 August 24, 2011
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orangeblossomorangeblossomPosts: 45 December 26, 2012
Hello,
Event Planner:This would be the person you would have with you from opening to end. This is either because you don’t have the time to do it all, or you just basicallyrecognize that you need help pulling it all together. This goes forweddings and other social events.

Event Coordinator:In the case of a wedding, this would be the person who would demonstrate up forthe rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. In other social events, thisperson would simply run the show the day of the event.
AweinerwsAweinerwsPosts: 6 December 31, 2012
Event planner is the one that would conceptualize, organize and manage the entire event, keeping in mind the clients needs.

Event coordinator is like a resource at the event venue who helps in coordinating actions that have been planned, at the specific time it is supposed to be executed.
Guest January 30, 2013
jenna329466jenna329466Posts: 1 February 5, 2013
Having reviewed many of the comments below I decided I should respond. As a senior meetings professional in the corporate world the difference really is experience., Event Planners typically have 5 or more years experience in direct planning and Event coordinators less than 5 - for example the seniority level would look like the following from top down:
Manager / Director / VP
Senior Event Planner
Event Planner
Event Coordinator

Again this is from a corporate perspective and the most widely accepted use of terminology in the meetings industry
Hope you find it helpful.
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frankpuleo7frankpuleo7Posts: 7 February 6, 2013
The difference is about $1,600.
marieballumarieballuPosts: 1 March 13, 2013
Eventplanning may seem like a fun, social career path, but in actual it requires alot of skills. It is more than planning about the parties. It is about details,vision, organization and the means to pull off both big and small eventswithout a hitch.
Event coordinators, also known as event or meetingplanners, are in charge of coordinating all the details required to ensure anevent runs smoothly and successfully.
ref: http://www.quintessentiallyevents.com/
janismiltonjanismiltonPosts: 6 March 28, 2013
I dont think there is much difference between Event Planners and Event Coordinators. Planners help in venue selection while coordinators coordinate everything such as the event selection and organize the event including event catering.
JaneJensenJaneJensenPosts: 6 April 10, 2013
The question for the the differences between the two has become very popular. At the basic level we can differentiate between the two as , the planner makes the critical decisions regarding what, when, who and how. Whereas the event coordinator is responsible for making sure all the details are executed well, and each vendor shows up on time and performs appropriately.
partyproduction201partyproduction201Posts: 5 September 3, 2013
thedukeofmotown wrote:
Event Planners just make the calls to get things set up. Event Coordinators work to pull things through and also are there on-site for the event date to make sure everything goes smooth.

I do coordinate some events and also perform Motown at many of them. Perhaps I may be of help.

Email me if interested: thedukeofmotown@live.com

Thanks,

The Duke of Motown


nice answer smile

mypartyproduction
orangeblossomorangeblossomPosts: 45 September 17, 2013
Difference between an event planner and an event coordinator. Generally speaking, the planner makes the critical decisions regarding the what, when, who and how.

When an event coordinator on the other hand, is responsible for making sure all the details are executed, and that each vendor shows up on time and performs appropriately.
Guest Chesapeake, VA October 2, 2013
Thank you

Wayne
from 3 AVE EVENTS


devin452328 wrote:
Event planner -> A person you would have with you from beginning to end. This is either because you don’t have the time to do it all, or you just simply acknowledge that you need help pulling it all together. This goes for weddings and other social events.
Event coordinator-> In the case of a wedding, a person who would show up for the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. In other social events, this person would simply run the show the day of the event.
Thanks
Devin
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abcdedfabcdedfPosts: 6 October 22, 2013
The main motive of event planner to plan the event and have creative idea to organize an event and event coordinator help the event planner to make his dream become true
HoginHoginPosts: 1 canada February 19, 2014
event coordinator which coordinates the entire event from first to last event. Where as the event planner have the duty of planning the entire event.
Guest New Orleans, LA March 5, 2014
Dr. Ron,


Do you have any advice for a college student with an Associates Degree and currently pursing a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management yet have a interest in becoming an Event Coordinator in the future?
DrRonShapiroDrRonShapiroPosts: 347 March 6, 2014
Hi College Student Who Asked Me For Advice,

Maximize the opportunities you have in college!!!
  • Do numerous internships while in college, and accomplish a lot on your internships.
  • Work with your faculty on research projects which you and they are interested in.
  • Network with the business community while in college.
  • Be very involved with student activities. Lead many high quality events.. Get meaningful press coverage...
In summary, optimize every opportunity possible in the college environment, develop an outstanding reputation, and become well known in the community so that you are being sought after when you graduate.
Feel free to contact em if you would like a 1:1 phone call.

Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD
Education By Entertainment

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