Until the early 2000s, wedding planners were considered a rather lavish extravagance to have in your wedding support entourage. There was something of Hollywood glamour about the title, and an implication that the bride and groom were either a) terribly rich b) demanding or c) both.
Fast forward to 2017 and couples have realised that wedding planners have a variety of services that can be tailored to their budget. They can, in fact, be a very simple but effective way of saving money in the long run.
However, wedding stylists (in the U.K. at least) are still being held hostage in the Lavish Extravagance category. And for the couple who are looking to have a barbecue wedding in their back garden, this is probably fair. For the majority though, wedding stylists are a simple solution to the following question:
How do I design and personalise the look of my wedding so that it doesn’t look like all the others?
When Pinterest rules the roost in our wedding inspiration endeavours, how can a couple ensure they do not end up with the same wedding as the next Pinner? The answer? A wedding stylist.
However, how can you tell where the responsibilities of a wedding planner end and a wedding stylist begin. The answer, thankfully, is fairly straightforward. It’s simply a matter of logistics vs. visuals.
Whilst a wedding planner will ensure that all invested parties (the wedding party, the venue, the vendors etc.) are where they should be and when they should be, a wedding stylist will be solely concerned with the look and atmosphere of the day.
As a simple answer, it’s helpful to think of wedding stylists as the creative visual cousins of wedding planners.
This is not to say that wedding planners and wedding stylists are mutually exclusive. Some wedding planners will provide styling services, whilst particular wedding stylists may offer some level of planning support (most commonly on-the-day coordination). If in doubt, ask the vendors you are interested in working with. And if you are not sure where to find them, our post on how to find the best wedding suppliers will help.
Despite their differences, there is one common goal for planners and stylists. While you are rushing from one meeting to another, making time for family and friends, Instagraming your life, and trying to fit your wedding admin in, planners and stylists are both trying to save you that rarest of all commodities: time.