Both these professionals i.e. Event Planning and Event Designing may sound similar to your ears, but they make huge differences to your eyes. Here we go…




  • These pros are focused on your wedding day’s logistics.
  • From timelines to family relationships, event planners know every last detail about your wedding. But, they may not have designed the visual display.
  • Your planner will orchestrate your rehearsal the night before and will be on hand from the moment vendors begin setting up until the final vendor breaks down at the end of your reception on your wedding day.
  • You have the option of working with your planner for a varied amount of time, say for the entire engagement or just for the month leading up to your wedding day.



  • Event designers are focused on creating stunning visual displays at your wedding.
  • Your designer will likely only know you, your fiancé, and your closest family members who may have influenced your design decisions.
  • These pros will personally source the best linens, flowers, and details (think: escort cards, table numbers, signage, cake toppers, etc) for your wedding in order to bring your design to life. Sometimes that means creating the details by hand! From your wedding colors to your theme, designers also create a cohesive brand for your soiree.
  • Your event designer’s prime purpose is to transform your space. While many stylists will create contracts that allow them to collaborate with your photographer to style your event details for photos later in the day, most designers will leave once set up is complete and will return at the end of the night to pick up their materials. Your designer is not an event planner.
  • Because your designer is creating a personal brand for your wedding day, the option to work with her for the month leading up to your wedding likely won’t exist. And it shouldn’t! Plan to work with your designer for at least 6 months – 1 year at least.



Are you working with or looking forward to hire an event planner, event designer, or a pro who does both? Let us know what you love about each in the comments! And planners and designers, we’d love to hear from you too- please share your own thoughts, similarities, and differences in the comments!

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