Amber Housley

Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Designer

Nashville Wedding Designer Planner Stylist

Given it’s the time of year when there are so many newly engaged couples scouring the internet for wedding planning tips and inspiration, allow me to help explain one question that may come up during your research: “what is the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Designer?”

A Wedding Planner’s main responsibility is the overall logistics and planning of your wedding. From budget creation to timeline development (and much more), they focus on the details of the plan and ensuring the day is a success. As lead Wedding Designer for AMBER HOUSLEY Style, I design weddings for couples who place importance on creating a detailed and one-of-a-kind experience for their guests.

To give you more specific examples: your Wedding Planner may tell you where to be and when, help you get dressed and send you all down the aisle on time. Whereas, as Wedding Designer, I’ll be working in conjunction with the florist to make sure the reception room table florals are exactly as we imagined, my team will have the escort cards are perfectly lined up, the coordinated menu cards in their places, and the amazing guest favors, that we custom designed specifically for you, are in the best highlighted spot possible.

Nashville Wedding Dessert Table Country Music Hall of Fame

 (Where the guest sees this above…below is really the Wedding Design work that went into this amazing-ness…)

 Based on your own preferences and tastes, I will create the overall wedding concept and “look” that brings cohesiveness and the “wow” factor for your event. You can imagine I am the interior decorator – helping guide you on the look and feel from the colors on the wall to the place settings on the table.

I work in conjunction with planners, florists, lighting, catering, rental companies and photographers to create the look and feel of the event. While planners make sure that all the vendors are in order and arrived on time, my job is to ensure the flowers match the linens and that I’ve dreamed up little personal details to surprise and delight you and your guests.

I don’t just refer you to others, but I’m able to design your stationery and every little detail from scratch for a truly personal and cohesive experience. If I don’t produce it myself, I’m able to refer you to trusted professionals I’ve used in the past to execute your big ideas and make your vision a reality. Of course, my ultimate goal is always to make your wedding completely unique to the story of the both of you!

Usually, I start working with clients in the beginning stages of your wedding planning process. After some fun and lively conversations, I’m able to create a “look book” that will guide you through every design decision as you meet with further vendors. I will provide you with a road map full of resources and inspirational projects you can create yourself or allow me to create for you!


I enjoy working with both wedding planners and also with those who are handling the logistical planning themselves. You’ll be in good hands given my 5+ years in wedding and event planning, and I’m still an active member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. I’ll be able to provide you with some answers and opinions based on my wedding planning experience in the past. However, while some wedding planners may offer both traditional wedding planning and wedding design services, I pride myself on specializing and focusing on what I love and do best: wedding design and styling.

We are already well underway in designing and styling some amazing weddings for 2012! You can look at a few beautiful ones from 2011 in the wedding gallery. Stay tuned for more in this series where I show some of my favorite past weddings as they went from design inspiration to reality!


Thanks for this wonderful article, for showing the true distinction between a planner and a designer! Wedding planners are wonderful but designers should get credit where credit is due! It definitely takes a special eye and talent.
Thanks again,

You are most welcome Mellissa! Glad you enjoyed my feature!

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