What is the difference between a Wedding Planner & a Venue Coordinator

A question we hear almost everyday, we wanted to share the thoughts of our co-founder Tiffani Helms owner of Creative Designs & Events.

With many brides entering the wedding planning process, I really feel it’s important to help them understand the details. I get this question a lot of times during the planning process, “Why do I need a wedding planner, the coordinator at the venue is helping me”? I personally love educating brides, and I think they all should know the difference between an independent wedding planner & a venue coordinator.



An independent wedding planner works for their client, the bride & groom. They will assist & work along with all the vendors participating with your wedding, plus with family & friends. They will listen to your needs & desires, in order to make them happen on your wedding day. The wedding planner will be there with you from the day you book them through the entire planning process, (depending on the services you book) as well as wedding day. The wedding planner will verify your cake has arrived, pack your wedding gifts at the end of the night.

A venue coordinator works for the venue. They facilitate the needs of the venue. They do not work for the bride & groom & will not help you with details or logistic outside of the venue. Now they may offer help or recommendations, but ultimately they will not assist you through the planning process of booking your vendors.


Having a venue coordinator doesn’t mean that your wedding details will run as smoothly as possible. I suggest to very bride, book a wedding planner, they work for you!

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Vendor Spotlight-The Tux Truck

Street Tuxedo has been serving Middle Tennessee for over 30 years and dressing grooms every where for their weddings. Recently they created The Tux Truck a mobile tux shop, a great way for the groom & his groomsmen to feel pampered too.

Give us the back story of The Tux Truck…..

A bride and groom of ours owned a local fashion truck. The more we spoke about their business the more my mind reeled with ideas of how a mobile tux shop could be amazing for us. The fact that we can bring our shop to you as well as be in cities that we don’t have a brick and mortar shop is invaluable. So I took the idea to the owners and about 8 months later the dream was realized.


What made you go into the business?

Mark Street bought a men’s shop in Madison, TN in 1984. He slowly sold of all of the everyday wear (socks, undies, jeans) and bulked up in formal wear (tuxes and suits). Now 31 years later, we have 4 stores and 1 mobile location. My brother and I loved growing up in the business and decided to make it our career. Needless to say the Street family has a passion for the wedding industry.


Tell us about your services.

Free groom try on and style consultation- The bride got her “say yes to the dress” moment, and we feel like he should as well. This service allows the groom to try on several styles to see what he likes best. Believe it or not this is not common practice at other tuxedo shops.

Bow tying service- This service is for those super classy grooms that prefer the look of the self-tie bow ties but don’t know how to tie them. We come to the groom/groomsmen the day of the wedding and tie all of the bows.

Concierge Service- This service includes delivery of the tuxedos, a trained Street Tuxedo employee to assist the guys in getting dressed properly, on site alterations, bow tying and pickup of tuxedos on Monday.

Same Day Rentals- This service allows that last minute guy plenty of options. You can go into our warehouse, get measured and walk out with a complete tuxedo within an hour or less.

Pick up of tuxedos on Monday- We will go to 1 central location (hotel, venue etc.) and pick up all the tuxedos. This is especially helpful for destination weddings where the whole wedding party is leaving town on Sunday.

Tux Truck on site style consult- This service is for the couple on-the-go or maybe a destination wedding. We come to their home, hotel, venue, etc. prepared to do a groom try on as well as style consult.

TT Bachelor Party Fitting- The Tux Truck will come to the bachelor party and we’ll fit all of the groomsmen at one time. This is a great way to get it all knocked out at once while “the boys” are in town.

Tux Truck - Interior

What are all the different ways brides/grooms can use your services?

Some wedding pros don’t realize that we carry way more than just tuxedos. Yes, we rent suits too. Also, do you have clients going for that country chic look? You know, jeans, button up, vest, tie and boots? We can rent a la carte…vests, suspenders, shirts, ties, etc., whatever they need to complete their look. We also sell suits for those guys who want to keep their wedding ensemble.



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Vendor Spotlight-Little Rosie & Co.


Happy Wednesday!! Today we are featuring Little Rosie & Co. A pink 1965 restored trailer with an on location beauty team based out of Nashville, owned by Amanda Cocanougher. We got with Amanda to tell us more about her business.

Give us the back story of Little Rosie & Co…..

Last August my mom emailed me a picture of a hunter green 1965 Barth travel trailer of of Craigslist. They were asking $600 for it. It looked like a trailer out of a horror movie. Rusted, stained, dirty, and falling apart. The weird part is I LOVED IT and I knew I had to have it. When my friends and family saw the picture they literally questioned my sanity as to why I would want something that appeared to be so junky. I never saw the trailer as junk. I always saw the potential. My amazing step dad, Sonny Thompson, is wonderful at restoring things. And I am good at visualizing things. My mom is very good at micromanaging! So we put our 3 skills together and here we are. She took 10 months to be completed. I honestly didn’t plan on using Little Rosie for work it sort of worked itself into that. The more we restored the trailer the more I fell in love with her and wanted to incorporate her into my job. I wanted to share her with everyone because she is the sweetest trailer I have ever seen.


What made you go into the business?

I have been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 10 years. I have ALWAYS wanted to be a hairstylist. I also have always had a creative mind and have tried to keep life exciting by coming up with challenges and dreams for myself. I have always specialized in formal occasion hair and makeup. I love getting dressed up myself so to be able to doll up someone else for their special occasion is so much fun for me. I have always wanted a trailer. No particular reason it just always has been a dream of mine to own one.

Tell us about your services

Little Rosie can be the place where the bride and her bridesmaids get glammed up by our team, or she can be used as a photo prop for the bridal party. The set up comes with a bistro table and chairs set, soft wedding music, an outdoor umbrella, lots of shabby decor, various sweet treats and our signature pink lemonade! We are also able to customize our services according to what our clients needs are.


What are all the different ways brides can use your services?

We plan to use Little Rosie for bridal showers or getting the girls ready for the bachelorette night. We can customize any sort of idea the bride and her bridal party has. Pricing varies for location and the number of services. We specialize in styling hair and makeup for any occasion. We do not style and color hair out of Little Rosie.


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Vendor Spotlight-Bach Weekend

We recently had so much fun, as our Nashville wedding planners got to experience an amazing adventure with Bach Weekend in downtown Nashville. Check out our Instagram Scavenger Hunt pics here.

Tell us about Bach Weekend

BachWeekend is the gold standard when it comes to planning bachelor and bachelorette parties. We create unique experiences. It is our goal to make sure the bachelor or bachelorette (and their crew) have an amazing weekend. With locations in Nashville, New Orleans, and Miami, chances are we have the connections to make it happen!

Tell us about your services

We have it simple to have a fun and affordable weekend in any of our locations. Prices start at $75/person and include all the planning, a host in town during the party, discounts around town, a two hour guided experience (i.e. Honky Tonk Pub Crawl), unlimited dinner/brunch resos, and any other type of activities you may want to add a la carte!

What are all the different ways brides/grooms can use your services?

Everything with BachWeekend is customizable, so the possibilities are endless! Here are some main reasons why brides/grooms use our service:

1) We are experts. We have a local employee in every city who will help you plan what you want, when you want it. Our goal is to have groups experience like a local, but party like a tourist!

2) Its customizable! No one wants to be that group without plans. So instead of standing around with your hands in your pockets, let us plan given what the bachelor/bachelorette would love.

3) Split Payment. We all have that friend who never pays us back. Why make someone front a couple grand in expenses. With BachWeekend, we let each person pay their own portion. Problem solved!

4) We are always on call. One of the big perks of BachWeekend is we have a host in each city who will meet and greet you, and make sure to be on-call throughout the party!


Check out www.bachweekend.com to plan your party today! You can also follow our socials: IG/Twitter/Pinterest: @bachweekend

We recommend Bach Weekend to every bride/groom for an amazing time with their bridal parties!!


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September Group Meeting- The Pavilion East

Last month we had our group meeting at The Pavilion East an event venue perfect for the relaxed bride, looking for an open area for guest to enjoy. We had the privilege of having lots of cool vendors come out to our meeting, one was Kris Rae Photography & took these amazing pictures for us.




We were so excited to have Little Rosie & Co. debut at our group meeting. It’s so adorable!!





The Tux Truck with Street Tuxedo pulled in to let our planners see what they can do for grooms & make things easier for them too.


We finished with a great lunch from The Blue Porch & their tasty Moonshine cookies, yum!!


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