It's interesting how in the wedding industry, some titles are used loosely. When you meet with a wedding professional make sure you ask them to explain the services they provide. A designer for example has a creative eye for beauty, he/she/they will help you create a design that fits the theme you have in mind or even help you build one. From picking a colour palette, putting together a floor plan, helping you pick your flowers etc. they will come with you to your venue and help you visualize your big day. A planner will on the other hand handle the logistics of it all, vendor contract negotiation, timeline management, day-of coordination, budget management and overly putting everything together like a project manager. The planner may end up putting up to 250 hours for the event.
Sometimes, you may find planners that also offer design services and you may find a decor vendor that helps you put your vision together too. There are designers who are also amazing florists. Ask your vendor/planner/designer all the appropriate questions so you know what to expect and know what you need to do. You may find yourself working with one or all of them!
I provide both planning and styling services. Don't hesitate to reach out for questions!