There are many talented wedding coordinators out there who can help you make planning your wedding much easier, and help you sort through the dozens and hundreds of wedding vendors that are in your phone book. If you can afford it, I would encourage you to find a wedding planner if you do not enjoy shopping for caterers, decorators, venues, etc. I would like to point out, that regardless of how talented and educated these wedding planners might be, They will not be executing the logistics of your ceremony and reception. Ultimately, everything that happens during your ceremony will come and go on the playing of music and the announcements made by the DJ during the reception and the music played during the entrances of the ceremony. Obviously, the minister will handle the logistics of the ceremony once the entrances are made. Even if your wedding coordinator knows when she believes things should happen at certain times, there are many situations that come up during a ceremony and a reception where there is no time for a coordinator to get into a lengthy discussion with a DJ about the wedding itinerary and schedule. Any preparation, opinions and discussion between a DJ and a wedding coordinator should take place before the wedding date. If things don't go right on the day of your wedding, your coordinator will not be able to do much about these problems other than complain and reprimand the wedding vendors you have hired. In addition to this, I have seen many venues market "wedding packages" to brides which usually have a DJ service included with them. I would imagine that most people would want to give more input and have more choices about their wedding when they are spending a minimum of 5 figures on such a package. Keep in mind that these venues are making money off of these other vendors. Although you may be paying a high price for a DJ in such a package, by the time the money is divided between the venue, the DJ company, and the actual DJ, the DJ is only receiving a fraction of the money that you are paying for his service.