Post # 1
I’ve worked as a coporate event planner (pharmaceutical/medical education) for the past 6 years. I feel a lot of external pressure for everything to be perfect at my wedding. Truth be told, I have almost 11 months to go and I’m practically done with all of the planning and it has been pretty stress free thus far. I was considering hiring a day of coordinator to take some of the pressure off on the day of my wedding, but “people” seem to think it’s a silly idea since I plan events professionally. Honestly, I would rather enjoy my wedding than go into “planner mode”.
So, are you a professional event planner that is planning/planned your own wedding? Should I spring for a DOC? Did it save your sanity? Did you feel external pressure to make this the “greatest wedding ever” because your an event planner? Please share your experiences. Thanks!
Post # 3
Not a professional planner, but I would say to hire a DOC! Take the pressure off yourself — you’re not working that day, it’s your WEDDING DAY. Don’t worry about “people”. I’ve never known someone to regret hiring a DOC.
Post # 4
Yep. I’ve planned a few national mobile marketing campaigns, press events and an international fashion show but I feel so useless when it comes to this 5 hour event LOL. Although I have serious control issues, I’m totally going to lean on a DOC. There are just too many details that I just don’t want to be bothered with. If something goes wrong that day or an issue needs to be resolved, talk to her, not me.
Post # 5
I’m a wedding planner by profession and I’ve hired one of my colleagues to do DOC for me. I’ve witnessed weddings with and without DOC and I know I want that extra support system so I can relax and enjoy the whirlwind day!
Post # 6
I work in experiential marketing and plan $1 million+ events for a living. Your post sounds like something I could have written when I was planning. First thing I did after engagement was create my “wedding binder” which had all of the same tabs as my “event binders”. I used the same budget, contact list, and timeline templates that I use at work. People though I was crazy, but that’s how I operate!
As for the DOC, GET ONE!!! It’s my single biggest regret from my wedding. I had worked with the catering manager from my venue, so I didn’t think I needed a DOC, but she ended up getting caught up in the kitchen managing the wait staff all night. When I couldn’t find her, I had to cue the DJ, track down the florist for the boutioneres, and go into the kitchen when my DH didn’t get his steak. I would have killed to be able to turn to someone else and say “take care of this” while I relaxed and enjoyed.
Also, there was extra pressure to ensure that the wedding was perfect because I am such a perfectionist at my job. But one thing I know is that as an event planner, you’re a duck in water…. cool and calm on the surface, paddling like crazy underneath. As long as my guests thought everything was perfect, it was. I know there were a bunch of things that went wrong, but no one was the wiser!
Post # 7
I just graduated from the Wedding Coordination and Design at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am currently planning my wedding and I am so thankful I went through the schooling. It makes it much easier not to fall into traps so many others fall into….and know what is negotiable etc. I am having another one of my fellow graduate classmates do my DOC and help a little with the design portion as well. I have no issue doing my own wedding and don’t seem to be overly stressed or distracted…I think my fiance and all of his wants are the biggest hurdle to overcome with the 30k budget LOL!