(Closed) Anyone not having a DOC?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I didn’t have one and we did just fine… However, the programs didn’t get put where I wanted them to (bummer), and the lavender was placed differently on the tables than I wanted.

In the broad scheme of things, do those two things matter at all?  Heck no… But they bugged me to no end for a while 🙂

If you are the type of person where those little things won’t matter, I’ll bet you do just fine without a DOC!

Post # 4
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t have one.  Our reception venue was a restaurant so they were used to setting up dinner and organizing it though so I’m not sure if that is why things were fine.

Post # 5
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531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am not going to have one, I cant imagine paying someone to tell people what to do, i have to trust that everyone knows their role and will come through.

Post # 6
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

I think it depends on your financial situation and what kind of person you are?? Some ladies don’t want another person “overseeing” or “controlling” the event as it happens.  However, other ladies can get really stressed out with all the fine details and really appreciate the time to relax.  For me, b/c of financial reasons and the size of our wedding, we’re not having a DOC (30 people event and budget of $2000).

I say go for it if you have the money and want someone there to make sure everything goes smoothly w/o you stressing.  Also it’s beneficial for after the reception, they can coordinate what happens to the leftover cake and where the gifts should go, etc.

Post # 7
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761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I am not having one but I also have a large family with very supportive women that are all pulling through!

Post # 9
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not having one.  It might have been nice to have someone to oversee everything, but in the end we decided it wasn’t worth the cost.  I’ve never actually been to a wedding that did have a coordinator, but I’ve never seen anything go terribly wrong.  So yeah, if you’re on a budget that would be one of the first things I would cut.

Post # 10
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6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am not having one! I don’t really see the point! The venue coordinator will set everything up and accept all deliveries. Do you have someone at your venue that will do that for you?

Post # 11
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@AmberEyes: I would not depend on your mother or bridesmaids to do setup on the location or anything like that.  They are going to have to be getting ready before the wedding just like you.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Hi,

I think it depends on your venue.  We had a wedding at a small vineyard, where it was pretty much do it yourself for set up and tear down.  We had family members  who were fantastic and just went with the flow to help out.  I (MOB) couldn’t have done it all by myself-for the tear down, especially, because we had at least wash the dishes at the end of the night.  Caterer got things mixed up-and put cake out on the glass dishware instead of using the clear plastic plates and forks for dessert.  We had to box up all the wine glasses and clear the tables, including clearing off candles and linens.  It seemed much easier to set up in the day, plus we had loads of time for that because we basically had the place to ourselves all day, and the wedding was in the evening.  We were able to leave other things undone at 10pm, like getting the shepherd’s hooks with hanging lanterns out of the ground when we returned the next morning.  But if you have a restaurant venue- like MsAB had, then you would be all set.  Really think about how many people you are expecting, what/how much will need to be cleaned up and put in boxes, and loaded up, and how much family members can/will do.   We only had 60 people total.  Perhaps you or somebody you know students who would be willing to make a few $ to show up and help out?

Post # 14
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761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If your mother is on board with what needs to happen and you have supportive bm’s I think it will be fine.

Post # 15
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2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we’re not going to have one. we have the banquet coordinator at the golf club and also one of my “lil sisters” is going to be running around between the church and reception site making sure everything gets done right! 😉

i’ve spoken to a few co-workers, who say they’re not necessary if i’ve got all the planning done and have friends not invovlved in the wedding that can help out that day, so that’s the route im taking instead of paying someone $1500.

Post # 16
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1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think a DOC is not a necessity, but I would make sure that someone is put in charge that day. I also agree that moms and bridesmaids are not the right person for the coordinator job because they will be very busy that day.

missjyc- I am having a DOC and I can tell you that she is not costing me $1500. My DOC is charging me $600 and she has been in the business succesfully for 4 years. There are all kinds of prices out there for DOCs.

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