Post # 1
So I am thinking about looking for a DOC. I contacted a few and most write back wanting to know what my budget is. To be honest I don’t really know. Because I don’t know what they cost and I don’t know if I will have one ( if I can afford one). So what do you say? Plus what if I over shoot and they say oh yeah we can be your DOC for that and now they are making more.
What do you think ladies? What would you do?
Post # 3
Ask them what their rate for the day is, I never disclosed my budget because I think that is nobody but my business. I asked mine what she charged for DOC and what it includes, if they keep asking about your budget move on. I am sure there are planty more people wanting to do business on your need to know basis.
Post # 4
To be honest, you should figure out what you are willing to spend. You never want to meet with anyone without knowing the parameters! In my area, a coordinator for just the day of wouldn’t be more than $1000 and that would include meetings prior to the wedding.
Post # 5
Ask about their average daily rate is. They are probably asking you your budget because their costs will probably depend on exactly what they are providing. Also, in this economy, if they normally charge $1000 for the day, and you say your budget is $700, they might work with you anyway because of the business. I would figure out what your max is and then say that your budget is 3/4 of that but there is some flexibility.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
Mine provided me a list of usual duties for the day-of and pricing sheet (she does full event planning also). Also, I found that meeting them in person was a good way to weed people out. I met with one on a Friday and one on a Saturday so if you work during the week they should be able to make arrangements around your schedule. Maybe you could also just ask up front to send you a pricing list and a list of the duties they would be responsible for.
*I should add if they are out of your range, you might be able to negotiate with them.
Post # 7
I am a wedding planner and I was looking through the forums today and came across your post. Most wedding planners ask what your budget is because they base their fee on a percentage of your total wedding cost. Some say 10% all the way up to 25%! It depends on your location on how much you will spend.
Some, like me, charge a flate fee upfront without needing to know your budget. You can sit down with whomever you choose and talk about what you want from her and how you want your wedding day to go and then you can customize a "day of" package just for you!
Hope that helps!