Post # 1
My mother is Wedding Planner in Chief for our wedding, but the more I think about it, the more I think that having someone else in charge of direction, set up and trouble shooting might be a good idea on the day itself.
What is the average cost of a DOC? I live in a rural but expensive area–I imagine that there are only 1 or 2 people availble for the job and that they will charge top-dollar, but I would like to know the range prior to contacting any professionals. $500? $1000? $3000?
Post # 3
I paid $400 but that was with off-season discount – some quotes I received ranged from $300 + travel fees up to $1000 or more. It depends on what part of the country you live in (and your profile doesn’t indicate where you’re getting married), if it’s off season or peak wedding time, and how much you expect from your DOC. Also, finding someone who is building their clientele is often good from a cost standpoint.
Post # 4
The average cost of a DOC can range from $350-$1200 or more depending on your location as well of the type of services or job duties you’ll be needing assistance with to ensure that your BIG day runs smoothly. If you find a planner that is not in your area, you may be required to pay for travel/accommodation fees as well. But usually they quote that is part of the fee that you will be charged. Hope this helps. Congratulations on your engagement!
Post # 5
I am unsure, as my DOC was included with my venue. But I have heard several other bees say that they found great prices on DoCs by posting wanted ads on Craisgslist. Try posting one for your area and nearby metro areas where travel would be minimal. A lot of up and coming coordinators looking to break into the business offer their services at a deep discount in order to build a portfolio. Good luck!
Post # 6
It definitely depends on your location (doesn’t everything?) I am just starting out in the Boston Area providing DOC services and there is a range anywhere from 500-1500 dollars for Day of Coordination Services in my area and the amount of services that you receive for DOC also varies significantly.
I just wrote basically the same post for another member but I think the most important thing to look for is the amount of hours you are receieving from a Coordinator, whether or not there will be an assistant and also a list of specific tasks that MUST be completed. I suggest spelling those out in the contract if possible (but thats the lawyer inside the coordinator speaking).
I also think that you might want to involve your Mom in choosing your DOC. If she is the Wedding Planner in Chief, she may feel more comfortable relaxing and enjoy being the MOB if she is confident that the DOC can handle everything.