Post # 1
I’m researching day-of coordinators in my wedding area and am wondering what Bees paid as a percentage of overall budget. I’ve found someone great, super highly recommended but she probably does more than I really need in her day-of package. Then again, I wouldn’t mind having access to a planner to email as I’m planning (her day-of package includes unlimited emails/phone calls!). Her day-of package is $1250, which is 6.25% of our $20k budget. Normal, not normal?
I’m having a small/medium (60-80 people) wedding that should be relatively easy, but I’ve worked in event management from the catering side before and I KNOW things go wrong at every single wedding. I don’t want to hear about them, and I don’t want my fiance, mother or maid of honor (I’m not having bridesmaids) to be in that role, either.
What do you Bees think?
Post # 3
@jd2012: I’m struggling with this too. Our budget is ~$15K and DOC wants $1500. Its just hard for me to justify that cost in my head bc its only one day of work! Yes, it might be a 16 hr day, but still…..
Sux that the industry sets their prices higher than what you’re expecting.
I’m interested to hear what others think.
Post # 4
I think that sounds pretty high. My budget is $20k as well, and my DOC is charging $650. She and I really hit it off at our consultation and I told her about how my Fiance and I are paying for a lot of the expenses, and she said that normally she limits the amount of emails and meetings for day-of packages, but that I should feel free to contact her whenever I need to and that she’ll be there to help. her package would normally be ~$800 but she doesn’t need to set up or clean up since my venue provides that, so she took off some of the cost since she gets to go home when the wedding ends.
You really should try negotiating some more! Look at his/her contract and everything that’s included and see if you can knock off some of the price by declining some of the options, or by reducing the number of hours covered in the contract. (e.g. if you are having a 6-hour or 7-hour-long wedding, do you really need a 16-hour contract? I think my contract is for 12 hours but I’d have to check…)
Also, I’m not sure if you live in a big city or a smaller place but if you can you should shop around. I met with 3 DOCs before I picked mine. If you haven’t met with them in person yet, that’s a must – especially if cost is an issue (and isn’t it always?). You can negotiate much better with person. I’ve found that to be true for most of my vendors in general.
Post # 5
That’s pretty much what I’m paying for mine but like you said about the person you met with, she really is doing more than just day-of stuff. She’s not a full wedding planner but I have unlimited access to her via email and phone before the event and we’ve been in communication a lot. She’s given me a lot of vendor recommendations – everyone else has come as a recommendation from her. And she’ll answer any questions I have about anything wedding-related – average prices for things, timelines, etc. I feel like it’s a lot of money to spend….but she’s already kept me sane on more than one stressful day. And I’m still months out.
Post # 6
Lots of good thoughts here! I’ve contacted a couple other coordinators but haven’t heard back yet – and it’s been half a week. Not off to a great start.
The DOC I mentioned in my original post is also a full-blown planner, if you want that. I think most of her clients are probably interested in DOC services, though, which is why her package is so thorough. I definitely need to go through line by line to see what we could possibly nix, but want some additional quotes before negotiating.
Post # 7
Ours is $700 for the day, with our budget being around 25K (not counting rings and honeymoon). So, that’s about 2%. We are lucky since she is through our venue and is therefore much less pricey than most of the people I found. Most were going for 1500+.
Personally, I am doing it because our wedding is going to be unique and involves lots of vendors. If it was an all-exclusive place, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash at it. Maybe even wouldn’t care if we had a pastor marrying us and not an inexperienced (but awesome!) friend.
Post # 8
I live in the DC area, and $1200 is fairly average for a DOC. They are expensive!