Post # 1
Seriously – We are looking for a DOC for the Hampton roads, VA area, and pricing this out has been a nightmare.
I dont need a planner, i dont need someone to organize my ceremony (there is a planner for the chapel already) and i dont need suggestions on vendors or anything – everything is already booked and set up. i literally need someone to go to the reception venue and set up the room like i want it on the day so someone in the bridal party doesnt need to do it.
WHY are people charging me $1500 for that? basically $190 per hour to set up a room and make sure the vendors come pick up their stuff at the end of the day.
am i insane? or is this too much for yall too???
Post # 3
I too was shocked by how much a DOC costs. Personally, I’m not sure it’s worth it. That’s a lot of money for room setup.
Post # 4
$1500 is insane. My DOC (which has actually turned into a full blow planner – by her own choosing not mine) charged $700.
Post # 5
That’s way too much. My wedding coordinator for the entire things (venue, vendors, booking, helping with planning, and day of) is $2300 total.
Post # 6
hmm Maybe its not a DOC that you need – just an On Site helper…
We have a DOC but we work with her for a month prior, she’s there for the rehearsal and 10+ hrs on wedding day. — so… 20+ hrs total = approx. $90/hr – perfectly fine rate for an hourly professional service.
Maybe if you tweek what you’re looking for, you’ll find something in your price range. For what you need, consider some newbie or wanna-be planners or some students from your local college’s Hospitalty school. If its just a couple hours of set up, you can post an ad on Craigslist for 3 hrs @ whatever rate you expect to pay and see what you get. Be careful though. You usually get what you pay for.
Post # 7
That was the norm in my area but i soon found out DOC really means week of to most of the planners. I emailed people detailing exactly what I needed and the price range I thought was fair and I got back a few snarky emails and a couple of relly genuine people who were willing to work with my budget. I hired someone only to find out she is the #1 ranked planner in the portland area by several mags and in the end she was SO worth it, but we chose her based on a vibe at the meeting and her willingnes to work within our budget. We were very specific when hiring to mention we didnt need anyone at the ceremony space or at the rehersal, just someone to set up the DIY stuff and we would handle the rest.
Post # 8
The charge in my area was average $1800, ranging from $1500-$2500. I never did hire anyone, and in hindsight I think it would have been money well spent. All my ladies (and myself!) were setting up the reception instead. I wish I had just hired someone else to do it! We missed a TON of pictures because all the ladies were MIA setting up!
Post # 9
Oh I agree that is ridiculous. When I was considering these, we were looking into full event planners. I decided I could be my own event planner when I was quoted over $8,000 dollars. Luckily the venue I am considering now has someone who does the set -up, coordinates with the vendors etc. and all other DOC jobs.
Post # 10
@vistagirl – i have tried going that route, and got a LOT of snarky comments back – even though im like um really all i need is someone to set up – i dont need a handmaid for the day or a wedding planner for the week of.
i have thought of getting a local student to do it but i kinda want a professional if they screw up i have recorse ya know?
Post # 11
I got this off my DOC’s website (this package starts at $700):
For couples who have everything done, but need a ‘day-of coordinator’ to make sure the vendors shows up on time with the right stuff, the bridal party lines up for the processional and reception grand entrance, and pretty much run the show on your special day, so you can sit back and enjoy the company of your family and friends. We will start the preparation a month before your wedding date.
- Complimentary initial consultation (1 hour)
- Unlimited contact via phone and email
- Two (2) in-person meetings (2 hours each) for venue walk-through and rehearsal
- Payment reminder
- Production of timeline for the event, the vendors, and the wedding party
- Organize and manage ceremony rehearsal
- Coordinate and confirm vendors for delivery and set-up
- Use of wedding day emergency kits (one for bride and one for groom)
- Up to (10) ten hours on the day of the event, from set-up to tear down
- One assistant for guest count up to 200
It sounds like you’re not exactly looking for a DOC… you just need like one on-site assistant to set up the reception.
Post # 12
Do you have any friends that are recently married and would be willing to help? A friend did this and it worked out great.
Post # 13
yeah i dont want to use friends or family since if something goes wrong i will kill them LOL (im only half kidding) but most of my family and friends i want to actually enjoy the day not be running around setting up stuff when im getting married.
Post # 14
@ddubz – its close to what is on there (i dont need the timelines or meetings before hand and dont need the ceremony help) but even $700 is more affordable than $1500!!! too bad they arent in VA!
Post # 15
i looked into several docs in the dc area and the average i found was 2k. but, all three i contacted were really more like “month of”–i can start handing things off to the one we went with about 4-6 weeks before hand and she makes all the final confirmations and stuff. you may be able to negotiate with them to cut the services down more and see if they’ll charge less?
Post # 16
i tried that – the ones that i talk to act all offeneded that i wouldnt need them that far ahead and only want day of stuff – i dunno if its because its a holiday weekend or what. but im not getting nice responses. boooo 🙁