(Closed) Day of Coordinator – Los Angeles

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Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I was going to hire a DOC until I helped a girl w/her wedding I met on a wedding board and she will be my DOC since I was hers.  However, I met this girl, Natalie Huynh, and she seemed pretty nice and knowlegable.  I don’t remember exactly anymore, but I think she was quoting me only $300 or more if you want a lot of involvement.  Not sure if she has raised her prices since, but you can contact her at <font size=”1″ color=”#006699″>[email protected]</font>

Don’t know if she will remember me, but tell her Elaine Chan that she met at Starbucks sent you.  🙂 

 

Post # 5
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Wannabee

I am using Jennifer Johnson at OC’s finest for my 4/12 wedding..

i think she covers la too.. since my wedding is not in OC..

she is great and i love her more now.. she is soo enthusiatic about whole process and she even volunteer to be at the meeting w/ florist without charging me extra… she is great!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When are you getting married? and maybe I can help, it depends on how far you live though.  send me an email at [email protected] and let me know what you have in mind. 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

I am using Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings.   Her website is http://www.duet-weddings.com.  She is great!  She really listens and understands what her brides need. 

Her prices are very reasonable and she is extremely helpful. 

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I thought I would bump this post up as I am also looking for a DOC in LA.  My date is in July 2008 (so lani– it wouldn’t work out between us ).  And stressgirl, I have emailed Natalie per your suggestion.  Everyone else, what price range were these DOCs? 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles

I would highly recommend my DOC, Angel Swanson.  I haven’t had my wedding yet (June 2008), but she’s already been incredibly helpful and supportive.  I couldn’t ask for someone better. Her website is http://www.loveandsplendor.com.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

i was thinking of getting a DOC in the LA/OC area as well, but was wondering what everyone’s opinion was on needing one when the venue provides a wedding manager.  What will the DOC do that a wedding manager won’t?  thanks in advance ladies and i look forward to more DOC recommendations.  🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Fifi,

A DOC does much more than a wedding manager of the venue.  The wedding manager/coordinator usually works in the best interest of their venue and staff, and is a liason between the venue staff and the bride and groom.  The manager will set up appointments for you to see the venue, meet with you, and should make sure the venue is set up how you want it for your wedding.

A DOC will confirm with ALL your vendors prior to your wedding, and also be the liason between your vendors and you.  A DOC is also like an insurance policy, to make sure your vendors are all doing what you are paying them to do (ie, photographers should be shooting pictures, not eating all your hor d’oeuvres.)  A DOC can also help with you etiquette and give you vendor referrals months before the wedding.  If you get a stain on your dress, your DOC will remove the stain, not the manager, etc.

A DOC is great if you want to truly relax and enjoy your wedding day, but not every bride and groom will need one.  If you decide to go with a DOC, meet with a couple to make sure you match.

 Good luck!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Thanks Chill!  What a great explanation!  I really appreciate it!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Yes, definitely meet with a few DOCs.  You should make sure that they suit your personality type and that they have the attitude that you are looking for.  I know a lot of brides like to have a very calm DOC during their wedding.  I on the other hand would rather not have too calm a person and rather one that is more forceful and will just get the job done.  Also be sure to ask them about terrible experiences that they might have faced in the past and how the resolved it.  It shows how much they are willing to do. 

Case in point:  I have been a DOC for a few friends and I met one girl through another board that was having her wedding at the same venue.  I had mentioned on the board once that I was willing to help someone else if she totally couldn’t find a DOC in her budget and this other girl asked if I could help be her DOC.  We met and hit it off right away.  First thing she told me was "can you be mean".   Not necessarily rude or mean, but just forceful enough to get guests to the right place at the right time and get vendors to do the job they were paid to do.  And to maybe deal w/some relatives that sometimes want they own way!  I was glad that there was a meeting of the minds since I would rather make sure the details were done instead of trying to be nice to all the guests and appease everyone. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

You can be calm as well as forceful.

Post # 15
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Newbee

Hello, my name is Marie Rhodes and I do everything from full event/wedding planning to "day of" coordinating.  I travel all over Southern California and would love to chat with you about the possibility of coordinating on your special day.  Please feel free to e-mail me at: [email protected]  Look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have.                                                                                       

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

NP, just wanted to see if I could help someone else out.  =)

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