Day of Coordinator ? Yes or no

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Helper bee

DeeSan:  how much is the coordinator. If you can,get it. Most of my married friends told me they wish they had one.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I definitely don’t think they are necessary. We’re having 300+ guests, with 6 BMs. If you can afford it, sure why not? But I don’t think it’s a necessity and you can definitely get by without one. I can’t even think of what I would have mine do if I did have one! lol

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

that is the one regret I hear over and over- too stressed on the day, should have booked a planner/coordinator. DO IT. Especially if its for 200 ppl!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

DeeSan:  Do it do it do it! If not anything else get a day of. That was the best advice and decision I made with my wedding. It was wonderful! I actually was quoted what you said that was for the cooridinater and her assistant. So I just asked the assisstant if she wanted to do one on her own and I paid her half. She knew what to do and was more than happy making more than she normally would have. If you cant afford that even having a “friend” help and paying them $200 bucks is worth it. Just have someone worry about the details and not you. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

DeeSan:  nooo never rely on the bridesmaids. They will be too busy taking pictures with you, hanging with their SOs and friends and eating and drinking, they won’t have the time. They won’t be able to be at the ceremony place while they are suppose to get ready with you. They won’t be able to be at the venue ahead of everyone else when they are suppose to be with you.

Before you hire someone is there someone you know who is a good party planner or good at organizing things?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

DeeSan:  wow I could have wrote this thread. I am having a Catholic wedding in September and just now considering a DOC. I got a quote from a sweet girl who charges $1200 for month of coordination who I’m leaning towards going with. The other two I got quotes for charge $2750 and $2600 – unbelievable!

My mom and FI don’t think we need it, but the more I think about day of stuff the more I get stressed. Our church won’t have anyone there the day of, so i think it will be worth it for that alone. I feel instantly less stressed just thinking about how much the DOC can help with and not having to put my family to work!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I think it’s a nice thing to have if you have the extra money, but I’m skipping it to save $$$ because I have a really tight budget. That said, I have Bridesmaids (2) who know how to get shit done and delegate if needed to… I think there a couple factors to think about:

If you have really reliable BM’s/mom/helpers who can be on top of things then I would recommend that you save your money and skip the DOC. I think it also has to do with how easygoing you are too. If something doesn’t turn out perfectly, are you going to be ok with that? Or do you need everything absolutely perfect and exactly as planned? Also, are you at a DIY venue where there’s a lot of work that needs to be done? Or is your wedding at a venue where the staff will be taking care of 95% of stuff for you?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

DeeSan:  haha seriously. I was like dang maybe I need to go into wedding coordinating if people are atually paying that much LOL

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I say you need either a DOC or a team of great people to set up and know what should be happening. Your bridal party will only have time to do so much as will you. I had a close friend who was in charge of set up and she also told us when to start, walk etc which I didn’t expect from her at all. I made her a tank top that said “the boss” on it and gave her A Day of kit with details and emergency supplies. she volunteered to do the job and it was a huge help. I’d ask this question on fb myself and see if anyone jumps in with a “I’ll help you!”;)

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Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

I totally understand the budget concerns with this and can understand that the money could go to use elsewhere. I think the need depends on your venders and your venue. Some venues come with a day of person to help with the day, some dont. Some venues have most of what you need and you only need to bring in flowers and decor, if thats the case you may not need a DOC as the florist can handle most of that. Some venues let you in the day before so you can start setting up, others book multiple events a day and wont let that happen. Some venders are willing to add a helping hand (I met with two caterers who said they were happy to put out menues and place cards). If you are a DIY bride, you will probably bringing in a lot of items yourself that will need to be set up and packed up after the wedding.

My venue is an empty space, we have to bring everything in and are working with lots of venders. With no one on staff to direct venders or recieve deliveries I need help on the day of. 

I was adament from the beginning that I wanted a DOC. I didnt want any family or freinds to have to work my wedding, so I had this in my budget from the get go. Luckily I have come under budget on a few things and it has made it easier to afford.

I was a bridemaid once where the bride wanted a DOC but ran out of money for it in the budget. The bridesmaids all chipped in to “gift” her with a DOC for her shower gift, maybe spread the word around and some family/friends could gift it to you for the wedding…

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