Post # 1
So I have some logistical challanges with my wedding as my ceremony and reception are in different locations so I was thinking about hiring a day of coordinator to ensure everything goes smoothly. The cost for one in my area has been around $1000-$1500. I just dont know if its worth it. My venue has an on-site wedding coordinator and I am pretty organized person but at the same time I’m dont want to be thinking about all of these things on the day of my wedding.
Any advice, tips, etc?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I think if your venue offers this service then why pay to bring someone on board?! I called my venue and for us, we meet with our DOC 2 months out and that person will be running the show the day of. Maybe call your venue and just clarify everything.
Post # 4
If I could go back in time, I would have hired a DOC. There was SO MUCH that needed to be done/fixed and our venue coordinator went MIA the day of the wedding. I decided about an hour into my day that the $2k it would have cost me would have been well worth it!!
Post # 5
I would double check with the venue on what their coordinator specifically will handle. I thought mine would help set up the centerpieces, but was wrong. She’ll work with the vendors because that relates directly to the venue, but any decorating was up to me.
Once I heard that, I hired the DOC!
Post # 6
I hired a DOC she sounds like she is going to be fantastic, ensuring that all the little things run smoothly so I dont need to.
Post # 7
I’m really hoping there ends up being room in the budget for a DOC. I don’t trust the venue coordinator to do what I need done and they generally are only in charge of setup, they don’t help with everything. I think it’s worth it to look into it.
Post # 8
Unfortunately ‘on-site’ coordinators usually only manage the on-site staff (i.e. caterers, wait staff etc.). Some of them may set up your tablescapes but I haven’t heard of one that manages your actual ceremony or reception. I hired a DOC that I absolutely loved and couldn’t have lived without. I didn’t budget for her to begin with but since I got her involved earlyish she was able to negoiate on my behalf and save me more than she was costing us for no extra fee. I don’t know where you are located but if you’d like I can give you her info, she’d probably be able to help you even if you are not in her area. I know she said she knows coordinators all over that are reasonable and worth it. I hope everything works out for you! Congrats of the engagement btw!
Post # 9
I had an “on-site coordinator.” You would think such a person would actually be “on-site.” Not on weekends apparently. Which is when all the weddings happen?? Yeah, my coordinator TOTALLY dropped the ball on our big day!! What a let down!! I recommend getting a DOC. If I could go back in time I would have invested up to $2k for someone ELSE to have been doing everything that I was doing, and my Bridal Party, and my SILs…it was just little stuff, but I wish that I had hired someone to take care of it all instead! It would have been worth the money!!
Post # 10
If you can get one I say do it! or maybe even a friend? Im the kind of person that likes to do things for myself just so I know everything will go my way but I do have a coordinator to help me with things that I need done your only human and you can do so much by yourself, and its not as stressful when you have the help.