Post # 1
We are thinking of going with a DJ that has a packaged deal for him and his wife who is a coordinator. It would make our DJ about $1250 and the coordinator to take our planning so far and plan it from here on out for $1600. We have 8 months 15 days until our wedding. I’m not sure that it’s the best deal, but I want to see what others are paying for either “month of” or having someone plan from about this far out. That is if you bees don’t mind sharing this info ;op. Thanks bees!!! Btw, our wedding is in Long Beach, CA.
Post # 3
I did not have a coordinator, but, from what I’ve read, the cost usually is a percentage of your total wedding budget. The article I read indicated that the cost could range from 10-20 percent, depending on the services provided.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
We have a wedding month of coordinator and a day of coordinator (same person). She is fairly new to the business but has good reviews and we like her. She’s 800 dollars.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our coordinator was $750, which was a steal. All of the well known coordinators around here were $1100+.
Post # 6
@Brielle: I’m pretty sure that is if you have a wedding planner, coordinators typically only help the day of the wedding, maybe a couple of days leading up to it. The price really depends a lot on the area you live in, ours was either $250 or $300.
Post # 7
We paid $1200 for our month of coordinator, which is on the low end in Chicago.
Post # 8
It definitely depends on where youre looking. Mine is $650 for day of services which is great. I was getting quoted between $1200 and $2000 just for day of.
Post # 9
We hired a planner about six months out, and paid $3000 (would have been 15% of total wedding costs if they were above $25,000).
It was absolutely the best money we spent, but only because the planner was AWESOME. I did a lot of checking and research on her (Wedding Wire, etc.) before hiring her, including asking her for contact info for three of her prior brides or grooms. Everyone gave her glowing reviews.
I’m a control freak, so factor that in, but it would have been *more* stressful for me to hire a planner I couldn’t trust than not to have one. So check up on this woman and make sure she’ll make things easier and not just be one more vendor you have to manage.
Post # 10
@Wonderstruck: Yes, you’re right. Thank you. Sorry about the confusion with terminology. I was definitely thinking planner vs. coordinator.
Post # 11
She comes with the venue!
$1250 gets us a coordinator, venue, tables, chairs, linens, umbrella heaters (it’s under a pavilion), food servers, bar tenders, & cake cutting/boxing.
Post # 12
I paid 250 for my DOC/Wedding Planner. He did everything in-house, so my catering was done through him as well so I don’t think there was a separate charge to be the wedding planner.
Post # 13
Oh wow ladies! The price range definitely has a big range. For the DJ/coordinator couple package that we are thinking about doing, the DJ has won multiple awards for multiple years from the knot, wedding wire, etc and same with his wife (coordinator). We would be paying about $2800 ALL TOGETHER for BOTH of them and that includes the DJ for our ceremony, acting as emcee, uplighting, monogram, cocktail hour music, and our 5 hour reception music. It also includes his wife who owns the coordination business to take our planning from where we are at now and handle it from here on out. Or we could pay $200 less and she will just be the month of (4-6 weeks before the wedding) coordinator. He (DJ) has performed well over 1000 weddings and is highly recommended by our photographer. We really like him alot, but I am just worried that it’s a lot of money for one/two things and I’ve looked at a couple others, but I’m afraid they will be the “cheesy” type. We have talked to this main one on the phone and he has been very good with communication. He is definitely not the “cheesy” DJ that gets everyone in lines and has everyone dance in a circle……etc.
Our venue is all inclusive (Hyatt hotel in Long Beach) and is about $10,000 for everything else. We are just having to find a florist, DJ, photographer, officiant, and day/month of coordinator. Everything else is provided by the hotel (cake, food, linens, tables, votive candles and mirrors, chairs for both reception and ceremony, riser for ceremony, and a “banquet captain” that will work hand in hand with the coordinator.)
Is the DJ/coordinator a good deal do you think?
Post # 14
Our’s is a DOC, it will be $1,600. That includes several meetings with vendors and our venue, as well as taking care of everything start to finish day of. Ultimately though, I worked with her before on weddings I coordinated at the venue I worked at and I trust her, so I’m fine with the cost.
Post # 15
mine is $700 for 3 months before the wedding, even though we have been talking 4-5 months before the wedding. she has great reviews on wedding wire and responds rather promptly. below is the breakdown pretty much and she still goes above and beyond this list 🙂
Work with vendors for development of customized Wedding Day Schedule
Onsite venue visit prior to wedding to discuss details, set-up & flow of events
Additional hours of meeting time with vendors & extra assistance leading up to wedding date
Wedding advice & suggestions up to the wedding date
On-site rehearsal wedding coordination on xxxxxx, 2012 for 2 hours (Schedule TBD)
Delivery & Set-up of favors, table numbers and place cards
On-site wedding coordination on xxxxx, 2012 for 10 hours (Schedule TBD)
Set-up & clean-up of supplies before & after the wedding reception
o Research of cake box prices
o Assistance to caterer for buffet coordination
o Assistance with finding a vendor for the design & production of place cards & table numbers
o Research & purchasing of table number frames or holders (if necessary)*
o Assistance with vendor contract for chair rental
o Assistance with Cocktail Area decor
Post # 16
So the DJ will not book with you unless you hire his wife as well? Is there a day of price that might be lower? I would choose them only if you really want both of them and feel they are both worth the price. If not, I’d keep looking for the right DJ.
For me, a wedding planner was not worth the money so I don’t have anyone. I’d love to have a day of coodinator, but it’s not in the budget so we’ll muddle along without. I have a good friend that will help out and my sister’s babysitter will be able to set up the tables (centerpieces are DIY) while we’re at the cermony. That’ll have to be good enough!