Post # 1
So, I have a friend of a friend who is an event planner- she’s offered to be my DOC for $400 (discounted by $50). I haven’t done any research on how much DOC typically cost- mainly b/c i just haven’t found the time- but am now wondering- is her offer a "good" deal? should I shop around? I would feel confident and comfortable with her as my DOC, but I’m wondering if I have better (i.e. "cheaper") options out there. FI and I are on a strict budget- so I’m contemplating whether this is a needed expense or not. Thanks for any advice!!
Post # 3
There was a ‘real bee budget’ series a few days ago on what DOC expenses were for a few of the different bees. Depending on where the wedding is I would say $450 is pretty cheap.
Post # 4
I’m new to this wedding thing, but what is a DOC??
Post # 5
DOC stands for Day of Coordinator. That person basically makes sure everything runs smoothly and takes care of all the behind-the-scenes things on the wedding day.
Post # 6
My DOC is costing $1350, and I know it will be well worth it. Check out Mrs. Penguin’s recent post about not have a DOC and regretting it, along with the "Real Bee Budget" post about DOCs that Miss Gloss mentioned. I’m not sure where you live (never heard of Tustin), but I think $400 is extremely reasonable.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
Here are the links to the posts!
DOC-less and Regretful
The Bees’ Wedding Planner Budgets:
The Bees’ Wedding Planner Budgets
Post # 8
Reading Mrs. Penguin’s post is what prompted me to reconsider having a DOC. I’m going to be doing a LOT of DIY projects, and well, i think I have to admit that I can’t do it all!
@ Mrs. Bee- Thanks for the wedding planning budgets link! I was trying to find it but couldn’t! thanks!
@FAQ219 – Tustin is a smaller suburb in orange county, CA. I should probably change my profile to reflect that. 🙂
Post # 9
That is definitely a great price–I’m in nyc and the lowest I’ve seen is $600. Make sure the price includes the number of hours you need; some DOCs charge less but then you realize that they’re just giving you fewer hours to meet your budget.
Post # 10
I’m in LA and an experienced DOC will run you about $800.
I had Month of Coordination which means mine took over the last few weeks before the wedding. I didn’t talk to vendors about timelines, etc. That cost $1875.
Post # 11
Mine is actually my officiant’s assistant. She is charging $300 and will only be cordinating the ceremony portion. It seems pricey, but I really didn’t want to risk it. Oh, and I’m in the Southern California area.
Post # 12
Hey, I just realized you’re in Tustin. I moved from there 3 years ago. Nice to see a local on the boards 🙂
Post # 13
Our DOC cost $1500 and starting creating timelines and vendor contact sheets about a month before the wedding. On the day of the ceremony, she was with us for ten hours along with an assistant and intern. I was anti-DOC for a long time, but I’m very glad we hired her!