Post # 1
We’re doing a lot of things ourselves to save money – for example, we’re doing flowers ourselves (bouquets and centerpieces). We’re getting restaraunt food and hired someone take care of the buffet, same with drinks, we have hired a bartender for the night, we are bringing in our own and we hired someone to do it. So, we don’t have a caterer or a florist and the venue won’t be doing anything except set up tables/chairs to my specifications.
I will need the linens, placecards, centerpieces as well as any other decor to be set up. I will also need someone to pick up the food/alcohol and bring it to the venue. I’m sure there are a bunch more things I will need to be done.
I’m just not sure if I should hire a day-of-coordinator or ask a friend/family member to help me with things or what. The ceremony starts at 4, but the venue told us we won’t have access until noon.
Post # 3
We were facing a pretty similar situation and ended up hiring a day of coordinator. To us it’s worth it that we don’t have to think about it… and she’s only charging us around $100
Post # 4
Can you hire some college or high school kids to do the set up? I think it would be too much to expect one person to do on their own so a DOC probably wouldn’t be much use in getting everything set up.
Post # 5
@orchidaloha: I thought day-ofs were much much more expensive than that!
Post # 6
@FutureMrsHallam: In Australia yes but in the USA everything wedding related is in general half the price or more than here.
Post # 7
@j_jaye: Haha I wouldn’t say everything 😛 All the venues/food/hiring Ive so far found Amercans pay a crazy amount more than I am haha!
All depends where you are though, I don’t think my town HAS a coordinator, unless theyre like 80 and retired XD I don;t even think Ive ever seen awedding that has one 😛
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@JacobsMama: Hey hey, this sounds extremely similar to our wedding. Luckily we had a bunch of family members come into town early who wanted to help, and lots of friends who also were happy to help. We had an army of probably 20-30 people doing flowers and set up the morning of…
My advice would be to start feeling people out EARLY and see if you have volunteers. And if you can get a day-of coordinator for cheapish, it’d be money well spent. In retrospect, I definitely would have paid someone $100 (or $200, or $300) to coordinate everyone!
I agree with PP, a DOC is NOT going to be able to handle all this! He/she will only be able to organize and coordinate, but you’ll still need a bunch of helpers. There’s a reason that so many weddings happen at those all-inclusive venues. The DIY route is definitely a lot more work!
Post # 9
My DOC and her assistants are setting up all the decor for us, as well as managing the timeline and flow of the event.
They won’t need to pick up anything offsite, such as alcohol–we’re purchasing that ahead of time.
Post # 10
We had friends who were more than happy to help set up and pitch in. Initially I felt bad that close friends and family were planning on helping but it is about bringing family and friends together it was beautiful and everyone was happy to show off what they did to help.