Post # 1
So I’m searching around for a wedding coordinator for day of services. I guess what my issue stems from is I may not understand what I should be expecting from a day of/month of planner. I found one thats super responsive, intuitive, and she provides organizational tools. The thing is she’s $2500. I mean, I can technically pay for her but I’ll make that creep towards over spending. Wedding planning is her only job. Now there’s another planner I’ve contacted and we’re going to have a phone meeting next week. She’s only $1000-$1200 and she only does day of/ month of coordination because she has a primary mon-fri job. That’s probably fine because I don’t need a whole lot. What really threw me off is we haven’t even had any kind of initial disscussion and shes forwarding me an offer for some gimick where my fiance goes to some meeting about diamonds and theyll pay us $125. It also says in the message about how the coordinator gets $25 for every person she gets to sign up! Is that appropriate? Another planner also charged only $900 but has taken 2-3 weeks to give a proposal but she knows im hard pressed for time and i still haven’t recieved the proposal. She sent me a message saying she was busy with other weddings having weather issues. Should i give her the benefit of the doubt or fear she’ll be inconsistent like that long term?
So I guess what I’m asking is, with $1000 planners am I really going to get what I pay for or are they just as good as $2500 planners? Thanks!
Post # 2
Lizandy: You usually get what you pay for. $2500 is a bit higher (DOC usually runs $1500+) and what your $1000 one did to you is SUPER SHADY!!!! I would not work with the one who took 2 – 3 weeks for a proposal. If DOC is important to you, go with $2500. If you still have time to look for someone else, I’d keep looking.
Post # 3
If someone seems unreliable or does something that makes you uneasy, it’s best not to hire them, regardless of price. It’s possible to find a good coordinator for a thousand dollars, but that really comes down to location; whether one of those good, inexpensive coordinators is in your area.
If you want to make sure that you have a good coordinator, going with the first planner might be the best thing to do. Yes, she’s expensive, but she’s shown that she’s good at what she does and that she’s reliable. If you’d rather keep searching for a better deal, you can definitely do that. However, I suggest not using the last two planners you mentioned. You’re already uneasy about them, and that’s enough to cross them off the list.
Post # 4
i went with a cheap day-of-coordinator, and I seriously regret it. If I can redo any aspect of my wedding, i would have paid more for another DOC. My wedding went well overall, but I attribute that to my amazing family,in-laws and friends. Go with someone who is organized and communicates well.
Post # 5
Lizandy: You get what you pay for…
Go with the consistent (& subsequently more expensive) wedding planner. It’ll ease your mind in the long run.
Post # 6
Lizandy: I would never hire someone that took 3 weeks to get a proposal to me (unless they told me upfront and they had a damn good reason – ie out of the country for 2 weeks).
The DOC I hired was $2k, but she got a proposal to me 2 days before the date she originally told me (4 days), and she responds to all my emails within 2 hours. On your wedding day, you need someone dependable!!