How to tell if a wedding coordinator is bad

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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2194 posts
Buzzing bee

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
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

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
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270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

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!!

Post # 7
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270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

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