Is it worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: I had a...was it worth it?
    Wedding planner who did the whole thing : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Wedding planner who did some stuff : (4 votes)
    9 %
    A week of coordinator : (4 votes)
    9 %
    A day of coordinator : (10 votes)
    23 %
    no coordinator...and regretted : (1 votes)
    2 %
    no coordinator and was happy : (8 votes)
    19 %
    yes : (9 votes)
    21 %
    no : (3 votes)
    7 %
    other...tell me below! : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2429 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think it depends on your wedding.  My package included a coordinator but not for the ceremony.  I didn’t think it was worth the money to hire someone for a few hundred dollars to just help with the ceremony, so I had my aunt help out with lining everyone up.  Other than that the officiant ran the show so it was fine.  During the reception, our coordinator got everything set up and worked with all the vendors and then our DJ ran the timeline and would announce when things were going to be.  If we didn’t have someone coordinating at the beginning and helping set up tables, keeping things moving, working with the cateror, dj, florist, and cake then I for sure would have hired someone. I wouldn’t have wanted the stress of trying to set up and keep to the timeline myself.

    Post # 4
    Member
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @MissBridge:  I’ll let you know after February 8th.

     

    We’re having a formal (but relatively simple) 60 person wedding.  It’s not something I would think you would need a coordinator for.  No first dance, no grand entrace with introductions, etc….  But my mom is in the driver’s seat with our wedding and she wanted one so she plonked down the $1100 to get one.

    I’m little miss organized sunshine so I have no clue what this coordinator is going to do that I can’t.  But….we’ll see.

    Post # 5
    Member
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I have a day of coordinator hired, she’s been pretty rude so far and hard to communicate with….so I’ll decide if she was worth it after the 18th!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1690 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I planned my wedding myself with no coordinator, best money saves as far as I’m considered. I had originally thought maybe I’d need a DOC but once I started getting into planning I realized it wasn’t hard, I had faith in my vendors, and I wasn’t stressed. 

    My wedding was 145 people, budget of about $30,000. Nobody was “bugging” me about details on the day of. The only thing I forgot was the final payment for the dj, but he was totally cool about it and I just gave it to him next day. it really isn’t that hard to pull it all together, as long as you don’t get stressed easy, and you’re organized going into it.

    Post # 7
    Member
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I voted that we had a day-of coordinator, but really she did more than that.  My mom’s friend is a wedding planner so she helped us out a lot and just charged us what she had to pay for items.  She rented the tables, chairs, and linens for us, and provided the silverware, plates, catering warming tray things, table for the ‘altar’ outside, and a bunch of other stuff from her own stuff.  She got everything in and set up the day before the wedding and then coordinated with vendors to get all their stuff set up the day of the wedding.  She was with us for the rehearsal and showed us how to do the logistics of the entrance and setup of the ceremony. 

    So basically, she was freakin’ amazing and I have NO idea how we would have done it without her.  Even if we had paid her, it would have been worth every penny. 

    I don’t think its necessary to have a full-on wedding planner, but to have someone coordinating the logistics and especially vendors day-of is invaluable.

    Post # 8
    Member
    306 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I had a “week of coordinator” and it was NOT worth my money. I was way more coordinated than she was, I don’t even think she looked at the 3 page Word file I sent with detailed instructions on how the day was supposed to go. Everything I expressed to her as a concern, she said she would take care of and in the end she didn’t. A total waste of my money. I should have spent the $1,000 on hiring three people to set up/break down the venue instead. I should have known that it wasn’t going to work out well when she kept asking me for the same information but using different methods of contact (email, text, phone calls).

    Post # 9
    Member
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    The day of coordinators in my area want to charge close to $1000, and since my reception venue already came with one, I didn’t think it would be worth it to have one for the ceremony. I think we’ll be just fine.

    Post # 10
    Member
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee

    The venue provides the day of co-ordinator. My mother has been doing most of the leg-work (she helped to plan my sister’s wedding last year), and narrowed -down the list of possible vendors, so we only had to meet with one or two, for each type.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My wedding planner was worth her weight in gold.  I had a destination wedding, so having someone who actually knew the location and the vendors was invaluable.  All I had to do was send her pictures of things I liked, and she made it happen, and it was perfect.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    @MissBridge:  I have a wedding coordinator at my reception venue. No one at the Church. I think it all depends on you and what kind of wedding you have. Perhaps if you are incredibly busy and/or are a very disorganized couple and/or are having an incredibly elaborate wedding then it is worth it. I don’t see the point otherwise. Our wedding is on the smaller side (78 guests) and we are opting for a very simple (not much on all the details) yet elegant wedding so we feel it would not be worth the money for us. 

    Post # 13
    Member
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We had a month-of coordinator and she was worth her weight in gold. She spent hours with us in the month leading up to the wedding, getting inside of my head to know every detail and nuiance of my vision. 9 days before our wedding I got a call that my grandfather was at the end. It was time to say goodbye. So I called my DOC, told her it was all in her hands, and went to take care of my family. While I was dealing with funeral homes, she was touching base with all of my vendors for final confirmation. While I was grieving, she was planning where different decor items would go and reaching out to check on me. And on our wedding day she made sure everything stayed on schedule, went out and got me a new crochet hook to button and unbutton my dress when I realized I had forgotten mine at home, worked with our florist and venue when our venue changed the entire set-up schedule without warning, set-up all of our non-floral decor (card cage, guestbook frame, family photos, etc.), organized family members for a smooth portrait session, handled our iPod music for the ceremony/cocktail hour/reception, and basically gave me the ability to relax and enjoy myself because I knew she had everything under control. If your DOC is good, you won’t even know the myriad hiccups he/she handles on your behalf. They work in the background so that the couple and family members can relax and enjoy the moment.

    Post # 14
    Member
    1367 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I wish I’d had a DOC.

    I’m not sure I would have needed her beyond the day but it would have been nice to have someone to follow up on details.  There were some little things we forgot to do like put a pen with the guest book and I’d ordered corsages for my mom and MIL to be delivered to the venue and forgot to give it to them.

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