Post # 1
This will be the only thing that I am personally paying for (not the parents, not the fiance) because it is the thing I’m doing for my own sanity. That said, I’m a graduate student, and so am on a budget.
What does a wedding DOC go for in the DC/Baltimore area go for? How much can I expect to pay? Any recommendations out there??
Post # 3
I had a friend do it for me and she did an excellent job!!! Do you have any detail oriented friends who could specifically take on that task for you?
Post # 4
check out craigslist. that’s where i got mine.
Post # 5
We’re using Rebecca from Wish Special Events. We got the partial planning package and can’t imagine not having the help with planning since I’m a grad student and my fiance was finishing up his residency!! I think their day of/month of pricing is around $1500. They are definitely reasonably priced for the area. We love, love, love Rebecca! She’s really knowledgable, responsive to emails and phone calls, great with brain storming and inspiration, and just fun to be around.
Post # 6
I’m using Diana from Eventi Planning. You can see on her website, DOC services cost $600. So far she’s been awesome and I really liked her when we met. Can’t speak to the actual day since I’m 8 months out, but so far so good.
Post # 7
I worked with Lynnecia Johnson from Sophisticated Events. She was amazing to work with and I am SO glad I had a DOC! I found her in the classified section of the Bee offering discounted DOC services to build her wedding portfolio, so I don’t know what her normal rate is. But she is organized, friendly, talented and all around fantastic.
Post # 8
My aunt is planning on doing it for me. DOC could be pricey, so maybe you can find a friend or family member that can help you out that day. I plan on finding checklists to make sure we don’t forget anything, but she has been married before so she knows everything that has to be done.
Post # 10
@millaybrowning: I’ve worked with Briana at Nouvelle Weddings several times & she has always been A+, on top of her game! http://www.nouvelleweddings.com
Post # 11
What even is a DOC? What do they do that a friend couldn’t do?
Post # 12
@ellabee: Yeah, a good friend might be able to do the duties of a Day-of Coordinator– coordinating with vendors, keeping the schedule of the day, making sure all the details are in place where they should be, paying vendors, etc etc etc. BUT I really don’t want to be putting a friend (or my mother) through all that work. I tend to worry, and I think I will feel best having someone who is paid to take of details so no one involved has to think about it. The idea of managing the transition between ceremony and pictures, pictures to cocktail hour, cocktail hour to reception (all at one venue) in particular kind of gets my heart racing, and I want someone else to handle that.
Post # 13
Good Luck with your planning, having a professional DOC for the day is priceless. Not having to worry about your timeline and having a point person to be the “go to” person for all is great. Just make sure you do your homework and decide exactly what you need between now and your wedding. Investigate & Interview before you Invest. Best Wishes ~Kay
Post # 14
We just hired ours and I’m so excited about it!! I got 3 DOC quotes – $1200, $800 and $300. We went with the least expensive b/c she was a great deal AND came with rave reviews. We are not in the DC area however but we found something reasonable after taking the time to look. Just make sure to get lots of quotes before deciding. Plus check out online reviews. That what was made our decision easy! Good Luck!!
Post # 15
I am using Kellery at Kelley Cannon Events. She and her staff are wonderful and very reasonable!!!
Post # 16
Vaneisha Brown at Your Happily Ever After Events. She is very reasonable and we love working with her so far.