Post # 1
I need some advice. I love the wedding planning process, but on the day of I want to be able to relax (as much as possible) and not have to worry about every little detail. We are having a backyard wedding so a lot of set up is required and I need a right hand woman. With that said, even though we are on a budget, I want to hire a Day of coordinator. I have found one that I was going to go with…price is fair from what I’ve seen, and she has a lot of experience and great reviews. Just yesterday I was looking on craigslist and saw an ad for a DOC who is just starting out and is in need of building her portfolio. She linked her website which seems very professional and legit. I contacted her and she got back to me right away. Her original pricing is $650 but she is currently doing a half off special because she is trying to build her portfolio. So that’s $325 for a DOC!!! It’s an amazing deal and half of my brain keeps telling me to take it, but the other half is saying walk away due to her lack of experience. I am going to be setting up a skype interview with her within the next few days (I live in a different state) so I will be able to get a better feel for her talents. But for now I’m just looking for opinions…should I be thanking my lucky stars that I found this amazing deal, or should I be cautious and remind myself you get what you pay for???
Post # 2
That’s a great deal! Does she have references you could contact? Or someone who could attest to her professional work ethic? Even if she doesn’t have a ton of client references, there should be someone who could say whether or not she works hard/meets deadlines/is organized, etc.
I think it’s all about how valuable this time is to you. My DOC is really a month-of-coordinator, where she not only organizes the logistics of the rehearsal and the wedding, but she’s in touch with our vendors and the venue in the weeks leading up to the venue. We’re paying around $800 for that. But like you, I want to just be able to relax on the day of the wedding and spend time with our family.
I would book her, but only if you are open to a plan B, which might entail you having to keep a closer eye on things during set up, or potentially asking a couple cousins or friends to help set up in case she drops the ball. But the fact that she responded to you quickly is a good sign; I’ve had so many issues finding people who can respond in a timely fashion.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Do it! We had a backyard-style wedding and had a ton of setup the morning of. In retrospect i definitely would have paid 300 bucks for someone to manage it. You’ll probably still need other people to help (friends and family who volunteer, hopefully) but this way you won’t have to be in charge.
Post # 4
I found a great planner who is trying to build her portfolio. I was able to afford her for a full year because she was so reasonable. She was already working at a local venue and had connections with local vendors. I think if she has the experience to help you, you should go for it! Make sure you know what she is bringing to the table.
Post # 5
LeeBee88: If she checks out during your interview, I would go with her. Sounds like a great deal and you’re also helping her out too. Experience is good but if this new DOC is dedicated and working to do well to build her portfolio then she will likely do a great job too.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Henry Ford Museum
Everyone has to start somewhere- she could be fantastic, and it could be a really great deal.
I would ask her to give you specific examples of the following:
-How she stays organized
-How she is prepared to handle last minute changes in plans
-How she is prepared to handle problems that may arise (with wardrobe, food, decor, vendors, etc.)
-What she brings with her (such as a binder with all your wedding information and logistics and an emergency kit)
I would also make sure that I like her persoanlity. This is someone you could be spending a lot of time with on your wedding day. You want to make sure that she’s someone you enjoy being around and who makes you feel calm.