Post # 1
I haven’t actually thought about it until this weekend but while going through the planning process I realized I will need an assistant for part of the day. I’ll need someone to help set up the venue (small venue, light candles, etc), clean up (no hard core washing, just taking our personal belongings out), and manage the iPod in the dock (turn it on/off) and helping me keep time. No serving of the food, no hard core cleaning, no bar tending, etc.
I was going to do some of that myself but I can’t imagine changing into my street clothes to clean the venue after my wedding at 11:00 at night.
I was thinking about looking for someone on Craigslist but not sure how much I should pay him/her. I know it would be at least minimum wage up to about $20-25/hour. I’m always thinking in terms of Bay Area rates so $20+ might be too much for Portland…
What are your thoughts? Who are you going to have handle those little things? Or who did you have? Did you hire someone? How much did you pay that person?
Post # 4
I’ve done this a number of times and generally have been paid $200-300 for the day and my meals were provided during the day. It’s also been more then that but for those I put food away, refilled punch bowls, cut cake, etc. Hope that helps you. I am in the midwest and the bridal salons I work through have said im middle to less expensive than the big city coordinators. But i love planning and paying attention to details. This isnt my full time job, just part time fun way to make a little cash and keep the planner in me in check. Good luck!
Post # 5
@CARA1978: I highly recommend getting a day-of coordinator.
I seriously wish I had had one on my wedding day, & now I have offered to be the coordinator for my friend.
I would probably pay about $15-$20 per hour, depending on how demanding & exacting of a person you are.
Three of the things I would have benefitted the most from on my wedding day with a coordinator would have been someone to make announcements, such as when dinner is served if it is buffet style & where people need to be for pictures etc.. (I had one of my bridesmaids make the annoucements, which took her away from other things I wanted her to be doing).
Another thing is somebody to have control over the lighting in the reception hall. The lighting at the beginnin couple hours of our reception was very harsh & bright, & it is now one of my biggest regrets considering that I spent all this money on beautiful candle light & decor that would have looked best in soft romantic lighting. I wish my venue (despite being awesome) would have used some taste on that one instead of just flicking every single light in the joint on.
& also make sure you give someone sole control over the ipod. I left my groom in charge of music, who then “worked it out” by passing the chore onto my sister, who then got hammered & we basically had just as much dead air time during the dancing portion of the reception as we did actual music. Also, make sure that your coordinator makes it clear that she is not a DJ, & therefore won’t be taking requests for songs. That was a huge reason why shit got so out of hand at our reception with the dead air since my sister had to take a good 4 minutes to find the song on youtube in order to play the requested song (& she was trashed, no less). Just stick to the program & save yourself embarassment & annoyance.
Post # 6
Ours is $1200 for our day of coordinator AND her assistant. They will be with us for 12 hours. We also have to pay for their meals so that’s an extra $160.
I was against it but my mom is the one paying for the wedding and she wanted one – the more I read about brides that have them, the more I’m happy we’re having one. It sounds like ours is a good one and they do a lot.
Post # 7
I’m paying $625 (for 8 hours), but everything seems to be more expensive in NY!!!!!
Post # 8
I’m paying $750 for the entire day + rehearsal + an assistant the day of, and feel like I’m getting a steal. I’d say for what you need, at least $20 an hour, and preferably someone who has at least had a wedding of their own so they know what to expect. An inept assistant is only going to cause you more grief.
Post # 9
Ours was $800 for a DOC and that is considered fairly low in our area. She was there from setup to breakdown. We included meals for her and her assistant. IMO, worth every penny! Definitely get someone to help you and who knows what he/she is doing. You will not have time to worry about little things!
Post # 10
People around here charge between $500 and $1500 for the day. Mine was $1200, but there was a lot included. She is creating a timeline for our day, takes care of a lot of little details the day of, will do a walk through of our venue before hand to make sure she knows it, and a lot of other little things during the actual day. She is well worth the price to me!
Post # 11
DOCs in our area start at about $850 and many are over $1k. She was not expected to do anything yours isn’t expected to do, e.g. bartending, heavy cleaning, etc. She didn’t even need to do much in the way of setup. Her job was to manage the day, coordinate timing between vendors and to make sure everything was running smoothly. For cleaning/bartending, we had the catering staff do that and for setup, it was the florist’s job as well as a close friend of ours (for a few little things).
Post # 12
@Kiznym: Thank you for the numbers you gave me. That’s very helpful.
@Kat: I like the list of possible responsibilities. I will speak the person in charge of the venue to confirm what exactly he’s covering. In terms of the iPod, I am 100% in charge of it. My SO doesn’t even know what an IPod is (he does, but never used one) so it will be all up to me. Since it’s a small wedding and reception, I don’t know of anyone who would want to be in charge of it. Most of my guest from OR are friends of SO, many I’m not that familiar with. I will have to thing on this…
A DOC would probably cost half of what my venue is. We’re on a $5,000 budget so I’m not sure if we can swing a “pro” on that budget.
@mousepeach: $1,200 is the cost of our venue and dinner (for 35)! LOL
@stargazer102706: I know what you mean! I’m from the SF Bay and would never have (another) wedding there.
@missmess: I was thinking I would only need someone for 5 hours, I never thought I would need someone all day. I agree with you on hiring someone inept.
@mintblush: Thanks for the heads up! We are definitely going to provide meals, etc.