(Closed) To book or not to book a day of coordinator

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t have any good advice, but I’ve been wondering about this, too, so BUMP!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have two friends who have gotten married – one hired a day of coordinator, one had a VERY organized friend who specifically acted as day of coordinator. Both were very very happy they had someone to handle the details on that day.

I have hired a DOC, but I hired someone who is relatively new to the business and I am also doing a trade with her for marketing services, so my out-of-pocket is only $300. I needed someone, because my centerpieces are submerged flowers with LED lights in the bottom and candles on top, so they can’t be set up more than a couple of hours in advance of the ceremony. I didn’t want to ask friends to do it because the wedding is out of town by a few hours for all of them.

It is going to totally be worth it for that price. She will help coordinate the rehearsal, manage all the setup and teardown the day of, make sure all my other vendors deliver as promised, meet with my venue with me for a final setup run through, bring back all the gifts at the end of the night plus all our centerpieces and other things we are bringing in for decor, etc.

Wouldn’t have been worth $1500 to me. But for $300 – heck yes. So maybe look for someone who is new to the business, if you are comfortable with that? That didn’t bother me because I am SO organized – I literally just need someone to be able to follow instructions off of a sheet I give them.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m getting married in April  and have a wedding planner she been very helpful and worth the money already and I’m happy day of all of my friends and family members can relax and enjoy the day.

Depending on your venue and how much set up has to be done I think it’s helpful. Most of the weddings I attend there is doc, wedding planner, or the a venue with a in house person who handles the details. If you have lots of things to set up, decor moving from church/ceremony location to reception location then I think a doc is need.

The most important reason is your family and friends and in some cases bride and groom won’t be running around and working. I love my cousin wedding but I and a lot of family members missed huge chunks of it because we had to set up her table/decor, clean up, handle the buffet setup and all that. I was happy to help and her wedding was beautiful but I didn’t get to enjoy myself as much as I normally would at an event. The bride and groom were also working and running around a bit too much when they should have been enjoying there day. I think if you afford it or have to cut other parts of budget to get a doc you definitely should. That way everyone gets to enjoy the wedding.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

There are very few things I regret from our at-home reception (which had a 135 person guest list at a fancy golf course, so basically your typical wedding reception). One of those things is NOT hiring a DOC!

It’s not like we NEEDED one, but I really think it would have made the day run smoother and left me less stressed. If it’s in the budget, I would definitely recommend one.  

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

If you’re worried about spending the money could you ask a friend to be your back-up problem solver? 

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