Post # 1
So I was on Bee TV last night and many of the girls on there said (post-wedding) how they wish they had hired a DOC or how they were so glad they got one at the last minute.
I’m thinking I need one now too. Except, my fiance disagrees and definitely wouldn’t allow me to spend more than $300 on one if we did get one.
I’ve looked in my area and have found three people that seem to be starting out as wedding coordinators. One has an ad on craigslist offering free coordinator services because they are just starting out. Another has a more professional website and quoted me $300-500 for day-of services. Another has a website, it’s not that great though and looks kind of unorganized, and quoted me $200 for her services but said she could do it for less since she knows I’m on a budget.
I’m leaning toward the $300-500 one since she seems to be more professional and has more experience. But I’m waiting to hear back on the free offer to see what type of experience that person has and to make sure they are not a craigslist scammer. The lady who can do it for $200 seems nice too, but I have a hard time believing someone can really do everything I want them to do in one day for less than $200. And someone who will do it for free? Are these people selling themselves short? Are they really going to do a good job? I don’t want to deal with another vendor who I’m just going to have to dictate everything to and worry that they might not get it right either. I mean, the day of coordinator needs to make sure they understand everything I want them to do. Will they really be able to do that at these prices? What do you all think?
Post # 3
Damn. $800 is the cheapest I could find in Santa Barbara. The next up was $1200. Then they started charging about $1800. Sounds like you found a bargain!
Post # 4
yeah I’m in the midwest… so things might be a little cheaper here.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Quotes I’ve received are free (just starting out) to $2,200 (reasonably well known). I thought I would have to spend $600-800 (which would mean no DOC for me, because it’s out of the budget). I only need someone to take care of discrete tasks, so I’m okay with using a less expensive or free coordinator, but if I wanted someone to take a lot of initiative and to “execute” a “vision,” I would not feel comfortable using someone who had just started an event planning business.
Post # 6
I think $800 is outrageous for a DOC. Maybe not too unreasonable a DOC+ but for someone to be there for one day, $800 is a lot of money to spend. I have heard values between $200-$500.
Post # 7
yeah if I’m going to hire one I want to make sure everything is “executed” correctly and that the person can take charge. I don’t want someone who is scared to approach all the vendors to keep them on track.
So maybe a more experienced person is the way to go…
Post # 8
In Vancouver, the prices start around $500 for a DOC. This includes 2 sessions to go over the details, vendor confirmation, rehearsal coaching & supervision, etc.
Like most wedding related services, I believe the price depends on where you live. Obviously California is going to cost more than Kentucky! I would suggest shopping around to get quotes in your area to get an idea as to what is the “norm”
Sometimes people who are just getting into the industry offer free services. They are usually looking to build their portfolio or to get references. You have to start somewhere… I definitely wouldn’t rule them out! Unless, are you finding all your DOCs online?
Post # 9
the free girl just said she couldn’t do it. that leaves me to decide between the $200 or $300 coordinators!
Post # 10
We hired our DOC for $950, and she has 10 years experience. Worth every penny, if you ask me, and it’s not a very “metropolitan”area.
I was also quoted at $1200 for one as well, so I think the rates you’re getting are very reasonable!
As for your fiance, ask him if he’d rather relax the morning of the wedding, or direct vendors and deal with the chaos of setting up the venue? 🙂 I’m pretty sure that $300-$500 will seem worth it to him. You’re paying for time, basically. Time to spend with your loved ones the morning of your wedding and not worry about a thing!
Post # 11
Don’t say no to either one until you’ve met both just to be on the safe side. Ask them both for references and make sure they’ll include stuff you really need to get done the day of.