Post # 1
From everything I’ve read online, having a day-of coordinator is a serious priority. But – even after interviewing one – I really can’t see any reason for it. We’re having about 150 people, ceremony + reception in the same place, and a caterer who’s professional and very organized. Also, I am extremely organized. Right now it seems like it’d be useful to have a DOC to take down the decorations and lighting, but I can’t justify paying almost $1k for that alone.
What did your DOC do that “saved” your wedding day?
Post # 3
Mine totally sucked so the only thing that she saved me was a trip to the hall. If you have alot of setup to do, I would totally recommend someone to do it for you, I would kill to have that few hours back and been able to enjoy getting ready rather than rushing around to set everything up.
Post # 4
I’m interested to hear this as well. We interviewed one when we needed help setting up, but not that we are able to do it ourselves I also can’t justify the money.
Post # 5
I wish some bees who used one would write in! I’m really curious about this. I have some set up that I am going to need to have done and am really thinking I should hire a DOC. But the cost is so high. Is this really something I can’t ask a close friend or family member to do?
Post # 6
We decided not to hire one because our caterer/venue also helps set up the day of timeline and coordinates with out DJ. The only thing they’re not doing is coordinating the ceremony but our officiant is going to help figure out the processional so I asked a friend to be our ceremony coordinator because all we need is for someone to help get people down the aisle in the right order. But we looked into hiring a DOC and the one we found and liked listed these as their services.
- Wedding Day Director (8 hour coverage)
- Confirmation of all vendors (Based on information provided by the bride)
- Create and finalize timeline for event & distribute to vendors
- Vendor arrival & delivery
- Ceremony, Grand Entrance, First Dance, Dinner, Cake
- Organize and Direct Rehearsal
- Assist with set up
- Place cards
- Guest book
- Organize wedding party for ceremony
- Escort guest to reception area
- Assist in location of seats
- Prepare for Grand Entrance
- Follow through Event timeline
Post # 7
@redhead46: It feels to me like these things, while definitely nice to have someone do for you, they can be dealt with before hand if you just put the time into planning it all
Post # 8
We managed without a DOC. The biggest issue was getting the reception venue decorated. Fortunately, we were allowed into the venue for a couple of days before the reception. A friend and I decorated it, while NotFroofy baked our wedding cake.
Post # 9
@adnama: I agree, which is why we’re not hiring one. But our caterer is also coordinating the timeline with our DJ for us and is going to help the reception run smoothly and our officiant is going to design the ceremony for us so I just have to go over that with my friend who will help coordinate that the day of. Now if our caterer/venue person didn’t help with the timeline, set up reception, and coordinating with our DJ I definitely would have hired a DOC because I wouldn’t want to be worrying about all those things the day of.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our DOC made the day run smoothly so that no one (not me, Mr. LK, or our families and friends) had to work or make decisions. She spent the month leading up to the wedding having in-depth conversations with Mr. LK and I to know our exact vision for everything. She coordinated family members for the formal photos. She set-up and took down/packed all of our decor. She handled all of the gifts, made sure that we had certain things waiting in our suite for us, and handled a huge issue between our venue/caterer and our florist when the venue changed the set-up timeline without giving us any notice. She went out and found me a crochet hook when I forgot mine at home (the crochet hook is necessary for buttoning and unbottoning my dress!!!!) And when my Grandfather died 7 days before our wedding, leaving us grief stricken and in no shape to handle the last minute wedding crap, she swooped in and made it all okay. I didn’t need to mworry about the wedding stuff because she was on top of it. So I could just be with and take care of my family instead. My DOC was worth her weight in gold. Life happens. In My Humble Opinion, it’s always a good idea to hire pros who can handle things, because you honestly never know when you won’t be in a position to handle them yourself. Being super organized, as I was, doesn’t prevent tragedy. Bu it does mean that you’ve prepared for the worst so that you can hope for the best.
Post # 11
So far, ours is totally worth it. Our venue didn’t provide a coordinator so we were totally on our own for organizing the event, so I hired a DOC. She is coordinating all of our vendors that I booked to figure out delivery and arrival times, has nailed down a timeline for the day of and will be responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly the day of. She’s going the run the rehearsal as well. She and her assistant will also oversee setting up and tearing down the event and packing everything up. I want my family/friends to ENJOY my wedding, not work it. For me, the added cost has been totally worth it.
I’m an extremely organized person, but right now I’m so stressed out, I can’t imagine doing everything myself! Less than 2 weeks away and she’s taking care of everything and getting all my vendors in line. I just have to show up on my wedding day and let everything happen around me!
ETA: She’s also promised to keep my mother away from me and distracted while I get ready for the day. That alone is worth the $1200. :p