Post # 1
With the 100 day mark coming up, I was starting to stress over what I haven’t done yet and the fact that I will be working more in a few weeks and will probably have less time. But just the other day my dad called and told be that he would be contributing $500 toward the wedding (!!!) after I had mentioned to him a few days earlier how nice it would be to have a day of coordinator. We are also UNDER BUDGET somehow, so these two factors mean I’m actually able to hire a wedding planner for the day of!
Unfortunately, the planner I had in mind would be out of town on my date. She recommended another planner who works for her. I gave her a call and we really hit it off. She has worked at our venue several times and really seems to know her stuff. She has a easygoing personality and genuinely seems to have a passion for weddings, which I find important. After I explained to her what I had done so far, she said I was ahead of the game so there is no need to be concerned. What a relief! That phone call last night really seemed to take some weight off my shoulders.
Did you later decide to have a planner or DOC? Or were you able to add something you initially left out of the budget you thought you wouldn’t be able to afford?
Post # 4
It depends on a lot of things, starting with venue and the services they offer, size of the event/number of guests, formal/unformal, guests’ expectations, and complexity of the event.
To give a comparison, my wedding ceremony and reception are in the same venue, which is a 3-deck riverboat, with different events on each deck. We’re expecting about 100 people, about 60 of which will come from the same hotel via shuttle busses that we are hiring. We are having a 4-hour window for the whole shebang, and doing cocktail hour, passed and station hors d’ouvres, and a plated starter followed by a buffet dinner.
I am NOT hiring a DOC. I don’t see it being worth the extra money. At the hotel, I’ve got two friends volunteering to do head counts so the busses don’t leave anyone behind; the caterer is handling all the decor swaps between floors; the boat comes with a cruise manager who will oversee cues for the officiant and the DJ; everything is written down as to timing of events; there really isn’t much to do that would warrant the charge for a DOC.
As for the money I’m not spending on a DOC, well, I’m not spending it at all. If I didn’t want to spend $500 on favors, I’m still not going to want to spend $500 on favors, even if that’s $500 I’m not giving the DOC.