Post # 1
Happy New Year!
I am getting married in October. I have realized that even though the hotel has a coordinator, it may be a good idea to get someone to help out on the day of the wedding. The problem is that I’m not sure if I have the budget for a Day of Coordinator. Does anyone know of any affordable Day of Coordinators in the Chicago area?
Post # 2
We used the venue’s day-of co-ordinator twice, and it worked out just fine. As long as you have some one to set-up and clean-up the decor (florist/decor vendors usually do this), and the hotel will do their own set-up and clean-up, you should be fine.
Post # 3
Cluelessbride10: I really don’t think you need a day of coordinator unless you have like 600 guests and numerous locations to deal with. My sister had the hotel coordinator and I had the coordinator of my venue and that was more than enough. Vendors around here know what they are doing and don’t need someone to coordinate them ( hence why chicago area weddings are sooo expensive)
Save the money in my opinion
Post # 4
Makes sense. I just keep on hearing how helpful they are. We are inviting around 200 but are expecting a high decline rate with my parents’ relatives. I just want to relax that day and not worry about the florist showing up.
Post # 5
Cluelessbride10: my bff went with the built in coordinator, and she didn’t give a shit about anything not directly related to the venue, it was a bad mistake. She really regrets it. The whole day was chaos panic and confusion (seriously!) Typically any service thats built in to your package will be mediocre and/or half hearted. A good coordinator will make the whole weekend smooth.
One of my friends used Kate Lerman in Chicago and she was great, not sure of pricing but the wedding was on a budget so I bet shes affordable.
Post # 6
I used Five Grain Events and it was the best money I spent. All their coordinators are awesome and the price was great for everything they do. It was so nice to just sit back and pay someone else to worry!!
Post # 7
Cluelessbride10: Have you explored the vendors on your hotel’s “suggested vendor list?” They’re the ones that they will have insurance certificates on file, and will pretty much ensure that past performance is indicative of future work. We went with mostly suggested vendors and it drastically cut-down on the hundreds of vendors we could have considered.
Post # 8
1. I’d get a private coordinator if I were you. I’ve seen terrible on-site coordinators. Mywedding was only 50 guests and I still had a coordinator because I didn’t want to be stressed out on the day of
2. I wouldn’t go with a hotel’s preferred list. Some of those vendors pay or have kick backs to be on those list
I’d post a craigslist ad looking for an affordable coordinator and find someone who has good reviews and has done multiple weddings in the past.
Post # 9
- Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)
Thumbtack.com was where I found my coordinator. Great app for getting bids when you dont have time to do massive research or just want to see whats out there. I got 6 bids in 24 hours for day of coordinators (2 weeks before my wedding) and all ranged $500-$750 for day of services.