Post # 1
My May wedding is going to be a pretty laid back affair. We’re having it at my aunt and uncle’s restored barn and aren’t really sticking to a lot of traditions. Still, as much as I’m planning myself, I’m beginning to think a DOC is a good idea.
Lots of family have offered help with tasks, but I’d rather our guests enjoy the day and not have jobs to do. Now, because we didn’t have a DOC in our budget, I’m having a lot of trouble finding one for less than $2500. I was able to get creative with the budget to free up about $1000, but that’s about my limit.
Is it possible to find someone who will really take the time to go over our wedding with me and then be on top of everything that day? Should I give up?
Post # 3
I assume you’re getting married in Cinci but live in IL? I haven’t had much luck, either, for that price. Plus, I had a friend with a horror story about a DOC she hired. We wound up asking an aunt who really wanted to be involved in the planning but who we didn’t really want to be involved, you know? But, one of her wonderful features is that she butts in and fixes things when they need to be fixed and though we kept turning down her offers, she has the $$ to fix things if they need to be taken care of and we can pay her back later (though she probably won’t let us). I am working on a very detailed binder for her with contract copies, phone numbers, backup numbers, etc. – she runs her own business and is very organized. We are taking the money and buying her a nice gift. I would never feel comfortable asking a friend to do this but when my FH suggested this might be a nice way to get his Aunt Wants to Help off our backs and solve the DOC dilemma, I said great! Maybe you have a similar person? Good luck!
Post # 4
@ksutt7711: Are you a Cincinnati or Chicago bride?
Post # 5
I am a Cincy bride, but currently live in Chicago. (Another reason why I feel like we could use some help as we get closer to the day!)
We’ve thought about asking family, but I don’t have anyone that I’d really feel comfortable asking (the people who would do it for me in a heartbeat are the ones I really want to enjoy the wedding day).
Post # 6
Can I suggest the i-do boutique? It’s a wedding planning boutique in the O’Bryonville neighborhood. Their full DOC services are a little pricey, but they have some GREAT partial day and a la carte services.
I visited the boutique for their complimentary resources only, but I know they are experts at what they do.
Post # 7
Try CRAIGSLIST. I got my day-of coordinator there for less than $300. She’s professional and experienced, but works on her own so there are no extra fees.
Im in the Baltimore area.
Post # 8
@coffeekitty: Interesting idea! I might check that out!