(Closed) Are you hiring a wedding planner and/or day coordinator?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I can’t comment on your location or the price in your area, but we decided to go with a day of coordinator and i am so glad we will be doing it. At first it kind of seemed like an extra crazy expense, but i think having the peace of mind in the end will make me feel 100% better on the day of the wedding.

Post # 4
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106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t live in the area, but we hired a day-of coordinator for the peace of mind.  Both my mom and FI are event planners but I wanted to make sure that everyone enjoyed the day headache free!

Post # 6
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12621 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We hired a DoC because the venue didn’t come with one, and it’s the one wedding payment I’ve been 100% fine making! 

Post # 8
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1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t know the cost for DOC’s in Manhattan, but for my wedding (I’m in the Boston area) we just hired one for the day before and the day of for a total of $1000 ($500 per day).

I am perfectly OK with that decision because I want nothing to do with delivery, set-up, missing items, too many items, chair covers, place settings or sound systems! 🙂

Post # 9
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5014 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My wedding is in San Diego, so not quite as expensive as NYC but definitely up there. I am hiring a wedding planner with a 9-month contract for almost full-service (we are helping, but she will attend all the meetings and do budget and help with decor and do everything the week- and day-of). She is $3K, but some we met with were up to $4K and there was one I didn’t meet with who charged $12,500 for full service and $6,500 for partial service (ridiculous!!). For “day-of” (it’s really more like 2 weeks before) most of them charge about $1,500.

Post # 11
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I decided to get one just for day of, although in the city I’ll be getting married in (New Orleans) they all seem to characterize their services as “month of” and will supposedly gather and review contracts and finalize last minute issues. Like others, I wanted to plan the wedding myself but did NOT want to be the one everyone runs to with problems and questions on the day of. The one I selected was the cheapest I could find at $1000. A couple others I talked to charged $1500. I’m kind of stressed out because the one I chose has some bad reviews that have cropped up since I hired her, although she was recommended to me by another reputable vendor. The more established coordinators/planners seemed to only be interested in full planning services for brides with high budgets. So I’m already kind of stressed out about my choice, and I would definitely encourage you to check out reviews and referrals, but there was only so much I was willing to pay for someone to do one day’s worth of work (hard work, but still!).

Post # 13
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2786 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We hired a DOC…all the DIY stuff was adding up, and I was concerned about getting it all set up, etc….I asked FI, assuming he’d be against any added wedding costs and he was THRILLED we could actually pay someone else to worry about that stuff.

Post # 14
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2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Our venue comes with 2, but if it didn’t I would for sure hire a DOC for a piece of mind.

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