(Closed) Bad Coordinator experience–anyone else have one?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Oh yikes, that’s terrible!  Where’d you find this lady?

Ours was nice to have her around for the most part.  There was some torn up stuff though after she locked our dog in a room (wedding at home) during the dinner that he wasn’t supposed to be in.  He’s calm if he has his things but will freak out in a new room without anything familiar, especially when he hears 100 people in the house.  We told her this and I even told her again when I heard him crying and said just tell my dad to go calm him down and get his bed, that’s all he needed, but she was too bossy to listen so torn up stuff and a scratched door resulted.  He was fine for the rehearsal when she wasn’t there but for some reason she felt like she knew our dog better than we did. 

Post # 4
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2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our wedding coordinator lied to us about booking a band so now we don’t have one a month before our wedding, up the prices on everything, lied about being able to get FI’s favorite microbrew, told us people would help us set up and then said they wouldn’t, lied about setting up conference calls with the food and beverage guy (her boss), threw fellow employees under the bus (all lies), and told us she’d help us set up only when asked about specifics she said she wouldn’t. She has been fired and will not be allowed to attend our wedding.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Yeah, my Mother-In-Law really wanted to have a DOC since it was at her house, which is completely understandable.  But we talked to one girl who had just put up a website and was starting out.  Despite that she still wanted a pretty penny.  She was basing her business on that she had planned her own wedding but really was quite unrealistic when we were talking about our set up and while she was nice I didn’t feel like she was really listening to what we said – me and her obviously had different styles of weddings but I’m like hey this is my wedding now.  All the things she said she’d ‘help’ with just seemed like interference and a nuisance and like we’d have to explain things 10x to get her to execute in the way we had already planned out.    I was really glad we sat down to talk to her before hiring her and spending all that $$.

Post # 7
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

jeez and this is exactly why i just did things myself and didn’t hire a coordinator for our wedding.  all of this sounds too scary to me.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our was a friendor, but I was still REALLY disappointed in how unprofessional she was.  She assured us that she had coordinated dozens of her friends’ weddings and she used to be the event planner for my now husband’s workplace, so I figured she would be fine with the limited number of tasks we needed her to do. 

She did okay at first with the decoration set up, but as things progressed it got worse and worse. The reason I had her was so that she could keep an eye on the schedule so I didnt have to, but I found that I had to constantly tell her what to do and even then we were still way behind schedule by dinnertime.  Later on I found out that a lot of tasks she had passed on ot my guests!  Like loading presents into our car and stuff like that.  The icing on the cake though was that she had promised us that she wouldn’t be drinking, but apparently she was sneaking drinks and by the end of the night she was completely wasted!  The only person in the entire event to be drunk.  I had to physically wrestle her car keys out of her hand to keep her from driving home.  In my wedding dress.  What a nightmare.

Post # 10
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2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Technically ours was the venue coordinator, but she kept telling us that she’d handle stuff for us and wouldn’t give us numbers so that we could do it ourselves. So no band and I’m still trying to figure out my hair.

Post # 11
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2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oh my gosh, this thread breaks my heart. For anyone that’s considering hiring a coordinator, please, please check references and reviews online!

Our DOC was amazing, and I didn’t have to worry about a single thing during our wedding.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Yikes. Luckily, our coordinator comes with our venue and is the proprietess and has gotten amazing reviews. She’s a bit cold and very calculating, but I think that’s someone I want getting things done on my wedding day.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Wow, this is scary. I’m definitely going to be on my p’s and q’s when looking for a coordinator. My cousin had a DOC who was a close friend of hers who had no clue what to do the day of the wedding. She was standing around and looking out of place; doing random things like sweeping the walkway near the food (it was an outdoor wedding and reception all in one), not announcing the transitions at appropriate times….just a mess.

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