Post # 1
I’m in the process of choosing a day-of wedding planner, and I’m wondering if there’s anything that I should look for in particular. Obviously the more weddings she’s planned the better, but what else should I be looking for besides having a "connection" and the price?
Any ideas or your experience with a DOC would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
When I was looking, I would give them a possible scenario at the wedding (the florist is late or the cake fell of the table) and ask them how they would handle it.
Also feel the person out to see if they receive kickbacks for recommending certain vendors. If you feel comfortable, you can ask them directly. I know that was a bit of a problem for me, because a DOC kept pushing his "preferred" photographer, even while I was interviewing him.
Also ask about how you can communicate with him/her. I liked a DOC that responded fast to my emails, but also had the option of meeting in person if I wanted to.
Last, I would pay attention to how organized they are. The DOC we finally chose showed up to the meeting with a folder with all the emails we had communicated printed out. She was very prepared and seemed in control. I felt she could competently handle any situation that may arise on the wedding day.
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Post # 5
I really liked the asking scenarios idea above. You really need to get a sense as too how hands on this person is willing to be in case of emergencies. You don’t want just a DOC that is expecting to just boss around your friends and helpers and is unwilling to pull up her sleeve to get the job done if needed.
You might also want to ask her what things she pays attention to during a wedding. This can tell you if she is detailed oriented or if she is just following the schedule and making sure things that you tell her to do are done. Yes, you need a DOC that can keep you on schedule but is she going to notice the little things like say the punch bowl is empty and get someone to refill it or that a strand of your hair is out of place and fix it. I guess I’m kind of picky since I’ve been a DOC for a number of people and I’m really anal so I kind of look for every little thing to be right regardless if it’s a normal job of a DOC.
Post # 6
Ask them what their methodology and timeline is for DOC. When will they start contacting your vendors? When will they send you a final timeline?Make sure that during your first meeting with them, you go over a general timeline with them for the day, and that they appear comfortable with that. Look for someone who asks good follow-up questions, gives timing suggestions (such as knowing that you need at least a 3 hour window to set-up a reception), stuff like that. I have a form that I go over with all of my DOC clients that asks for everything from contact numbers and addresses for the bride and groom to potential vendor needs and notes about what’s REALLY important to the bride and groom that day (i.e, time with their friends, keeping the dance floor jumping), plus any family or personal conflicts that might come up. For instance, a few months ago I had a bride that felt that her father might cause some problems, so I made sure to make friends with him, and told him to let me know if he needed anything, which mostly consisted of bar runs and listening to him talk about how proud he was of his daughter.