Post # 17
I think to a certain point all DOC’s packages are altered to each bride. Therefore, the $$ tag to each package is different. Don’t let the initial $ scare you off. Its just a ball park and since you don’t want a good amount of their service fluff your $ will (should) be much lower.
Here is a suggestion – – Whip together a detailed list of the exact things you want to have a DOC handle. Phone a DOC who you would be interested in working with let them know you have a certain budget you truly can’t go over and these are the things you’re looking to hire them for….
Post # 18
@jackie-o – i will try that! i am crossing my fingers. theres no way we can sqeeze more blood out of the rock that is our budget! LOL
Post # 19
What were you thinking is a fair price? I think sometimes we feel like how hard could this be! When in reality, just by what you said above : I don’t need a handmaid for the day of or a wedding planner for the week of. etc.etc. I kindof want a professional in case they screw up I have recorse you know!
I’m not sure that you are taking into account that this person has no idea of what your vision of this event is, if she has no contact except the day of ceremony set up. Of course she is going to screw up! Your probably going to be a stressed out mess the day of and you’ll be trying to tell her in a short period of time what your vision is and then leave her to make it come true AND hold it all down. Not to mention stick around till late hours to clean it up. DOC’s…work there butts off. Setting up a reception is the hardest part of a wedding. Handling any crisis that comes around during the last minute process means “taking all YOUR stress away and putting it on THEM.” What is that worth? What price would you want for doing that. (I’m serious…think about this)
A good DOC is worth her weight in gold! They are the difference between you enjoying your party or you being frustrated and overwhelmed by to many details.
Post # 20
I almost fainted at $700 from someone who had never been a DOC before.
We ended up having an acquaintance of Mother-In-Law who’d run events before being there at the church and then leaving to go back to the house as the wedding started to make sure everything was in place at the house. I think my Mother-In-Law paid her like $250 to be there and help out for 5 hours.
Post # 21
My DOC is $1800 and going to be worth every penny. We have also had four individual consults for $125 an hour with him. He does offer services where he plans the whole wedding for A LOT more, but I didn’t need someone to plan. Just someone to be the boss on my big day. They have been awesome and I am not going to have to worry about a thing. This si what is included in my DOC package:
- A personal Wedding Day Director
- At least one additional Queen of Hearts staff member (number of staff members determined by final guest count- no additional charge for additional staff)
- A two hour consultation to review your wedding details and contracts with both our principle designer and your Wedding Day Director
- Access to Consultants and your Wedding Day Director for advice via telephone or email
- Creation of a wedding timeline, detailed checklists and contact sheets
- A one hour walkthrough and finalization meeting with your reception venue
- Confirm details with each wedding professional the week of the wedding
- Wedding rehearsal coordination by your Wedding Day Director
- Wedding Day ‘check-in’ calls to bride and groom
- Confirm possession of wedding rings prior to leaving for ceremony
- Two hours of wedding ceremony coordination typically including:
- Organization and set up of ceremony
- Distribution of flowers to bridal party and family
- Line-Up bridal party and family for processional
- Cue / orchestrate wedding professionals for ceremony
- Organization of recessional and receiving line
- Five hours of reception coordination typically including:
- Maintain and coordinate timeline for all events during reception
- Cue bride and groom, bridal party, and parents for special events
- Deliver final payments and gratuities to wedding professionals
- Assist with gifts and personal items at the end of the event
- Wedding Day Emergency Kit
There is other stuff too but I’m too lazy to copy and paste. lol.
Post # 22
I put > $200 but I wanted to explain, mine is free! I have an aquaintance (someone I know but wouldn’t otherwise be invited to the wedding) who is getting married two months before me. We talk weddings a lot and both of us wanted a DOC but neither of us wanted to pay for one.
We are each others! Okay so we’re not pros. But we do really CARE because we’re both going through it and we’re both very organized (lawyers and all) and we’re both very okay taking charge when need be. I’m so excited to have a free DOC to take care of stuff on the day of!
Post # 23
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Ours was 1500. I almost choked to death when I heard the quote, but she’s awesome, so it’s all good.
Post # 24
I’m using the same DOC as Flamingred, so also paying $1,800. It took me a while to bite the bullet and book one, especially since both our church and reception site offer their own coordinators, but I couldn’t get comfortable with all the ‘other’ things like dealing with vendors on my wedding day and bossing everyone around. Everything is going to filter through my DOC so I can sit around and drink champagne. It’s worth every penny!!
Post # 25
i was shocked at DOC prices as well. i think we are getting an excellent deal with our DOC (who turns into all out planner for us 6 weeks out!!) and she has been super helpful since we have booked her, despite the fact that we had the major stuff booked already. i think its definitely worth it!
Post # 26
Setting all this up is an absolutely nightmare! definitely makes me appreciate us planning out own small wedding. Much better that way!
Post # 27
Are you getting married at either W&M or Colonial Williamsburg? If so, maybe you can contact W&M’s alumni house (or conference services) or CW’s special events department. Tell them exactly what you’re looking for and your budget, and they might have a list of local referrals. And even if you’re not getting married at either one, it wouldn’t hurt to contact them anyway. Since they both do a huge number of weddings, they probably have experience dealing with a range of needs and budgets, and they might be able to give you some names. Good luck!
Post # 28
My DOC charges $399 for:
- rehearsal coordinating
- detailed week of and day of timelines
- calling all vendors 2 weeks prior to confirm
- handling all payments/gratuities on day of
- visit to venues week of
- 4-5 staff members
- go to reception venue to make sure all is set up
- handling unexpected problems/guests
- ceremony coordinating
- cleaning up church after ceremony
- unlimited contact and meetings prior to wedding (I added this because a lot of the planners I got prices from limited calls/emails/meetings to a certain numbe)
I’m sure I’m missing a lot. But I am really pleased with her. Plus we get along great!!!!!! Both of our meetings have been 2+ hours full of wedding stuff and chatting! She is fairly new, so I think that helps with her pricing, but she’s great to work with!
Post # 29
@gotitang – im thinking for what i want around $500-700 at most. What i need is ONLY at the reception venue on the day of:
someone to put the overlays and centerpieces on the tables (they are floating candles)
someone to set up the foyer escort card table (place two flower settings from florist and put the little cards on the table)
someone to meet the cake dude, uplighting dude, and dj dude and show them where they are supposed to set up
set up the gift table
end of the night – ensure the gifts get to the cars and the table decorations get to my parents (most of this my parents will do pretty much though)
so its really just setting up. i dont need a baby sitter or anyone to do any problems with my hair makeup etc, my family can do that, but they will be getting ready when the reception venue should be setting upsooooo… hence the need for someone.
i am pretty organized too – i have mockups with photos of what everything will look like, and diagrams. i just have to make a detailed list of all the duties i need at the venue. very easy really – not deserving of over $1500!
Post # 30
@weebirdy – yes we are getting married at W&M Wren chapel and a reception off site at a nearby golf club – so i will give the alumni house a call 🙂
Post # 31
The DOC that I’m probably going to get is $1500 and that’s for month-of services, not just day-of. She is also available to review my vendor choices and provide ideas. I think it’s a pretty good deal! My venue does hav a site coordinator, but from what I’ve heard, most site coordinators only handle very specific items, and not the overall set-up/look of the day and also troubleshooting any issues with vendors or issues in scheduling that pop up. I don’t want anyone talking to me unless the venue is burning down!