(Closed) Day of Coordinator charges WHAT!?!??!

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: how much is your DOC

    less than $200




  • Post # 32
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @spaganya:  ohh, I love the Wren chapel!  I’ll bet the Alumni house can give you some ideas.  From your list, it sounds like you’re super organized and really don’t need all that much help, so hopefully you can find a good deal. 

    Post # 34
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I was in the exact same place as you prior to my wedding!  I had everything planned down to the last tablecloth, so I didn’t have the need or budget for full “Day of Coordinator” services.  I just needed someone to come in and set up the venue because we were only able to get in there 2 hours before the actual ceremony start (and all that were involved with the wedding would either be getting ready, or getting pictures done at that point). 

    So I googled some terms that were not wedding oriented.  Like event planners, event decorators etc.  And I came across the terms “strike up and strike down”.   After searching with those terms I eventually found someone that was willing to take on the decor set-up job for only 200.00 (we took it all down ourselves at the end of the night)! 

    So perhaps the disconnect is in the description of the job that you want done.  You don’t really need a “Day of Coordinator” in the wedding industry sense of the word.   You more so need some type of event planner that offers decor strike up/strike down services. 

    I met with the gal that set up my decor once before my wedding to give her an idea of what I wanted – and I actually took pictures of all the centrepieces set up as I wanted them (yep – I’m an A type), and made sure all the decor was in seperate boxes and the directions were completely clear.   And it worked like a charm – she set everything up perfectly for a very reasonalbe charge.

    Or as another poster mentioned – you could always post a wanted ad on craigslist or even here on weddingbee to see if there is another bride looking to trade for similar services for her wedding (so long as it’s not on the same day – hah).

    Good luck with your search! 


    Post # 36
    990 posts
    Busy bee

    I interned as a coordinator for a summer and the charges are absolutely no joke. It gets to be a little ridiculous. You might want to enlist a family member or something to help you out with that, that’s what I am going to do.

    Post # 37
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have a DOC in the DC area who may be willing to travel.  She charges $500.  PM me if you want her information.

    Post # 38
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    As others have said, you have to remember to take into account that usually “day-of” packages include so much more than showing up the wedding day and doing a little set-up and organizing the wedding party. They’re usually the first vendor to arrive that morning, and the last to leave after all the tear-down has been completed, meaning that a 16- hour day is not uncommon. They also work with you to create a timeline, confirm all your vendors, meet with you and e-mail all the time (a good coordinator won’t limit communication), coordinate your rehearsal and then everything you need on the wedding day. It’s actually a TON of work, and I feel that for this kind of package, depending on the experience of the coordinator, anywhere from $1,000-$2,000 is justified. Like I said, out of all the vendors, they’re probably the ones that have the longest day.

    However, if you’re just looking for someone to do the set-up and a  few other things, I would inquire about a custome package. A good coordinator will work with you to create something you’re both happy with. It just may mean you’ll have the coordinator for fewer hours.

    Post # 39
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2021

    It is *so* worth it.  Ask any bride who has been stressed out the morning of her wedding running around like a crazy person trying to get everything set up and making sure everything is delivered to the right place.

    You are paying for the peace of mind on your wedding day as well as for their expertise with weddings.  

    You won’t enjoy your wedding day as much if you’re waking up at the crack of dawn to organize ceremony chairs (I’ve seen it happen) or if you’re the one in charge of transporting all the decor from ceremony location to reception location.

    Shop around, but most of the DOC I’ve heard of are $1000-$1500.

    Post # 40
    1809 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    DOCs charge a lot! That’s why I went the route of reserving a somewhat all-inclusive wedding. Ceremony and reception will be at the same place (on a yacht) with employees of the company setting everything up for me. I’m not having many flowers so I don’t have to worry about that either. And as far as getting everyone to do what I need them to do, my dad is taking care of that. I’ll just tell him what I need and he’ll make it happen. I love my dad. ๐Ÿ™‚

    By The Way,

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    @spaganya: Your “echo” comment reminded me of my Spanish class. The kid I sat next to picked my name, Olga. There happened to be a girl named Olga at my school and when she heard about that, she thought I was making fun of her and wanted to beat me up! LOL

    Post # 41
    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I’ve done a little research into the DOC charge, and have decided that some of the charges are based on work that they will be doing to be sure that your day rolls smoothly.  I think that if you hire a full time wedding planner… who is with you from the beginning… then you don’t think of the major prices that they are charging because you do see the work that they do.  But the reality that a DOC is going to be putting her career on the line for your work.  As a DOC, they are going to be the visible coordinator of an event that they didn’t plan… if something goes wrong…your guests will think that they are responsible even if it’s a case of a simple error. 

    Post # 42
    2343 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Ours was in the highest category you listed, and it was the best money we spent. She came highly recommended and we are very glad we had her.

    Post # 44
    5 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ve just read this entire post and I’m dying to know what the outcome was! I’m also getting married in the Williamsburg (ish) area. (Jasmine Plantation in Providence Forge, VA) and I’m wondering about someone to help me do exactly what was outlined. I’m pretty type A so I’ll have everything set out I just need someone to execute. What happened??

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