(Closed) Day of Coordinator Cost/Duties

posted 12 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
Member
8 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am getting ready to sign a contract with a coordinator this week and while she is mostly doing DOC and Rehearsal, she is also going to help with a few other extras but is asking for $2500. All three coordinators I interviewed had the same price. While I know I’m not getting ripped off, it is still a little more than I was wanting to spend. I wondering what the etiquette is about negotiating with Coordinators…is this the one vendor you don’t haggle with?

Post # 18
Bee
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

We are paying $4200 for a full-on "wedding planner" in Montana, who is taking care of all reservations, phone calls, contracts, rehearsal and day of. We contracted her a year out from our date and she is working with us the entire time.

Because we’re getting married in the ass end of nowhere and working with non-standard vendors, she has been a lifesaver. It’s hard to get in touch with people out there!

Post # 19
Member
23 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m paying $1000 for my DOC in DC.  She’s willing to show up at any time on the day of with an assistant is offering to do all kinds of extras such as pick up our alcohol, help print programs, put invitations together, etc.  After the wedding, she is going to return flower-related things, tuxes, drop off gifts, etc.

Post # 20
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I think everyone’s skill, experience, and energy levels are different, so the price is going to vary on top of region. I don’t recommend aggressive haggling (it’s not really fun for anyone involved), but asking nicely has never bothered me. Just know that they can say no. I know what my resentment level is and chances are they will too.

Post # 21
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I am also a consultant (although not a wedding coordinator) and I know that I simply have a standard rate.  I might be willing to work for less than that rate if there are some serious benefits to the job – potential for follow-on work, new contacts, fabulous travel.  But in general my rate is fair considering the work I do, it’s competitive, it’s what I need to make to support myself, and most clients are willing to pay it.   I assume that if you talk to three or four DOCs, and they are all charging about the same, then that is the going rate.  Somebody charging a lot less is not necessarily a good deal, as far as the level of service you will get – there has to be a reason that they’re going cheap, and its usually not because they’re overwhelmed with work, you know?

Post # 22
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8 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Thanks for the feedback! So the general consensus seems to be that haggling is a no go (I agree, its never fun!) I think what I’ve decided to do though is see if she will come on one or two final vendor meeting with me. <font size=”2″ color=”#99cc00″>AKPM2008</font> you are getting what seems like a deal! I am in Hampton Roads and will be paying double! Good find!

Post # 23
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2020

mine is $1500 in the los angeles area.  At the time when I was doing research, I couldn’t find anybody that was recommended for lower than that…

Post # 24
Member
27 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was quoted $2499 from a DOC in the Bozeman, Montana area. My fiance thought she meant $24.99 an hour. Ha! Needless to say, we are NOT going with that DOC… we found someone to do more (takes over one week before) and only costs $700!!!

Post # 25
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2009

In atlanta there is a company, that is all they do is host events, including coordinating wedddings.  Their day of wedding coordinating starts at $500 for under 200 people and they calling vendors to make sure they will be their a week before and stay after to collect your personal decorations you plan to keep.

Post # 26
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Rachel Quigley ([email protected]) did my wedding last month in NYC for $500 and she was FABULOUS. Babysat the flower girl, while coordinating all the vendors, seamlessly herding the guests from the ceremony to the reception, and then even fixed the cake when we had a last minute disaster! I felt like a guest at my own wedding.

DOC is not her full-time job, so she is flexible to meet in the evenings after work/on weekends and I cannot reccomend her enough. Her passion for weddings and organizational skills are contagious!

Good Luck on your big day!

Lucy

Post # 27
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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@Sunchick19  

Rachel Quigley (@Sunchick19) did my wedding last month in NYC for $500 and she was FABULOUS. Babysat the flower girl, while coordinating all the vendors, seamlessly herding the guests from the ceremony to the reception, and then even fixed the cake when we had a last minute disaster! I felt like a guest at my own wedding.

DOC is not her full-time job, so she is flexible to meet in the evenings after work/on weekends and I cannot reccomend her enough. Her passion for weddings and organizational skills are contagious!

Definitely worth every penny!

Lucy

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