(Closed) Day of Coordinator for small backyard wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
6260 posts
Bee Keeper

We had 38 including ourselves.  People were intelligent enough to figure out when important things were happening.  We didn’t do cake, dances, speeches though, but in a small crowd, just having someone rap a glass or announce should work just fine.  While we could have run a bit more smoothly, we did alright.  No one missed out, got lost or anything like that.  Parents were a big help, too.  Being able to get ready the day before is also helpful.  Don’t waste your money.

Post # 3
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had 45 guests and hired a DOC. She was a lifesaver and worth every penny!

While I was getting my hair and make-up done with my friends and family – she and her assistant set everything and packed everything up afterward. She also handled any hiccups that occurred on the day of. It was truly wonderful to not have to worry about anything and know if something happened someone other than family was taking care of it. 

Now our DOC did not act as our emcee. She did greet guests as they arrived at the ceremony, but at the reception we had a Jazz Band and the lead singer acted as the emcee announcing us when we arrived, the cake cutting, speeches, etc. 

Post # 4
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m in a simialir situation, with about 100 people.

I figured on having a schedule of events listed somewhere for guests to see, ex: Ceremony: 5pm Dinner: 6pm Cake cutting:8pm

I don’t want people wondering what’s going on (this is what I hate as a guest tho so maybe it’s just me!) and I know a lot of older relatives wait until the cake is cut to leave I want them to be able to know when that is.

Post # 5
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We had 65 guests at out wedding, and didn’t have a DOC and everything went fine. When the important parts happened, the best man made an announcement and everybody came flocking. We handled all of the set up and tear down and all of the issues that cropped up. We also didn’t hand a dj, or a caterer, and everything still went fine.

Post # 6
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We’ll be having around 100 guests and don’t plan on hiring a DOC. My FI’s brother in law will be acting as our MC, so he will ensure that important things (such as cutting the cake, speeches and dances) are appropriately announced. We aren’t having a lot of decorations (mostly flowers, which our florist is taking care of anyway) and the venue coordinator will be acting as a DOC once we arrive at the venue (she’s handling the set up and pack up plus is our point of contact all afternoon/evening) so we figured a DOC was an unnecessary expense.

Post # 7
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

It depends on how complicated it’s going to be. If you’re having a wedding with “all the frills”, for the record, I’ve never really heard of anyone regretting getting a DOC.

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