Day of Coordinators – Questions

posted 8 months ago in Venue
  • poll: Is a Day Of Coordinator worth it?
    Yes! Worth their weight in gold. : (25 votes)
    83 %
    No! Save the money & get organized. : (5 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
    119 posts
    Blushing bee

    Hi Bee, 

    I have no insight but I am commenting to follow, as this is something we are tossing around as well. 

    Post # 3
    1904 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    I wouldn’t if only because it seems like a small gathering. I’d be more inclined to spend the money on hiring a clean up team. 

    Post # 6
    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    We are only having 50 people at our wedding, but it was important to me to have a DOC. Luckily one came free with our venue. I am dropping off all of our centerpieces and other decorations to her in the morning, and she’ll take it from there. The last thing I want to be worried about on my wedding day is how I’m going to manage directing set up/tear down and all the other little odds and ends. And I think it’s kind of uncouth to ask guests to do it.

    Post # 7
    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I second what wineosaur said. We had a small destination wedding but even then, I didn’t want to worry about decor and logistics with the officiant/photographer/DJ/caterer. I spent my wedding enjoying every minute with my husband and guests – didn’t have to lift a finger and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

    Post # 8
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I haven’t gotten married yet, but my venue required one, and we just signed a contract. It is pricey (we paid 800 and it was one of the cheapest options we could find), but she will help with planning, meeting vendors as needed, attend the rehearsal, bring flowers and tablecloths to the venue, do all the setup, keep everyone on a timeline the day of, pay all the vendors at the end of the night, and handle all the cleaning. I would not have gotten one if it wasn’t a requirement, but I think I will really appreciate the assistance! We could have asked friends or family to help but the closest people to us are already involved in the wedding and we also have a tight timeline and some diy components. I think it will be worth it!

    We found ours at a bridal expo (where we also found our caterer). 

    Post # 10
    2452 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think it’s worth it, depending on what services they will provide.

    Having someone to be a point of contact for anything going on or going wrong on the day of your wedding is a godsend.  Ex:  the cake delivery is delayed and the driver is lost/can’t find parking/needs directions to the venue.  

    I would ask potential DOCs exactly what tasks they will and will not do.  For example, I’ve seen many DOCs who advertise “cleaning up” as one of their services, but they actually mean “I will tear down your decorations and pack any keepsakes into the storage boxes you provided” but not “I will help clear dirty dishes and take out the trash.”

    Post # 11
    804 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

    Worth their weight in gold!

    We had one, and the day of my wedding it allowed me to show up and actually be present in my wedding rather than worrying about every detail or organizing everything. It gave me more time to enjoy our special day. 

    Post # 12
    9580 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Our wedding was about 40 people but I still really am happy that I hired a day of coordinator. I was just so relaxed on the day of my wedding and she did all the setup and clean up, She kept us on our timeline and so all I had to do was focus on my wedding and the guests and she would come and get us whenever we needed to move to the next event. She handled all the vendors so when anyone came up to me I just told them to talk to her so I didn’t have to worry about any logistical stuff on the day off, it just made our day really lovely. 

    Post # 13
    784 posts
    Busy bee

    In NJ/NY I recommend The Day of Company!

    Post # 14
    6828 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    If your options are DOC or family sweat equity, I’d go with DOC 100%. It sucks to be asked to set up and tear down, because most people don’t feel like they can say no. 

    I hired a DOC for my 65p wedding and she was amazing. Well worth the small expense. 

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