Post # 1
has anyone used a “real” day of planner? If so what did they charge.
I am trying to research one becayse the venue I want requires one.
I cant seem to find someone who will show up and just help with the ceremony.
I am not doing anything fancy nor do I care as much about it being perfectly coordinated. I don’t need them to really help with vendors nor set up.
Yet I can’t seem to find anyone… most places will only do month of that is upwards of 1600.
If anyone has any suggestions for anyone in northbay, please PM or reply!!
Post # 3
@crisaquarius24: I’m not sure I can help, because I got married in France, but I’m sure it’s possible for you to find someone in your area. DOC and wedding planners are not very popular in France, as in they’re only starting the last few years, and my parents thought we were crazy (and loaded) for having one for our tiny 15 people wedding.
Anyhoo I digress… She cost us roughly $300 and was worth every cent. We met her during our pre-wedding trip a few months ahead, spent the afternoon with her, and discussed everything. Then we kept in touch by email, and skyped a few times. And then she was there for the whole day, helped decorate, set up the brunch, then cleared the kitchen, then set up the candy bar during the ceremony and took everyhting down. She also directed our other vendors, as well as answered families’ questions and helped with whatever we needed. She was great, and typing this, I think we under-paid her!
So whether you need one or you have to have one, I’m sure it’ll be worth it, and she’ll make your wedding day a lot easier, and funner.
Hope this helps! Let us know how you get on!
Post # 4
@crisaquarius24: My catering provides a coordinator as a service and they claim that’s $500 worth service. Do you have a friend or a relative who can take the role? You can tell the venue you hired a freelancer and if you pay your friend a little, it won’t be lie!
Post # 5
@crisaquarius24: I’m getting married at a semi Destination Wedding (Key West) and every DOC I’ve contacted wants $1K. Of course they say that includes coordinating your rehearsal dinner, but Im not having one so it doesnt do me any favors.
Post # 6
Have you tried doing a search a little outside of your wedding city? Also, maybe look for DOC’s that have a la carte packages. I’d explain exactly what you need them to do (especially regarding set-up, all at one location or a ceremony and reception at different locations, etc) and see if anyone can maybe do a customized package. If you are referring to the North Bay in CA, then it is quite pricey, so I would maybe look a little outside of that area to see if anyone will travel in and fit your budget. The problem is, even when you just need doc, a planner still needs to cover all of the basics to be able to do a good job for a client and that requires a bit of pre-wedding day work. You don’t want any surprises as a planner on the wedding day because you cut corners on the pre-work. Have you contacted your venue for a list of DOC’s? It sounds like you might just need help with the ceremony and not the reception. Is that correct? If so, did the planners that gave you quotes understand that? Good luck!
Post # 7
I had a dedicated event/wedding DOC and she was about $850. Other ones that were referred to me were around $1k and up. My catering staff had a coordinator, but s/he only coordinated their staff. Our venue had coordinators, but they focused solely on the ceremony.
Post # 8
oh hell. I’m going to get married in Key West too; that’s good to know for the budget. 🙁 that place is so expensive! It seems nearly impossible to plan a wedding in KW for under $20K.
OP: Could you hire someone from craigslist?
Post # 9
We’re paying either $1200 or $1500 (I can’t remember and don’t have our budget on this computer) for a DOC, but the cost could go down if we end up using less hours. For that, we get a main coordinator and an assistant for up to a total of 18 hours on the day of, plus up to two hours the rehersal day, and a planning meeting a week before where they take all the stuff to set up. This is in St. Louis, MO
I did meet a few DOCs who offered ceremony-only coverage for around $500, but they were few and far between. Since that still takes up the DOC’s whole day (ie, they can’t book another wedding), then most don’t want to offer it.
I should note that I only looked for DOC in a certain price range. There were certainly DOCs that were a lot less (and a lot more) than what I booked.
Post # 10
@crisaquarius24: Not sure where you’re located — ultimately, that is what will guide pricing. I’m in Tennessee and have price checked maybe a dozen DOCs across the state. I’ve found 1-2 DOCs offering services for $750-999. The rest were upwards of $1,000.