Post # 1
Did you have one? How much did you pay/was it worth it? I am considering having one so that I won’t be doing so much on the wedding day. As of right now, I’m going to be decorating, etc on the morning of the wedding.. Any tips/ideas?
Post # 3
We have one that comes with our venue and she’s actually been really helpful so far. I looked around for independent ones and the cheapest I found was around $400.
Post # 4
I’ve been quoted $1200-2500 for a DOC, and I absolutely think it’s going to be worth it. She’ll make sure all the vendors get there, get everything set up, and I won’t have to worry about a thing.
(ETA: My ridiculous pricing quotes are because I live in DC)
Post # 5
My venue provided one to us and she was a life saver. I just handed her all our out of town gift bags, all the centerpiece pieces with a picture of how i wanted it to look, all the place cards, guest book, runners, EVERYTHING. I just handed them to her and BAM everything was set up perfectly. Plus she handled all the vendors arriving, got the DJ set up, accepted the cake, coordinated with the staff to make sure everything was running smoothly. She did everything. Glad she was included, haha! (We sent her a thank you card and gift from our honeymoon)
Post # 6
I have been looking into one, she’s not provided by the venue, but she is only quoting me $250
Post # 7
I had one and paid £290 (about $450) and she was worth her weight in gold. She took over the day before the wedding and I didn’t have to worry about anything from then on.
Post # 8
My friend is an event planner and has offered up her help as DOC as her gift to me and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to hand off this stuff to her. If you have the money, go for it! I’ve heard from every bride I know that having someone to help with all that stuff takes a load off your shoulders and helps you focus on the day without worrying about the little stuff.
Post # 9
@phoenixandstars: Yeah, that is what has made me think about it! I don’t want to be doing everything by myself on that morning! p.s. I see you are in Michigan, I am moving up there after our wedding!
Post # 10
I have a DOC and her charge is $700 for six hours on the day-of and three hours for the day before (rehearsal). She’s giving me a deal since this is her job on the side.
After reading all of the horror stories here on the boards, I knew I needed her. She’ll confirm two weeks prior to the wedding with all the vendors that they are arriving timely, she’ll set-up the cake table, guest book table, the little decorations on the tables that the venue isn’t doing, she’s putting the boutonnieres on the guys, she’s working with the DJ and photographer to keep everything on time. She’ll direct our guests from the ceremony, to cocktail hour, to dinner.
But most importantly, she’s the person we can go to if something goes wrong. If the caterer fails to show, if the cake falls, if the microphone stops working, there will be one person we can rely on. It feels so good to know that after all of my hard work and planning, I can trust her to take care of things on my day so that I can actually enjoy it.
Post # 11
We actually got a month-of coordinator…for only $800! She is amazing and we are two months out! I think it’s a great idea to have one (we are required to have one by our venue, but I really wanted one too).