(Closed) Day of Wedding Coordinator? – Did you/Are you Having?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How do you feel about Day of Coordinators? (if you aren't using a planner)
    A day of coordinator is a must. : (38 votes)
    60 %
    If you haven't needed a wedding planner, you can make it without a day of coordinator. : (16 votes)
    25 %
    Don't burden a family member with the task but ask a friend. : (5 votes)
    8 %
    Other - please specify. : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We had a month-of coordinator, although really, it was more like a rehearsal and day-of coordinator. I didn’t need her to contact or vet out any vendors and the majority of my vendors were already familiar with the space and each other, so that helped cut down on logistical issues.

    That being said, I absolutely would push for a day-of coordinator if you have the budget for it. It’s nice having someone that’s not caught up in the energy/magic of the day (unlike a friend or family member) that can keep an eye out on everything and make sure things are running smoothly. She acted like our baby sitter, and made sure we got from point A to B and that we were never thirsty/starving/etc. Even Darling Husband thought the world of her and was really thankful we hired her.

    I think ours charged about $950 or so for day-of coordination. It was like an extra $100 or something to add on the month. The other two I contacted were about $1k for day-of too, but I think this varies depending on the region. Everything here tends to be pricier.

    Post # 4
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We aren’t allowed to start setup in our reception space until 3pm the day of, and our ceremony is at 2:30, so we’re hiring a DOC (starting interviews next week!). I thought I was going to have to convince my mom and Fiance that we needed one – imagine my surprise when my mom told me out of the blue that we should hire one.

    Besides the reception set-up, a DOC will be nice for the following things:
    Cleaning up at the end of the evening

    gathering gifts/cards/keepsakes/momentos and making sure they are put in the right spot

    checking the B&G into their wedding-night hotel

    seat any late arriving guests with minimal disruption

    open the door for the bride’s entrace/make sure her train is straight

    handle any last minute calls/questions from vendors/guests/etc

    keep the B&G on time

    make sure the bride always has a drink and eats something

     

    Around here, most DOC services start around 1200

    Post # 6
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    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We had neither, but we did go over a rough timeline with our caterer and DJ, and everything was fine and they kept things on track.

    Post # 7
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @SavBride:  The fees do seem expensive, but when you think about it, just the day of your wedding you’ll have at least one person with you for over 12 hours (typically), and usually it’s two people, and most DOCs attend the rehersal. So, with two people for 12 hours, and an hour long  rehersal, that’s 49 hours of work – at $1000, that’s only $20/hour – not a bad deal!

     

    Also, lots and lots and lots of people get married just fine without a DOC – if you can’t fit it in the budget, I’m sure things will work out just fine!

    Post # 8
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    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’ve handled it all on my own thus far,  think I’ll take my chances without one.  🙂

    Post # 9
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    2082 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @SavBride:  Our wedding venue came with a day of wedding coordinator. Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done without her. We met her during our rehearsal, the night before the wedding. She explained and showed us what to do and when to do it. Prior to that, I hadn’t been to a wedding in years and couldn’t remember the usual order of things. I also had a bit of a panic attack prior to the ceremony and she went to get me a snack and water. We didn’t know how to do the traditional cake cutting and she showed us how to do that, as well. She made sure everything ran smoothly on my day so it was one less thing for me, the groom, or the bridal party to worry about. She also asked how everything was at the end of the wedding.

    Post # 10
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    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Anna Winery

    One of my good friends said she wants to be involved as much as she can in the wedding, but works a ton, has 2 kids, and just found out she’s pregnant again! But she has the BEST personality for the DOC job, so I’m going to ask her. That way she doesn’t have the “responsiblity” of a bridesmaid, but is going to be a major part in our day 🙂

    Post # 11
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    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We have gotten a DOC because I am such a hands on, want to be in charge kind of person that I needed someone else to make sure everything was right so I wouldn’t be so stressed. Plus, she sets up and takes everything down! That way once the reception is over we can go back to our hotel room and not worry about cleaning up everything.

    Post # 12
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We did not have a DOC or have anyone “point” person.  I had gone over all timelines with our vendors and set up the deliveries of flowers/cake/etc myself.  Honestly, if you are organized everything will work out fine.  We had everything planned out and figured out ahead of time so it all went smoothly.  There were a few minor hiccups but nothing major.

    Post # 13
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    1782 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Oh my goodness, it is a must! You have to have someone running the flow of events– mine is my mom’s coworker, who wedding coordinates on the side. She’s doing it for free, thank goodness! We’re giving her a list of our vendors, their contact numbers, point of contact, and she’s put together a scheudle of events for the day. She even helepd us with the floorplan, and will be doing all of our annoucements!

    I can’t imagine my wedding day without someone in charge!

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    The main woman I work with at the venue basically acts as a day-of coordinator. She is AMAZING and is half the reason I booked the venue. She makes sure other vendors are where they need to be and that everything runs smoothly.

    I don’t know how I’d do it without her. I wouldn’t want to burden a friend or family member, and I would want someone who knows what they’re doing.

    Post # 15
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    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @SavBride:  I discovered that Day of Coordinators are more expensive than I had anticipated ($1200-$2500 for ones that I contacted), so we are hiring one of my sister’s best friends! She actually works for Google so she’s certainly bright enough to coordinate a small wedding. We offered to pay her $500 to make sure everything goes smoothly on our wedding day and she can party with us after her duties are fulfilled. She’s a lot of fun, too, so I’m really excited!

    Post # 16
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    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @SavBride:  We have a Day-Of Coordinator but really she’s been doing a fair bit of work for us in this last month of planning as the final logistics are getting nailed down. Her time is work every penny! Our venue has a facility rental coordinator, but as far as I’m concerned she’s pretty useless!

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