Post # 1
So I don’t know much about them or how necessary they are but from what I think, they are a very big help the day of your wedding. I’m trying to figure out if we even need one here is why.
Our wedding is small..about 25 guests.
Ceremony is outside in a park.
Reception won’t be the typical wedding reception. It’ll be a fancy dinner with some toasts, cake cutting and a groom and bride dance.
Now if we do need one what are the things I should expect from him/her? How much is a reasonable amount to pay? How long would I need them there? I think I may have found one but check this out, her wedding is 5 days before mine and she said she’s “pretty sure we won’t be going on a honeymoon since we’ll have so many out of town guests visiting”. That all makes me a little nervous. Do you think I could just designate someone, my Maid/Matron of Honor or someone to be “in charge” and if anyone has any questions they can ask her? I mean it’s not like I’m having a huge traditional wedding.
Post # 3
for a wedding that small? i wouldnt hire a DOC – most run about $1000 if not more. you arent doing most of the things you need a DOC for. and definately DONT pick the chick with the wedding right before yours. she will be way too burned out to pay good attention to you.
Post # 4
I agree with spaganya. For such a small wedding, a coordinator is too much. And anyone in the wedding party has other duties, so I’d suggest asking a couple friends if each of them would be in charge of one thing. One could be in charge of anything decor related. Another could coordinate transportation. Another could coordinate clean up.
You might consider asking friends that are not invited, and pay them something nominal, like $50 each plus reception food and drinks.
Post # 5
yup i would ask a friend or someone else you know that can help out. i may be asking my co-worker to help out bc she loves doing that stuff and i didnt want to spend a fortune on a DOC. i think my reception place already has a maitre’d to help out.
Post # 7
Choosing to hire a DOC is completely up to, and I would encourage you to decide if you need help with set-up or if you have vendors that are taking it on. I would focus more on what activities you are planning to incorporate, rather than the number of guests. Though the higher the guest count, the more labor intensive set-up/overall work can be. You might be able to find a coordinator who can oversee set-up only and direct your vendors ensuring the space is set as you have it planned. But family and friends (labor of love helpers) are always more than willing to assist. Definitely include them! Keep in mind they are often very excited (and forgetful because of this) so keep expectations in check. When you hire and pay for a professional you can definitely hold them accountable in greater detail. Good luck during your planning!