Post # 1
I have a little wiggle room in the budge and wondering if its worth it to hire a DOC. We’re having a ceremony with maybe 10 people, then a ride around town and finally dinner at a restaurant. My primary concern is decorations and having my post-ceremony shoes, bag and possibly a dress change at the “reception” venue. Any Destination Wedding brides have a DOC that wasn’t part of a package deal?
Post # 3
@salejolie: I hired a DOC for our Destination Wedding and it was absolutely worth it. However, we had 50 wedding guests and a full reception. Will you have a wedding party or any family that will be there as well that could help with the items you mentioned? DOC’s can also help with marriage license things and those type of issues as well.
Post # 3
Following out of curiousity.
Post # 4
I had a backyard wedding for 150 and my DOC was worth her weight in gold. Yiu don’t havea s many people, but you’re right to think about how everything will get decorated. If you could find someone reasonably priced, it migt be worth the relaxation on wedding day!
Post # 5
We are having about 110 guests for the wedding and the DOC was worth every of our penny. We originally weren’t thinking about hiring one but our venue required us to hire one. Now when I think of it I’m so glad we did – she contacted all vendors 45 days out from the wedding, created timeline and contacted our venue to ensure everything goes smoothly. I was also pleasantly surprise knowing that she will also bring two more coordinators during the day. I was part of wedding when the bride ran out to reception half way getting dressed because all the tables were set up incorrectly. I was also at a wedding where no DOC was provided, and no guests knew where to go and I half coordinated the ceremony. Anything could happen during wedding day, and I certainly don’t want to stress out before and during day of the wedding. For the size of my wedding, she was worth every penny. 🙂
Post # 6
Given the size and simplicity of your wedding, I am not sure if a DOC is worth it. Do you have a sister or a friend who can make sure you have your shoes and that the decorations are set-up and torn down?
A DOC is always gonna be at least marginally useful, but if you have other ideas about how to put that wiggle room into use, I would probably go with that other thing.
Post # 7
Not for 10 people, I wouldn’t. Your family/bridal party can help. Both my daughter’s have/had venue coordinators (ceremony and reception in the same building) and that worked out fine, for the one already married. I was married in 1977 (225 guests), and I and my mother did all the coordinating, plus complete my final semester of college.