Did you hire a Wedding Planner or Day of Coordinator?

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
  • poll: How many Planners / Coordinators did you meet with before choosing yours?
    Just the one! : (11 votes)
    44 %
    Two to Three : (12 votes)
    48 %
    Four or more : (0 votes)
    I just found the one I liked most online : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    christinemm :  Hey Bee! I did hire a day of coordinator, but in reality she was a very helpful planner and did soooo much! We met with her at least 6 times before the wedding, and once after. We live in the Chicagoland suburbs, and she does a lot of planing for events. We paid $1000 total, and was priceless. She set up our entire ceremony, put out our rose petals, and fixed our cake stand fiasco!I found out nearly two months later that one of our guests stepped on a screw with her shoes off, and our DOC took care of it all! I had NO idea anything had happened. She drove my Papa in a golf cart to the ceremony, (it was in a field, and he has trouble with long walks), and did everything she could to make sure our Groomsmen who was fighting cancer, was comfortable and had anything and everything he needed. To top it off, a few months after the wedding we got a hand painted portrait in the mail! She had a professional painter make it for us. Her help was priceless during the day. I am extremely type A, and my Darling Husband agreed that having her is what allowed me to enjoy the morning of my wedding.  

    Post # 3
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    236 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m getting married in Maine, I definitely wanted a Day of Cooridnator. I ended up choosing a venue that includes day of Coordination. My coordinator will put my decorations out and keep us on a timeline for the day. She will stay until after our reception entrance and then the DJ will take over.

    Having a day of coordinator was a big factor in choosing my venue. Some had them included and some charged extra (600-1000) for day of coordination.

    I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man last fall in a friend’s wedding and her day of coordinator provided by her venue was AWFUL. Thank goodness she had a kick ass photographer because she kept us on schedule.

    Post # 4
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    303 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    We have hired a day-of-coordinator for our wedding. In total I emailed 10 people for quotes and ended up speaking with three of them. I’m a California bride, and we’re getting married in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.

    I had been hoping to only spend $1000, but was becoming frustrated because all of the quotes I originally received were $1800+. These were all from businesses I had found on Yelp/WeddingWire/The Knot. Fiance and I begrudgingly decided we would increase our budget for a DOC to $1500, but I kept looking. 

    I ended up finding the person we hired through Instagram. I was searching through tagged photos at our venue and she had several photos from a wedding she coordinated there last year. I checked out her website, emailed her for a quote, set up a time to chat, and ultimately we booked her. She only charges $1050 for her services (check-ins starting 4 weeks prior to finalize details, emails and confirms with all vendors, coordination of rehearsal, and unlimited hours on the day-of with an assistant), so score for us!

    Note, I had the opportunity to book someone for even cheaper ($800+), but when we spoke over the phone I just didn’t get a good vibe. She had great reviews and seemed incredibly professional, but it was almost to a fault. It didn’t feel like she could loosen up at all and it was important to me to book someone with a fun personality since she would be spending a good chunk of time with me, my wedding party, and our guests. 

    Post # 5
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    586 posts
    Busy bee

    I have 2 day of coordinators! One from my reception that came with our event and one I personally hired. I hired her because my ceremony and reception are in separate venues and I just thought itd be worth having a coordinator help with personal decorations at the reception venue while I’m getting ready or at the church for the ceremony. We are having our wedding in Orange County and our coordinator charged $2000, which seemed to be average. 

    Post # 6
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    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I’m getting married in Charleston and the wedding planners there are high, as in one charges $6000, others charge a base fee plus a % of whatever rentals or vendors they handle for you, others offer partial planning that started at close to $2,000 if I recall correctly. I had calls with 3 different planners, one of whom was more reasonably priced I definitely considered using. However, I decided to use a day of coordinator through the company that is providing our catering and rentals. She has already been so helpful and responsive that we are now having our floral and decor handled through their decor team which I think will streamline the whole process and give me peace of mind. Technically we are paying $1500 for her to coordinate the reception and a few planning sessions, but their decor team also includes planning time/reception layouts so I feel like we are getting a lot more than a day of coordinator. 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    christinemm :  I have a DOC through our venue, and it was actually free, included in a promotion during the month that we booked! Looking at her prices, it would be about $1500 for the DOC fees if we paid for it. We are getting married in MN. Included in our DOC package:

    3 hours of meetings to plan our event

    Help coordinating rentals, and help putting them out the day of

    Putting out appetizers (popcorn bar) and non-alcoholic drinks (infusion station) during cocktail hour

    Call in for dinner

    Serve as point of contact for all vendors the day of

    Work with Officiant during rehersal and day of

    She will be present 9AM-730PM day of the wedding

    Post # 9
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    We hired a day of co-ordinator

    Post # 10
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    1117 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Best money we’ve spent so far.

    Mine is technically day of, but she’s doing a lot of other work for us given some life events. We’re paying her $1100. But that might increase with the extra work I’ve given her. We’re in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Post # 11
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    2429 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We paid $7,345 for a full service planner.

    It was money well spent.  Throughout the entire process, I didn’t have to worry about a thing and especially on the day of…I was able to just relax and enjoy the day.

    Post # 12
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    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I emailed a few and got price quotes but I am going with the one I meet. Just because she is the main DOC that does the weddings at the venue I have booked and I wanted someone who was familiar with the area and already knew all the ends and outs of the venue. And for the price she does do a lot.. at least everything that I don’t want to stress over and I don’t want my mom or aunts to stress over

    Post # 13
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    7784 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Omg our day of coordinator was the best money we spent on the whole wedding. Even though she was technically just a “day of coordinator,” we met with her probably 5 separate times in the 9 months or so before the wedding and she really kept us on track, gave us suggestions of trusted vendors to use, and the week of the wedding she contacted all our vendors for us to make sure everything was good to go.

    On the day of, she worked her tail off at our complicated venue to make sure everything went seamlessly. I have no idea what fires, if any, she had to put out that day, and that’s just how I like it. I think all in all we paid her about $1100 plus a generous tip which seems actually way too small an amount for all the work she did for us. 

    I know that for me, on my wedding day, I would not have had the presence of mind to be dealing with coordinating ANYTHING. I couldn’t even remember to hold my bouquet the right way. I had major wedding brain – meaning that things were going in one ear and out the other. If I had to be in charge of making sure all the vendors got where they needed to be on time and did everything they were supposed to and that all the bridesmaids and groomsmen went down the aisle correctly and the music was played at the right time, etc. – I mean I literally don’t think I could have done it. Not on that day.

    TLDR: day of coordinator is not an expense you want to shirk on!

    Post # 14
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    1541 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Paid $5,000 CAD for a full planner. In Vancouver BC. Best money we spent, wedding planning was fun and the day was not stressful!

    Post # 15
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    794 posts
    Busy bee

    I hired a DOC. She took care of all the decorating, picked up my flowers, ran the day, & did clean up. I met with her 3 times, once at venue before wedding. She called & confirmed all vendors. I paid $320. I live in east TN. 

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