Post # 1
Considering a wedding planner for our wedding in New Orleans. I’m just so done obsessing over tablecloths matching, dealing with vendors, and the thought of setting up on my wedding day seems to be an idea everyone is against. I’m a marketing director and plan several events a year and I’m a perfectionist so I know I will WANT to be doing the job myself, but I feel if I can’t (which really, I shouldn’t/can’t as the bride), I should pay a dedicated individual to execute my vision.
So brides who have used a coordinator, either day of, month of or start to finish, what was your experience like? I have a company in mind and for the price, I’m really tempted to pull the trigger. They provide decorations in addition to all the services one would expect from a coordinator and planner.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
We are using a wedding planner so far she’s been amazing at helping us organize our visions and thoughts.
Post # 3
We’re working with a full service wedding planner, we chose her even before the venue! I knew we were going to need to help with all the details and contracts and vendors because Fiance and I both have demanding jobs and don’t live in the same location as the wedding. We’re getting married where my parents live, but my mom also works and is not a detail person/planner at all! We would have been really stressed doing it alone…
I love my wedding planner, and knowing that she is there keeping tabs on all the details and making sure that everything gets done on time is SUCH a stress relief. I don’t have to worry about anything because I know that she’s on top of it. She also knows the best and most cost effective way to execute our vision for the wedding, so we’re getting exactly what we want for the best price possible. If you can afford it, I 100% recommend!
Post # 4
I used a day of planner but she really did so much more. WORTH EVERY PENNY! I didn’t have to worry about a thing…everything just seemed to magically happen when it was supposed to!
Post # 5
There’s such a stigma attached to having a wedding planner like it’s a huge luxury or unnecessary. Honestly, it’s the best gift a bride can give herself…and worth every penny. Even if you don’t do a pull planner and just do day of coordination, it’s seriously worth it. As a wedding photographer I had most of my planning handled because I’m in the industry and deal with these vendors all the time. That being said I had a DOC who was AMAZING.
My DOC I hired early and so I did consult with her a bit more than usual for a DOC because she’s a friend of mine. She put out so many fires the week and day of my wedding! A DOC will discuss anything and everything with you, and their job is to handle the situation the day of rather than come to you. My day was sooo much smoother having her there.
My hairdresser had a family emergengy two days before and became unavailable, and my DOC had a replacement ready to go before she even called me. It rained for my outdoor ceremony and she handled getting it switched to the backup plan and making sure all vendors knew where to be.
I actually didn’t tell my DH I had hired one, because I knew he’s bitch about the “unnecessary cost” of it….which he did! He complained about it after the found out until he was in a friends weddings two weeks before ours. They didn’t have one, and it was a hot mess with no direction and no one running the show. He was so impressed with ours that now to hear him talk about it you’d think it was his idea to hire her…haha.
Post # 6
Where and how do you find a DOC? What’s the average price range?
Post # 7
Update: We decided to hire a team of two ladies as month of coordinators. We met with them this past weekend to walk through the venue and it all went wonderfully! They are charging us $600 for their services and have already been a big help as far as pointing us in the right direction for smaller vendors such as photobooth, chair rentals, etc and have saved us a bunch of money by letting us know of less expensive options, letting us use their linens, etc.