Post # 1
I never thought about having a Day of Coordinator until I joined this site, and I’m still not entirely convinced I need one. My reception will take care of the entire set up and even put out our guestbook, wedding favours, escort cards, etc. and my paid vendors will provide set up/take down service of everything else (head table décor, centerpieces etc.). Could a DoC be useful or does it sound like everything is under control already? The only other thing is that I wanted to have pew bows in the church, but decided not to because the church won’t let me decorate the night before. Is there anything else a DoC can do for me? Thanks
Post # 3
We didn’t technically have a DoC (our reception venue sounds similar to yours). However, we did have a day of helper at the church (she’s the church event coordinator) to get the guys in their places on time, the candles lit, and to come get the ladies once the ceremony was set to begin. This was very helpful, but also something a friend or family member could definitely handle.
Post # 4
We only have a 2 hour window at our ceremony site to get in, set up, have the ceremony then get out. I really didn’t want to have to worry about making sure everyone and everything was where they were supposed to be so we could start right on time, get our pictures and get to the reception. My mom suggested getting a day of coordinator. Now that we’ve hired her, I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off of my shoulders. I’m a paranoid freak though 🙂 You could probably tell that, though, considering my wedding is still 17 months away!
Post # 5
Nope. You don’t need one!
I had a big wedding (240 people) and it was very formal. It was at two different venues (a chapel and then a musem). We had no DOC and everything still went smoothly! We just had lots of friends and family members who were aware of what was going on (I made a day-of timeline) help out! It was great!!!
Post # 6
@RoundSolitaire: She can pay your vendors, make sure everything runs smoothly and organize those other items you mentioned. I HATED that I had to run around and pay vendors the day of 🙁
Post # 7
Thanks guys for the responses! I think I’ll save the money on a DOC and just enlist the help of my cousins!
Post # 8
@RoundSolitaire: Just make sure you are very clear with your directions to your cousins and put on person ‘in charge”. I made my Maid/Matron of Honor my Stage Manager. She was responsible for managing the big picture and the venue staff went to her with any questions. I let the entire Wedding Party know that once I walked down the aisle Maid/Matron of Honor was in charge. My Bridesmaid or Best Man was in charge of the smaller things (like a Prop Master)–moving flowers from outside to inside, making sure we got our plate of hors d’oeuvres while we were picture taking and that my lipstick hadn’t worn off.