Post # 1
I’m not haveing a complicated wedding. I have 20-30 guests, and my ceremony and reception will be at the same venue, which is also catering as well as making the cake. The only worries I’ll have on my day are getting the flowers from the florist, cueing the iPod with the right music at the right time, and setting up my reception decor. Now, with 30 guests, setting up the reception will be pretty fast, not a lot of coordination required. I just can’t see spending $2k on a DOC!! Is there some alternative, like hiring the local Dominoes boy or something? Maybe hire a college student or something to handle that?? What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I’m actually paying a friend of mine who is one of those anal, type-A people. Ours is a little larger, so I wanted someone who has all of the answers, but I couldn’t justify 3K for someone to be there just the day of.
We’ve sat down a couple of times and gone over everything, and she knows what’s supposed to happen when and how things are supposed to be set up.
Post # 4
I have an aunt who has kindly volunteered to DOC for me, and she’s looking forward to it. She will be in charge and will be the main contact person during the wedding day for all the vendors etc. But, I want her to enjoy herself as well, so other tasks, such as flower placement and reception setup, will be given to other people. I think that you could probably find a college student to hire to do the tasks you’re describing. But, knowing myself, I think I’d have a hard time completely passing off (and freeing my mind of) the DOC to someone I didn’t know.
Post # 5
I found that some DoCs charged by the hour. It sounds like you would mostly only need someone for the hours before the ceremony and then the ceremony itself. I had one DoC quote me $100 per hour- might something like that fit in your budget?
Try calling some DoCs and explaining what you need. If your wedding is small, you’re organized, and it won’t be a ton of work, they may fit in your budget.
Post # 6
What a great idea! I’ve given some thought to hiring a college student or someone else we know. Curious as to what a fair price for that would be?
Post # 7
I am currently deciding between two DOCs in the Chicagoland area, each running about $600. I would think a fair price for a very organized college student would be $300-400.
I know my university had an event planning major, or somethin along those lines…I’m sure you could find a student in that field that would jump at the chance to get some experience!
Post # 8
We are considering hiring someone that’s not a self-titled "DOC," hoping to save a little money. We haven’t found the right person yet (or officially decided whether that’s what we’re going to do, for that matter), but you might want to consider asking someone who you know, or who a friend or family member knows. I think the most important part is to get the right personality–someone with good judgment, who is particular and detail-oriented, has excellent organization and time-management skills, is cool under pressure, etc. If you are thinking about college students, etc., I would just suggest that maybe you should consider ones that you already know a little about, or you can ask other people about, so that you don’t end up with someone who interviews very well but turns out to be a total flake. You know what I mean?
Good luck! And please keep us updated on what you decide to do… it seems like there are other people out there that are considering the same thing.