Post # 1
When I originally booked my venue, there was an event coordinator that came along with the venue – which is one of the main reasons why I booked it – so it included her planning assistance, vendor connections and DOC which really motivating me to book there. So after several months of working with the coordinator, I come to find out she got a better job & left the venue. No, they didnt bother to hire another coordinator they simply carried the tasks of weddings on to the Executive Chef! I dont mind that; however, she’s the chef – how is she suppose to carry her chef duties out the day of my wedding and the coordinator stuff – it has really got me worried!
Anyways, FH heard me mention DOC’s and what they do & really liked the idea since he knows I think I am superwomen and can do everything on my own – however, there is only so much I can do & I am not going to rely on my family to carry through with several of the confirmation tasks, decor tasks, etc of that day.
Although I will bitch at my venue in the next meeting with them and tell them I dont want person to do the job of two different people I originally contracted for – however, I was considering a DOC if it’s affordable.
Anyone have any ideas how much DOC services cost? Any recommendations would also be appreciate in the South Florida area. Thanks!
Post # 3
DOC prices varies depending on location. They can range from $350-2500 but typically $350-800 at the most, which is usually how much I would charge for just DOC services.
I would definitely recommend getting a DOC since the other one got a different job. You would think that the venue would provide you with another one to replace the one that left…which makes no sense to me. But just keep a back up plan of your own and hire one if that’s what you want to do. Because you can never be too careful when it comes to your wedding….you want it to be stress-free and something that you don’t have to worry about as far as details, set-ups and etc on your wedding day.
Also make sure you take your time and find the right one, ask all the questions you have in mind in order to find a planner who is the right fit for you (this is what I always tell brides). Hope this helps! I wish you all the best and congratulations!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
I’d check on Craigslist, and maybe see if any DOCs in your area have assistants or interns who you could book for a discount!
Post # 5
You can also check to see if there are any planners looking to build their portfolios. I actually did about 5 free DOC services to build my portfolio and severely discounted my rate for brides getting married this year.
Post # 6
In the meeting I wouldsee if they could give you a credit or something that way it wouldn’t hurt to shell out a few hundred for the DOC. You can negotiate without it geting nasty, I had to play the sad disappointed role with my vendors when they made changes or unexpected things occured and it worked out great. The venue we chose for my sis’ wedding the person who be booked with quit and some of the little things promised changed and it was a new guy with a big attitude! But we talked and made points and he finally agreed to the original things promised such as extra time at no charge (about and hour) they replaced the damged floor and are allowing us to use their lighting equipment at no charge. Explain to them your disappointment, voice that you don’t think or feel comfortable that the chef will be playing dual roles and they might see it your way and meet you at some point. Let them know this change was not something u caused, if you wanted to add more people or upgrade on a dish they would pull out the calculator so they should be able to be flexible with you for a change you did not cause. imo