Post # 1
Like many other brides, I am coming to the realization that I can’t do it all by myself. My dilemma is that my fiance doesn’t understand why DOC’s charge so much (and honestly I don’t either). We are both teachers that work from about 7:30am to 5:30 pm M-F, and my fiance won’t pay a DOC more than a teacher would make in a day. So, a teacher makes about $160 in a day, plus we both do after school activities, so if we add that to the equation we can pay a DOC around $220 for the day (give or take).
Is this even feasable? Does anyone have any recommendations?
Our ceremony and reception is in the same location and the catering is being done by the venue. The majority of what we need done is: Set up the aisle runner, put the flowers on the tables, set up the guest book table, set up the seating cards, and a few other things of that nature. Honestly, unless there is a lot more to it that I don’t see, I can’t see how anyone could charge more than what we have.
Post # 3
I think a DOC (or a friend who can act as one) is always a good ideas for the bride. It takes a lot of stress off the bride for the wedding day.
I find that some planners charge what they do because they think they can, not because its a reasonable amount. Here are the options that I can think of, I’m sure others may have more.
1. Call some local planners and tell them your amount and see if they will negotiate.
2. Place an ad on Craigslist under Gigs>Events. Give your date, amount and requirements. You may get a lot of responses, just be sure to interview and talk with the candidates. Ask for resumes or references.
3. See if any of the local colleges who have event planning/management classes could refer students.
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Post # 5
What month do you need a DOC for and how many hours do you think you need the DOC for? I think a lot of times, it costs a lot because people have events on their wedding day for the entire day. For example, I know Chinese weddings normally start really early in the morning such as 9 and probably won’t end until 10 or midnight. If you explain how little you need done to a potential DOC, he/she may be willing to do it for that price.
If you can’t find anyone, let me know and I’ll do it for you for that price.
Post # 6
Just and idea, why don’t you ask another bride. Who else would know how to help you better than someone who is also going through the wedding planning process. Maybe someone here would be willing to help you out in return for help at her wedding.
Post # 7
I am assuming that we need someone to do the following:
- Call all the vendors the day before or of the wedding
- Set up the Aisle runner (with flowers along the sides)
- Set up the arbor
- prepare the guest table
- Set up the seating cards on the guest table
- Put the centerpieces on the guest tables and sweetheart table
- Set up the candles and light them (we bought about 8 votives for each table)
- Antyhing else that I have forgotten here!
We have access to the venue starting at 2pm, the wedding is at 5pm, and we are taking pictures before the wedding. So, I figure that this is a maximum of 4 hours work. If we can afford it, I’d like someone who can also run our rehearsal the night before.
The wedding is on August 9th on campus at UCLA. I don’t want to ask a friend or family member to do it because I feel it should be someone removed from the situation. I like the idea of asking someone here! I emailed my contact with the venue to see what services they offer in this area, but I have not yet gotten a response.