(Closed) DOC Question – Do I need one in addition to the hotel planner?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d talk with the hotel planner/coordinator first. Ask what all they do leading up to the wedding and the day of… as in, do they greet and direct vendors, etc? If the hotel coordinator handles the details, I see no reason to hire an additional DOC.

Post # 4
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check with the coordinator at the hotel to see what he/she will cover. Our venue has a banquet manager who will hang on to all the vendors numbers and will call and get things organizaed on the day of (i.e. if flowers or cake isn’t there by a certain time, he does the leg work to get them there). He also manages the flow of the reception from cocktail hour to dinner to dancing.

For us, I don’t think we are going to need another DOC.

Post # 5
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I depends on what job s/he is expected to do. Our venue has an on-site coordinator, but she’s basically there to ensure everything venue-related goes smoothly, like table and chair set up, catering set up, making sure guests find the site, etc. Her duties don’t go too far beyond that. We’re hiring a DOC to handle decor, orchestrate the ceremony, etc. I would decide based on what, exactly, your hotel planner is able to provide.

Post # 6
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I agree with the other commenters — think about what you’d like a DOC to do, then talk to the hotel coordinator and see if those are responsibilities she’s used to taking care of herself.  If so, you probably don’t need a DOC in addition to your coordinator.

We did hire a DOC in addition to our venue coordinator, but our venue contract was very specific about what the coordinator would or wouldn’t do — in our case, the venue employee was basically there to make sure we followed the venue rules.  Our contract actually said that she was not responsible for any setup or assistance on the day of the wedding!  So a DOC was a terrific addition for us.  But in a setting with a more involved coordinator, I don’t know that we would have needed one as much.

Post # 7
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

we also have a hotel coordinator and we’re not hiring a doc. our ceremony is in a church so our priest will be orchestrating that (not much/any flexibility in a Catholic wedding). our hotel coordinator is amazing – he’ll coordinate all the vendors when they arrive so we don’t have to worry about anything. we trust our florist to work with our coordinator to set up the tables like we asked.

i’m getting married on saturday! so if you want to message me after saturday i’ll let you know whether or not this was the right decision.

Post # 8
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i just went through this difficult decision. i started by talking to several doc’s and explained to them that i was trying to determine whether it was worth getting a doc. after talking to them, i absolutely believed that i should get a doc.  then i talked to my venue coordinator who said that i did not need one as she would be doing most of the things that a doc would do. but it varies from venue to venue.  for me it was helpful to speak to a doc because it gave me an idea of what i should ask my venue coordinator, but i don’t think that’s necessary.  if you want specifics on things that i wanted from my venue coordinator, feel free to pm me.

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