Post # 1
Just got a $1250 bid for a DoC and I am trying to determine if that is normal or high.
I have already planned everything, lined up the vendors. We do not need her for the ceremony or rehearsal (chapel provides their own) so this is ONLY for the reception. There are no flowers, no attendants, no formal posed photos, no DJ, no MC (no toasts, dancing, garter/bouquet toss etc), and it is a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, no furniture moving/set-up, no cake cutting, minimal (if any) decorating.
I want to be fair, but considering what a simple party this will be I think the pricing is a bit. high. Am I right?
Post # 3
I definitely think that’s high. My wedding is in NYC and I found DOCs with great recommendations for less than that.
Post # 4
I personally think it’s a bit high.
Post # 5
yeah that’s definately high.
here in the toronto area you can get experienced DOC for rehersal and day of for $300, so i honestly can’t see it being over a thousand for just rehersal.
Post # 6
Thats a bit high, my wedding is also in NYC and a TON of DOC’s there were quoting that much ouch! I ended up getting someone less renowned if you will for $600 and so far shes seemed awesome to work with. I dont care if she is le creme de le creme of DOCs as long as she gets the job done. I mean its not as if a DOC needs to negotiate vendors or anything.
Post # 7
it’s definitely high – especially for the amount of work you’re asking for (very little). I have one in Chicago who’s helping with vendor contracts, day-of timeline, setup, teardown, etc. and her cost was only $300.
Post # 8
That seems like a lot, since it’s just for the reception. We’re getting married in a large city, and the fee for a DOC I looked in to was $800 for the entire day.
Post # 9
I would have to say that is a bit high. I don’t know how many people you have on your guest list or how many assistants she plans on bringing but for day of services that is still on the higher side. Without doing the rehearsal we usually charge $700 for day of services, just to give you a comparison.
Post # 10
Yikes, that’s pretty high for just the reception. I’m wondering if she knew that in advance before she quoted you? Maybe she just sent over her usual rate not knowing she needed to customize her package for you.
Post # 11
We were quoted $2500! Just for setting everything up, a cake, and some flowers! We decided that was waaaayyy to much just for something we can do. We can set things up, we have a cake ready and we bought fake flowers. We saved sooo much money doing it our way.
Post # 12
I don’t think that’s totally off the mark. I was quoted between $450 and $1700 just for DOC. We ended up booking one for $900 for the day. Where are you located? That could make a difference.
Post # 13
If your reception is so simple, why are you even hiring someone? Seems like you aren’t going to be getting your money’s worth.
Post # 14
Crayfish, I want a DoC because I dont want to have to do anything on THE day other than get marrried and enjoy. I am not asking my family or friends to do it because the only thing I wnat them to do is focus on taking care of my elderly parents and connecting with old friends. It’s worth $500 to me, which is what I was expecting to pay for such a short and simple event.
BethesdaBride, we will be on the Monterey peninsula in Northern/Central California (Carmel, Pebble Beach) so that is part of the problem.
The $1250 bid came from someone that hs been very quick and attentive to reply and follow up. The other person I contacted has yet to provide an estimate–that says a lot, huh?
Post # 15
I think it is on the average/high end. But is this DOC full of experience? Or just starting out? Do they offer extra stuff that DOCs dont normally? When I was searching for a DOC 1250 was pretty average (for Los Angeles). There were a lot more that were higher 1500-2500. But few for less. The ones for less usually werent as experienced. I got one quote for 500, one for 750. I ended up going with the one for $750 because she offered a little more of the extras and had a good personality even though she was more of a newbie. I dont mind this much if they seem if they can do the job and are really excited about the profession. We will see–!
Post # 16
The 2nd offer is in: $1500. I think my issue is 2-fold. First the wedding is in an expensive area, and second, they are offering me the same flat rate for DoC that they offer everyone, with no tailoring to my lesser needs. I am going to consider going wiith someone not in the business, but who has considerable event experience at my venue and see what thy offer (or if they even want to).