(Closed) For anyone who even considered hiring a wedding planner (or DOC)

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

1. I wasn’t looking for either but a DOC with at least two months’ contract was required by our venue

2. I didn’t really have one to start with, budgeted about $1000-$1800 after researching the options

3. $35K

4. Our venue gave us a short list of approved vendors, we chose one recommended by our photographer

5. Affordable, easy going, price-conscious

6. I probably wouldn’t think to ask for certifications, but I would ask for past experiences, references, years in the business and portfolio of weddings they worked on

Post # 4
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7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Weeell, im not the best person to answer this as our DOC was a friend of the family and she didnt charge us. I did look into hiring one before she made her offer, though.

  1. Were you looking for an actual planner or a DOC? I would have been open to either. Not to really plan every single detail, but to refer me to good vendors, help me keep track of my budget, etc. and act as a DOC.
  2. What was your budget for the planner/DOC? It probably would have been less than $1k max, but as cheap as possible really.
  3. What was your overall budget? $10k
  4. Where did you start your search for a planner/DOC (google/the knot/weddingbee/bridal show/other)? Started out on google and a couple local st. louis sites.
  5. What was the top thing you were looking for? Good personality, not outrageously priced
  6. Would you be more likely to hire someone who had a “professional certification” in even planning, or would that not make a difference? As long as they had a portfolio that proved they were competant and creative, I would hire them.

    Post # 5
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    541 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    1. I was looking for both.  Someone who could handle and juggle but also not be nuerotic about everything. 
    2. $35 an hour tops.  I only wanted day of help just because I have everything else covered.
    3. $15K
    4. Word of mouth and referral mostly.  I also googled “best wedding planner atlanta” and perused those as well.
    5. see number 1
    6. I didnt care either way.  As long as you’re good, you’re good.  I can usually tell how organized someone is by the way the first meeting or phone call.  Keeping it together is key because if you cant do that at the initial meeting then you cant handle my wedding.

     

    Good luck girl!!

    Post # 6
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    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    1. Were you looking for an actual planner or a DOC? Yes. Though I already had one I knew I would hire. 
    2. What was your budget for the planner/DOC? $1800
    3. What was your overall budget? $28,000
    4. Where did you start your search for a planner/DOC (google/the knot/weddingbee/bridal show/other)? I knew her from church (Courtney from Joyful Weddings and Events)
    5. What was the top thing you were looking for? Again, I already knew her.
    6. Would you be more likely to hire someone who had a “professional certification” in even planning, or would that not make a difference? No difference.

    Post # 7
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    6351 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My answers would not help you because our DOC was gifted to us. She is a friend of my brother-in law.

    She is wildly popular though and I can introduce you at the wedding.

    Post # 8
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    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    This is just a quick response since I don’t have time to fill out all of the questions…

    Try finding a coordinator in your area to see if they need an assistant or intern. We have hired a planner, and I chose the most experienced person in my price range.

    Post # 9
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    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Were you looking for an actual planner or a DOC?  Both. I tried planning on my own…freaked, felt lost and overwhelmed.

    What was your budget for the planner/DOC? We looked at 3 places ranging from 2,000-6,000. We ended up with a 3,000 package including planner and DOC.

    What was your overall budget? Up in the air. I think we are around 20,000 (including my dress and the planner)

    Where did you start your search for a planner/DOC (google/the knot/weddingbee/bridal show/other)?

    Bridal shows and weddingwire. I’m all about the reviews!

    What was the top thing you were looking for?

    I think you should meet your planner and see if you ‘mesh’ well with them and have a good personality fit.  So I wanted someone like that, affordable, and into the details (because I wasnt)

    Would you be more likely to hire someone who had a “professional certification” in even planning, or would that not make a difference?

    Didn’t make a difference, but I did check out reviews. Even though they were a newer company and didn’t have a ton of reviews…the ones they did have were excellent.

    On a side note, I’m SOOO glad we hired a planner/DOC.

    Post # 10
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    893 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Were you looking for an actual planner or a DOC?

    DOC with help a little more that just the day of (more of a month-of is what I wanted)

    What was your budget for the planner/DOC?

    $750 after heavily researching in my area.

    What was your overall budget?

    $16,000

    Where did you start your search for a planner/DOC (google/the knot/weddingbee/bridal show/other)?

    Google

    What was the top thing you were looking for?

    Someone to run the day – without time limits or a limited list of specific items they would do. I wanted someone willing to put out the fires no matter how/when during the day-of

    Would you be more likely to hire someone who had a “professional certification” in even planning, or would that not make a difference?

    Yes, I would only hire someone who had a professional certification and/or EXTENSIVE experience.

    Post # 11
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    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I went into it looking for a planner since I’m out of town so much

    We didn’t really have a set budget for the planner, but I wasn’t wanting to go over 6-7k

    Our overall budget was $50k

    I started my search on Google, Yelp, and consulted regional bridal magazines

    The main thing we were looking for was lots of experience and good reviews. We really wanted the top wedding planner in our city.

    I think a professional certification wouldn’t hurt, as long as I liked the work they had done before

     

    Good luck!

     

    Post # 12
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    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    1. Were you looking for an actual planner or a DOC?  I’m looking for a DOC
    2. What was your budget for the planner/DOC?  I’m thinking anything under $600 (for DOC)
    3. What was your overall budget?  Overall budget is $25k
    4. Where did you start your search for a planner/DOC (google/the knot/weddingbee/bridal show/other)?  At a bridal show, but I’ll follow up with weddingwire for reviews
    5. What was the top thing you were looking for?  Someone to be “in charge” on the day of. I don’t want to have to deal with anything besides looking good and enjoying the day. I want someone who will make sure that everything happens at the right time and deal with any issues that pop up so I don’t have to.
    6. Would you be more likely to hire someone who had a “professional certification” in even planning, or would that not make a difference?  Honestly, I’m much more interested in reviews than certifications. If a vendor has a lot a great reviews online, I could give a crap if they took a class and got a certification.

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