Post # 1
What is the most important thing to consider when hiring one? I interviewed 5, immediately vetoed 3 but am having a hard time deciding between two. One of them is very experienced, well-known, and does beautiful weddings. She’s very warm and friendly, however, she’s been a little hard to get a hold of. The other is newer and her weddings are nice, but not amazing, but her personality is A+. I feel like she would be a lot of fun to work with and she is really on the ball about communication.
So what’s more important? Design aesthetic and experience or personality and reliability?
Post # 3
What is the purpose behind hiring a coordinator for you? What are you priorities?
We are hiring a DOC who will begin working with us six months before hand via phone calls and e-mails and start hands on one month before the wedding.
We mainly wanted someone to be in charge of our decorating plans, dealing with vendors, making our timeline happen, but most of all, being the direct contact with our guests the day of our wedding. So many of the DOCs we looked into wouldn’t have contact with the guests and since so many will be disabled (including my parents), we needed someone to handle the logistics when people arrived. This was a big one for me. I’ve been the go-to person for many of my own events and I’ve lost out on enjoyment and gained stress and I didn’t want that on my wedding day!
We also wanted someone who was quirky, laid back, understanding, but most of all, a human being. We love who we’re going with and she fits everything we want.
So, all that being said, it’s really up to you what’s most important and who best fits the criteria decided upon.
From what you said, I’m big on communication and that’s high up on my list. A person can have great visions, is popular, etc., but if I can’t get in contact with them, what’s the point?
Post # 4
i don’t have a DOC yet. But i would say communication trumps all.
Post # 5
Are you actually hiring her to plan the wedding, decorate it, and make all the decisions? If so, hire the one you think does the more beautiful weddings that fit with your vision. If you’re going to be the one making all the decorating decisions and planning everything and you just want a DOC, better communication is the key since that is basically what you’re hiring her for.
Post # 6
We are hiring a coordinator for a few reasons. #1 is that I am finishing a PhD and live out of state and don’t want my mom to have to do everything. We aren’t getting 100% full service, but help finding vendors, planning the decor, and going to some meetings, in addition to the month-of services (verifying contracts, doing the schedule, etc). I have some decor ideas, but I do want some help actually making it happen. I am going to talk to some references from both of them, maybe that will help make the decision? Or interview more?
Post # 7
My Fiancé and I have hired a DOC and I am doing a lot of the decor myself and so I wanted to have someone who primarily I could trust in executing our vision and that takes great communication. Because we live 4 hours from where we are getting married I relied heavily on reviews from Wedding Wire, but ultimately picked the coordinator based on experience, professionalism, attitude and accessibility. I have had a few issues trying to reach her via email (sending her questions I never hear answers to) but as soon as I call she is always available. Some people are just better with phones than email I guess. The most important characteristics in my opinion is that your coordinator understands your vision, is flexible, organized, tough when needed and will go the extra mile for you if need be because they truly care about your happiness. If this coordinator you like fits this description go for it!
Post # 8
I think your wedding is however you want it and you make your coordinator realize YOUR dream so I would go with the second choice, as she just seems like the one who will allow you to have the wedding you want and will be there when you need her. I cannot stand when people don’t respond to me (I have passed on a few vendors because of this).
Post # 9
I agree that communication is key. There was one I was sure I was going to hire. Then, the more we emailed the more she would clearly not read what I said and say something different. It’s hard to explain, but I think you should go with the one that is on with communication. I have noticed I’ve been choosing a lot for personality and it’s ended up great so far!
Post # 10
I hired a planner and her communication with me was amazing. She was super wuick to respond to email, phone and was very, very sweet. I loved working with her, even though she’s new to the game. She did a great job, if you can communicate with your second choice better I would go that route because you can explain exactly what you want and she will be able to execute it.