- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
So, our venue is part of a decades-old tried and true area restaurant that is a staple of central NC. It is a very upscale restaurant and their staff, food, and event venue (which we’ll be using) is all top-notch. The event space in particular has exceptionally high ratings and is really five-star all the way. We’re really pleased and they’ve met or exceeded all of our wants and needs.
So, when we decided on this venue, we were assigned (for lack of a better word) one of their three veteran event planners/coordinators/consultants. She really has been excellent about communication, getting us what we want, etc. We had a meeting with her on Monday and she had a very detailed list of questions to help nail down some details. My mom asked her what her role would be on the day of. She indicated taht she would coordinate the rehearsal, make note of the line-up, gather favors, guestbook, place cards, etc and then would set them all up the day of. Every detail about decor, timing of events, etc will be directed by her.
My mom and I have also interviewed several wedding coordinators independently of this venue. At an average of $1500 for day-of services, we feel it might be excessive or uncessary. Our venue event coordinator told us that they do have outside wedding coordinators on their “preferred vendor” list, but they find that often they are redundant because that is why the venue coordinators are there. Looking at the outside coordinators services and our venue coordinator, it seems all we’ll be missing out in is guidance with etiquette things, following up/calling guests that haven’t RSVP’d, and having them make up a detailed timeline for the day of by not hiring an outside coordinator.
I feel like the timeline and RSVP thing is something my mom could take care of, but our venue coordinator takes care of overseeing all vendor deliveries, execution of decor, guestbook details, line up, timing, etc. I am VERY prone to anxiety and part of hiring a DOC was to put myself and my parents at ease. But after our meeting it seems we’d possibly be wasting $1500 for someone else (two people actually, as each outside DOC brings an assistant) to do exactly the same things our venue coordinator is already there for. But maybe the venue coordinator is just trying to steer us away from bringing in someone else? IT’s not like our venue coordinator is getting paid extra for doing the little details thing, it’s all part of her job. This is a very reputable venue but I am so conflicted. I’ve tried to track down former brides at this venue on FB or via weddingwire, but unfortunately haven’t gotten a response yet.
I thought I’d reach out to the wise women of WB for some guidance…