(Closed) Help me decide if I need a DOC!! (sorry, long…soo conflicted!)

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: does it sound like we NEED a DOC??
    yes, it's probably best so there is NO chance of something goin awry : (3 votes)
    33 %
    no, if the venue is very reputable and they provide coordinators, why waste money? sounds redundant : (6 votes)
    67 %
    either way...if it fits in the budget, why the heck not have one?? : (0 votes)
    other--please guide me!! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Seems like the venue is doing EXACTLY what you’re looking for. If there’s a certain part they aren’t covering, do you have a trusted friend or family member that could fill in for that ONE thing?

    Post # 4
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would not hire an outside DOC. My venue was also completely reputable, their weddings run like clockwork, and many of my vendors had worked their before.  I asked the Coordinator if she thought I needed a DOC and she candidly said no need, save your money.  I am glad I took her advice – they were fabulous about getting everything set up (table settings, escort cards, menus, signage, photos, etc) and the vendors (mainly the florist) really took care of everything else.  The only “issue” the entire day was a minor one regarding the cake, and I didn’t even notice it until I got my pictures back.

    Unless you are doing something really elaborate, have a lot of DIY set-up, or are in a unique venue with lots of different moving parts, I don’t think DOCs are necessary.  I totally get why people hire them, but in this case I think you should put the money towards something else!



    Post # 6
    221 posts
    Helper bee

    It sounds like this woman is very competent and has things under control. If the venue is as reputable as it sounds, then she likely has gone through the motions countless times. In some ways she may be better than a DOC who is not as familiar with that particular venue. I would make a list of the things that are concerning you, that you might think would be forgotten and make sure that she is going to take care of all of them, just to put your mind at ease! I have a wedding planner who (so far) is not half as competent as this woman sounds, you may end up hiring someone who is of a lesser value to you than the woman who works there. Good luck, and don’t worry, it will all work out!! 

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