(Closed) How much are you paying for you coordinator?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did not have a coordinator, but, from what I’ve read, the cost usually is a percentage of your total wedding budget.  The article I read indicated that the cost could range from 10-20 percent, depending on the services provided.

Post # 4
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

We have a wedding month of coordinator and a day of coordinator (same person). She is fairly new to the business but has good reviews and we like her. She’s 800 dollars. 

Post # 5
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Our coordinator was $750, which was a steal. All of the well known coordinators around here were $1100+.

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Brielle: I’m pretty sure that is if you have a wedding planner, coordinators typically only help the day of the wedding, maybe a couple of days leading up to it. The price really depends a lot on the area you live in, ours was either $250 or $300.

Post # 7
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We paid $1200 for our month of coordinator, which is on the low end in Chicago.

Post # 8
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It definitely depends on where youre looking. Mine is $650 for day of services which is great. I was getting quoted between $1200 and $2000 just for day of.

Post # 9
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We hired a planner about six months out, and paid $3000 (would have been 15% of total wedding costs if they were above $25,000). 

It was absolutely the best money we spent, but only because the planner was AWESOME.  I did a lot of checking and research on her (Wedding Wire, etc.) before hiring her, including asking her for contact info for three of her prior brides or grooms.  Everyone gave her glowing reviews.

I’m a control freak, so factor that in, but it would have been *more* stressful for me to hire a planner I couldn’t trust than not to have one.  So check up on this woman and make sure she’ll make things easier and not just be one more vendor you have to manage.

Post # 10
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Wonderstruck: Yes, you’re right. Thank you. Sorry about the confusion with terminology. I was definitely thinking planner vs. coordinator.

Post # 11
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

She comes with the venue! 

$1250 gets us a coordinator, venue, tables, chairs, linens, umbrella heaters (it’s under a pavilion), food servers, bar tenders, & cake cutting/boxing.

Post # 12
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I paid 250 for my DOC/Wedding Planner. He did everything in-house, so my catering was done through him as well so I don’t think there was a separate charge to be the wedding planner.

Post # 14
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our’s is a DOC, it will be $1,600. That includes several meetings with vendors and our venue, as well as taking care of everything start to finish day of. Ultimately though, I worked with her before on weddings I coordinated at the venue I worked at and I trust her, so I’m fine with the cost.

Post # 15
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

mine is $700 for 3 months before the wedding, even though we have been talking 4-5 months before the wedding. she has great reviews on wedding wire and responds rather promptly. below is the breakdown pretty much and she still goes above and beyond this list 🙂

Work with vendors for development of customized Wedding Day Schedule
Onsite venue visit prior to wedding to discuss details, set-up & flow of events
Additional hours of meeting time with vendors & extra assistance leading up to wedding date
Wedding advice & suggestions up to the wedding date
On-site rehearsal wedding coordination on xxxxxx, 2012 for 2 hours (Schedule TBD)
Delivery & Set-up of favors, table numbers and place cards
On-site wedding coordination on xxxxx, 2012 for 10 hours (Schedule TBD)
Set-up & clean-up of supplies before & after the wedding reception
Additional services:
o Research of cake box prices
o Assistance to caterer for buffet coordination
o Assistance with finding a vendor for the design & production of place cards & table numbers
o Research & purchasing of table number frames or holders (if necessary)*
o Assistance with vendor contract for chair rental
o Assistance with Cocktail Area decor

Post # 16
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So the DJ will not book with you unless you hire his wife as well?  Is there a day of price that might be lower?  I would choose them only if you really want both of them and feel they are both worth the price.  If not, I’d keep looking for the right DJ.

For me, a wedding planner was not worth the money so I don’t have anyone.  I’d love to have a day of coodinator, but it’s not in the budget so we’ll muddle along without.  I have a good friend that will help out and my sister’s babysitter will be able to set up the tables (centerpieces are DIY) while we’re at the cermony.  That’ll have to be good enough!

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