Post # 1
So I’ve been talking to a few wedding coordinators and I keep teetering with the idea of hiring one for "day-of" coordination. I am concerned about who will help me with decorating the reception hall… keeping an eye on the gifts and money cards… I don’t have a clue how the ceremony goes (and we have 10+bridesmaids/groomsmen)… BUT, we are very frugal and on a smaller budget… So, I’m just curious… Is it worth $900 to hire a coordinator to carry out those few tasks? I have everything else all under control…
Post # 3
All it takes is a little reading on what order things go in and ask a friend to help out!
Post # 4
We didn’t have one. In retrospect, I can see how having one would have been useful, primarily for getting everyone set up for the ceremony. But I wouldn’t have paid for it. If we had had a big-budget wedding with many vendors and a complicated timeline, then I definitely would have. But for our 10K wedding, there wasn’t room in the budget and not that great of a need.
As a note: We had friends/family do the set up, etc. All the stuff was dropped off in the morning (by friends/family) and some things were set up. Then the final touches (ie, setting out floral arrangements, lighting candles) was done by family members during portraits when it wasn’t their turn to be in a photo. It gave them something to do and kept them close. Plus, with all those hands, it really only took a few minutes.
Post # 5
Yes! I did and it was TOTALLY worth it. In retrospect, I wish I had budgeted more and hired her as a total wedding planner.
The moment I met her 50% of my stress evaporated.
Although- I have to say- it depends on the planner. Mine was so good I wrote a review for my local weddingbee board, but there have been other stories of planners that weren’t very good. My advice would be to shop around, check references, and make sure you feel good about your choice.
I don’t think a DoC is necessary, but it’s definitely worth it.
Post # 6
Thank you for your input! I think I’m going to hire one…
Post # 7
My DOC kept me sane. My husband hated her at first, but then he realized that without her I’d be the one running around the day of the wedding fixing everything. For me it was necessary if I didn’t want to go crazy.