(Closed) Is a DOC necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Day of Coordinator
    Yes, totally necessary for a stress free day! : (44 votes)
    62 %
    No, Don't waste your money!! Stop worrying! : (27 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I have a wedding planner that is going to be there all day. I am extremely stressful, so it is in everyone’s best interest that we have a DOC.

    Post # 4
    14 posts
    • Wedding: February 2010

    Seriously. Get one. It is worth it. I know a lot of brides who regret not getting a DOC.

    Post # 5
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I would never use the word “necessary” for almost any element of a wedding, because almost any combination of circumstances you can imagine has been accomplished by some couple getting married somewhere. Not everyone has a DOC in their budget and it’s certainly entirely possible to have a perfectly fine wedding without one.

    However, if it is at all possible for you to budget for one, everything I have read and been told has led to the impression that this is an invaluable investment. Perhaps shop around for other DOCs in your area who might charge less, especially ones who might give you a discount. Our DOC emphasized to us that her job is to make sure that if any crises, large or tiny, pop up on the wedding day, Fiance and I and our guests won’t even know about them until later because she will handle them. The point is that the couple and their guests are free to relax and enjoy each other and their loved ones all day without stress.

    There really are a lot of moving parts to a wedding and any single one of them could go wrong – not to sound like a forecaster of doom, but we all read wedding horror stories from great to small. Our DOC mentioned one time when a caterer informed her, immediately before the cake-cutting, that the couple had failed to contract for any cake plates. The caterer stated that there would be a $250 additional charge to use the cake plates that she had sitting in her car. The DOC took care of it immediately without having to upset the couple, with a quick hushed mention to the parents (who were paying). Had the DOC not been there, the parents themselves would have had to deal with that confrontation, or worse, the couple. A good DOC will prevent mishaps by calling vendors to make sure that they are on time, jumping in to take care of anything that is left as a loose end, putting together your DIY decor elements while you get ready, everything. As far as I’m concerned, you can hardly put a price tag on that kind of peace of mind on your wedding day.

    Post # 7
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I can’t speak from experience yet but we didn’t get a DOC.  I don’t think its necessary per se.  I think $900 is a large additional expense.  And if the venue supplies someone, they too know the ins and outs of the process, so they’re probably a GREAT free resource.  In the end, I think you need to be organized, and you need a support system that is not only organized, but is willing to help out when you need them.  I see my Mom as my DOC lol.  She’s been great… intense, but great.  I guess what I’m saying is, I wouldn’t do it.

    Post # 8
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I suppose it depends on your circumstances. I won’t be able to drop $900 for one (must be nice!), but I still have people around me who would be willing to fulfill the same role. Personally, as long as I have people outside the wedding party who know how everything is supposed to go down, I’d be comfortable. There are all sorts of variables to consider: how big and formal is your wedding, how many rentals do you have, what happens during set-up, the community that’s helping you, your own stress levels, etc. If it’s stressing you out and you can afford one, why not?

    Post # 9
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Not necessary probably but really nice to have. Do you know anyone you could get to do it for you? I have a girl I went to school with that I chat with sometimes (but isn’t close enough that I’d invite her to the wedding) that is getting marred 2 months before me, and I asked her if she might want to trade DOC services… so I’ll be hers and she’ll be mine. We probably won’t be as good as REAL DOCs I guess… but we’re relatively organized and responsible people who will be in charge of making sure things run smoothly. Maybe you know someone who is getting married near you that you could trade with?

    Post # 10
    2634 posts
    Sugar bee

    For me?  Necessary.  Sure my friends and family could pitch in and see to all the little details, but I don’t think they’d do a good of job as the DOC I hired and, more importantly (!) I don’t want them to have to “work” on my wedding day.  I want them to be guests and just enjoy themselves.

    Post # 11
    23 posts
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I hate to say it but I think my wedding would have fallen apart without my DOC. We got her involved pretty early on and she was able to point us in the right direction when we fell off course. She managed everything on the day of from family to vendors, I didn’t worry about anything. I got to enjoy all the fun stuff and wasn’t worried about calling the vendors to make sure they were going to have everything ready ontime and making sure the florist knew how I liked everything. If I didn’t have her I probably would have lost massive amounts of sleep and showed up looking like the bride of Frankenstein. I don’t know where you are getting married but she works in NY if you want her contact infor she could probably at least point you in the right direction if you wanted to do it yourself. She even did our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner even though we changed the date for it like five times! Good Luck!

    Post # 12
    214 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I am not having one, but honestly I am not sure what a DOC really does? I have already booked everything, I have everything ready to go for the day. I have the centerpieces ready, I have already a time line for all my vendors. I have a checklist.. I am not sure why I really need one. I am not the type to just “enjoy” my wedding. Because honestly the planning the event, the stressing, the figuring out problems and fixing them. Is my fun. I want to be doing something up til I am walking down the aisle. Because if not, I think I am going to throw up from nerves. (Not from marrying Fiance, but everyone looking at me. OH god please don’t trip.) So I say you don’t NEED one. But think honestly of what you want to be doing that day, and what you don’t.

    Post # 14
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I really struggle with this too…I see so many brides that regret not having one.  But besides putting together a timeline, and contacting vendors…what are they doing?

    Are they doing set up, take down?  I know everyone has different needs at their wedding…but I don’t necessarily want to pay $650 (the cost I was quoted for a DOC) to have someone give me a timeline and tell me when it’s time to “go”?

    Post # 15
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    We’re saving a lot of money on all kinds of stuff, so I really want a DOC. I am a huge worrier, so it would be nice to know that someone else is handling everything.

    Post # 16
    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    My Suggestion is get someone you know who is a VERY organized person who wouldn’t mind doing this for you. My Husband’s aunt was ours and she felt very honored rather than obligated to do this for us. She researched everything, and it was great. BUT I DID have most of it written out and she just had to follow the directions, so, if you dont feel like doing all the organizing yourself, I’d hire someone. I’m the type of person that LIKES to do everything and lives firmly by the motto ” If you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself. ” 

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