Post # 1
Hi, I am looking for a cheap but reliable wedding coordinator. We are planning a small wedding of only 50 guests and are only really getting one because our venue requires one. Since it was not something we had budgeted for, the going rate of $1500-2000 seems a bit steep for us. Please let me know if you have used anyone that was reasonably priced in Orange County, CA. Oh and they need to be licensed and insured (per our vendor). Thanks for your help
Post # 3
Not many of us who work on our own are licensed and insured. Only mostly the big companies that are in higher price ranges are. Your venue (not your vendor, as we are all vendors) probably wishes that your other vendors are, such as your photographer, videographer, DJ, and more are licensed/insured because they have equipment to set up and move around, power issues, etc.
Also, what is included in the $1500-2000? Those sound like planner prices, not coordinator prices. Which are you looking for? Are you looking for full service planning, or someone who can bring everything together on the day of? The question is, what do you need and what are they offering? Those prices are extremely reasonable for a full planner. But extremely unreasonable for a DOC. But a planner and a DOC are two completely different jobs, though on the day, they do the same thing.
But if you are looking for a cheap, experienced, and reliable DOC (woc/moc), let me know!
Post # 4
I specifically say I need help with just the day of and give them this list:
Help organize/confirm/provide payment to vendors
Walk through of the venue before the after the event
Perform a sound check
Arrange/pack-up decorations/plce cards/guest book that we will provide
I really don’t need help with planning, but it seems like no one does “Day of” as many coordinators that I have contacted say they provide 2 meetings, 2 months beforehand, hence the higher price tag. What is a reasonable price for just a “day of”?
Post # 5
@swtvt712: Hey there! I would recommend you my DOC but I don’t think she’s licensed or insured, but our venue isn’t that strict, hence her very low price tag. Most DOC quotes I’ve seen are $1000 and even the budget budget Craigslist ones start at $500. I mean, it makes sense. If they were to do this full time, charging $1500 a day, assuming 52 weddings a year (and that’s not realistic), you really don’t make much.
I would try posting an ad on CL and tell everyone what you need – someone licensed, insured, and can provide what you can. I found my DOC that way!
Post # 6
I think it’d be hard to find a licensed and insured DOC, as I would assume most are wedding planners. DOC in the OC area I found to average $1000 as the person above mentioned as well. The lowest I saw was $800, but only because she was offering a discount. One licensed coordinator I talked with quoted me $1200 for DOC. If she offers more services, I can see being quoted $1500 for coordination.
Depending on your venue and style of wedding, I’d ask around and see if any DOC would be willing to lower her prices. I also found offering cash usually yielded discounts as well. Unless it was someone starting out (which may mean she’s not insured/licensed), I think you’ll find most people will only go a tiny bit lower than $1000.
Post # 7
Well, they are certainly overcharging you for the services you are asking for, but it seems reasonable for those who have to pay hefty fees for being liscensed and insured (those run hundreds of dollars a year, sometimes more!). I can provide those same services for $300 but without the license/insurance. That;s my normal going rate. I don’t charge more because I don’t need to. I enjoy doing weddings. ANd unlike others, I don’t charge you for calling me, and asking questions and advice. I only start charging when I need to do a lot of work for something, but I certainly dont limit communication. Weddings are already expensive, you don’t need to be nickle and dimed.
And I can’t say any more right now, but if things pan out after an exciting phone call I got 2 hours ago, I could be in extremely high demand as the summer continues. 🙂 Like me on facebook, and you can be one of the first to find out next week, in case things DO go well!
I also do first meetings to see if we like each other at any Starbucks or Coffee Bean… my treat! I will also be at two, possibly three upcoming bridal shows so you can meet me there as well. But not to break forum rules, I can’t post those details here. So again, visit the facebook profile and you can find exact details there.
Post # 8
Check to see if your venue offers you a DOC at a discounted price. We found that through ours and she’s only charging $500.
Post # 9
@swtvt712: Are you still looking for a DOC? Mine was based out of SD but she is able to travel to OC, I believe. Her rates are quite reasonable and she did a fabulous job with our wedding. I don’t know if she’s licensed/insured, however, we did have event insurance which was required by our venue.