Professional Day of Coordinator vs Paying Florist's Assistants

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I don’t think it’s professional of the florist to be under-cutting another professional’s livelihood. Frankly, I’d tell her that the DOC almost fell out of her chair when she heard the florist’s prices and offered to do the flowers for $200 and see how she likes feeling undervalued like that. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would go with the professional. Our DOC was a HUGE HUGE part of why our wedding ran so smoothly and the day was absolutely perfect. Seriously I cannot emphasize enough how important she was. 

Flowers are a teeny- tiny part of the wedding. Will they be able to help with corralling people to make sure they are where they need to be? Will they help coordinate with other vendors? Will they help you create a timetable for the night and make sure it gets stuck to? There are a million little things to think about and I personally think a good, professional DOC is worth her weight in gold.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I totally agree with PPs. If the assistants were great DOCs, they’d be out charging $1566 for their services, not assisting a florist. I’d pay more for someone who knows every angle of the job. That said, if $1566 is putting too much pressure on your budget, you can always get quotes from other DOCs to compare. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think $1500 is a lot personally, however I would still want *someone* with more experience than a florist.

Why not check on thumbtack or local FB groups to see if there are any coordinators starting out? I booked my girl about 15m out for $550, now that she’s gotten more brides and more weddings under belt she’s raised her prices to $800-$1000, and she’ll still do like 20 more weddings before mine later this year lol. So you can certainly find quality people who don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

At the very least I’d ask the florist if her assistants could provide photos of their work and references. Never hurts to check it out. If you don’t like what they do or they don’t seem to the tasks you need done, skip them. You lose nothing by looking into it.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

maryherbie :  Completely unprofessional of your florist and quite frankly the lack of professionalism and quickness to throw a fellow vendor under the bus like that show a lot about their character. As a wedding photographer I think spending a ton of money on something that will DIE is crazy, but I would never in a million years tell one of my clients that I would do their flowers for cheaper because frankly I’m not a florist and that’s just bad business. Plus…doing flowers isn’t as easy as it looks. Likewise, coordinating a wedding isn’t as easy as “following a timeline”. A good and experienced coordinator is worth their weight in gold at a wedding. Hire the pro coordinator, and dump your rude florist.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

maryherbie :  Just going to  put this out there, we had florist and day of. Day of coordinator was included in our venue cost. That said, looking at $1500 and looking at how our day went with an amazing coordinator if I had to do it again I would do it in a heartbeat even if it cost us an extra $1500. A good coordinator is worth it. Look around and interview a couple to see what comes with it. So worth it. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Side note. What does your florist think coordinating is? Is she going to be there all day? Because the coordinator is. The coordinator deals with any mishaps and literally coordinates the DJ, deliveries, processional, people wrangling. Sounds simple but it’s not. We told everyone to be in a certain place for pictures, still needed to find people once the bar opened. Lol. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Not sure if your florest knows all that’s involved. A DOC literally is calling in backup if the cake fails to arrive, or if the DJ gets sick. She knows a ton of people in the industry and can get things done. If your cake fails to show up I’m sure a DOC has a few bakers she could call who could get a cake there in 2 hours. What could the two florest helpers do?  If you’re going to pay anyone to coordinate your wedding, get a pro. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

maryherbie :  If she truly felt bad and was trying to help you out, she’d lower her own prices for you, not throw shade on someone else’s. Likely these assistants of hers are friends or relatives and she’s trying to toss some extra cash their way. If you’re on a tight budget you can always shop around for a less expensive DOC who is an actual DOC. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

maryherbie :  Definitely unprofessional of the florist. The DOC is TRAINED to do this job… not the florist. I paid much more for my DOC. Keep them and forget what the florist is telling you. Usually vendors work together.. not against each other.

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