Post # 1
Hi bees- I have recently started the debate (in my mind) on whether or not it is necessary to hire a wedding planner for day of coordination. We’re having a destination wedding in Vermont so it’s a little difficult for me to execute all my ideas. I have already booked all our major vendors and have many DIY projects in the works (centerpieces, table runners, aisle liners) but my fear is that I will be overwhelmed and stressed trying to pull them all together the day of the wedding. Since it’s a destination wedding and no one lives there, I really can’t count on anyone else to bring my vision to light. Our venue does come with a site coordinator to handle all food related and venue related set up but I’m not sure this is enough.
Married bees who used a planner or coordinator, was it worth it? I have a rough estimate from one coordinator for $1500 day of coordination. Is this waaay too high?
Thanks as always bees!
Post # 3
When I had a venue, my venue came with a DOC (day of coordinator). I am not sure I would have paid $1500 for one, but I do thinkit would have help so much segue things during the reception, herd the guests, cue the cake uctting, put up/take down all the decor. Otherwise I have no idea how it all would have worked!
Post # 4
We have hired someone. I’m confident she will be worth the money, only $990.00 for 8 hours.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
$1500 seems on the higher end of normal, but for a destination wedding that make it more expensive. I have a day-of coordinator who’ll be there all day with an assistant, helping cue the vendors, set things up…I think not having to worry about that is worth it- if you’re a worrier.
Post # 6
We had a destination wedding and expected our venue to provide coordination. They did not specify what they would beresponsible for, and they really did not come through for us at all. It made the last month of planning very stressful. I regret not hiring someone to take care of all that stuff. I think you should go for it!
Post # 7
Every single resource I have read says HIRE A COORDINATOR for your destination wedding!
Also based on recommendations throughout the rescources, we hired a coordinator for our local wedding for ‘month-of’ as well as ala carte design assistance in advance. Our total comes to $2000 and I have been emailing her questions and met her twice since we hired her around Christmas.
They definitely earn their money. For a “Day Of” coordinator – does that mean she doesn’t do ANYTHING in the time leading up to the wedding? That price is too high. If she were going to be running around town, doing gorgeous decor selection and wheeling and dealing to get you deals for the months leading up, that would make more sense. Reach out to others – you will find many on weddingwire.com, even yelp, and get other quotes. they will bid against eachother – mind did till I knew I’d found the right one.
Post # 8
To me, it is necessary to have a DOC for my sanity on the wedding day lol! I am paying $800 for all day/rehearsal. Everywhere else that I contacted in my city was priced anywhere from $1200-$3000 so we got a great deal!
Post # 9
We have a site/venue coordinator, but I’m also getting a day-of coordinator for $1500. Her package was awesome though, she describes herself as more of a “3-month of coordinator” so starting at 3 months before the wedding she’ll essentially take over for me. Even so far she has been an absolute god-send! Any questions I have, she’ll answer. I think if the person who quoted you $1500 has an unlimited email and phone call policy before the day-of, then it’s worth it. I know it’s going to make the day of so much more relaxing for me! (She was also the cheapest quote we got!)
Post # 10
I cannot even stress enough how incredibly helpful and worth it a wedding planner is. Even just a DOC will relieve so much stress from you on that special day.
Consider this, if you don’t have atleast a DOC every single person with a question, concern, comment, opinion or issue will come to you for advice and assistance. That leaves you little time to sit back and enjoy the day without worry. My cousin didn’t have a day of planner last week at her wedding and you could feel the tension and stress all day.
If you can afford it in your budget I say go for it and be the bride ONLY.
Post # 11
Thanks you sooo much for your responses. This is pretty much exactly where my mind is at. I recently got promoted which included a big raise and haven’t changed anything else for the wedding a planned when I was making less. This was going to be my “gift” to myself for my promotion. And after hearing your thoughts I know that this is the right way for me to spend a little more money. I spoke with my florist who has worked with the DOC in the past and she said there was probably some wiggle room in the price too. But for unlimited phone and email communication I do think it’s def worth it! Plus I am the biggest worrier and tend to have anxiety so this right direction for me. Thanks again for the advice!!!
Post # 12
@Soon2bSykes: That’s great! And congratulatons!!
Post # 13
I hired a coordinator for my local wedding and it has made things so much easier. My coordinator is also my florist and is handling the linens/decor from what I want. I just could not fathom trying to get everything right on my wedding day or trusting relatives to get it right. This way, I can see a table mockup pre-wedding to decide if I want changes in my linen colors, centerpieces, etc… My budget is around 15k for the wedding.
Post # 14
I paid $500 for a DOC, but she has been helping the whole time (glad I didn’t pay more for one of her other package options ). I had already booked a lot of the stuff myself and just needed her to be my eyes and ears, especially the week of. She will be at the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner and get to the venue a few hours before the wedding. She has a copy of the contracts and will be the point person. Being the bride is hard enough… add on the 1200 mile distance factor. I think the cost was worth my sanity… and FH AGREED/INSISTED!
Post # 15
Mine wasn’t a destination wedding, but DOC was absolutely worth every penny. They worked their butts off setting everything up to perfection, and more importantly – at the end of the night they packed it all up & delivered to the best man’s house. We did not have to worry about a single thing the entire day/night. I read the nightmare stories on these boards about brides who stress out before their wedding getting things set up, or who ask their friends & family to do all this work – and I KNOW it was the worth it! EVERYONE, myself, my bridal party, my guests, my family – had nothing to do but enjoy themselves from start to finish. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way 🙂
Post # 16
I’m having a Day of coordinator she comes with the facility for $600.00 she will also be there for the rehearsal the day before the ceremony. I think it’s well worth it to be some-what stress free.