(Closed) To DOC or to not DOC

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would suggest using a DOC, unless your catering manager actually has wedding coordinator duties listed in the contract. Otherwise, I think they will just help out where they can. You can also opt for a friend to help out the day-of to usher lost guests, communicate with vendors, and place escort cards, etc. – just so you’re more relaxed the day-of!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, yes, a thousand times YES to a DOC!!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did not use a DOC but “hired” our florist to arrange a bunch of DIY items.  She was going to be there that morning and set up all the flowers anyway.  I brought them over a week or so before and she charged like $100 or $150 for everything.  She did a perfect job!!

I’d recommend that if setting up a few items is your only concern.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

YES!  100% YES to a DOC!!  The catering manager is NOT a wedding coordinator.  The catering manager mostly concerned about venue and handling the vendors, that’s about it.  Her role doesn’t include managing the timeline and execution of the overall day or knowing the little details of your wedding vision and set up you’ve been thinking about for months (cuing the band/DJ for the first dance, making sure the photographer took all your ‘must take’ photos, wrangling the bridal party and family for photos, etc.).  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

DO IT. There are a million things that you can imagine and another million that you can’t imagine to stress about on your wedding day, and a good DOC will take every single one off your mind before you even know they’re there. A good DOC is worth their weight in gold. There’s no reason for you to have to worry about last-minute snafus when you’re supposed to be basking in bridal bliss.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Our wedding coordinator was the best money we spent on our entire wedding.  DO IT!!  They are invalueable and it’s so much better than asking a friend or relative to “help out.”   You will be so glad you do it. 

Post # 10
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am pro-DOC. My venue actually has an event coordinator who is supposed to be fantastic. She will handle making sure the tables are in the right places with linens, place settings and the like. The cake will get on the right table since it’s venue provided…. that kind of stuff.

But my DOC will take all my DIY (and it’s a considerable amount) and set it all up. She’ll move decorations between the ceremony and reception. She’ll make sure my wine box is on the table next to the officiant. She’ll set up the photo booth and show people how to use it. She does my day of timeline. I will drop all of my stuff and instructions off to her about a week before the wedding and I’ll never have to think about it again. And she will call all of my vendors and make sure on the day of, it is her cell phone ringing with questions and not mine. My event coordinator would not do any of those things. Which is why my DOC is totally worth it.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

totaly worth it just so you don’t have to deal with issues and problems on the day of. you don’t want to deal with lost guests or missing family members. a DOC will just ease everything on the day of. and most will help out the entire month before. DO NOT count on the venue’s person to do anything outside the venue-related things. if you don’t have a DOC you’ll most likely end up appointing someone to be that point person and i (personally) don’t think that is really fair.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did all our setup in the morning and totally didn’t need a DOC. I just made sure everyone had directions, schedule, and assignments in advance. We double checked everything with vendors in advance so I didn’t get any emergency calls from anyone. Once setup was done (every person had specific jobs and I didn’t do anything). I wasn’t stressed at all, and that was 11am for a 4pm ceremony. Our ceremony and reception were in the same place though.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Encore: Your DOC sounds great, sounds like what I need, as my venue also has a “Day of Coordinator” but I am finding out they will not do all the setting up – just directing the waitstaff, etc. Can you refer me to your DOC? Website or email? Thanks!

Anyone else have recommendations for an affordable DOC you used in the DC area? I am looking for a “helper” to just help set up some of my DIY decorations, etc. Thanks!

Post # 15
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

As much as plenty of girls loved and needed their DOC don’t feel pressured to spend the money if you can go without.  I did not have any DOC and don’t regret it.  Everything went smoothly/perfectly (which was planning & luck) and there was no need for someone to plan stuff that wasn’t me.  Not that they aren’t valueable I know!!… it just wasn’t something we needed. at all.  I don’t see how things could have gone smoother!  There are pros and cons but choose whats best for your situation.

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