(Closed) To hire a wedding coordinator or not , Hotel reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should i hire a day of coordinator ?
    Yes : (2 votes)
    50 %
    No : (2 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We’re having a hotel wedding as well and we hired a DOC. I have a long standing relationship with the venue coordinator and I know she’ll kick ass but we were able to score a DOC for free so we figured the extra help couldn’t hurt. In my own personal situation and only because of my relationship with the venue coordinator, I would not have hired a DOC if we didn’t get ours for free but I think it’s a good idea for everyone else to book the extra help.

    The venue coordinator (or in your case, catering manager) are advocates for the venue, not you. While I’m sure they’ll do a great job regardless (they’re professionals afterall), it is always nice to have someone there fighting for you and your wants and needs. 

    If you can fit it into your budget, I’d definitely go for it. Or, you could always hop over to the classifieds and see if there are any DOC’s in your area offering special deals. We were able to score our DOC through a classifieds ad she placed on WB. I realize some people are skeptical when it comes to this but I assure you, there are legitimate offers out there. Our DOC has lots of experience in the wedding world and is now branching out and starting her own company. While she builds her portfolio she’s offering a handful of couples free services in exchange for some professional photos for her site and a few online reviews. Can’t beat that! I bet these sort of deals are offered all over. You just have do a little research. 

    Post # 4
    677 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011


    I had a budget wedding and so I had no money for a coordinator, but the venue coordinators did a great job setting up the reception for me and preparing the garden with chairs, runner, candle stand etc, and my flowers, cake with the cutter and napkins tucked in place, champagne glasses and gift and card table without me even needing to be present, and for everything else I deployed my amazing and highly organized Maid/Matron of Honor and my pack of sisters to make sure the men knew where to go, when to be ready and where to be, and to run any little errands I needed during the getting ready time. It was fun, hectic, and actually not stressful at all, these venue coordinators know what they are doing and have a lot of experience (more than the brides) and your bridesmaids should be ready and willing to help with the little details. After the wedding the site staff and my bridal party and family had fun cleaning up and eating the leftover cookies and wine and chatting. If you are running off to your honeymoon dont be afraid to ask your family to help you out. I wouldnt spend the money.

    Post # 5
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We had the ceremony and reception on the same resort property, and the event coordinator oversaw both.  She was absolutely fantastic, knew what she was doing, and had lots of great suggestions for us.  I think if there are already coordinators, you really don’t need another one.  The perk of a coordinator is so you and your family don’t have to set things up or direct people, but those tasks will be done by the existing coordinators.  I think an extra DOC would be overkill.

    Post # 6
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If it will make you feel more at ease, I think $450 is a more than reasonable fee for a DOC (They don’t come for under $850 around here). 

    The DOC is on your side and on top of making sure things move in the right way, they are there to make sure your vendor contracts are excecuted properly.  I always wonder what happens when the coordinator works for the venue and there’s a dispute. 

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