(Closed) Wedding Day Coordinators – How Much is Reasonable?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Damn. $800 is the cheapest I could find in Santa Barbara. The next up was $1200. Then they started charging about $1800. Sounds like you found a bargain!

Post # 5
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Quotes I’ve received are free (just starting out) to $2,200 (reasonably well known). I thought I would have to spend $600-800 (which would mean no DOC for me, because it’s out of the budget). I only need someone to take care of discrete tasks, so I’m okay with using a less expensive or free coordinator, but if I wanted someone to take a lot of initiative and to “execute” a “vision,” I would not feel comfortable using someone who had just started an event planning business.

Post # 6
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think $800 is outrageous for a DOC. Maybe not too unreasonable a DOC+ but for someone to be there for one day, $800 is a lot of money to spend. I have heard values between $200-$500.

Post # 8
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

In Vancouver, the prices start around $500 for a DOC. This includes 2 sessions to go over the details, vendor confirmation, rehearsal coaching & supervision, etc.

Like most wedding related services, I believe the price depends on where you live. Obviously California is going to cost more than Kentucky!  I would suggest shopping around to get quotes in your area to get an idea as to what is the “norm”

Sometimes people who are just getting into the industry offer free services. They are usually looking to build their portfolio or to get references. You have to start somewhere… I definitely wouldn’t rule them out! Unless, are you finding all your DOCs online?

Post # 10
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We hired our DOC for $950, and she has 10 years experience. Worth every penny, if you ask me, and it’s not a very “metropolitan”area.

I was also quoted at $1200 for one as well, so I think the rates you’re getting are very reasonable!

As for your fiance, ask him if he’d rather relax the morning of the wedding, or direct vendors and deal with the chaos of setting up the venue? 🙂 I’m pretty sure that $300-$500 will seem worth it to him. You’re paying for time, basically. Time to spend with your loved ones the morning of your wedding and not worry about a thing!

Post # 11
369 posts
Helper bee

Don’t say no to either one until you’ve met both just to be on the safe side. Ask them both for references and make sure they’ll include stuff you really need to get done the day of.

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