(Closed) Wedding Planner Advice needed

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Welcome to WeddingBee, Ms PuppyJacks!

I thought about hiring a coordinator at first too, but ultimately decided against it when I realized how many ideas there are floating around communities like WeddingBee, just waiting for me to harness them. 🙂

I guess I mostly just sucked up the fact that, to me, the money was worth saving even though it meant putting in WAY more time of my own into the wedding.

Post # 4
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2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We didn’t because I don’t think it would be wise for me to let go of most of the wedding details. If this is your personality, you may want to consider a Day of Coordinator to handle all the details on the day of the wedding!

Post # 5
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235 posts
Helper bee

We went with a day or coordinator – our venue is a historical property, and  just do not want to deal with setting things up/coordinating various delivery trucks/making sure the candles are lit/etc on my wedding day!  We also have contact with her via email about once a week – just to check in a say hi/she makes recommendations on some vendors/I trouble shoot with her…our fee is $2150, down from her usual fee of $2500 (we had a lower offer, so she matched it)  But I think this cost varies A LOT by where you are (as does everything…)  We’re in DC.

Post # 6
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2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We hired a day-of coordinator, which means they work with you for a few hours during the months leading up to the wedding day, and on the wedding day, they take over and coordinate everything from directing vendors to setting up the ceremony and reception venues to directing guests to cueing people for toasts, etc.

I’m 100 percent certain our DOC was worth every penny. She was amazing and our wedding day was flawless because of her. There were small hiccups here and there, but she took care of them and I didn’t even know about them until the day after.

DOC’s are invaluable if you ask me. We paid $1,000 for ours, but that included travel costs, the rehearsal the day before and our officiant (it was a package deal). For just DOC services, she charges $650 for the day, and $750 for the day and rehearsal. I think on average, you’ll pay anywhere from $500 to $1200 depending on the area, and how much experience the coordinator has.

Post # 8
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110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

PuppyJacks Welcome to WB:)

I would highly recommend a wedding planner. Either day of or through the whole shebang. My wedding planner is with us throughout the whole process. I think it’s the best decision I’ve made so far (other than saying YES of course!) Not only does she keep track of all your finances.. she also deals with EVERYTHING you shouldn’t have to worry about on the big day! She’s also a great sounding board for vendor reviews and trade secrets.

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