(Closed) Wedding Planner/ Day of Coordinator NYC

posted 14 years ago in New York City
Post # 17
Member
3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thank you for recommending Weddings by Janina Inoocentz!!!!!!!!!! Janina (Nina) was the absolute best and super affordable. Other DOCs were trying to charge me 1K but inooocentz was right Nina was worth every penny (I only paid $600 which is great compared to 1K others were quoting me). I decided to write this post because Nina was truly interested in making sure that my wedding day was everything that I envisioned it being. During the hurricane, she stayed at Starbucks to have internet so that she could finalize my schedule. She was always responsive to my texts and made sure that every detail was perfect. I don’t know what I would have done without her. My bridesmaids were raving about her and my family simply adored her. When she left the bridal party to take pictures so that she could set up the reception hall, everyone was like ‘where is Nina what are we going to do without her!” She left specific instructions with my photographer and was always a phone call away. My dressed ripped when we were taking pictures in central park and I was tripping all over myself. As soon as I got out the Limo, Nina was there with a needle and white thread to sew me up and fixed it instantaneously. I can’t recommend her enough. Her website is http://www.weddingsbyjanina.com and phone number is 347-733-8197.

I was blessed with the review posted by inoocentz and I hope that you try Janina if you are looking for a DOC because she truly cares. I’m posting this review everywhere so that brides can get a day of coordinator that truly goes the extra  mile. Did I mention that she styled one of my bridesmaids hair (I tell you awesome!)

Post # 18
Member
10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have to say that I am a little disappointed with Christine from Exquisite Affairs. She didn’t seem flexible at all. When I mentioned that I will not be available during normal business hours and asked to meet afterwards, she refused. It seems a bit unconventional for a wedding planner to insist the bride work on her schedule and not the other way around. Needless to say, I didn’t go with her. I have contacted a number of other wedding planners before reaching out to her and she is the only one that wouldn’t work with my schedule. I am little surprised to see her name come up so often on this board as she seems so inflexible right from the beginning for me.

Post # 19
Member
6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Rachel Quigley ([email protected]) did my wedding last month in NYC for $500 and she was FABULOUS. Babysat the flower girl, while coordinating all the vendors, seamlessly herding the guests from the ceremony to the reception, and then even fixed the cake when we had a last minute disaster! I felt like a guest at my own wedding.

DOC is not her full-time job, so she is flexible to meet in the evenings after work/on weekends and I cannot reccomend her enough. Her passion for weddings and organizational skills are contagious!

Good Luck on your big day!

Lucy

Post # 21
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Thanks Lucy for the tip!

I also just used Rachel Quigley (http://www.celebrationcoordination.com) for my “big fat gay wedding” and she was a LIFE SAVER. Girl is worth every penny of the $800 I paid her. (She has a full time job and this is what she does on weekends which is why she is so much cheaper than other NYC planners. I was quoted $2400 by someone else! Extortion!) 

My wedding was on the small side but with some BIG personalities and she made sure everything was perfect and helped transfer the guests between locations, executed some artsy little touches I added last minute, and even coordinated with my partner for a special surprise.

 She felt like my maid of honor but twice as reliable.

 Strongly recommended for any weddings in the NYC area.

 Peter

Post # 22
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525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m chiming in, and saying that Tammy Golson has been a dream! She has so many awesome ideas and contacts that can save you a bunch of money! 

 

http://www.tammygolson.com/

Post # 23
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8 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsFalcon:  Can you send my your DOC details? 🙂

Post # 24
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am a former bee transformed into a vendor (Officiant and Planner).   So if you have any questions please let me know. you can also take a look at my site if you wish, http://www.knotbythesea.com 

 

Post # 25
Member
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m looking to hire someone to assist my planner and florist with setting up my venue – anyone know of anybody great? 

Post # 26
Member
20 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m going to meet with Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions and I’ve heard GREAT things about her. We actually know her personally, my mom does actually, but we’re going to have her be our DOC. Very excited!! Here’s her site:  http://www.lavishoccasions.com/

Post # 28
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4 posts
Wannabee

I worked with Katherine Mackanin.  She did weddings at the zoo and has done a ton of work on the side.  It was great working with her because the pricing is not outrageous like some planners/doc.

http://www.katmackevents.com

6466338061.

 

Post # 29
Member
4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kariface:  I am interested in hearing more about your event if you are still looking for a DOC. Please message me if you want to discuss details further.

Post # 30
Member
4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m Nancy Sweizy Events.   I offer Day of for $1200 and  if I do your flowers Its 1/2 off!

nancyswiezyevents.com

Post # 30
Member
1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I found my DOC (Alexandra Townsend; thededicatednewyorker.com) in addition to tons of useful tips on weddingbee so wanted to circle back with my experience and tips.  She was my DOC and did my personal flowers (e.g. bouquet, etc). I enjoyed working with Alex but had a few tips for working with her that I think will be helpful for the next bride. Hope this helps.  

Alex gets 5 stars in a lot of areas. She is very responsive. She got my caterer to take on more setup work than I’d initially requested. She is a VERY talented florist. She kept my wedding day stress-free. There are other areas where I was less satisfied. My advice for working with her: 1) Some things might fall through the cracks. Even though it was on her list of things to do, centerpieces (small vases) never made it onto my (highboy) cocktail tables. I consider this a pretty big oversight for a coordinator. 2) Assume nothing is obvious: Packing-up was a part of my contracted services. A few sentimental items never made it back to my home including the fabric I purchased to drape my ceremony area. To be fair, I did not specifically request this be packed. Take the time to call out exactly what to keep or ask a family member to help who might try to “think like the bride” when packing 3) If you say it, but don’t write it, it might not happen. In a 3-way meeting with Alex, my caterer requested that Alex give her the heads up before the champagne toast so that they have time to serve. This never happened and toasts were made with mostly empty champagne glasses. 4) Insist on seeing your venue: At some point, I was told I could not leave the bridal suite b/c the groom had arrived and was roaming. Looking back, if I had insisted, I could have easily resolved a few things (e.g. bare cocktail tables). Perhaps my biggest frustration is that when I’d reach out after the wedding trying to figure out/hunt down things, Alex “never saw them” or didn’t know exactly what I was referring to at which point it’s a difficult discussion. In the instance with the packing up, I was told that she went through the packed items with me and my husband at the end of the night, which I naturally didnt realize was an inventory check and frankly don’t recall.

So again, my advice for working with Alex or your DOC if you are a DIY bride and bring lots of your own “stuff” to a venue: 1) write down everything you’d like returned, even if it seems obvious 2) if, like me, you dont have time to document every conversation, just ask for EVERYTHING to be packed or 3) have a family member help who would “get” what might be valuable to you without having to be told.

If you do work with Alex, she will ensure a stress-free day, and I offer this advice to make the best of your experience if you have high expectations of a day-of coordinator.

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