(Closed) Wedding planner or day-of coordinator?

posted 9 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hi @klovesd:  

I’m getting day of coordination services from Dhalia Events. The reason I went with them is that I needed a decorator, a bartender, lighting, DJ, and event coordination, and they have everything in one company (1 vendor for all = much less hassle from me).

They do flowers too.

It could be beneficial do you, but LOTS of brides say they did fine without a planner.

Post # 4
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@klovesd:  It depends on what some of the planners in your area offer.

The planner I looked at offered varying levels of service, from taking care of everything, to a package that was two two-hour sit-down meetings for assistance and advice.  Ask your venue or other venues in the area if they know of wedding planners/DOC that they recommend and then ask them if they offer differing levels of service.

I would recommend a DOC.  We had one and everything ran so smoothly.  She was point person when there were little questions to making sure the big things were taken care of.  It was very nice to have a point-person that wasn’t stressed about the wedding because they had seen it all at least 50 times before.

Post # 5
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I hired a full wedding planner, though I am getting married a few hours outside of Otawa and found the prices much more reasonable! The main reason we hired one is we leave 8000 miles away and a 13 hour time difference! 

But even if we lived there I would still have hired a day of coordinator! They deal with all your vendors, decorating, helping to stay on time, ect. More then worth it to keep your stress down and enjoy your day!

Post # 6
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it depends on how hands-on you want to be. I was a super particular bride and had time to research all my options and check out Pinterest, so I really didn’t need the services of a full service planner. I ended up hiring mine as a month-of, but even so, I didn’t have anything really dire that the other vendors (e.g. DJ, caterer) weren’t able to take care of so she really only helped out at the rehearsal and the wedding itself.

However, if you are a busy bride and not all that particular, a full-service could be helpful. She is likely to have partnerships and deals with local vendors and will take care of a lot of the legwork for you, saving you time from researching, comparison shopping, and describing your vision 1000 times.

Even DH agreed after the wedding that the coordinator was amazing. She literally thought of all these things that I otherwise wouldn’t think of and she was able to coordinate the vendors that day, such as when to do cake cutting and when to run out for extra photos, and she basically took care of us and made sure we were happy and fed.

Post # 7
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Wedding planner. If you can afford it I highly recommend hiring someone to do all the worrying and busy work for you. You still get full creative and detail control, you just don’t have to do any of the actual work…just the fun brainstorming part.

We had a large, high budget and very detail oriented wedding and I honestly can’t remember a time when I was stressed. Yes, issues did come up but all it took was a call to my wedding planner and the crisis was solved within minutes.

On our wedding day my wedding planner knew exactly what I wanted and we had discussed all details for months. I woke up and relaxed with family and friends and didn’t have to concern myself with a single detail. The whole day went seemingly to me without a single issue, although I’m sure there were issues she had to deal with behind the scenes.

The great thing about a full time wedding planner is their job doesn’t end until everything is wrapped up. We got married in May 2012 and I am dealing with issues regarding my wedding album. My wedding planner has stepped in and is making it right…despite the fact that our wedding was almost nine months ago.

Post # 8
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you’re on the fence about a planner, contact a few and ask for a meeting. They’ll be selling themselves, yes, but they will also take the time to explain their services and help you decide if they’d be a good fit for your wedding day.


As a planner myself, I really like feel like every couple could use a planner. However, I’m a realist and I understand that many people will have a fine wedding without one. Maybe you need one, maybe you don’t. It never hurts to look into it, though!

Post # 9
798 posts
Busy bee

@klovesd:  We’re going with the Day-of Coordination package with Shannon from Kennedy Events. I think both a planner and day of coordinator is definitely worth it depending on how you’re doing. Since we’re really organized and have an idea of what we want for our big day, day-of coordination is perfect but if we were clueless we would have definitely gone with a wedding planner. 🙂

Post # 11
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@klovesd:  Just make absolutely sure that the “day of coordinator” is there for YOU and not the venue. On-site coordinators are often there to ensure that the caterers know where to set up and the fire exits are clear, but they won’t jump in and help if you tear the lace on your dress or the MOG starts to pick a fight with the MOB.

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