Post # 1
My wedding is in August, and I can’t seem to decide if I should hire a day of wedding planner to help stuff up and make sure the day runs smooth. Can anyone who had a day of wedding planner tell me if it was worth it or not, or can anyone who didn’t have a day of wedding planner tell me if they wish they did.
Thanks a bunch!
Post # 3
I am having one so nobody in my bridal party has to do anything. I want everyone to relax and be able to have a good time. I will be watching the responses of those who had one vs didnt and their day already passed.
Post # 4
Hiring my day-of-coordinator has literally been the best decision I’ve made in wedding planning. She’s fielding questions for me already, coordinating with venues, and has been an awesome support throughout planning (even though she’s only day-of, she’s been helping a TON on the side!).
Post # 5
You NEED a DOC if your venue doesn’t already have someone assigned to help run things smoothly. It’s very much worth it. I have a wedding coordinator so I am reassured people won’t be calling my phone or my mom’s phone for everything.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I would LOVE to, but I don’t think there are any in my small town. It definitely seems like it’s worth the expense.
Date twin 🙂
Post # 7
I am not hiring one. WHat I am doing is using one of my very good friends to take care of it. She is precise, wonderful, and wont let anything ruin my day!
Post # 8
I’ll definitely have one. I’m too picky and detail oriented to not have one to take that worry off my shoulders while I get married!
Post # 9
I did not have one but definitely wish I had. I thought I was paying for what I needed as part of my venue’s services. However, what I really needed was an expert and someone who worked for me, not my venue, and with whom I would have been able to meet and consult long before the day of my wedding, not just the person my venue happened to assign to me that day.
Post # 10
I didn’t have one, and I think the day of coordinator would been great to have if your budget permits. Just with all little things you don’t want to remember/don’t want to speak up on, like for me telling people when to walk down the isle (over half of my prelude song played before people started walking, lol). Or handle giving the final payments to vendors (something I totally didn’t make time for and was scrambling to do). If that person does a good job, your day should literally go off smooth as can be and relieve you of a lot of little stressors.
Post # 11
I am having one. I have NEVER heard someone who had one feeling like it was a waste of money, and several people who didn’t have them told me they wished they did. And in cases where they didn’t, they had several friends who weren’t in the wedding doing all those tasks – but being bossy with friends can be hard.
I found someone who is just starting her business and negotiated a good deal with her. It will be an awesome wedding for her portfolio and it brought the cost down for me.
There is no physical way I’d be able to get all the day-of stuff done myself. Now the day-of I don’t have to worry about any of my vendors or setting up centerpieces etc.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
My DOC was, hands down, the BEST decision I made in the entire wedding planning process. She was worth her weight in gold.
Post # 13
I am not having a coordinator but I am hiring someone to set up and tear down the decor. I know it would just stress me out to have to worry about it, and I would feel bad about having my friends and family do it when I want them to be enjoying my day the same as I am. It is money I’m happy to spend.
Post # 14
I think having one is GREAT! The last thing that you want to be worried about on the day of are the details.
Just be sure to double-check with your venue to see if they already have someone acting in that role. I didn’t know when I booked my DOC that our venue would be providing a coordinator. Aside from problems personal to the DOC we hired (highly recommended but we had nothing but problems), having 2 coordinators just complicated everything. To-do lists had to be divided up – which got political for the DOC – and I found myself duplicating efforts in the days leading up to the wedding. (I really should have just fired the DOC at the first sign of trouble.)
Of course, it’s possible (likely) that I’m the only one who made this kind of dumb mistake. 🙂
Post # 15
I loved having a DOC, though really she was more of a MOC–she starting taking things off my to-do list, like making final confirmation calls, a few weeks before the wedding. we also met a few times during the months before to talk through my ideas so that we were on the same page about everything, which was great because it gave me an opportunity to make sure everything was organized, and to get reassurance that I’d covered all the necessary details. I’m a very organized, type-a person, which also means I get really, really stressed out and anxious, and I cannot even begin to tell you how lovely it was to get everything delegated and out of my hands right before the wedding so I could relax and focus on the emotional aspect of the day, rather than feeling bogged down by all the details!
Post # 16
Hands down the best decision I have made in the planning process so far! She was the first vendor I booked