Post # 17
I have hired a DOC. She has been great so far and I know she will really help out during the wedding. In my opinion, best money spent so far!
Also, our venue does provide a planner, but I don’t expect her to anything except take care of the venue issues and food-really that’s her job. A DOC will make sure that everything comes together and that all runs smoothly with vendors. I would not expect that your venue coordinator will do all of that for you unless it is specified in your contract.
I would also check out wedding planners in your area. I found that a lot of them have DOC packages as well as wedding planner packages.
Post # 18
My venue also supplies a coordinator. So I guess she’s sort of a DOC? I dunno. lol
Post # 19
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
It might not be a lot to some people, but we’re spending our hard-earned money on this wedding and I can’t justify spending all this money, and doing all this planning, not to be able to enjoy it.
Our coordinator is doing a week-of package; starting the week of the wedding, she will be the go-to for all our vendors and can coordinate hotel arrivals and arrange transport for out-of-town guests and all that. Whew! I feel reassured just thinking about it. 🙂
Post # 20
Since we’re having two wedding ceremonies & receptions, we agreed the expense is NECESSARY. For our Disney event, Disney handles everything & I am just stress free about that whole day: flowers, food, music, everything (!) totally put together & handled by our planner (who has done a great job of personalizing the event to our theme). As for our church/champagne & cake event, we’re doing the shopping around, but hiring a DOC to make everything run smoothly. I love not having to worry about timing or vendors or directing guests…so worth it to enjoy our day & our loved ones.
Post # 21
We’re hiring a day-of coordinator but not a wedding planner. I got lassoed in to being a day-of coordinator at an aunt’s wedding a few years ago and I hated the experience so much that I would never put any of our guests through that. Plus, I wasn’t able to enjoy the reception at all for that reason since I wasn’t able to sit down and breathe at any point. However, neither of us want someone else planning the wedding for us as their ideas of what we should and shouldn’t include don’t fit our ideas of what we want and don’t and what is best for our guests.
Post # 22
I checked “none”, but I want to elaborate. My venue has a wedding coordinator, so he will pretty much play the role of DOC on our wedding day. He won’t be responsible for things that don’t have to do with the venue — like making sure people are on time or that I have food while I’m getting ready before the wedding… but he will be on top of everything that has to do with the site and the setup. Basically, he sees it as his job to make sure that everything at the wedding goes over without a hitch. With all of that help included, it seemed like a waste of $$ to hire a DOC.
Post # 23
How many months before the wedding should i be booking my DOC? I started doing research on who I would like to find out more about but I havent started making phone calls
Post # 24
@zippylef You may want to check to see what the venue coordinator will actually do vs. what you may NEED done. Our reception venue had an on-site person as well but wouldn’t do nearly everything we would have wanted (i.e. assist w/ decor set-up, etc…) so it made sense to hire someone else.
@Chillybear…For an August wedding I would start looking to book now, the good books get booked up early just like photographers, bands/DJs, etc… because most DOC also have full-blown wedding planning packages so someone could book your date for a full package or just DOC.
Post # 25
Chillybear- I would start researching and making phone calls now. I am sure DOCs are already filling up their summer dates.
Post # 26
We didn’t use one. But if anyone needs help here in Central FL and has no budget…holla! I (duh!) love weddings and would love to help =)
Post # 27
I have a DOC plus I guess. I just signed a DOC and added on design service for flowers, rentals, and decor. I’m so excited! I sent them an inspiration board for the design theme and colors and I can’t wait to see what they come up with. My venue is a blank slate so it was kind of intimidating to plan decor for it from a distance. In terms of the DOC all the advice I’ve gotten is that is absolutely worth it.
Post # 28
I’m going to use a friend of mine who has done DOC wedding stuff before. I’ve heard that it is a HUGE help!!
Post # 29
Wish we had the money for it, but the budget is tight as it is. We have a pretty thorough church coordinator and have an on-site coordinator, so I hope it all works out. We’re trying to do as much ahead of time as possible to avoid day of stressors. Wish us luck!
Post # 30
I had a DOC and met with her twice beforehand to work out table arrangements, timelines, etc. She was such a help the day of working with the vendors and getting them set up.
Post # 31
they were too expensive for me and still wouldn’t have been much help so I didnt have either.