(Closed) Year long Coordinator or Day of only?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Should I hire a year long coordinator or day of coordinator?
    Year Long Coordinator ($3,500) : (16 votes)
    38 %
    Day of Coordinator ($1,500) : (26 votes)
    62 %
  • Post # 3
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We only had a day of coordinator but it included 3 previous 1 hour meetings, and then unlimited emails/phonecalls.    From my experience of only having that, I loved being able to plan the wedding myself and then on the day of, when i seen it all come together, it was awesome to see what we had accomplished ourselves.  We made our day, and everyone loved it, and it was so us.  

    I’m glad i didn’t do full planning and saved the money on that

    Post # 4
    32 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013


    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you had a contact for your wedding day of coordinator? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    Post # 5
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Hi –


    We are hiring a Day of Coordinator but in the contract we have a 1 hour meeting once a month for 12 months. She will also meet us at the wedding site two days before the wedding to go over in detail what I want it to look like so I don’t have to be bothered on the day of. Hope that helps!

    Post # 6
    280 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it really depends on what services your Day of coordinator will provide.

    For instance, I booked all the vendors and venue myself, then looked for someone to “pull it all together” on the day. I am getting married in Maui, and after contacting MANY people I found someone who I am so comfortable with. She is extremely affordable and I have unlimited contact with her via text and e-mail. She texts me pictures, and I will e-mail her sometimes with the most silly questions. Overall, we probably exchange communication at least 1x per week. We have had probably 3-4 hours of telephone communication as well and my wedding isn’t until June. We did not designate in our contract how many telephone convos we will have. I guess as many as it takes to get the job done!

    So, if you have this day of coordinator, but they want nothing to really do with you until a week before the wedding I don’t think it is really worth it. I guess you just have to weigh cost vs time spent.

    Post # 7
    15 posts
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Because our wedding isn’t happening until 2015, I think taking my time planning it myself is okay and doable with limited stress. or at least periods of stress then decompression.


    But, if I didn’t have all that time and had to plan within a year, I would most certainly go with a coordinator. A Day-Of is also really nice.

    Maybe you can keep interviewing some more coordinators …


    Good luck!

    Post # 8
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Riley85:  she came with our venue.  

    Post # 9
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    We’re paying for a day of coordinator only.

    Post # 10
    15689 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I didn’t use a coordinator at all. Looking back, I wish I’d had one on my wedding day, but I definitely didn’t need one for a whole year, personally.

    Post # 14
    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I am having a day of coordinator and a year long coordinator, but I happen to be blessed to have a family member who is a wedding coordinator in Hawaii. For me, it wouldn’t have been possible to have a wedding in Hawaii without a coordinator, since I can’t be there to make day to day decisions. A wedding coordinator will know the Island and the policies, the good and bad venues, how the food and cake tastes, etc. And the day of, you should only have to worry about yourself and your hubby to be. The coordinator can handle all the details and make sure your day is great. 🙂

    Post # 16
    26 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I originally didn’t want a coordinator at all, but picturing the day of and worrying about rentals, the flow of things, etc, just stressed me out so I ended up hiring someone.  I never thought I’d need her pre-wedding, but OH MY GOSH has she been worth every penny.  I would try to negotiate the price though – some of the people I didn’t hire  said after the fact that they would have worked with me.  For example, if you don’t need them to book all the vendors for you, but do want recommendations, see if you can get a different price.  I’d honestly say this is the one thing I wouldn’t think twice about paying for again.  I’d be so lost without her!

    Post # 17
    6 posts

    I think it totally depends on what your needs are.  If you can afford it and are willing to give up some control, then full planner is great.  I think for most brides a day of is great and usually offers more than just day of.


    I recommend sticking to smaller companies or independent DOCs because they tend to give you more attention- I’ve had friends use the bigger groups and basically you get to say say someone famouse planned your wedding but they tend to be non-existant at the wedding. Recently, I had a great experience with Katherine at http://www.katmackevents.com.  She helped with my friends wedding and was always two steps ahead of us! 


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