Post # 1
I’ve been agonizing over a decision for the last 3 weeks and could use some other perspectives or, better yet, some experience. My fiance and I are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii a year from now and are deciding between a full year planner or a day of coordinator. I’ve interviewed around 5 coordinators and the prices are pretty much in the same ballpark.
The main point of discussion, of course, is the price. It’s not really in our budget to spend the $3,000+ on a full coordinator and a $1,500 day of coordinator is easier to swallow. However, I want to know if other people have found it to be worth it to invest in the longer term coordinator as they may have price breaks from vendors and experience that we do not have as a destination couple. Also, I like the idea of getting to know someone over the course of a year rather than meeting them the day before or week of.
We definitely *could* make it work if need be but of course, like everyone, we’re trying to keep to our budget. As I do my research, many people have said coordinators do save you money when it comes to vendors but it’s just so hard to know. We are *definitely* having a day of coordinator, just need to decide if we’re going to upgrade or not.
Any advice or insight would be wonderful, thank you!!
Post # 3
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
I was wondering if you had a contact for your wedding day of coordinator? Any help would be appreciated.
Post # 5
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
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
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 …
Post # 8
@Riley85: she came with our venue.
Post # 9
We’re paying for a day of coordinator only.
Post # 10
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 # 11
As OP, I’ll say that we ended up going with the “short term” coordinator. Meaning, she’ll take over vendors, etc two months before the wedding. Plus she will be there the day of.
It’s been really challenging planning a wedding from so far away and if I could afford it, I would’ve gone full year for the Destination Wedding. However, the cost just hasn’t justified it to me so we’ll be using that money towards something else (and there’s always something else!)
Post # 14
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
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
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!
Post # 18
@sharkchomp: sounds like you got a great compromise!