We booked a month of one. i dont want to deal with anything on the day of... worrying about late vendors or missing items or half doing stuff. they also place out your DIY deocr and also help keep your schedule. like example its speech time and youre looking for your MOH whose outside smoking and drink and you have to run and grab her but if you have a wedding planner you dont have to do anything.
A day-of coordinator is a must-have in my books. Either a friend who isn't directly involved with the wedding party and is organizer extraordinaire, or a pro who can execute your vision is worth their weight in gold. I relied on family members and let's just say that wasn't the best choice. Add to that the contact person for our venue wasn't working the day we got married and the 'manager' didn't even introduce himself until our photographer insisted he come and meet us. Someone a step removed from the day and has your best interest as their focus is invaluable.
I’m having the same struggles of wondering if & when to get a planner or coordinator. My FH &I have planned everything detail ourselves and it’s been fun bit I know coming closer to the date things make get a little more hectic. I’m torn as pricing is a deal breaker.
Day of Coordinator is good if you have a lot of work to put together and time wise to take on the day apart from your things to do. They are not needed if you can handle the amount of work to be done with the help of family.
Your day will be busy and not enough time to get the work done, yes the DOC can be useful to get their help for the work needed to get done.
Personally I haven't hired a day-of coordinator and I probably wont. One of my best friends when she got married didn't either and she convinced me that I don't need it. She is extremely organized like me and confirmed all the vendors before hand to make sure everything lined up that way it was supposed to and then she asked some of us and her family to deal with the vendors as they came and went. It worked out really well and our weddings are about 200 guests.
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Hey thank you 😊 this has made it a bit easier to decide, our guest list is on the smaller end around the 50 mark and I know my venue helps with set up and take down so I’m thinking I can get away with not having one I rather not spend the money anyway lol.
Seeing as you don't have a wedding party the next thing would be - do you have a large amount of guests? If it's above 100 then I would say to get one if you can afford it. If it's below that, I would just enlist in your parents and/or siblings to help you out.
If it fits in the budget and will reduce your stress I say go for it. It'll be great to relax while someone else fields phone calls and tells people where to set up. Plus you can be a bit surprised when you get to see the venue all done up because you won't have been the one to do most of the work!
How many vendors are you dealing with? If it's five or less (makeup, hair, photography, officiant, DJ), you can probably make do without one. But once you start getting into bringing in a lot of different vendors for catering, decor, flowers, furniture, etc, it helps to have someone on hand so you can enjoy your wedding instead of stressing out working it, especially since you don't have a party to lean on for operational support the day of.
Keep in mind, a venue coordinator will prioritize their in-house items and not those you bring in from outside. They'll make sure your room/hall is setup and your food is served as per your banquet order. Any furniture or food from outside is not their responsibility. Similarly, if your makeup, officiant or photographer is running late, don't expect the venue coordinator to chase them.
If it fits in your budget I would say yes. Have a formal interview with the DOC to make sure you click. Even without a wedding party the DOC can help with decor, unexpected occurrences that might otherwise pull you or your family away from the day, keeping family in check, coordinating with vendors if your venue does not have someone.