Potential Day of Coordinator Trying to Upsell?
My wedding is in about six months (oh my!). We've only been engaged about two months and while I think we have a lot of the big things figured out -- venues, date, photographer, photobooth, dress and WP, we still need to hire our DOC, caterer, florist, staff, and determine rentals of things like utensils and dishes and such. My photographer (who I think is really fabulous and whose opinion I would trust) recommended two DOC's and I met with the first one today. Her basic DOC package is $500 which includes reception coordination (up to two hours) and day of wedding (up to six hours) taking care of "all the details". When I met her she seemed organized and dedicated and she has been really good about wanting to set-up a meeting with me.
The thing is, although she seems very capable and likable, she kind of stressed me out. What I had envisioned is someone who I can just kind of hand the reins of the event to the day before the wedding. I didn't really think I needed a planner, just someone who would make sure everything went smoothly and oversaw the setting up of the reception space and the taking down of that space. It seemed to me that she was trying to really upsell me -- like encourage full planning services or charge for various details that I guess I would have thought might be included, like setting up the tables and whatnot. I don't mean I thought the DOC would definitely do that but my thought would have been to hire some waiters and bar tenders and pay them a little extra to help with that under the direction of the DOC. Maybe that is crazy.
Anyway, it seemed like she had a recommendation for all sorts of vendors, even her husband apparently is also an officiant. The whole thing made me feel super overwhelmed, which is not what I want the DOC to do. What have other's experiences been with DOC's and selecting one ?
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