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Hi there! It seems this year we [industry pros] are hearing more confusion about what day-of service is, and isn’t, than in years past. So, thought I would take a moment to offer engaged couples a little help navigating the many wedding service options available.
Let’s start with the term Day of Coordinator or DOC. It is important to understand this term is used loosely as there is no such thing as strictly coordinating the day of. Why? Because to coordinate your big day requires understanding you as a couple, your wishes, expectations, what services you contracted with each vendor, and serving as the single point of contact acting on your behalf. To properly prepare to be an extension on you on your big day takes time. This is why you see “month-of”, “3 months before”, or, “a few months before”, package options.
More to the point, the endless tasks and duties of a Coordinator extend far beyond what you would even think about – and that my friends is exactly the reason you hire one! Because the Coordinator understand you, and all the elements involved within your wedding, an experienced Coordinator is prepared to handle issues and the unexpected without a second thought. And they are likely so stealth you will never even know there was a problem. Think back to the weddings you have attended – which ones were smooth flowing, and which had obvious hick-ups – it becomes easy to tell which ones had a qualified Coordinator helping them. The idea of a coordinator is not to be the hero who saves the day, it is to prevent issues so you can enjoy your day!
In short, Day-of Coordinators only became a thing in the last few years, for good reason. Many couples choose to plan their wedding on their own for a variety of reasons, but in the end, having someone who can navigate the unexpected, and keep everything on track is obviously a huge benefit and lessens the stress couples experience when a Planner is not part of the process. A DOC is your right hand, your advocate, and your solution to enjoying your big day worry free!
For this part, I have included a chart with the common phrases we [industry pros] hear from couples, and the type of service it really means.