We were able to check another item off the growing to-do list yesterday. We settled on who would be our DOC aka Day of Coordinator. I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to hire a full on wedding planner. I wanted the joy of planning the wedding myself…however I knew that on the actual day of the wedding I wouldn’t be able to keep track of all the vendors, direct them where to go, solve any last minute problems or help setup the reception site. So that’s where our day of coordinator enters the picture.
Since we’re on a tight budget I was having a hard time designating funds to hiring ANOTHER person, thankfully my mom suggested having one of her friends do the job. One of her close friends, Cathy, whom I’ve met before sounded like a great candidate. Cathy lives in a very large home and often host parties there, so she’s familiar with dealing with caterers and florists. She also apparently has amazing taste and always makes sure that everything looks perfect at any party she hosts. When my mom asked her, she said she would be happy to do it. In addition my mom’s other good friend, whose name is also Cathy, may help out as well.
The Cathy’s main job will be to direct the vendors on where to go and how to set things up. They will be a part of the set up process as well. They will handle getting the escort cards put out, lighting candles and putting the centerpieces that my MIL makes on the tables. In exchange we just have to include them as guests for the reception which I’m more than happy to do. I figure some food and booze is the least I can do to repay them. Plus now my mom is happy because she’ll be able to have two of her good friends at the reception!
Now I just need to setup a meeting with the Cathy’s to go over all the details but I’m confident they will do an amazing job and take a huge amount of stress off my shoulders on the wedding day.