Friday, January 8, 2010

DOC

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.

15 comments:

Elizabeth Marie said...

Yay for the Cathys! All you have to do is let them attend the reception?! That's a nice deal!

It's all coming together!

Re:your comment-not a big gambler but I'm thinking why the hell not this time. Might get lucky. At least you get free drinks when you gamble hahaha.

KLaw said...

Great idea!! I cannot believe how quickly the time is coming! Holy canoli.

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

the cathy's! lol.

Man, you will be married before you know it! so exciting.

Christin said...

That's exactly what we're doing! I want to plan my own wedding, but my mom's friend happens to be a wedding planner is coordinating everything the day of. I don't want that stress on my shoulders on my big day! Kudos to a checkmark off the list!

Bicoastal Bride said...

We have a month-and-day-of coordinator, and she’s given me so much helpful advice already. Glad you found one, too!

Krysten Hartenstein said...

We were lucky enough that my friend Steph, who did my hair, kind of ended up acting as DOC. They are definitely VERY helpful!

JMay said...

Stumbled across your blog, congrats lady! :-)

I'm getting married in June, will def. be following for tips and tricks!

bananas. said...

DOC, why haven't i heard of that before?! sounds like a lifesaver!

your wedding is just coming along smoothly. love it because it's all for you! awww.

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

Sounds like the Cathy's were heaven-sent.

Annie said...

yay for the cathy's!! i'm glad you are going to be able to have them help out/coordinate on the big day! what a great suggestion from your mom and it worked out nicely for her as well.
i had also never heard of a DOC before.

Gracie said...

That's awesome! I hope she helps you to keep organised and you won't worry on the day. Our venue has a coordinator that looks after everything on the day. It's definitely an added bonus.

nifer said...

Go Cathy squared! That is really nice of your mom's friends to help you out like that! I'm sure it is a HUGE weight off your shoulders, and now you'll be able to relax and enjoy your day, knowing the details are in the good hands of friends!

Ela said...

Yay for reducing your stress! That is awesome.

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

You are so smart to do it this way! I also hired a DOC...though I paid a pretty penny and didn't have a friend that wasn't invited to the wedding who I didn't want to put to work :) You will be so much more relaxed and enjoy w-day more with this type of help!

Mrs T said...

I so wish we had done this. So many stupid little problems on our day could have been avoided. You are a wise bride!