- Friday, December 10, 2010
What does a DOC do anyway?



Before the Wedding Day:
•Initial Consultation – we’ll meet and go over your vision for your big day, your concerns, your priorities, and your dreams.
•Unlimited phone calls and emails – you can contact me for anything you have a question about: vendor recommendations, invitation wording, etiquette advisement, bridal party gift ideas, etc.
•Final Detailing appointment – we’ll review every detail, and I’ll create a final Itinerary/Timeline which I’ll distribute to your venue contact and all of your vendors
•Final Vendor confirmations – each vendor is personally contacted and all details (including timeline and balances) are reviewed
•Create a spreadsheet of all vendor balances due and acceptable methods of payment


Before the Ceremony, Day of:
•Be present while you and your bridesmaids get ready – help with wardrobe ‘malfunctions’ (Hollywood tape is a must!), make sure your shoes have skid guards and soft petals to keep you safe and comfortable all day long, assist with any beauty needs
•Help with sewing emergencies (including sewing the bride into her dress if the zipper/snaps break!)
•Arrange custom dress sashes and hair florals for flower girls
•Receive personal flower delivery and pin on all corsages, boutonnieres, and distribute all flower girl and ring bearer items
•Deliver a wedding day gift from you to your groom, or vice versa
•Check transportation arrivals and departures
•Make sure reserved signs are in place for your family and bridal party
•Prepare sand ceremony or unity candle
•Confirm placement of candles, guest books, programs, bubbles or petal toss
•Make sure all readers have copies of their readings
•Make certain that all ceremony musicians have the correct musical selections for guest arrival, family seating, processional and recessional
•Confirm that the best man has the rings


Ceremony:
•Cue the ceremony musicians
•Line up and cue the parents and bridal party, making sure everyone is smiling, suit jackets are buttoned, flower girls and ring bearers get down the aisle, etc.
•Confirm the officiant has the marriage license
•Make sure you are ready for the big moment (stuff a tissue into your bouquet, just in case), arrange your dress and train to perfection and send you down the aisle with your escort
•Organize a receiving line for you and your guests
•Assist the photographer in getting the post-ceremony shot with petals/bubbles/etc.
•Collect left over décor, guest book, programs, etc. and deliver to a family member of your choice


Pre-Reception:
•Assist photographer with your must-take photos
•Work with florist for any floral discrepancies
•Confirm with venue contact where DJ’s power supply is located, or stage set up for band
•Ensure proper placement of place cards, guest books, pens, photographs, candles, wedding favors, menu cards, slipper baskets, cry packs, cake topper, gift box, channa plaque, toasting flutes, cake knife and server, etc.
•Make certain that you, your groom, your bridal party and parents get food and drinks during your photography session
•Confirm number of favors on each table, number of seats at each table, and any custom items such as cameras, comfort station, video presentations, or children’s station
•Ensure that all finishing touches are complete and exactly as you wished before allowing guests to enter the reception area


Reception:
•Assist your Maid of Honor in the bustling of your wedding dress
•Organize the Grand Entrance and get everyone lined up in order, informing the MC of all correct name pronunciations
•See to it that parents and very special people are given special care and their every need is catered to
•Make certain that dietary needs and allergies, vegetarian and vegan requests are followed through
•Cue and prepare everyone scheduled to give toasts (I’ve even helped a few best men write their speech)
•Place your comfortable shoes under your table to change into and carry your make up to touch up
•Distribute vendor tips on behalf of you and your groom
•Know exactly when you need a soft voice to calm you, or a little humor to offset your nerves, or just some band-aids or tic-tacs
•Be there by your side, ready and available for any emergencies or unexpected occurrences


How much does a DOC charge?
There are many different fee structures, depending on number of years experience, location of the wedding, and complexity of the wedding. Generally throughout the United States, pricing ranges from $750 to $3,000 for "Day Of" services. Its important that you find someone who will fit your style, personality, and budget. Contact us to inquire about our pricing today. We offer many affordable options, starting at just $500!




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