I had Nicole from Beautiful Day Planning, and she brought another girl as her assistant. The Best part of having a Day-Of-Coordinator is that there will be so many people asking you questions and handing things to you and it's just such a relie...
f to say, "Ask the coordinator", "Give it to the Coordinator". Hiring a decorator or cleaning crew won't give you that. They are also the "runner", if someone has something you need or you need to give someone something, or ask someone something, they do the running for you, which you don't have time for, or simply can't do yourself because the bride and groom need to be separate before the ceremony. For example, Nicole ran my written vows over to the maid of honor, who was in a different hotel room than I was in when we were getting ready, that she was supposed to hold on to during the ceremony. She ran my ring to the Best Man, which was still on my finger minutes before the ceremony.
Beautiful Day Planners set up and clean up everything, which you won't have time for, and not every wedding planner does the clean up. There's no way the wedding party or us could have set up the place, too busy with salon, lunch, getting ready, and pictures. By the time the reception was over, Nicole had everything packed up nicely in my parents SUV, and all I had to do was look around to see everything was already done, say my last goodbyes, and get on the shuttle to the hotel with my groom. Such a relief.
I give it a 4 instead of 5 because I ended up having to do the timeline myself, which was a big job to do, and I had to pull an all-nighter doing it 2 days before the wedding because I was so busy with other wedding stuff I had to do. Nicole was going to do it for me but the problem was that the DJ and Photographers wanted the timeline like a week in advance, and also, the whole wedding party kept asking me what's going on and I was losing my voice telling the same thing to 20 people. It's not very helpful that they include "timeline" into the cost of "Day-Of-Coordination" if they don't give it to you until the day-of. YOU WILL NEED IT SOONER. Also, they were slow at times getting back to me and didn't do some of the things we talked about in time, but nothing of dire importance.
I only paid $950 because my wedding was so late in the evening. Ceremony at 7pm, so I had them start at 4:30pm and go til 1:30am (though Nicole had it all done when the party ended at 1am). Usually a wedding is a whole day affair. Plus I got a $25 or $50 (can't remember) discount for being referred by another bride, my bff. Their prices were better than a couple other wedding planners I met with that were charging $1200-$3000, plus I had the recommendation of my friend who was happy with them.