Monday, September 5, 2011

Notes From a Newlywed: The DOC {Danielle Pasternak}

Having had the opportunity to offer day-of coordination services for brides before getting married myself, I always knew that I wanted a DOC. Strike that. That I needed a DOC. Erin was the same way. We've been in that role for other brides, so why wouldn't we want a DOC to be there for our own weddings?

This was by far the trickiest vendor for me to scope out. I definitely had a Bizarro World moment or two when I was asking potential DOCs all the questions that our clients ask us all the time. Being on the other side of the clipboard took some getting used to, but once I found the right DOC for me, all was right in the wedding planning world again.

So who was the right DOC? Well that was Danielle Pasternak. From our first meeting, I could tell that she was super organized and paid attention to the little details. Those are both two DOC biggies. But I also immediately jived with her sense of style and appreciated her cheerfulness. I knew that at the wedding she would be able to wrangle all of the major players, place decor elements the way I wanted, and do it all with a smile on her face.

Danielle did an amazing job at our wedding. There were so many little things that popped up on the day
(remember that last minute dhol player fill-in?) that she handled without worrying me. And the countless small details that I had buzzing around in my head before the wedding were easily put in her control...and everything was executed flawlessly.

All the photos below, which show items that I handed over to Danielle for her to manage the set-up of, are courtesy of Nicole Peterson of Girl Photography...but if you've been paying attention you already knew that, right?

The bridesmaids (and groomsmen) got front row ceremony seating.

Hand-stamped escort cards: hand-written notes inside envelopes from Paper Presentation.

Guest tables were each named after a Seinfeld episode, with a funny scene's dialogue from that ep on each table.

Seating chart...since there isn't a logical way for someone to find "The Big Salad" or "The Marine Biologist" in a ballroom.


  1. Eeeeep! So sweet. Thank you so very much! :)

  2. Those escort cards are adorable! Love the idea of the handwritten note inside each one... so sweet!

  3. oh my gosh i love that you had seinfeld episodes as table names!!

  4. A day-of coordinator really is SO important to ensure that a bride is able to really enjoy her day, which is what matters most, at the end of the day. Clever escort cards, too, of course ;)

  5. LOVE the table names! SO funny and so perfectly personal!


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