Post # 1
The venue we are about to sign with only allows 8 hours of usage time, unless you want to purchase 4 hours for $300. While we are trying to save money, and the place is beautiful so we don’t need to do massive decorating, I worry that 8 hours will not be enough to decorate, get changed, have the ceremony, eat, some dancing and the rest of the reception. I remember my sister’s wedding took quite a bit to decorate becasue things came up here and there–but then she also had the location from 8am-midnight.
Do you think 8 hours isn’t enough?
Post # 3
We only had a 10 hour rental for our reception venue, and we only used 8 hours of it. People left earlier than we expected, but it’s totally doable if 1) you don’t have a lot of decorations to set up or 2) you can get someone to do the set-up for you. Does the venue have a coordinator? If so, he/she can probably oversee all the set-up or even do it alone. If not, would some of your family members or bridal party members chip in to help? My husband, our dads, and some friends set up our whole venue in about 1.5 hours, so they still had plenty of time to dress/get ready.
Post # 4
We only had 6 1/2 hours. Another hour would’ve been perfect, so yes, 8 is great. Does that include clean-up time too?
Post # 5
i think it depends on your decorations and such. i’m doing a test run of things, at my own house. to see how long each centerpiece takes, there’s no way i can put them together then take them there. i have people helping me set up too….i only have 2 hours of decorating time, but somewhere in that time i have to get ready too!
Post # 6
@Mrs.Spring: Nope, the location doesn’t have an event coordinator, I’m on my own. There is a woman who rents out the facililty who will be there to set up tables and chairs with a few of her employees, but that’s it. They help set up the tables, clean-up, and work the sound system. Our clean-up we have to do is just taking out what we brought in, they do the rest; however, the BMs will have already primped and stuff because we want to start on pictures and stuff—photog is only for 8 hours. ::sigh:: They can’t be decorating when we are taking photos before the ceremony so I’m not sure what I’ll do.
@amysue: Yes, we get the location only for the 8 hours. That mean bringing any vendor stuff in, set-up, ceremony, reception and clean-up.
@HouseofJ: I’m a bit of a control freak and I know I’ll want to be there during the set-up process and decorating. I know what I will like and not like and I’m afraid it won’t come out right–I know, OCD.
Post # 7
I think 8 hours sounds like plenty of time. Your post actually makes me wonder how much time we get… we are having both our ceremony and reception at the same location.