Post # 1
So I’m booking our DJ pretty soon, and on his site it has a timeline setup which got me thinking about some stuff. We have our venue from 4pm to 1am. Setup time is for one hour, so our guests can’t arrive until at least 5pm. The problem is, we’re DIYing our ceremony decor. It isn’t too much, but I’m trying to figure out how to set it all up before the ceremony with that hour gap and get some pictures in hopefully before the ceremony begins.
I have two ideas floating around. Idea one is get ready and take some photos of me with my bridesmaids and FI with his groomsmen separately at our hotel. Then maybe get the bridesmaids and groomsmen to set up the stuff. Idea two is to forgo most pics before. Set up the stuff at the ceremony site with our groomsmen and bridesmaids before. It’ll only take like 20 minutes tops. Then go get finished getting ready at the venue. That would leave us with about a hour for me to put on my dress and FI and his groomsmen to put on their tuxes and what not before the ceremony starts. Which idea sounds better to you bees?
Post # 3
What time are you allowed to get into the space to decorate it? Will the venue allow you to decorate the night before if there is no one using the space?
If these are not options, have the guys set it up before the ceremony (as early as possible). You as the Bride shouldn’t have to do that on your day (especially if it takes 20 minutes). Plus, it takes the guys like NO TIME to get ready.
Post # 4
@ApocalypseCow: We have a hour before any guests can arrive, to set up. Then we are having like 30 minutes of music while people arrive. After that, the ceremony will begin. I guess I could get them to do it.
Post # 5
What does your set up include? Chairs, or just some bows on pews and flowers in vases?
Post # 6
People will start showing up for the weddin 45-30 minutes prior to the start time. So You will definitely need to get in right at 4 and set up the ceremony immediately. I would try to find someone other than the bridal party to do this set up. Do you have friends/family who have volunteered to help with wedding stuff? An aunt or cousin or good friend? We had a small army of volunteers that helped us set up, but we had a very complicated set up.
I would definitely recommend that you do as many pictures as possible prior to the ceremony. We did a first look and it was the best thing ever! Because you don’t want to miss time with your guests taking pictures. We did all couples/bridal party/immediate family pictures before the ceremony and after we only had to do the big groups, which we did during cocktail hour.
Post # 7
@Misswhowedding: Well the venue is setting up the chairs. The only thing we need to do is line the aisle with some vases and set up the two big vases near the front.
Post # 8
I agree with looking for an aunt or someone to help you set up. Or even a DOC.
I like having pictures done before the cermony, still. Since it’s so late, you may be able to find a park near your venue if it’s a nice day and take pictures there instead of inside the venue, and start at 3. I like out door pictures better anyway.
Post # 9
yeah i def wouldnt have the bridal party set up for you. i agree with the idea of a family member or possibly a friend not in the wedding
Post # 10
Hire a neighborhood teenager to do the setup. Teenagers work cheap. $40 would probably get your decor set up nicely, and it’s a small price to pay to not have to make your bridal party do your manual labor.