(Closed) A little stress, a long time to go

posted 10 years ago in May 2009
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

you could recruit some close friends or family members to help.  if your decorator is resonable, i would hire her.  it would take the stress off of you.  (i don’t have a price in my head, but usually people will charge you for labor and mark up the decorations so it’s hard for me to think of a price)

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Your florist will handle most of the decor )centerpieces, cake table, etc.)  Don’t worry, they are used to only having a few hours to accomplish a lot of work.  Just be specific about what you want.  If you want some extra reassurance that everything will be done the way you want, then consider hiring a Day of Coordnator.  In addition to ensuring your vision is carried out decor wise, that person will be your "contact" for all vendors and be the organizer throughout the day.  If the florists prices for suppling the decor are too high, you can always purchase what you want and have the DOP assist.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think it really depends on what kind of decor you want.  Sometimes your venue staff will handle a lot of it (table linens, runners, chair covers – our venue staff will even set out the favors if we have them there in time); your florist can also provide more than flowers – we are renting faux pillars from ours for the altar area, and some silk arrangements for the lobby.  If you want little lights twinkling everywhere, or paper lanters hanging from the ceiling, or yards of fabric draped on the walls, you may have to do that yourself (or hire someone to do it).  So first I would figure out what you want, and see how much of that you can get from the venue and the florist – and go from there.

Post # 6
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

BrilJL,

Considering looking into pipe and drape and lighting with a local company. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Is your reception at the same venue?  If not, you may want to book it in advance as well (if it needs booking) and think about catering.  It’s pretty early on, so you’ve got plenty of time for a lot of decorating decisions.  Do you know what kind of decorations you’d like?  If you don’t have a clear idea, it may make sense to hold off until some elements come together.  That should help you decided if you need to hire a decorator, rely on family and/or facility staff or get a DOC. 

As a side ntoe, about 6 months from my date, I realized I would need help due to the timing of the day/set-up requirements and hired a DOC.  I’m sooooooo glad!  We have our first meeting next week (3 months prior to the big day) and I couldn’t be happier so far!

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