Post # 1
Hi, is it practical to decorate your own venue before the wedding? We’re not having much but I feel like I spent a lot of time picking out the centerpieces, table decorations, menus, etc and I want to make sure it looks right! The coordinator at the venue told me I was crazy and to get a friend to do it, but did anyone else decorate themselves (with helpers!) before the wedding? We’re doing first look and photos at 3pm so I think we should have time. Am I crazy?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
Depending on how much you have, I’m sure it’s possible but think whether you really want to be doing that the morning of your wedding – it’ll be HECTIC.
I plan to do this, but I get my venue from friday- sunday, so friday will be setting up decorations and then I plan to get there saturday to set up the outdoor ceremony, food, candles, etc. – then again I’m one of those a-type personality that I HAVE to be the one to do it right lolz. My mom thinks I’m crazy but she knows it’s completely me and it’ll be the only way I calm down knowing it’s done how I want it.
Post # 4
I’m planning to do most of the decorating myself and everyone tells me I’m crazy. I’ll be doing it the day before, though, not the day of the wedding. Like you, I want to make sure everything is perfect! 🙂 I have several people that will be helping me…
Post # 5
Still deciding. I too want things how I want them and we have access to the venue from the day before. Most of my centerpieces will be DIY and I’m not doing all the same color table cloths so I want to at least be present while it is being done.
Post # 6
I am having the same issue. Haha…if it were up to me I’d make the cake, do flowers, decor, make-up, do photography and maybe even cook up a 3 course meal all on my own. Yea, it’s crazy being creative and slightly type-A. I’m trying to “pick my battles”……If I have someone else help I’m definitely doing a inspection run through the place in my rollers if that’s what it takes. lol.
Post # 7
I have been struggling with this same issue for a while now! I am a perfectionist and I stress over things being “just so” but our wedding is 11am in the morning so it will be difficult enough to get up early and be ready by then haha Not to mention, we only have access to the venue 2 hours before the ceremony starts so I have to figure out who I can trust to put out our decorations and what not. Most likely, I will not be able to see the ceremony or reception before I arrive for it lol
Post # 8
I’m gonna ask to do it the night before – the venue said i could so long as no ones event gets scheduled the previous day. if so i’ll do it that morning. But our ceremony isnt’ til 4 so i’ll have time.
Post # 9
hmmmm it would be great if I could do it the day before but there’s an event the night before our wedding (ours is Sunday) so there’s no way. At least I’m not alone in wanting to!
Lulu I know how you feel, I wish I could do everything!
Post # 10
I think you have time but I wonder if your nerves will be up for challenge. We are doing First look and photos at 3 as well and we still have to get my hair and makeup done prior (onsite) and I think she was ballparking about 1.5 hours to get that done. I honestly would trust your coordinator (bc this is partially her job) and your florist (if you have one) as they’re both professionals and have done this before. I have done events for work with way less at stake and way less decorating and it’s crazy how quickly those minutes tick by. How many tables/people are you expecting?
In addition, I think all that decorating may tire you out, and do you really want to show up for your pictures/wedding feeling less than stellar and tired because you were up early and rushing around and setting stuff up?
You will have to unpack all your stuff from all the different boxes, make sure you get them done in order (for example, you don’t want to do your menus and then climb over your menus to set up your centerpiece, and then make sure it is exactly the way you want it. Then you have to pack up all your stuff, put away all those boxes, and then get ready for your day.
Post # 11
I am. I will get there early (my ceremony starts at 3, need to start hair and makeup at 11am). That means if I get there at 8, I have 3 hours. I will have my day of helper with me to help and will also recruit the caterer to light candles right before the reception is to start. My only problems I am having is the florist and baker. I am not sure if I will pay them to deliver to the venue and set up. At this point I just might have to find the extra in my budget for them or I’ll be setting up centerpieces and the cake too early.
Post # 12
I believe our venue allows you to decorate the night before if there’s not an event that night. If we can’t do that…I might lose my mind lol.
Post # 13
I think it depends. I helped people decorate the night before, but I can’t imagine doing that the morning of, however I know I would prefer relaxing. But if that what you prefer to do on your wedding day go for it. At the very least have a type a friend/ family member who will follow your intructions and keeps others on task if they are decorating your venue.
Post # 14
Not a chance. We couldn’t even get into that room until 5 and the ceremony was at 6. I made a list of everything and trusted my mom and Aunt to look it over for me. It looked awesome.
Maybe set everything up as a practice at home, take a picture and give that to whoever to have do it for you? I promise you won’t want to have anything else to deal with on your wedding day. Just focus on getting pretty, relaxing, and enjoying the best day of your life.
Also – this is why you have family and friends. Seriously, everyone was asking for a job, so I assigned little tasks to everyone and they were happy to help.
Post # 15
Most of my wedding party, myself included, and my mom are going to decorate the venue. It saves us money, and I like decorating! 😉
Post # 16
Oh helllll no, I consider myself a control freak in most areas of my life, but there was no way I was going to be running around setting up the venue in the hours before I walked down the aisle! Find someone who you trust, have as many meetings as you need to get comfortable, box things up with instructions & pictures if you feel the need, but leave the work on your wedding day to the professionals who do it every week. Relax and enjoy your day 🙂