Post # 1
Okay, random question for you brides and grooms. We just found out that our reception hall has booked another wedding for the night before our wedding, and that we are not able to get into the hall to decorate until 11am the day of the wedding….
how have other people managed this?!?!
Our ceremony is at 2pm, not far from the reception hall. Fiance and I have done most of our decorations as DIY. everywhere is VERY close. (ie I will be at our house, 2 minute walk from the hall, Fiance will be at his parents house, 2 minute drive from hall, or 15 minute walk) The Church is about 5 minutes from all of this.
So my question is, how do other people go about setting up for their wedding when they are unable to get into the hall just hours before the ceremony!?! I’m starting to panic, as we cannot afford to hire a decorator!
Post # 3
I’m in a similar situation to you; we’re having a Sunday wedding because the reception venue was booked for the Saturday, and the church/reception are very close to us. We can’t go in to set up until 7 a.m. the day of, though. Luckily, we have a family friend who decorated for my sister’s wedding, and she offered to do the same thing for mine. Maybe someone would be willing to help you out?
As for decorations, we’re keeping it simple. If we can’t prepare it beforehand, move it easily, and quickly set it up at the reception, we’re not going to try it. How much decorating do you think your space will need?
Post # 4
My brother and sister-in-law were in this situation. If you can give up control and have willing people, send over family friends! For example, my mom’s friends did all of the decorating for my brother the morning of the wedding… and were more than happy to do so. We are kind of doing the same thing for our rehearsal dinner — the girlfriends of our groomsmen are decorating for dinner while we are rehearsing. Just don’t forget thank yous!
Post # 5
IS there no one in the family or some good friends that can assist you? I would start by asking them!
Post # 6
You need to gather a team of family or close friends who are good at this sort of thing. All those “is there anything we can do to help?” questions (or even if you haven’t gotten them) it’s time to start thinking about your guest list and who lives close by and can help out. I’d have one point person that can delegate tasks to the group and understands your overall plan. Also – over budget the # of people (you want more than less, because inevitably, people won’t show up). And most important – don’t delegate anything to yourself… you’ll be beyond busy that day and decorating should be the last thing on your mind.
Post # 7
I would recommend asking a friend or family member who isn’t in the bridal party to help! Both you and the bridal party will be too busy that morning to be stressing out about the setup! Did you also ask the venue if they have any staff that can assist? Sometimes the servers will be able to put out your favors and things like that.
Post # 8
Luckily we can get in the day before and decorate. I have drafted lots of people to help….3 girlfriends, my brother and his family, mom and dad and an aunt or two. Lets see how many show up to clean up the day after the wedding. I have to fly back to Florida Sunday night….funnnnn.