Post # 1
Hi bees! This is my first post and I’m soooo happy I found you! I am going nuts with the planning. At first we wanted to invite like 80-90 people but now we’ve cut the guest list in half – around 40 – changed venues to a smaller & less expensive place. I hired a caterer and she includes the flowers in the package. I met with the florist (she does it part time from home) and she didn’t have any pictures. Ugghhh!! She seems to just handle a few centerpieces and that’s it and she’s charging $220 extra for the bouquet (cabbage roses). Now, since we’ve saved some money on the venue and guest list, I really want to go all out with the flowers and decorations (candles everywhere, small details, etc.) I just want it super intimate and romantic…but who does all this? Do you hire someone? Does a day off wedding planner do this? All my friends and family will be with me that day so they can’t help…HELP! LOL
Thanks so much!!
Post # 3
@Taide: I think it depends on your venue or your caterer and their ‘team’. You should ask your coordinator at the venue.
We had to come in a day before and set everything up. I am in a wedding in September and that venue sets everything up for the bride. I think it just depends
Post # 4
That’s a question for who you hired. They might incorperate the actual decorating and delivering within their fee, charge extra, or not offer it as an option at all. And if they don’t offer it at all, and you have to bring the stuff to the venue, it doesn’t hurt to ask if the venue will set it up (and if there’s a fee).
Post # 5
Usually your planner has a decorator who can do this for an extra charge. That person, I am sure, can get someone to do this for you. You should meet with that person before and have them do a “mock” setting (perhaps at your home) and set your table with all the hoopla so you will know how it looks and how you want the flowers to look.
Post # 6
Yep, agree with everyone above – if you have a “day-of” planner, or if the venue provides one, they will have a planning details meeting with you before the wedding to discuss this type of stuff.
If you do not have anyone like this, typically venues allow you to come in the night before and/or several hours before the wedding so you can decorate yourself, or have family and friends do it. I’d ask them upfront what most brides do, chances are they are experts when it comes to these questions…
Post # 7
I have arranged with my florist to set up all of the tables – I am boxing up the items that go on each table for her – 1 box per table to keep them separate and she is adding the flowers. I am also renting candelabras which I plan to have my dad pick up and deliver to the venue. I actually don’t know what time the venue will be open yet so once I find out I will have to coordinate everything. My biggest issue right now is figuring out who is going to box up everything after the wedding and take it home!
It’s actually really crazy how you see these wedding blogs and editorials filled with beautiful customized things and then real wedding venues don’t seem to understand what that’s about. They just want to do what they always do for every bride…. how are any brides ok with that?
Post # 8
Right now, decor and set up is on us. I have a day of helper as well. But as far as the flowers, my florist can deliver for an extra charge or we can pick it all up from her store and bring it to the venue (not sure what we’ll do…depends on the budget).
Also the caterer I am interested in, takes all the vendor numbers that are related to her job and coordinates arrival time with them. So since she includes linens in her price, she would talk with the florist and coordinate a time for them to arrive so they can set up together. The problem there is, the caterer doesn;t arrive to set up until an hour before the event. I would love the venue to be set ready and done way before that. We’ll see.