Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club
This is possibly the sillest question ever asked, but I’m really not sure how it all works!
If you’re having your ceremony & reception at different places, how does your reception venue get decorated? Assuming you don’t have a DOC (or planner) how does the space get decorated/centerpieces get set up/DJ set up/candles lit? I’m assuming that I’ll be busy getting ready to get married. How does it all work?
Sorry if this seems like it should be common sense, but this might be the downside to not having attending too many weddings!
Post # 3
friends and family! … but this is why we got a DOC.
Post # 4
I don’t have a DOC…I have a crew! They’re theater department friends of mine who are used to quick set changes. 🙂
We’re also going to assemble as much as possible the day before. Hopefully that will make things easier.
Post # 5
Family BEFORE the wedding so they can be at the wedding. Also your caterer should handle the table place settings. I made sure I had everything wrote EXACTLY how I wanted it. Complete with diagrams and what have you. It worked well.
Post # 6
Family and friends! I have an entire army of my mom’s friends… they are all AWESOME and so talented and I don’t know what I would do without them! They’ll take care of everything, including my wreck of a mother and disasters of my grandmothers!
I read a great tip where someone packed up boxes, one per table, of EVERYTHING that needed to go on there (minus dishes) like place cards, candles, glitter, and centerpiece so that it was all in one box. That way, when they got there, they just put one box on each table and then started unpacking from there. It saved alot of time during set up cause they didn’t have to run around searching for each individual piece!
Post # 7
I agree that friends and family are the only way to go if you don’t have a DOC and your venue doesn’t provide you with a coordinator.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Friends and family! You have to decorate before the wedding ceremony, of course. But I’d look into a DOC if you can… even if you can only hire them for a few hours. I got one for eight hours for $350 so that I don’t need to send around my bridesmaids lighting candles and putting placecards down. 😉
Post # 9
We’re lucky that we get to set up our reception space the day before, so all tables, chairs, centerpieces will be set up (everything but bar and flowers). Day of, I hired someone to run around and light candles and other things while we’re in our ceremony. Also, friends and family are helping, like everyone else said! 🙂
Post # 10
Does the DOC actually do the setting up or just direct other people on how to do it?
I wasn’t allowed to get one (I was willing to pay but my Mom was being possessive about “our” wedding).
I stayed up way too late the night before the wedding doing as much prep work as possible (instead of hanging out with my bridal party). My Aunt, uncle and cousins stayed up way later than I did finishing everything up. They were awesome but I still feel horrible that they had to do that.
I really wish we’d had a DOC.
Post # 11
We’ll be decorating the day before after our rehearsal dinner.
Post # 12
First you need to figure out what exactly you’re going to need to be setting up. Some venues will get the entire room set up for you, including lighting candles and what not With others (like ours) you are given a space and need to do everything from the ground up. Some caterers will set tables, others won’t. Some florists/bakers will just bring the flowers/cake and drop them off for you, others will set the centerpieces/cake table and make things look pretty. Any DJ should set up his own system, but if you’re running an IPod wedding or renting equipment that’s obviously on you too. After you look at what needs to be done this will help you figure out how many people you need to help set up, then you enlist them.
Also, you need to find out how early you can start setting things up. Many people get things ready the night before.
Post # 13
We had decorators come in to put on the chair covers, decorate the cake table, entranceway, and put up the ceiling treatment (the big ticket items). My mom, grandmother, bridesmaids and I had breakfast while this stuff was set up and then went in to decorate the tables, set up the placecards, gift table, wish bowl table, etc.
We only had 85 guests, so it didn’t take long (2 hours). It was a little stressful, I’m not gonna lie…but it was also reassuring to see that the decorators had everything under control, and to know that the space was decorated the way I wanted it. Our ceremony didn’t start until 4:30, so that left plenty of time for me to get ready.
Post # 14
We have this problem too. We can’t get in until 2 hours before and there is no site coordinator. The caterer says they will set up tables, including centerpieces but Iäm not sure what to do about other things. Maybe we will need to hire someone but I’m hoping we can avoid that.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - Family Lake House
I’d recommend a day of coordinator (find a good one who will give 6 or so hours of work for ~$500 if you can spare it). I think it may be worth it so that your family doesn’t have to worry about the long, long, looooooong list (I’m presuming–my own list is that long!) of things to do on the day of your wedding. Just my 2 cents.
Post # 16
Our venue does the set-up… check with your venue before enlisting family and friends!