Post # 1
The venue we’re thinking of using is rented by the hour, with a minimum of three hours. We’d be having the ceremony and the reception there. Our wedding is going to be very simple, with just a cake and punch reception and no dancing. Here are the things that need to happen:
-Set-up (I’m assuming I’ll be doing this myself with the help of family and friends.) There will be about 50 guests, and the venue provides 100 chairs, 8 five-foot round tables, and 10 six-foot rectangular tables. I might not use all of the tables, but will likely be using all of the chairs. Decor is going to be minimal, probably just ivory chair covers, tablecloths, and flower centerpieces (probably DIY from a bulk flower company, but nothing very involved — just one type of flower put into vases).
-First look pictures
-Ceremony at 2:30
-Reception: I’m expecting it to be short for obvious reasons.
So what are the hours I should rent it? I’m not sure how long it will take to set up, how long I should leave for pictures, how long people will stay, and how long it will take to break down. I budgeted for seven hours (I guessed from 11 to 6), but my stepmother seemed to think that was a crazy long amount of time. Does that sound reasonable or could we rent it for less time than that? We are on a tight budget as we’re paying for everything ourselves.
Post # 3
@Zesty: It depends. Are you getting hair and makeup done after you set up? From what it sounds like, that’s going to be a tight schedule.
If other people do the set up for you while you get ready & do pictures, you could probably have them set up from 1 – 2:15, ceremony from 2:30 – 3, reception 3 – 5, and then that gives you time to clean up.
Although, side note, my wedding reception was very short, and I regretted that it only lasted about 2.5 hours. That was one of my biggest regrets. If I ever remarry, that’s something I will definitely do differently.
Post # 4
Better too much than too little! I think 7 hours sounds really good!
Post # 5
@fancymichelle: I’m not doing anything involved for hair and makeup. On a daily basis I don’t wear any makeup and I don’t even blow dry my hair, so I’ll probably put on some basic foundation and mascara and blow dry my hair straight, and that’s it. We’re very low-key people. I don’t know if I should do that and then help set up and then get into my dress and do pictures, or start set up earlier (like at 11) and then do all the getting ready stuff upstairs in the bridal suite. I’d hate to make people set up without me, but I could probably swing that if necessary. Thanks for responding — any advice is much appreciated!
Post # 6
@Zesty: I think you are going to want to get people to set up without you (people you trust with your vision) so that you can get ready. What if set up took too long and you only had 10 minutes to get ready? What if you got all hot and sweaty while setting up (this happens to me due to anxiety)? I think you should try to relax and enjoy the pre-ceremony time as much as you can. The timeline fancymichelle said seems pretty good.