Post # 1
My boss is asking about how much time I will need off for the wedding, and I’m not so sure about it. We are DIY’ing a lot so I’m not sure how much time I will need.
Our venue is pretty much a blank slate, and we’re renting the day before so I can go in and set everything up. It’s just going be tables and chairs so I will literally have to arrange anything else. I will probably get there that Friday morning and work on it. My BM’s have expressed interest in helping so I at least won’t be doing it alone.
We are doing our own flowers and I’m not sure how long that is going to take – or when I should start. It will be 4 bouquets, 8 centerpieces plus whatever I want to make for the head table.
We are bringing in our own food/drink and I will need to rent some items (tablecloths, chafing dishes, etc) so I will probably need to go pick up that stuff, also buy the alcohol. Our rehearsal dinner is also that Friday night.
We also have a lot of out of town guests coming in Thursday and Friday.
I have 2 weeks of vacation available, but I’d like to save a week of it we’re planning on going on a short honeymoon later in the spring.
Post # 3
In your case I’d probably take a day and a half (Friday and half Thursday). If you have people helping and the whole day to set up it should be more than enought time.
Post # 4
@JacobsMama: what she said ^^^ plus take the next Monday off to unwind and decompress.
Your schedule looks really hectic … is there a way to move the rehearsal dinner to the weekend before instead of the night before? Get solid commitments from people who will be helping you. You don’t want to spend your morning trying to round up helpers when you could be working on what needs to get done.
Post # 5
I hope you’re not doing all of that stuff yourself – sounds like a lot!
I did my own table flowers and with getting the flowers in, having to rehydrate and prep them and then doing the arrangements, it took many hours. I think over the course of one night and one day I spent most of my time on it. I did have some help but not a lot.
I needed two days off work afterward to recover from everything. Three would have been better!
If you are having a family coming into town don’t underestimate the time you will be spending on them. FI’s sisters and parents came in and while my FMIL did help with the flowers a little, they in general were a big time suck – going out for meals, lots of time to chat, having them at the house, taking them places, even things like feeling like I had to tidy things up all the time so that the house wasn’t a complete disaster!
Post # 6
@JacobsMama: Honestly, it doesn’t really sounds like too much to me (my DIY list was fairly long). The tables and rentals will have to be discussed with the rental company, but many will deliver/pick up from your venue. As for the flowers, those only took a few hours over 2 days. When mine arrived (2 days before the wedding) I cut and prepped them (remove leaves, thorns, etc), then placed them into buckets I had prepared (RO water and flower food) so they could rehydrate. I arranged them the following day, keeping the stems long, and put the bouquets back into water. I had 6 bouquets (bridal, 2 BM, 2 nosegays, and toss), 2 altar arrangements and 10 mini bouquets for the aisle. We had a welcome dinner the night before our wedding, and we were able to finish the arrangements with plenty of time. I would think that if you took off that 3-4 days before your event you should be fine.
Post # 7
For you, I’d take Thursday and Friday. That’s basically what I’m doing too, two days before and then two weeks after for honeymoon.
Post # 8
I was thinking of taking 3 days but I have a DOC, a venue coordinator… all I will need to do is steam tablecloths and last minute errands, details and seeing out of town guests. Maybe 3 days is too much.
Post # 9
No, there isn’t. The groomsmen are from out-of-state and won’t be able to be here until that Friday.
Thanks for the advice everyone.