How to get everything set up

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We were facing a pretty similar situation and ended up hiring a day of coordinator. To us it’s worth it that we don’t have to think about it… and she’s only charging us around $100

Post # 4
7292 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Can you hire some college or high school kids to do the set up? I think it would be too much to expect one person to do on their own so a DOC probably wouldn’t be much use in getting everything set up.

Post # 6
7292 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@FutureMrsHallam:  In Australia yes but in the USA everything wedding related is in general half the price or more than here.

Post # 7
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@j_jaye:  Haha I wouldn’t say everything 😛 All the venues/food/hiring Ive so far found Amercans pay a crazy amount more than I am haha!

All depends where you are though, I don’t think my town HAS a coordinator, unless theyre like 80 and retired XD I don;t even think Ive ever seen awedding that has one 😛

Post # 8
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@JacobsMama:  Hey hey, this sounds extremely similar to our wedding.  Luckily we had a bunch of family members come into town early who wanted to help, and lots of friends who also were happy to help.  We had an army of probably 20-30 people doing flowers and set up the morning of…

My advice would be to start feeling people out EARLY and see if you have volunteers.  And if you can get a day-of coordinator for cheapish, it’d be money well spent.  In retrospect, I definitely would have paid someone $100 (or $200, or $300) to coordinate everyone! 

I agree with PP, a DOC is NOT going to be able to handle all this!  He/she will only be able to organize and coordinate, but you’ll still need a bunch of helpers.  There’s a reason that so many weddings happen at those all-inclusive venues.  The DIY route is definitely a lot more work!

Post # 9
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My DOC and her assistants are setting up all the decor for us, as well as managing the timeline and flow of the event.

They won’t need to pick up anything offsite, such as alcohol–we’re purchasing that ahead of time.

Post # 10
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had friends who were more than happy to help set up and pitch in. Initially I felt bad that close friends and family were planning on helping but it is about bringing family and friends together it was beautiful and everyone was happy to show off what they did to help.

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