Post # 1
After a lot of discussion, FI and I have scaled back on our wedding, considerably. It is going to be rather small, 40-45 guests. We have decided on a cake and punch/light luncheon for the reception, and the only place we can have it held is my church hall. The whole reception should not be more than 3 hours long. This is not the problem.
The problem is the setup and clean up. We have a sexton who makes sure the church is clean and in working order, and he would do most of the cleaning afterwards. However, it is the setting up of the food and the breakdown of decorations and such. I would never ask guests to do it, of course. I feel awkward asking any of my fellow church goers who are not invited to do it. Is there some sort of service that allows you to hire people for this? It is not catered, so that is out for set up. I am at a loss. This is the one part of ther reception that is bugging me. I went to a website that will look for companies that can do setup and clean up, but so far nothing. I have no idea where to go!
Post # 3
Day of planners can do this for you or bring in a team. Look for a wedding planner and just buy their time for the day.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
@brendaray2009: It is not uncommon for the bridesmaids and groomsment to help with set up and tear down. Perhaps you have an aunt who wants to be realy involved with planning that you could ask to be in charge of set up.
Post # 5
@brendaray2009: Where I’m from it is common to ask your bridal party/family members to help with set up and clean up. We do the set up after the rehersal dinner. It’s usually easier to find people to agree to set things up than tear it down. Maybe the person at the church would be able to get a clean up team together and you could pay them to take care of it for you.
Post # 6
Hire a couple of local teenagers or contact your local temping agency.
Post # 7
Are there some OLDER teens in the youth group you could hire? I am all for bridal party members volunteering to help but not asking them to.
Post # 8
I second the suggestions people have said above, especially the DOC and asking family/friends. Just think about how you are asking! For example, at my venue, we get there at noon on the day of. We have the rehearsal at noon (but people not in the wedding party can start setting up). Then, we have until 3:30 to finish getting ready there. My mom’s best friend (whom I call aunt) is very special to me and great at decorating. I asked her if she would come up at noon, be in charge of decorating while we are rehearsing since I know I can trust her to make sure it looks great, and then get ready with us girls. She is so excited because she really gets to be part of the day! Yes, I was asking for a favor, but I complemented her, made her feel special about it, and included her in other special parts of the day.
Post # 9
I’d ask some day of coordinators.