Post # 1
Who is doing your decorating for the reception? I am not able to get into the reception until the day of our wedding at 9am. I’ve hired someone to do the ceiling treatment, but as far as chair covers, sashes, and “other” decor, I chose not to go with the “decorator” because I could literally save over a thousand dollars. But, since the wedding is at 2:30, with pics beforehand, I have no idea who will be able to do the rest of the decorating for me? Anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 3
At my reception venue, the banquet coordinator and servers take care of decorating the room. I just have to go in before the day of, to go over everything with them.
For my ceremony, though, I will not have the venue until about an hour before the ceremony starts. I’ve asked a very close aunt to be responsible for decorating. She wanted to help with planning, and I thought this would be a good way to get her involved. I’ve invited her to the rehearsal dinner and make sure I find a way to honor/thank her during the day of. Do you have any relatives/friends that would be able to lend a hand? Most of the time they are eager to help out!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
i haven’t figured this out yet, either hehe. my banquet manager said her team would do it, but I’ll still probably send a family member over to make sure things go right. how they’ll do this without missing the ceremony though…hmm. this is why a DOC would be nice to have I guess!
Post # 5
The venue did the heavy lifting and set up all the tables & chairs (this was in the contract) and then my caterers set the tables & buffet table.
Other then that, my family worked with my DOC to decorate the whole shebang. Unfortunately my husbands parents thought it was rude when my mom asked them if they would like to help decorate, so they showed up for the rehearsal and left w/o lifting one finger.
Post # 6
I’m having this same problem. I want to DIY my flowers for the reception the Friday beforehand, and I’m sitting here trying to figure out how I will get the flowers from my house to the reception place, get my hair and makeup done, dress on, and be freshfaced and not flustered by 2:30pm?
I don’t even know what the venue helps with since my contact is on sick leave. Sigh.
Post # 7
I have a similar issue, as well. We are DIYing almost everything, so the day of is going to be crazy! We have some amazing friends in my hometown that have offered to help on the day of the wedding so that myself and my bridesmaids can focus on getting ready (the wedding is early – 1pm!) Each person is going to be “assigned” a different task. It requires a ton of trust in other people (and flexibility to realize it might not all be exactly perfect) but its been a cool way to get others involved, and take some of the day-of work off myself and my mom!
Post # 8
i know when my cousins got married it was the cousins and aunts and uncles that helped. it may be different for you, but we have a close family, and we all came from out of town, so instead of sitting on our butts for the whole morning we thought this would be much better…
or do you have any creatively inclined friends who wouldn’t mind helping out a bit?
Post # 9
I would ask aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who aren’t otherwise involved in the wedding to help. Most would be more than happy to (I think), assuming that they also have time to get ready. Remember, many hands make light work!
Post # 10
My husband, some male relatives, and a couple friends pitched in to set up our reception venue the day of the wedding. I think it took like 6-8 of them 2 hours to do everything, and they were at the church, getting ready for pictures, by 2 pm.
Post # 11
We hired a wedding coordinator and she did EVERYTHING as far as decorating. It was about the only thing she did right for us – well even not all of that was right, but in the end it was at least one thing I and my family didn’t have to do.
Post # 12
Now that I’ve hired one . . . my DOC will do it! Yay! And take down all the decorations at the end of the night. I don’t want to be a crying bride picking up trash in my wedding dress in the dark (anyone see that episode of Bridezillas this weekend?)
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for the great ideas!