Post # 1
Do you have a wedding planner or decorator?
If not, who is setting up your reception venue? I don’t feel like we need a wedding planner because I pretty much know what I want I just don’t know who would set it up the day of or before. I don’t imagine myself or family taking that task on… ever.
Just wanted your input or suggestions for reception decor and all that… from previous experience or what you are doing for your wedding.
Post # 3
@Blush.Champagne: I had fully intended on setting everything up myself, however when I went and met with the florist he is all about setting most everything up. He’s kind of a perfectionist. Also the lady in charge of the place we are getting married will help him a lot.. she’s not a planner perse, but she is kind of acting like one so it’s awesome. I think I will let them have at it and then when I get back from hair/makeup I will make sure I approve!
Post # 4
@kerri13: Okay I was thinking the florist would be able to set most of the centerpieces etc.. Are you having any ceiling draping or walls? I don’t know why I feel like its such a huge job and will require a professional decorator. Do most people go without? Btw, so cool that lady is taking over and acting like a planner, score!
Post # 5
My venue sets everything up as long as I have everything dropped of a day or 2 before and leave instructions on how to set up!
Post # 6
Me and my family/some of my bridal party is doing our setup. We’re lucky to have a venue that is rarely used in our area, so assuming they have nothing huge the few days before (and they prolly won’t) We have all the time in the world to decorate.
Post # 7
First time round… (circa 1980)
The decorating at our Reception was all done by my Parents, the Groom’s Parents, my Groom and a few of the guys from the Bridal Party. Back then things were pretty basic… Tablecloths, Candles, Flowers, Candy Dishes, Wedding Cake, Favours and Streamers
The taking down was done by my Parents right afterwards (like 1 AM in the morning)
This time round…
We are having a Back Home Reception (BHR), and it will have a definite theme. There will be some DIY Projects involved for sure. Our BHR is well after our Wedding Date, and it is an Evening Event (Cocktail Hour – Cake & Champagne – Dancing), in a Hall… so we have all day to get ready… Tablecloths, Flowers, Wedding Cake, Alternative Guest Book, Card & Best Wishes Box, Favours and a fun Photo Area (not a Booth)… if we do the Photo Area, it will be the most complicated item we will have to get organized.
I figure it will be me and my Hubby, and maybe another friend or two doing the heavy lifting… the afternoon of the event.
It will be the taking down / cleaning up that will be a huge pain in the butt. I am hoping that I can convince the Hall that we can do it the next day.
Post # 8
I am getting the wall draped that is behind the head table, and perhaps the “floating” wall that separates the hall into two. I am definitely paying a decor company to both rent the draping materials, and to setup and tear down the draping.
Post # 9
@Blush.Champagne: There are already some really cool lights on the ceilings, but I am going to do a lot of white christmas lights and it sounds like they are going to do those too. But no, I’m not having anything very hard to hang up so I’m not sure on that. And yes it’s awesome!
Post # 10
I’ll be setting up everything the night before with the help of a few family members/friends..I don’t think I’d want to leave it in anyone elses hands haha!
Post # 11
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
Our caterer said they can put out simple centerpieces and such when they’re setting up, and I’m thinking of asking one of my aunts and her daughter to be there that morning just to make sure everything gets put out. She likes to be involved (aka likes to be the center of attention) but she’s crafty and I know won’t screw it up, PLUS that’ll keep her from invading while I’m getting ready and harassing me or trying to ‘fix’ my hair or something. It seems like a goood task for someone like that, if you have a stray helpful-but-overbearing family member around that morning.
Post # 12
We can’t get in until the morning of and even then we have to pay for each hour early we need to get in. I arringed so my brother will drop the decorations and alcohol off at the event at 8 am and then the caterer will do most of the setup when she gets there with her staff a couple of hours before the reception begins. This involves a lot of trusto n my part and I would love to be able to do it myself the night before but that’s not an option so it is what it is. I will try to be as organized as possible and leave directions. Also, my caterer is amazing and super professional so I trust she will get it in line and make whatever necessary decisions. The DJs have also been put on warning that they may need to help with the set up of a few light strands in the tent as they have worked the venue before and will bring their own light setup anyway. The florist will drop off the centerpieces and set them on the tables if the tables are set. For me, giving up control is the hardest part but my decorations have been planned for simplicity and ease because I knew fromt he beginning I could not do them myself so I ditched the idea of having 50 paper lanterns and instead got 2 strings of simple globe lights to decorate the tent. Would I have liked to have floaty lanterns and throwies, yup but that was way more complicated to rely on someone else to execute.
Post # 13
I hired someone to do all the linens, chair covers, table settings, etc and then the florist is taking care of the centerpieces.
Post # 14
The venue set up my decor.
Post # 15
I definitely could’ve selected two options, it’ll be myself, family, and bridesmaids, as well as the wedding planner.
Post # 16
The wedding planner and venue day of coordinator and her staff. The florist will do all the centerpieces.