Post # 1
I am not looking into a luxury decoration for my reception and ceremony. me and my bf are very low profile person and like simple elegant style.
My family offer to help decorating my reception. I bought 25 beautiful white latern from amazon, 2 unique birdcage for cards. However, my MOH (my best friend) keep lecturing me that I shouldn’t have family and friends to decorate for me. Whoever I appointed to do decoration will be very tiring and won’t able to enjoy my wedding.
Same as my FI too… I mean, I will have someone just do simple decoration for head table and backdrop. Maybe cake table? My wedding already costing a fortune, I seriously don’t want to add any crazy costing on top.
I’m only budgetting max $2500 for decoration. More on 1500-2000 range….. the max.
What you bees think? would you hire someone else to do the job and let all the guests relax? Or have some of your bridemaid and family, friends to help out?
I’m getting married in a beautiful church, very cozy and elegant. All I need possibly just two flower arrangement, plastic greenery on the candle stands… As for center piece, just one white lantern on each round table with some lavender petals around it. Possibly just tide a fake purle silk flower on the lantern. Is it really too much work?
Also, for the music. I am having reception at a Chinese restaurant, I’m thinking to have my bf’s best friend to control the ipod instead of hiring a DJ. To be honest, I was a bit upset that his best friend turn down the bestmen role…. so, my FI not too keen on asking his best friend to do the simplest job… turn down the music when we make a speech or help out decorating….
Post # 3
@gpiglet: Some venues will decorate for you. So check and see if they are setting up the tables or if you are expected to do that.
Also, I would recommend a day-of coordinator to cover ALL things that may come up that day including set up the reception space. They will fix anything that goes wrong. Photographers car broke down? Flowers didn’t show up? Ceremony space was dirty? Whatever it is, they fix it.
Post # 4
@gpiglet: we did the decorations the night before, it was no trouble for our family that did help. We got quoted about 1500 for a professional to decorate but it probably only ended up costing us $500 with everything for the reception and church. There is a lot more effort required that the bride and groom put in for the decorations in regards to set up, packing up and any DIY. So it’s a pretty big decision!
Post # 5
Please don’t ask your guests to decorate or play music for you. Those are jobs and few people want to attend an event that they have to work. It’s one thing if they volunteer to do it, but you shouldn’t be asking them. Hire a day of coordinator to help you out with these things.
Post # 6
My 12 aunts and some cousins are decorating for me. Basically just putting the centerpieces on the tables and putting up the guest book, and place cards. I’m definitely not going to pay someone money to do that. It should take them less than an hour. The ceremony isn’t until 4 so I’m not too worried about it.
Post # 7
@gpiglet: My family and friends were soliders and decorated everything for the wedding 🙂
The morning of we had everyone set up flowers and run around the cabin collecting centerpieces and table assignments. Everyone offered and we did not need to ask. If people offer than that is great but I wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything. The music needs someone outside of the wedding to run it because that is a job nobody should be assigned.
Post # 8
Initially, me and my bf were considering hiring wedidng planner or day of coordinator and his other best man stopped us. He and his wife asked me why do I need a wedding planner.. so I told them I need someone to arrange everything for us.
Then he just smile and said he & his wife will be our wedding planner. I dunno, I’m getting really nervous about the cost and how should I arrange everything.
I have a relatively big wedding…. so far, we are on 194 count…. not sure would the number continues going up. 🙁 I was working on the budget spreadsheet. The confirmed expense already at 27K CAD…and that is just the reception (food), wine, church rental and wedding photos and bridemaid dresses……
so what does a day of coordinator really do? I know that sounds silly but I can’t differentiate wedding planner and day of coordinator…
Post # 9
@thenewmrsmax: +1 on getting a DOC/seeing if the venue will decorate! Both our ceremony and reception locations included set-up and clean-up.
Post # 10
well, I will have my reception and a Chinese restaurant. Being say that, it is a new restaurant and beautiful itself. I’m shocked that they don’t have red ha ha (unless I asked for it, they can slide the wall out)
They don’t offer set up and clean up… .
and… this is the church I’m getting married