Post # 1
My wedding isn’t until May 16 of next year. So I’ve booked the ceremony site/hall, hired a DJ and hired a photographer.
I’m not sure what to do from here. I’m thinking about hiring a wedding decorator because our site is only giving us the morning of the wedding to come in and set it up. I don’t want to have to run around on the day of the wedding, trying to get it all done and get ready for my big moment.
But I’m not sure if this will be a huge waste of money. How much do decorations usually cost? I know it depends on what you want. I just need an idea. I don’t want to over pay a person to do something that I guess I could do myself…time contraint on that day and all.
The decorator provides all her own things, sets them up and takes them down after. That sounds like music to my ears. I won’t have to keep yards and yards of tulle in the end that will never be used again and I won’t have the stress of making sure it’s done. But my budget is pretty tight… Is it a waste in the end or something I’m going to end up spending a lot of money on anyway?
Post # 3
you could recruit some close friends or family members to help. if your decorator is resonable, i would hire her. it would take the stress off of you. (i don’t have a price in my head, but usually people will charge you for labor and mark up the decorations so it’s hard for me to think of a price)
Post # 4
Your florist will handle most of the decor )centerpieces, cake table, etc.) Don’t worry, they are used to only having a few hours to accomplish a lot of work. Just be specific about what you want. If you want some extra reassurance that everything will be done the way you want, then consider hiring a Day of Coordnator. In addition to ensuring your vision is carried out decor wise, that person will be your "contact" for all vendors and be the organizer throughout the day. If the florists prices for suppling the decor are too high, you can always purchase what you want and have the DOP assist.
Post # 5
I think it really depends on what kind of decor you want. Sometimes your venue staff will handle a lot of it (table linens, runners, chair covers – our venue staff will even set out the favors if we have them there in time); your florist can also provide more than flowers – we are renting faux pillars from ours for the altar area, and some silk arrangements for the lobby. If you want little lights twinkling everywhere, or paper lanters hanging from the ceiling, or yards of fabric draped on the walls, you may have to do that yourself (or hire someone to do it). So first I would figure out what you want, and see how much of that you can get from the venue and the florist – and go from there.
Post # 6
Considering looking into pipe and drape and lighting with a local company.
Post # 7
Is your reception at the same venue? If not, you may want to book it in advance as well (if it needs booking) and think about catering. It’s pretty early on, so you’ve got plenty of time for a lot of decorating decisions. Do you know what kind of decorations you’d like? If you don’t have a clear idea, it may make sense to hold off until some elements come together. That should help you decided if you need to hire a decorator, rely on family and/or facility staff or get a DOC.
As a side ntoe, about 6 months from my date, I realized I would need help due to the timing of the day/set-up requirements and hired a DOC. I’m sooooooo glad! We have our first meeting next week (3 months prior to the big day) and I couldn’t be happier so far!