Post # 1
I have a dilemma and would love to hear your thoughts – especially from newlyweds out there. I found a venue I love, and I’m trying to decide between having the wedding on a Saturday evening or Sunday evening. My fiance and I prefer Saturday for the obvious convenience for guests, but the downside is that the venue holds two weddings on Saturdays, whereas it holds only one on Sundays. So if we were to have it on a Saturday, we only have from 5 to 7pm for the caterer to set up (the event can go on until midnight). All other vendors are only allowed in at 6pm. We’ll have about 80 guests, but I’m very keen on including details that show our personalities for the reception and ceremony. So my questions are:
– are two hours enough time for set up?
– is starting the ceremony at 7pm too late?
Thanks for weighing in!
Post # 3
Our caterer is allowing 4-5 hours for setup. There’s a ton to be done on the day of an event,but I imagine it depends on what you’re doing. All the deliveries will be coming throughout the morning,and we can’t even have access until 8:30 AM. Ceremony is at venue at 4:30….we have to be out by 11:30,allowing time for cleanup. Ours is on a Friday.
Post # 4
my hotel is setting up tables 2 hours before, but everything is already there mind you
my DJ needs 3 hour to set up
depends on your vendors requirements
Post # 5
It really depends on what you’re doing. For my wedding there was a lot of decorating and deliveries being made. The coordinator started at 8 in the morning and when I went to check in at noon things were still in shambles. By the time we got there at 3 it was much better, but they were still working and she had more help from the caterers. Band came about 3 too. Our wedding was at 5:30. Unless there is a lot of people setting up, I don’t know how two hours would be possible.
Post # 6
Check with each of your vendors to see how much time they need. Could you push your reception back an extra hour to allot for more time?
Keep in mind that the venue probably does this every Saturday so they know it works on their end. I think the most important thing is to check with your other vendors.
Post # 7
It depends on how much there is to do. I am getting married at 10:30am and there will A LOT to do, so our poor vendors are probably starting at 5am! And we having everything delivered the day before. But if your venue is pretty much complete and you only need tables and that kind of thing, I think 2 hours should be fine. I think you can trust your vendors – they don’t want to screw themselves.