(Closed) Chinese reception planning advice needed

posted 8 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

The two best things to do would be to recruit friends and family members who are not in the wedding to help set up.  It’s best to delegate some tasks so you’re not overwhelmed.

Another great option is to hire a Day of Coordinator.  It is usually within her (or his) realm to set up the reception and many times they have an assistant to help.  Your florist and the cake shop will set up and deliver themselves.

Hopefully this helps!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t gotten married yet, but I’m agreeing with argyle about the DOC. It’s an added expense that I think is well worth it, especially if they have done weddings at China Pearl (or any other Chinese restaurant).

 

It’s pretty typical for Chinese restaurants to set up on a few hours before the reception. They have to still keep their restaurant open to get business. Part of me feels that since they do this all the time, they know what they’re doing. Are you doing specific decorations or going with the usual set up?

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Well that’s what a DOC’s job is – Day of Coordinator! They make sure that your day goes smoothly from set-up to paying vendors. There are many DOCs out there,but if you’d like to save money, you can recruit friends/family to help out.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Since you’re not doing a ton of decorations, you may be able to forgo the DOC and just recruit family/friends to make sure the room is set up the way you want it. What you described sounds like the typical things the restaurant would take care of, but I would still recruit at least one person to make sure it’s done.

Most DOCs also do other things throughout the night, like reminding you when things are going to happen (i.e. cake cutting). They not only make sure things look the way you want it to, but also that the event happens the way you want it to. Hope this helps!

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