(Closed) Decorate me vs. vendor

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If your wedding is really in 2014, just hold off on making a decision. My experience is that it’s pretty easy to find a day-of coordinator who will take care of those things, you don’t need to book them 2 years in advance (may vary by location).

I’d suggest beginning to budget to hire someone to do it, but not actually contracting until the date is closer and you have some clarity on if the venue will or won’t be available.

I’m the same way, I’d prefer to do it myself. But my venue can’t guarantee I’ll be able to get in and set up the day before if there is another function. I am hiring a pretty new-to-the-biz DOC to handle it. I’ll set up a mock table, take photos, have very explicit directions and timelines, etc – her job is just to execute it. But I’m getting her for a screaming deal.

You may be able to have some friends set up the day of too and then just pop in and check on it at some point. So just hold tight until it’s about 8 months out.

Post # 4
46981 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It also depends a lot on what you want for decor.Many venues are so nice that all you need  are the centerpieces, and decor on the guestbook and cake table, head table or sweetheart table.

If you are not stringing lights, hanging lanterns etc, it really doesn’t take that long to set up, especially if you are organized with your packing and have clear instructions for your helpers.

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