(Closed) decorate reception AND hair and make-up?! HOW?!

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
11 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

You aren’t micromanaging nor overthinking it!  This will take some scheduling and planning!

You shouldn’t get your hair and make up done before the setting up.  By the time you’re done setting up, you’re going to need a shower and your make up and hair will be sliding down your lovely head! Undecided

First has anyone besides your bridesmaids said “Let me know if I can help you with anything!” Now’s the time to call that person.  Even if they aren’t that talented the more people there the better because it will get done quicker!  So enlist who you can…  even teenagers or 8 year olds can help to set out plates, cups, etc.

The schedule I suggest….

Night before, have all tables and chairs set up…get some men to help you with the physical labor of carrying the tables and setting them up.  Things will go fast the next day if you just have the tables there waiting to be set and the chairs already around the tables.

The next morning (of the wedding) go to the tent with all of your helpers and set up EVERYTHING.  Get all the tablecloths, plates, cutlery, glasses, decorations, etc onto the tables as you like it.

Because you don’t want to leave it all out for hours… buy some boxes of clear plastic table cloths to lightly throw over each table setting.  This wil protect your set up.  Before the wedding someone can be designated (NOT YOU) to just lift the plastic cloths off the table settings.

After you are totally done setting up the table tops….go enjoy the rest of the day with hair and make up and relaxing!!

1. Night before- Tables opened and set in place.  Chairs put around the tables.

2. Early next morning (day of wedding)-  Table top decor set.  Plastic table cloths placed over top for protection.

3. Late Morning/early afternoon- Hair/MakeUp/Relaxing with bridemaids

4. 1 hour before wedding begins- Helper carefully takes off plastic covers

5. Wedding Ceremony and Reception….ENJOY AND CONGRATS

Post # 4
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would recommend doing as much as you can the day/evening  before, including setting the tables. It always takes longer thn you think it will. Doing it the day before allows all the folds to fall out of the tablecloths.

As the pp has said you can cover the whole thing with an inepensive plastic cloth. Depending on what you are using for centerpieces, you may or may not want to add them to the table at the last minute, but they can be all set up on  a side table ready to go.

Post # 6
3901 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Does the venue provide anyone to help you? A couple of weddings I was in had staff setting up tables, etc. before the wedding.

Post # 7
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We will be doing as much as we can the day before, the day of the weddding our family members that aren’t in the wedding party (in laws/siblings) will be finishing up.

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