(Closed) Decorating the reception hall??

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m in a similar situation to you; we’re having a Sunday wedding because the reception venue was booked for the Saturday, and the church/reception are very close to us. We can’t go in to set up until 7 a.m. the day of, though. Luckily, we have a family friend who decorated for my sister’s wedding, and she offered to do the same thing for mine. Maybe someone would be willing to help you out?

As for decorations, we’re keeping it simple. If we can’t prepare it beforehand, move it easily, and quickly set it up at the reception, we’re not going to try it. How much decorating do you think your space will need?

Post # 4
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My brother and sister-in-law were in this situation.  If you can give up control and have willing people, send over family friends!  For example, my mom’s friends did all of the decorating for my brother the morning of the wedding… and were more than happy to do so.  We are kind of doing the same thing for our rehearsal dinner — the girlfriends of our groomsmen are decorating for dinner while we are rehearsing.  Just don’t forget thank yous!

Post # 5
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

IS there no one in the family or some good friends that can assist you? I would start by asking them!

Post # 6
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

You need to gather a team of family or close friends who are good at this sort of thing.  All those “is there anything we can do to help?” questions (or even if you haven’t gotten them) it’s time to start thinking about your guest list and who lives close by and can help out.  I’d have one point person that can delegate tasks to the group and understands your overall plan.  Also – over budget the # of people (you want more than less, because inevitably, people won’t show up).  And most important – don’t delegate anything to yourself… you’ll be beyond busy that day and decorating should be the last thing on your mind.

Post # 7
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would recommend asking a friend or family member who isn’t in the bridal party to help!  Both you and the bridal party will be too busy that morning to be stressing out about the setup!  Did you also ask the venue if they have any staff that can assist?  Sometimes the servers will be able to put out your favors and things like that.

Post # 8
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Luckily we can get in the day before and decorate. I have drafted lots of people to help….3 girlfriends, my brother and his family, mom and dad and an aunt or two. Lets see how many show up to clean up the day after the wedding.  I have to fly back to Florida Sunday night….funnnnn.

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