(Closed) Did you decorate you venue yourself? Photos?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sharontobemarried:  well it’s a brunch wedding so the “theme” I guess is almost like whimsical. Lots of blush/bubble gum pink and gray/silver material. I’m making glittery garland, I have table crystals, then centerpieces and runners. What about you? They have to decorate the arch thing with tissue poms and material, parasols lining the aisle, and anything else I can Find.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I’m a MOB and we did it for both weddings, and yes it was stressful, and yes it was tiring. We had 10 people helping each time, and setup for one was for 120 and the other was for 85. It took us over 4 hours for each, and I’m happy I don’t have to do it again! (don’t forget breakdwon and cleanup after as well).

One was in a Ballroom and the other was at a yacht club, but both were outdoor ceremonies in the same place (receptions inside). One was in May and the other in June. Setting up included all tables,chairs,linens,centerpieces,flowers,gift & cake tables, guestbook & escort cards,favors,bathroom baskets,etc. All were done the day of, and ceremonies were at 5pm.

Here’s some random shots of each.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ItWasntMe:  yore so talented. Any decorating pointers/tips? 

i should mention that the napkin folding, chair sashes, tablecloths, and aisle runner/table runners are being done by the venue staff. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@lawbride88:  Thanks. 🙂

 

I wish all you are having done for you was done by our caterers and staff, but that’s what they wanted to do and figured I could be their coordinator. I really had no idea how much work was involved and how much time it would all take.

 

Just get everything ordered and done way ahead of time, and make one master list (and don’t lose it). Figure out how things will be transported, make sure evrything is packed well, and that you do a trial run first so you make sure everything isn’t too cluttered or that you need more to fill it out.

 

 You really need to think of every step along the way so you don’t forget what needs what and where. Delegate to people who are helping and make sure they know exactly what you want. The onsite coordinator thought she was helping out by tying a few tables of chair sashes for us, but we didn’t want them in bows. After ironing 130 of them beforehand, we had no choice but to tie them all the same or try and find an iron somewhere. Many people don’t know how to tie them so the loops are straight or even on tight enough, so many were crooked and sliding down…ugh… but you have to just let it go when pressed for time. We started at 8am and had to be dragged away for showers, hair and makeup by 1, and hoped the men would finish up. It took my daughter’s Father-In-Law over an hour to attach 10 sashes and wire on large white starfish to them, and it was agonizing. lol

 

Pack an emergency it full of things you may not even think you need, because as prepared as you think you are, there’s always something you need.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ItWasntMe:  I mean literal decorating tips. I’m afraid it won’t be pretty AT ALL. I am not creative in the slightest so I don’t know what to do with the space :-/ 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@lawbride88:  Do you have pictures of it? That would be the best thing to do and to ask for ideas. Many people have come up with really creative and gorgeous spaces!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Commenting to follow…Could use some ideas myself!  (sorry to not be of any help, OP)

Planning on doing my own decorating of the venue.  FI says it will be too much stress on me, but *I* say handing the control over to someone else would be far worse!  😀

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ItWasntMe:  I made a thread asking for help–no luck. Let me find the link. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

@lawbride88:  I put some pictures up on the other post, and will be happy to help you any way I can.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I will be doing most of our decorating.  As a side business, I am a wedding and event planner.  But I will not be doing anything on the actual day.  This planner/coordinator has hired another planner/coordinator.  Wink

 

My advice to you: 

1) if you have the day prior to your wedding to decorate, you and a few friends/family members can in fact handle it.  But if you only have the actual day of the wedding to do so, try your best to outsource it. 

2) Create a very detailed checklist.  Pack up everything ahead of time and drop it off at your venue ahead of time as well. 

3) For chair covers & sashes specifically:  this is an area that is VERY time consuming.  Plan accordingly.  For the first time doing so,it may take several hours.  And extra hands on the tieing portion isn’t always best.  This is especially true if you’ve chosen a unique tie style.  Stick with the bow or simply knotted and hanging, if possible. 

Here’s a picture of a wedding I did in March when I was nearly complete and prior to totally straightening everything out.  It was set up for 117 guests and took me a few hours to finish:

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ItWasntMe:  Beautiful!!! I’m having a beach wedding with Tiffany blue! This is inspiring 🙂

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