(Closed) Did you have to set up the wedding reception?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Im setting mine up. Luckily we get it the day before, day of and day after!! We will start the night before and decorate, then the next day go in and stock the bar and set up the treats tables etc and do the finishing touches. Our wedding is pretty small, and I LOVE decorating so I’m actually looking forward to it, it’d kill me to depend on someone else and have them do it wrong. (thats the bridezilla in me)

Post # 4
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yes, we did. We got married in a giant ballroom-type space. We had 1 staff person who helped set up, but he mostly was in charge of the AV equipment. *We could have had more, but had to pay everyone individually.*

My mom is a super amazing one and helped me plan the whole thing, so she was in charge of set-up. Between her, my step-dad, my Nanny, and DH’s dad they got 85% of the set-up done during our 1 hour rehearsal. Other stuff on the day-of was done by the staffperson guy and the 2 others we hired for the day-of only. We didn’t have a ton of help, but it was definitely nice to have a few people who were ONLY supposed to be doing that. We hired 2 high school students, btw, no one fancy or whatever. We paid a flat fee of $100 for 8 hours, which is more than they would make at a minimum-wage job anyway. My mom is a high school counselor, so she just asked 2 of her most responsible students. Not sure if you have any connections in that regard, or maybe some teenagers from something else like church, etc.

Post # 5
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have to set up my space as well, so I’m hoping to get a jump start on the reception area before our rehearsal and maybe a little after the rehearsal, but before the dinner. My girls will be helping arrange tables and dropping linens. 

Then early the next morning, I plan on having a “picnic” breakfast available for the girls/moms to finalize the reception area before we start getting ready for the wedding. 

We may also set up the chairs for the ceremony as well, but I may leave that up to the guys – though, a bunch of sashes need to be added to the chairs at the ceremony site which may be a little too complicated for the guys. Haha! :-/


Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

If we book the place I think we will, we have to set up our centerpieces and favors and any miscellaneous stuff. But we can do it the night before.

Post # 7
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my reception will be in my front yard, so yeah, we’re doing lots of set up. my family (and hopefully my fiance’s family too!) is always willing to help with setting up for parties, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Post # 9
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

With the place we’re planning on, we’ll be setting up, which I’m really glad for, actually, because we have specfic things in mind and don’t want to risk any screw-ups. We have the place starting 8:00 a.m. the day of the wedding and reception, and luckily the ceremony will be literally five doors door down the street from where the reception will be.

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