(Closed) do I need a planner or just a decorator?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

scrap the decorator and invest in a planner!! even if her fee is more than the decorator – it’ll give you peace of mind that there is a stage mother making sure all the loose ends are being tied up!

Post # 4
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Do you have a florist? The florist will setup all the flowers as well as if you are doing any sort of draping or swaging.

You should definitely hire a planner, it would be a great investment for you. You may need to do more than Day-Of-Planning though since it’s out of town.

Post # 5
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I too would suggest a planner, she can make sure that everything is set up according to your wishes, as well as handling any last minute crisis. That way you can just relax & enjoy! 

Post # 6
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

The last thing you want to be doing on your wedding day is making sure the florist has arrived and directing where things should go.

If you can afford it, hire a planner now to help book the florists, etc.  If that’s too expensive, hire a planner just for the day-of to carry out your vision.  You just hand her the list of things to do ahead of time.

Since you are having a smaller wedding, is there someone that’s not in the bridal party, that you trust to act as day-of planner?  I handed over my list to a very good friend who I trusted, and it worked out well.

To answer your questions, the cake person will set up the cake table depending on what you choose.  If it’s fresh flowers on the cake, do you want your florist doing it, or the baker?  The venue will definitely provide a table & linens (make sure you specify this when you confirm details w/ the venue & where you want the cake table located).

If it’s minimal flowers/decorations, 4:30 start time is adequate to set-up for guest arrivals at 5:30 for a 6 p.m. ceremony.  With this limited time, though, it’s even more crucial that you have all the details down-pat to hand off to someone for flawless execution.  Good luck!

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