Post # 1
How did you handle the setup and such of your ceremony and reception??
My fiance and I will be doing pretty much everything on our own and this is something that I’ve been wondering about…
We’re having a tiny, super simple ceremony outside at a park, in the evening, followed by dessert (that we’re making together) and wine/champagne (also in the park)– but how should we go about setup, getting ready first, afterward, somewhere in the park… There’s so much going on in my head!!
I can’t wait to hear your suggetions!
Post # 3
My family volunteered to help, and although I appreciate their love and support, I wanted to make sure everything was done correctly. So we came up with a "Decorating Duty List", and broke up the decorating into smaller tasks. Then our family members got to pick which ones they wanted to do according to their comfort level (moms are decorating tables, dads are hanging objects from the ceiling, etc.). They actually got excited about choosing how they would be contributing!
Post # 4
also I don’t know if it’s in your budget…but i’m hiring a day of coordinator…or you could probably get a friend of a friend who is really organized and knows how to implement. I’m doing a lot of DIY stuff beforehand…but on the day of I don’t want to nor do I want my family to, so I’m hiring someone to implement it all for me. That way I don’t lose sleep wondering if mom put the place cards in the right order or if the centerpieces were put on all of the tables, or the table numbers are correct…etc.
Post # 5
A day of coordinator is definitely the way to go. They’re typically very affordable — especially if you have everything in place for them.
Post # 6
I’m curious.. how do rates for a DOC run? I live in the midwest if that helps.
Post # 7
I had a team of family members help out – 2 Aunts and a Cousin assembled everything for me. I had everything ready to go the night before in boxes which were labled and had diagrams drawn of everything 🙂 My BM’s also helped set up for the dinner in the time between the ceremony and the reception. It all worked out wonderfully and didn’t cost me a penny.
I would advise a DOC if you do not have family/friends who are able to help. Not sure what prices would be like, but it would be definitly be worth it if your alternative is doing it yourself!
Post # 8
FYI, re: cost of a DOC – We’re hiring one (in Minneapolis) and her rate is $1,500 – includes all pre-wedding final meetings (w/florist, church, reception site) plus all rehearsal and day-of activities.
Post # 9
Definitely hire a DOC. I wasn’t going to do so initially, but for the sake of my sanity and those of my friends and family, I went ahead and hired one for my upcoming wedding. I have a lot of DIY projects and a very specific vision for execution so I’ll probably make a VERY thorough guide to putting it together =P. My wedding will be in MI and my DOC cost $425. I think her rates might have risen since then, but she is just starting to get pretty established in the wedding community. If you have a restrictive budget, I’d suggest checking out Craigslist and the Knot — there seems to be a good number of Knotties who take the wedding planning route post-wedding and you can probably find some good suggestions on your local board.
Post # 10
We are decorating the night before (if the weather is ok) and who ever lives close by is volunteered
Post # 11
My family will be volunteering to help as well! I’m thinking at least 6 members will be helping the whole day.
We also booked our site (both ceremony and reception) for 2 days so that I have a WHOLE day to make sure everything is how I envision it….now the cleaning will be a chore since we’ll only have about 8pm-6am to get everything clean, but it was more important to have time to prepare.
Post # 12
At this moment, I see myself, in my dress, with my hair and veil, putting up everything in the church and setting up everything that needs to be done – this is because I’m insane and figure that I am the only person in the world who can do it right.
I know as it gets closer that my friends will jump in and help. They have told me that there is no way I’m going to be able to do it all on my own and they are really excited to be involved so I know it will work out.
I LOVE the idea of a check list! Add that to my Things to Do List right now!
Post # 13
One of my mom’s close friends offered to oversee set-up for us. She does something similar for various non-profit fundraisers and dinners, so she knows the ropes! Perhaps a friend or family member would volunteer? If you have a wedding website, maybe you could put a small request on page for any volunteers…
Post # 14
@thefuturemrsjohnson- ahahhahah that is exactly how i am too!
Post # 15
My family helped the day of. If that’s an option I would do that. Or perhaps another close friend that’s not in the wedding party? That you trust with crafty/DIY items? I don’t think you should do it personally thought. Definitely delegate. I drew a map for my aunt and a friend and went over all the details with them beforehand and then left it with them. It turned out awesome and I didn’t stress about it at all!
Post # 16
Your caterer and florist may be willing to help you out if you get everything organized, and include pictures of the set-up.