(Closed) Hi! Who hanldes the decorations at the reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Taide:  I think it depends on your venue or your caterer and their ‘team’. You should ask your coordinator at the venue.

We had to come in a day before and set everything up. I am in a wedding in September and that venue sets everything up for the bride. I think it just depends

Post # 4
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

That’s a question for who you hired. They might incorperate the actual decorating and delivering within their fee, charge extra, or not offer it as an option at all. And if they don’t offer it at all, and you have to bring the stuff to the venue, it doesn’t hurt to ask if the venue will set it up (and if there’s a fee).

Post # 5
389 posts
Helper bee

Usually your planner has a decorator who can do this for an extra charge.  That person, I am sure, can get someone to do this for you.  You should meet with that person before and have them do a “mock” setting (perhaps at your home) and set your table with all the hoopla so you will know how it looks and how you want the flowers to look.  

Post # 6
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yep, agree with everyone above – if you have a “day-of” planner, or if the venue provides one, they will have a planning details meeting with you before the wedding to discuss this type of stuff.

If you do not have anyone like this, typically venues allow you to come in the night before and/or several hours before the wedding so you can decorate yourself, or have family and friends do it.   I’d ask them upfront what most brides do, chances are they are experts when it comes to these questions…

Post # 7
7 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have arranged with my florist to set up all of the tables – I am boxing up the items that go on each table for her – 1 box per table to keep them separate and she is adding the flowers. I am also renting candelabras which I plan to have my dad pick up and deliver to the venue. I actually don’t know what time the venue will be open yet so once I find out I will have to coordinate everything. My biggest issue right now is figuring out who is going to box up everything after the wedding and take it home!


It’s actually really crazy how you see these wedding blogs and editorials filled with beautiful customized things and then real wedding venues don’t seem to understand what that’s about. They just want to do what they always do for every bride…. how are any brides ok with that?

Post # 8
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Right now, decor and set up is on us.  I have a day of helper as well.  But as far as the flowers, my florist can deliver for an extra charge or we can pick it all up from her store and bring it to the venue (not sure what we’ll do…depends on the budget).  

Also the caterer I am interested in, takes all the vendor numbers that are related to her job and coordinates arrival time with them.  So since she includes linens in her price, she would talk with the florist and coordinate a time for them to arrive so they can set up together.  The problem there is, the caterer doesn;t arrive to set up until an hour before the event.  I would love the venue to be set ready and done way before that.  We’ll see.

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