(Closed) How long does it take to decorate?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
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    Go with the first venue, sure it's not as nice, but you will have time to set up everything at least : (5 votes)
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  • Post # 4
    Member
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Hmmm, could you hire a DOC?  That would be really helpful in getting everyone/everything organized and getting the job done in those time constraints.  It would also make someone the “go-to” person to make sure everyone follows the directions you set out and executes your vision.

    To be honest, my biggest concern would be the catering.  If your Mother-In-Law can’t get into the kitchen before the cocktail hour, that means she has a lot of stuff to bring in, set up, and finish cooking in the 1 hour before dinner.  Even if the majority of the food is cooked beforehand and she just has to reheat, that’s a lot of work for one hour.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Yikes. I guess this depends on how many people are coming (i.e. how many tables you need set up?). How complex are your decorations?

    Will anything be set up before you get there or do you have set up chairs/tables too?

    Post # 6
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    5778 posts
    Bee Keeper

    How much decorating will need to be done aside from the getting the food ready? Linens, centerpieces and chairs will already be set up for you or does all that have to be placed too? How many tables and for how many guests?

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We decorated my reception space – it was about 70′ x 30′. one third was tables (which we put DIY centerpieces on – fabric, lace, doilies, flower pots, table numbers, glasses), the middle 3rd was the dance floor area with the DIY photo booth to one side and the guest book table and dessert to the other side.  the last third (acutally a little under) was for part of the dessert table and catering station.  I had a TON of DIY items that went up all over the place.  I had my entire wedding party, their spouses, and my 2 brothers helping out (like 20 people – almost too many) and I think it took us 2 hours, or a little under 2 hours.

     

    This is what the space looked like before (table half):

    and after:

     

    how are you decorating the downstairs?  are you hanging a lot of things, putting a lot of decorations on tables, etc?  How many people will you have to help you? I think it’s do-able.

     

     

    Post # 10
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Thank you for this thread, I’ve been wondering the same thing lately and freaking out about whether or not I’ll have time to decorate before everything gets started!

    Post # 11
    Member
    829 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think as long as you are very organized and have enough help decorating on your own is do-able.  Since I had so many DIY items I boxed everything up and taped a sticky-note on the box (the boxes paper come in are awesome for this task!) and wrote what was inside.  every.single.item.  I knew where I wanted everything, so I simply looked at the label, opened the box, and told people where to put things. We had an entire cargo van filled with my crafts and it was set up quickly.

    Post # 13
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    5778 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We did it for 85 guests plus bridal party, and we had 11 guest tables, plus sweetheart…..placecard/guest book table,cake table,gift table. Dessert buffet long tables (3), 4 outside hi-tops, and 4 outside regular rounds….

    We had 8 people, and it took us 4 hours to do tablecloths, chair covers, napkins,centerpieces, flowers,bathroom baskets…..set up 50 ceremony chairs with sashes.

    If you have plenty of people to do it ,you should be OK.

    Post # 14
    Hostess
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I am told repeatedly that it IS possible, however I would personally have a nervous breakdown with such a time crunch.

    Our venue allows 90 minutes between the first and second wedding on Saturdays and that In My Humble Opinion wasn’t enough time so we booked the full day on Friday instead (and it was cheaper!). The main draw back for me was the fact that you would have to arrive at the venue ready and dressed rather than getting ready in a back room.

    Again, it is possible depending on how much help you have but it will be stressful guaranteed. I would recommend with such a time line to definitely look into a coordinator for the day of at the very least.

     

    Post # 15
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    7606 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @ms. rice crispy treat: Thanks for the boxes and sticky notes idea!  It’s helpful for me to try to picture how all of this will come together (right now I just picture me running around like a crazy person and being stressed out).

    @adnama: Hi!  I’m not in the exact same boat as you, since my understanding it that I’ll be able to get into the building in the morning.  However, I FEEL similarly to how you do!  I just don’t know how it will go.  I mean, we’re going to have to do everything right from putting the tables and chairs on the floor.  How heavy are those tables going to be!?  What if the floor is dirty?  What if we can’t find enough chairs or like….what if no one’s there to open the building?  We’re going to be coming straight from the ceremony site to the reception site and taking our photos at the reception site (it’s right on the lake and there’s a beach), BUT we won’t be going IN to the reception building, and our guests will.  So it’s really going to have to be DONE before I go to get my hair done.

    I guess I just fear being stressed and running out of time.  We are going to have put a lot of trust in the people helping us that day.  🙂

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