Post # 1
The lady at the hall said I could rent the space for the day before and I asked her multiple times “how much is it?” She never answered.
She said as long as the space isn’t rented the day before we can decorate between 5-8… Well the hall is now booked the day before.
I cannot afford a wedding planner so setup and cleanup will be all me. :((
Pity party over now 🙁
Post # 3
@peachbaby4008: This is the time for good friends and family to rise to the occasion and help. Ask a trusted friend or family member to be in charge of the decorating. Recruit a limited number of people to help. The goal is for you not to have to be involved at all.
Provide coffee and breakfast sandwiches for your volunteer crew.
Get really organized. Have a plan written out detailing exactly what you want done. Have a checklist. Write out instructions on separate recipe cards.
Set up a sample centerpiece and take pics so they know what you want the end result to be. Have each type of decor in a separate plastic milk crate or use liquor boxes if you have to transport vases.
If you really need to be involved do it as early that morning as you can get into the venue.
At the end of it all, none of the details should or will matter. You will be married to the light of your life.
Post # 4
@julies1949: wonderful advice bee!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@peachbaby4008: great advice above!! I can relate, we’re having a welcome dinner at the venue the night before, so we have to decorate the morning of too. Enlisting a bunch of friends and family is key – I’ve done this a ton for friends and its fun – you really feel like you’re contributing. Also have diagrams of what goes where and when your time is up, LEAVE! They can finish the rest just fine. It’ll be ok! xox
Post # 6
@peachbaby4008: I’m doing this. Don’t worry so much about it.
Post # 7
@julies1949: this! Me, my husband, sister, brother, mom, dad, cousins, and brothers in law all prepared the reception hall the morning of my wedding. It was stressful, don’t get me wrong, but in the end things were lovely, and I’m grateful to all of my family to this day!
Post # 8
Have your family and wedding party help! That’s what we did. 🙂
Post # 9
That kind of sucks, but is a little bit normal. I had my wedding in a restaurant that was open for lunch so we couldn’t get in until 3:30pm and everything turned out fine. I asked for the help of about 8 people and they managed to set everything up between the ceremony and cocktail hour (catholic gap). its just a matter of bein as organized as possible like jules said. Make everything as obvious as possible. Make a mockup of how the centerpieces should be assembled and include a photo to copy. If you’ve for a friend/family member that’s willing to sit down and fully understand the “vision” beforehand have them oversee the work party.
We did the same for my cousins wedding (but got access at 9am) and the setup “party” was actually one of the best parts of the day hanging out with my other cousins and playing guilty pleasure songs off our iPods while we worked.
If anything, I’d see if you could get someone hired to do the cleanup though, Or ar least have access to the hall the next day. Mopping all the floors while drunk at 2am when we’d been up since 6 was a little less fun…