(Closed) Logistics Heavy DIY weddings — anyone been through this?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our venue provides the tables and chairs and that is pretty much it.  I am scared to death I am forgetting about something that we will need.  

Our venue contact is amazing and we can hire her to be the DOC if we want but for the most part they are not involved in anything. 

I found some spreadsheets on practical wedding that had packing lists.  That may be helpful for you. I am thinking I will modify it some.  


I am looking for a spreadsheet that has a list of things needed that you may not think about (like trashcans) so I can make sure we are prepared.


Post # 3
826 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

WOW!!! You are one brave woman, but anything is possible if it is what you want.  Do you have people who will pack and unpack the truck the day of. as well as enough worker bees to set things up with the DOC of your wedding.  Trust me I just came from a wedding where the bride was trying to do it all and she was still working up until an hour and a half before her wedding and she looked completely stressed even througout the ceremonly.

Since you are a renting a private residence are there things they already have there for decorations that you can use?

I had quite a bit of DIY like my photo booth ( I had a friend assigned to bring it, set up and tear it down)

My sister bought all of the flowers with her for the reception venue, we had no flowers for the wedding.

The good thing is you have three days to set it up.  JUst be very clear on who is responsibel for getting the stuff there, where they need to put it and so on.


Post # 4
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ours was a couple of hours drive as well.  We rented a mini van,  and put the seats down.  It was full of decor,  etc.

Post # 6
826 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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skylar84:  It is much easier… Most of my DIY occured with things prior to the wedding other than the photo booth and the flowers for hte reception.  My sister was in charge of that and I told her other than the flowers and the candles we were to use all of the directions from the venue and it really made it easier.


Destination weddings are nice, my sister had a destination wedding and all we had to do was book our trip and go.  She did have to meet with the wedding coordinator once we got there and she had to ship in advance in items she wanted used ( that was hillarious, UPS was holding it hostage in Mexico unless I paid the $65) but it was pretty easy. The only drawback is not everyone coudl afford to go.  But she saved her self a boat load of money.

I decided to go with a venue that was a restaraunt with an Annex, it was so much easier and stress less.. that way I could focus on other things.

Good luck to you and no matter what, try to enjoy the process and don’t beat yourself up about everythig being perfect.  If you talk to any bride they will tell you there was a whole bunch of stuff they worried about for the wedding that in the end really didn’t matter.


Keep us posted and let us know if we can be of any help or we can do any research for you.

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