Post # 1
I’m finally starting to realize our wedding is in less than 4 months and I’m thinking of all new problems 🙂 So I’m starting to think about the day off and decorating, etc. I’ve got a tonnnnnn of stuff to decorate the venue with. Hopefully, we’ll have the whole day before to do this. My question is, who’s responsible for breaking it all down and packing it all away? Please don’t say me! haha
We’ve got some amazing friends and family, but everyone is looking very forward to having drinks and partying, not cleaning up. What has everyone else done about this? Can I hire people to do this for me? We’re on such a strict budget.. help 🙂
Post # 3
You can look into hiring “Day of Coordinators.” They will literally be your right hand man or woman on the big day. They’ll arrange the setup, breakdown, and any other unexpected mishaps on the day. I know that the pricing for DOCs varies on the region… I’m in MI and I’ve seen prices from a few hundred dollars to over $2k, depending on how many hours, etc.
You could post on your local board to see if there are good recommendations on DOCs that past bees have worked with in your area!
Post # 4
It kind of depends on your venue :). Some might have people to help you with it already (mine does), or they might leave it up to you. Typically, if they don’t, your family will probably be the ones to do it. I stayed after my sister’s wedding with my parents and a close cousin and we all cleaned up, and before the wedding, my aunt and I set up the reception hall. It seems like a really big task, but for her 100-person wedding, I think it took about half an hour? Tearing down isn’t too hard because everything gets shoved into boxes.
You could hire a day-of coordinator, and she or he would be in charge of it (make sure before you sign anything, though!). If you need an alternative, you can always call around local colleges and try to track down someone who wants to be a wedding planner and will do it cheaper :).
Post # 5
I would talk with your venue and see what their policy is. Maybe they are willing to take it down for you for a fee? Maybe it is already part of the service they provide. I have been in a wedding where all the set up and take down was done by the staff at the venue as part of the package. I have also been a part of weddings where the couple had to figure it out.
If you are responsible for take down, I would definiately find someone else to do it for you! Taking down decor in a wedding dress is not the way to end your day!! I would say what you do depends on how much of your decor you want to keep/ how fragile it is/ etc. If your decor is pretty disposible, put up an ad on Craig’s List or hire some poor college kids to come take it down at a low price. College kids will do anything for a buck (or some pizza and free beer!).
If you have a lot of stuff you want to keep or is valuable, you may want to retain the services of someone more professional.