Post # 1
So…my reception venue is giving me the run around with some things. The most annoying thing is set up time. I’m planning on hiring a lighting specialist and he needs at least 3 hours to set up. My reception venue is only allowing me to have 1.5 to 2 hours set up time. I tried explainging to them that I have a very detailed wedding, being a David Tutera fan and all! They haven’t booked anyone yet before me, so they won’t give me an exact time to tell my vendors. My wedding is not until May 26 2013, but I wanted to hire the vendors that I want not because I don’t want to settle for whomever is available by then. I changed my cocktail hour and reception time to start earlier just in case if they do book anyone before me, so I can always change it later so my set up time will be more. Do you think this was a good idea or should I just leave it and hope that no one will book my ballroom on the same day????
Post # 3
Honestly, I think it’s unreasonable to expect the venue to not book a wedding before yours so you can set up your lighting. If you need 3 hours for the lighting set-up, move everything 1 – 1.5 hours later and pay for the extra set-up time.
Post # 4
@Beckster329: Personally, I believe if I’m paying for it then they should accomodate me with enough set up time.
Let me rephrase my question: On average how many hours did the reception venue allow for set up?
Post # 5
I booked a venue that only hosts one wedding per day, so this wouldn’t be an issue. I’m certain that extra set-up time could be purchased for a price.
Post # 6
A wedding venue is a business. Businesses only continue to exist if they make money. If they have chance to book a wedding or any other function before yours, they will.
If you need to ensure a minimum of 3 hrs before your wedding for set-up book and pay for those 3 hrs.
Post # 7
@MrsLulu: I wish I had done my research and looked into a venue that only held one wedding per day. However, it’s too late now…I’ll just contact them and see if I can have extra time arranged.
Post # 8
Yeah that is so odd that they would book 2 such large events in one day. How does that work? I have my venue for about 5 or so hours before hand but I am going to talk to them about setting up much earlier as I need time for hair and makeup and etc (since I am setting up).
But my wedding is the only event that day (if there was no event the day before mine, I woud have been able to set up the day before as well).