Post # 1
So, I have picked a wedding date that I felt was special to me. The issue is that the wedding will be in a small town and there aren’t many venues at all. You can count them on one hand almost. The next issue is that my date is a Sunday. The venues that I am interested in either are closed on Sunday or they have brunches planned. By the way did I mention I wanted a brunch reception? So I have been in contact with the gallery that I really want for the ceremony and reception. It costs more than the other venues but they were willing to open for me on Sun! I have pictured this place as being perfect for what I want to plan. However, the venue contacted me today and said that some local group has a show planned the night before and will have the venue until midnight the night before! Thus, making it impossible for me to decorate for my morning wedding. Ugh! So am I making my dream wedding impossible to reach? Should I just change my date or timing of the wedding to make it easier on myself? Or do I keep trying? At this point we may have to put a tent in the backyards? Am I crazy? Sorry so long. Thanks for listening and for your advice
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@Mrsjr: We are having a Sunday afternoon wedding. We aren’t allowed in the venue until the morning of to decorate. The groomsmen will be in charge of the decorations, I will do one for reference. I think that is the case for most venues, you book it for one day. When is your ceremony? Ours starts at 1 and goes until 5 so we have enough time to set up in the morning and take down after.
Post # 4
I would just change the day. There is no way I’d want the stress of not being able to decorate the day before. Besides, what if they leave the place a mess?
Doing it on another day or a Saturday will make it cheaper and easier on you. Besides, any day you get married on becomes a significant day.
Post # 5
@Mrsjr: I think it’s pretty standard to not be allowed in till morning of. Talk to someone close to you and ask them and a few other friends to decorate in the morning.
Post # 6
We aren’t allowed to go in until 9am the morning of the reception so I think many venues do that. I have a team of 12 aunts, my mom, Future Mother-In-Law, and lots of cousins that have taken on all the decorating themselves. If that’s not an option you could always hire someone to decorate.
Post # 7
Nope, don’t compromise.
Take a long nap the day before & decor the venue at midnight the night before the wedding. That’s how I would do it anyway…
Post # 8
Agree with PP’s, even if you getting married at 10 am, starting to decorate with a good team by 7 am will do.
Post # 9
@Pixienickie: I wanted the ceremony to start at 10 or 11. Im not sure if this is going to work now
Post # 10
As others have said most Venues are probably going to be Morning Of… that was the way it was for my First Wedding (even over 30 years ago)
My Groom, My Father, FOG, Best Man & the Ushers did all the deocorating of the Community Hall that we used for our Reception (the men had a long list of instructions from myself & my mother).
It took them several hours.
My Dad showed up at home, and I was already dressed and the Photographer taking photos with me and my Mom
My Dad had a shower and got Dressed… posed for a few Photos, and then we were off to the Church in the Limo
There really wasn
t much time to spare... Im guessing he got in after 3 PM when the Wedding was set for 4 PM
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In your situation, you can accept things as they are at the Gallery (sounds like a nice venue)
Change the Date to another Sunday
Change to a Saturday
Or go for a Backyard Wedding (been lots of nice Backyard Weddings on WBee)
Because you have options… I DID NOT VOTE
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Pay someone to decorate early that morning. Unless you have super elaborate decorations, it shouldn’t take that long to get it done.
Post # 12
@Mrsjr: I’d suggest making the ceremony as late as you can – maybe 11:30 – and ask friends or hire someone to decorate in the morning. Then you will get the place and date you want!! Friends love to help out!! 🙂
Post # 13
Personally, I would keep your date options open unless there is a really good reason not to. Just change the date to something that works. Who cares is the date is special to you? Going forward it will always be special b/c it’s your wedding anniversary.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@Mrsjr: What time are you getting up for hair and make-up? The guys should get up at that time too and decorate. I would push it back to 12, you would still have a brunch after. Is there a peticular reason you want it early?
Post # 15
@Mrsjr: If you’re super organized and have everything sorted and labelled, is it possible for you and a crew of amazing friends to rock out the setup if you get up slightly earlier? I know it’s not ideal but if it’s your dream…
Post # 16
@cbgg: +1, I had a similar issue with wanting a special date, but it wouldn’t work for some family-related reasons. No matter what, the date you get married will be special. If you can have it a different Sunday where you can decorate the night before, switch the date.