(Closed) Timeline Crisis – Setting Up and Getting Ready

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We were in a similar position:  We couldn’t get in to decorate until 12 pm; I, along with a bunch of the other women in my family, had hair/makeup appointments starting at 8; we were set to start pictures at the church at 3 pm.

What I did was turn everything over to my husband.  He rounded up all the men (my dad, his dad, our uncles, and some of our male friends) and had the whole thing decorated in 2 hours.  That left them plenty of time to get dressed and to the church by 3 pm for pictures.

I’m also a bit of a type A personality (although, I just say I’m “highly organized,” lol!), so I made my husband a whole reference binder for the decorations.  It had table layouts, mockups of table decorations, mockups of the mantel decorations/gift table/guestbook table, lists of all the vendor phone numbers, a detailed timeline of what they had to have done and when, etc…  In the end, I turned it all over to him, and everything turned out SO well!  I had a hard time letting go, but on our wedding day, it was so nice to be able to relax and be pampered.  Even though I worried a little bit, I trusted that my husband could do it, and he didn’t disappoint.  🙂 

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Is the venue coordinator able to help?  Between the coordinator, caterer and florist we were able to get the setup done without any bride, bridal party or family involvement.

Post # 6
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@milesbella: Do you have any close friends or close family members that are not an “extra-special” part of your wedding such as Bridesmaid or Best Man or reading a scripture or poem or anything like that that could help? I have a HANFUL of AMAZING FRIENDS and very few “friends”, so it was really hard for me to decide on who would be in and who would be “out”. I wanted to incorporate them all in my special day — the majority of my girls not “in” the bridal party have offered to OVERSEE the entire day and timeline as well has help decorate and help take apart… handle tux returns the next day. It’s insane how many people actually WANT to help, you just have to ask and let them know politely what you’re looking for. It might also flatter someone you’re close with, once they know you trust them that much with your special day. Just my opinion.


@Mrs. Spring had a great idea also. Let the men know what you want, they’ll definitely get it down. Your groom doesn’t want to incite (sp) a riot on the day of:) 🙂

Good Luck!

Post # 7
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The same thing happened to me.  The venue was willing to place things for us, but they were a some things that I didn’t want to leave to them.  Luckily, I have some relatives who weren’t in the pictures who were willing to help out.  We also did family pics first, then bridal party, so our parents were able to get to the reception site early to set things up as well.  You do not want to have to set up on your wedding day!!!

Post # 8
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@milesbella:  Lol, think of it as practice for the future!  I’m sure your Fi will do a great job!  🙂

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