Post # 1
i was just wondering who helped you decorate your venue and ceremony area?
i don’t want FH to see me before the wedding but that morning i will have to decorate the ceremony area ( arch and chairs) and the reception area ( the fire place and any other decorations i will want) who helped you decorate if you have a venue that did not do it for you?
me and my Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man my mom and FH mom will do the centerpieces and decor for the reception the night before.
Post # 3
I plan to break it into groups.
First off, I’ll be hiring a co worker to help setup/tear down and take care of food during the reception. [He’s always looking for odd jobs and loves helping out].
The men, will take care & set up the ceremony space. I gave it to the boys because it’s a much easier job to do, hardly any decor involved. All they need to do is setup the chairs, add the sashes, aisle runner & make some tulle down the aisle. We might have a small chuppa/archway, but not sure yet. They should be able to handle this.
The girls will be working on the reception, we plan to decorate most of what we can the day before. It will be me, my Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaid or Best Man, Future Mother-In-Law, and any other females that want to help out. We are trying to limit our decorations, but we’ll have a bunch of tables to set up [we 6 guest tables, 4 head tables, 1 candy buffet, 4 food tables, 1 photo booth table, 1 dj table, and 1 cake table. Possibly a chocolate foundtain table, but I might try to squeeze that in with the cake table].
The co-worker we are hiring will be my day-of help. Making sure things on my list are done & checked off. He’ll refill the candy buffet or other things that need to be replenished. He’ll pack up & take down the tables for the buffet. And tear down at the end of the night.
Post # 4
We decorated the night before so it was my Darling Husband and I with my mom, grandparents and brother.
The morning of the wedding we had to finish decorating and set up the ceremony space so it was my Darling Husband and my grandparents helping him in the reception room on the 2nd floor and me working on the stage on the 1st floor (ceremony site). Then we switched when I needed help with something or to check on things. It worked out fine just switching when we needed to. I had the flower girl and my son the ring bearer ‘keeping watch’ for me. They had so much fun with it.
Post # 5
@HappilyEverAfter54: thats the thing i dont want him to see me ; ) the night before the wedding or the day of im going to ask the bridal party grooms men and Bridesmaid or Best Man my mom and his mom that should be enought people to help out ; )
Post # 6
@HisNightOwl2014: yeah I didn’t want that either… until our first look of course. =) We didn’t see each other once… We did talk on the phone 3 times though, he called when I was at the beauty shop then once when we were driving there to make sure he was upstairs then once to switch floors so he could smoke outside (he let me know he was taking the elevator so I could use the stairs… I’m scared of elevators). LOL It was actually kind of fun, it lightened the mood.
Post # 7
My DOC and her assistant will be doing almost all the setting up and tearing down. The best man is going to help with the things that require a ladder and heavy lifting!
Post # 8
@jenilynevette: Your plan sounds good in theory (with having the guys set up the ceremony space), but if I were you, I’d write it all down for them and make sure they have the list. When we were doing ours, I also had the men outside doing the chairs,making the aisle…and they didn’t have a clue. They had the chairs so close together they were touching, the rows were crooked, they forgot to leave the center aisle open for the Bridal Party exit, and the sashes that were supposed to be tied on the last row of chairs took them forever…and they did them too loosely and they were all sliding down,even when I asked for just a simple knot. If they were going to tie bows, I can’t imagine how they’d look.
We watched a beach wedding a few years ago, and the Groomsmen were in charge of setting up the arch and decorating it. It was pretty hilarious as they just threw the lengths of tulle up and over the crooked and falling arch and tied some flowers on with string. It looked awful, and several women ran over to help them straighten it all up. They didn’t anchor or sink it into the sand deep enough (the arch), and halfway through the ceremony it came crashing down.
I hope you trust these guys to do a nice job! 😛
Post # 9
@ItWasntMe: Rofl! Yeah, I plan to have at least 1 male there who is good at decorating.
Post # 10
I’m am leaning very heavily towards hiring someone. I’m a bit of a control freak, so it will be hard, but I think I would be able to handle showing up at the venue, and something not being quite how I like it better than setting it up myself, something not working out or going as planned, and having a melt down before the wedding.
Post # 11
I asked my Mother-In-Law. My mom decided she wanted to help, upseting my Mother-In-Law who thought it was her “task.” My soon-to-be SIL (DH’s brother’s fiance) and a friend were assisting (they asked if they could help me with anything), and they opted for a divide and conquer policy with each taking one parent off to decorate an area. I only heard about this later, it worked out beautifully and hey, my Future Sister-In-Law turned out to have a pretty hand for curling the ribbons attractively. 🙂 My crew not only followed instructions, they also tied some ribbons on the altar flowers container that I hadn’t asked for – but loved. They did change from 3 white roses tied with a blue bow to 2 because 3 was too crowded, but I think they were right to make the change.
The chairs were pre-set up though, I only needed to add decorating touches (guestbook to flowers).
Post # 12
The groom, bridal party and both families took care of the decorating. We didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony. I did give a detailed chart to one of my bridesmaids, to make sure everything where it needed to be.