Post # 1
Just curious how everyone else in managing decoration and take down of their venue.
For us, the caterer is going to take care of setting tables, clearing plates, etc etc but the actual decoration of the place, centerpieces, etc are up to us. So a couple hours before my wedding (our venue allows us in at 3 and the ceremony is at 5:30!!!) I’m going to show my mom, aunt, friends, etc what to do so they can get it decorated and then I’ll leave with my BMs to go get ready… and then when we leave the reception, my mom promised she’d oversee the take down and cleaning process. I wish she didn’t have to do that, but we don’t have the money to hire anyone and she volunteered.
Who is setting up and taking down your wedding?
Post # 3
me and Fi and our family will be setting up the difference is we have plenty of time our venue lets us get in there as early as 6am and the wedding doesnt start till 2pm Plus I’m hoping it wont take too long all we need to do is linens, chair covers, lay out the napkins. I’m hoping it will take about 1-2hrs tops
Post # 4
Our wedding is all outside and Im enlisting the help of our wedding party to set up before. I really want to be involved in this part but I just have too much on my plate for that day. Im just giving them very clear instructions. We are staying the night at our cabin there so in the morning my wedding party, myself and my new husband are going to take everything down. Since we own the land we dont really have the time constraints of a traditional venue.
Thats so nice your mother has offered. Im sure she is happy to help you out anyway she can. Also, if you hired someone to do it, things may get missed. Your mom will know what needs to go where. I wouldnt want hired help to be responsible for my set up and take down.
Post # 5
I got a day-of co-ordinator for this reason. She and my FI’s family are setting up in the morning (with detailed instructions written out by me) and FI’s and my families are taking down when it’s over.
Post # 6
@Ayslinn87: My venue is the same! We’re not even having the ceremony there, but they will only allow us in 3 hours prior to the start of our reception. Factoring in driving time between ceremonyn and reception sites, I won’t be able to be there for decorating at all.
Fortunately, my fiance’s family is volunteering to do the decorating and removal. They are really excited about it! And I don’t care at all what the place looks like, so I’m leaving it up to them.
Post # 7
We have to provide our own linens but the venue sets them up for us. My florist will take care of setting up the centerpieces, arch and aisle decor etc. We do need to set up the guestbook table and a few other things but we actually have use of the venue from 4 pm Fri to 11 am Sun. We and several of our wedding party are staying there both nights. We really wanted a venue where they do most setup/take down for us and didn’t have a 6 hr time limit like most places we looked. I just want to relax and enjoy the weekend.
Post # 8
We did ALL our own set up as far as table, chairs, linens, flowers and decor. We started at 9am for the reception which was the earliest they would let us start. My parents and my 2 sisters helped and so did my BIL and thier 3 kids. We had to finish by 11:30 to be back at hotel for hair and make up by 12pm. We cut it close! And then my dad and BIL set up the ceremony location. Our ceremony was at 5:30 Reception started at 6pm. It took a lot longer to do everything than I though it would have. I would have loved to have been able to afford a coordinator so my famliy wasn’t the work horses but they all did it with a smile on their faces! And clean up was them too, my husband and I left to take more pics but my family stayed to clean up. Even one of my moms friends helped. I made sure to thank everyone mutiple times!!
Post # 9
Very good question! One that has been lingering in my mind too. Whoever is chosen to do it, must have some sense of decorating because this is of course crucial to the overall look of the reception. I would prefer myself and my Fiance since we are quite skilled when it comes to decor etc, and designing everything ourselves. But as much as this would be my preference, I just cant imagine that extra pressure on us that day. The last thing I want is having to rush everything. I want it to be relaxed morning before the event starts.
So what I’m thinking of doing is choosing reliable family members (whom I know will do their utmost best) to do a trial set-up at least two times before the big day so I can show them how to do everything, and have them do it too. It’s the only way to make sure they are going to get it right ON the day.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our venue will handle linens, place settings, and ceremony chairs
Our florist will handle the centerpiece display and outside floral displays
Our DOC will handle everything else (e.g. place cards, card/gift table, guestbook table, “alter” set-up, etc.) I want our bridal party, family, and friends to be guests. Asking them to work would make me feel sooooo guilty. That’s just not how I entertain… not in my home, and definitely not on my wedding day. Besides, the guys have plans to go shooting that day, and the girls and I will be busy getting beautiful. We have way too much fun planned to do anything that looks like work.
Post # 11
The caterers set up the tables/chairs. My extended family did everything else!