(Closed) Who is going to decorate your reception space?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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sonyazach87:  My venue said that they usually ask for mock ups and/or photos to go by so that they can replicate it exactly. Trust that you have hired a group of professionals and try not to stress too much (I know that’s way easier said than done) .

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The DOC and her assistant decorated the ceremony space as well as packed everything up afterwards. At the reception site, the restaurant set everything up (tables, linens, decor, etc.). 

I didn’t want to recruit anyone to work my wedding. I wanted everyone – mothers, Maid/Matron of Honor, etc. to enjoy their time at my wedding as guests and not have to worry about putting things out/together. I know they might have enjoyed it, but with everything going on the day of the wedding we preferred them to enjoy themselves. Anything can happen and I didn’t want them to have to stress and worry. 

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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sonyazach87:  Honestly you should hire a DOC if you have a lot to set up yourself. I don’t think it’s fair to tell family members or guests that they should set up your reception (a party to thank them for witnessing your wedding) for you. And worst of all, who is going to take everything down again when it’s over? You do not want to be dealing with that on your wedding day. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Venue staff. I dropped everything off the day before.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

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sonyazach87:  Decorating came with our venue price. we were able to drop off all my DIY centerpieces with pictures and the staff did all the decorating for us. I was able to walk around before (while were were chillign and gettiong ready) to see what it looked like before any guest arrived.

Post # 22
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Busy bee

Unfortunately, every moment we are in the building (including set up and cleanup) is part of our rental hours…so if we were to decorate the night before, we’d be paying to rent the building for more than 24 hours.

I suppose that this is the one good thing about having the dreaded Catholic gap in my case: we’ve got time between the ceremony and the reception to do the decorating.

We’ve got the building starting at 5:00, so we’ll get in and decorate the cocktail area before cocktail hour starts at 6:00…then when that’s done, we’ll head to our reception area and decorate for the reception itself (which starts at 7:00)…It’ll be hectic, but decorations will be minimal and we’ll have tons of help. Plus, the whole wedding is pretty laid-back, so it’s all really NBD.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We have 2 hours to decorate and I have a day of planner that will handle the decorating. I hope it all can get done. The venue will set up the ceremony chairs. The caterer is providing the linens so I think they will set up the reception tables and chairs and the planner will worry about centerpieces, sashes, charger plate, etc. 

Post # 24
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Honey bee

Luckily, our venue booking includes Friday for set up and Sunday for tear down so on Friday my mom, aunts and I are going to set everything up.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have had some girls volunteer that wanted to help out! im going to stop there after hair and makeup and guide them but also have pictures for reference. i offered to pay them all and they declined. ask if any family members would want tohelp.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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sonyazach87:  Luckily, we had a wedding coordinator that came with the venue – she collected all of our stuff at our rehearsal and set everything up for us.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We have to check-in at ours at 4pm,  so we will decorate then (FI, myself, and only other people if they offer to help. I’m not going to ask them.) I am going to ask the venue if they will let us go early because it’ll put such a time crunch on us but I’m not counting on that. I may hire some college kids off craigslist or something to help with string lights/etc.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Our Backyard

At every family/close friends wedding I’ve ever been to, we all pitch in the night before to decorate. Then we’ll have a rehearsal of sorts and a rehearsal dinner after. I’ve never found this part of the wedding to be stressful, more enjoyable getting to hang out with everyone.

As for take down we do it the morning after and have a brunch after everything is cleared away. Venue rentals are always a weekend thing where I live so time is not a factor. 

 I’m going to assume my wedding will be very similar to this. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We’re renting globe lights and the cost includes the rental company setting them all up which is huge because we would have had to do it that morning. The rest of the decor is dropped off at the venue the day before and the staff there will set it up. That will be things like the seating chart, candles, various signs, table numbers. Then the florist will do the centerpieces and the aisle decorations. It was completely worth it to me to pay a little more not to have to set things up the day of the wedding and I would never want to bother family or friends with doing it either.

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