(Closed) Who sets up all the decorations???

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Depends on your venue. For ours we decorated and did take down. The decorating was the day before the wedding. And take down our parents did that for us after the wedding. 

Post # 4
1736 posts
Bumble bee

Do you have a contact at the wedding venue? I would highly suggest reaching out to that person to find out.

In terms of my reception, I have to set up one table the way I want it to look in the reception hall and then the caterer and her staff will take care of setting up all the tables to look the same. We have access to the venue the day before the wedding, so it’s up to me and my army of loyal immediate family members to put up the paper lanterns and lights.

When talking to our rental company, we found out that the chair covers were NOT included in the labor the caterer would supply for the reception set up (since apparently chair covers and sashes are very time consuming) so we had to pay an extra fee to have the rental company supply the man-power to take care of that little bit.

Definitely figure it out now – you don’t want to be freaking out because your to-do list is huge on the day of! Good luck!

Post # 5
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had to hire a DOC to do that. My caterer put a couple of things out, but wasn’t going to do the bulk. I DIYed a bit too much I think…

Post # 6
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Your caterer may put up certain things like your linens, table numbers and escort cards but they don’t normally decorate your entire reception space.  If you have complicated decorations that need to go up you could hire a day of coordinator to handle all your vendors and decorations for you.  You could also ask a friend or family member to do it.  You do not want to be doing that the day of.  Also, your venue may provide this service.

Post # 7
13012 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ll be hiring a DOC.  My caterer said they’d help if they had extra time, but obviously their focus was on the food and the table set-up!

Post # 8
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, I think it tends to vary. My caterer will be setting out plates and silverware and decorating their own table where the buffet food will go the day of the wedding. However, my friends and family (and me) will be decorating the venue the day before the wedding with our centerpieces and flowers. Tablecloths will be set up and ready to go the day before the wedding by our venue since we are renting linens from them.

If you have a coordinator or wedding planner, they will likely set everything up for you.

Post # 9
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re hiring a day of coordintor for this, otherwise I’d have to do it myself.  

Post # 11
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My venue has a wedding coordinator that will assist with decor, but I am also “hiring” my sister’s three friends to help out with stuff like this while we are all getting ready and what not.

Post # 12
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our venue is fully set up 3 hours before the reception starts. Since I won’t be using their centerpieces I am going to ask a friend help me add those an hour before it starts. 

The venue also sets up the tables for the caterer. I’m still debating whether I want to use the full service from our caterer or simply let the venue take care of serving. It will save us $250.  lol. 

Post # 13
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

A day-of coordinator is someone that you hire to implement your wedding day vision. He/she will get to know your full plan, from the way you want all of the decor set-up to your wedding day schedule, coordinate all of the vendors and troubleshoot when things go wrong (things WILL go wrong), clean-up afterwards, and get your gifts to their designated place (e.g. in someone’s car or hotel room) when the night is through. A good DOC is worth his/her weight in gold.

Obviously we hired a DOC, and it was one of the best decisions I made regarding the wedding. I put it all in her capable hands and just relaxed.

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