(Closed) Who sets up reception hall when you buy your own vases and candles?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would start by asking your wedding coordinator at the hall. Sometimes you can do a mock up so they know what it is supposed to look like. In most cases though it’s usually the bride or a family/friend who sets things up the morning of the wedding.

You can’t just buy flowers and drop them off that morning and ask someone else to make your centerpieces. This is really what you pay a florist for. And no you will not find a florist who will let you buy just the flowers from her and then have her go make you centerpieces out of them for no cost. You are paying a florist for their expertise, they certainly will not do it for free.

So you can either spend the money and hire a florist and buy things wholesale and you either go that morning or ask a friend or family member if they are willing to help.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@BellaDee- Sorry if I misread the post. I would ask your wedding coordinator, this might be something she’ll do for free and you won’t have to pay the florist.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@BellaDee- Ohh, mine automatically came with the venue and it was no cost. She was in charge of organizing the vendors when they came in that day, she also handled things like the seating chart, timeline of events, etc. I would ask, maybe there is someone you won’t meet until you are closer to your date.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You’d definitely need either a trusted friend or family member who doesn’t mind, or pay someone.

I’m DIYing all my flowers with the help of a coworker who is a former florist, but he can’t help me set up the reception space, which I won’t even have access to until 3pm (and our ceremony will be at 3:30 across town, so that doesn’t really work). I’m planning on asking one of our event coordinators at work (a work at a Zoo and we rent out spaces for special events, so we have about 15 part time coordinators on staff) to do it for a couple hundred bucks, or hire a DOC for reception set up.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My mom is going to do it for me just before the ceremony starts (short ceremony).

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It really depends if you have a DOC, the venue and how you have your centrepieces. If you’r DIYing then you will likely have to see about a DOC or if the venue does it for you as part of set-up. Many venues will do it for a cost, some may even do it free.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BellaDee:  oh my bad I meant to put DOC. Which means day of coordinator.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BellaDee:  I don’t know what a DOF is, but a DOC is a day-of coordinator

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I didn’t have a DOC.  The staff at the venue was great, and they did set up quite a bit, including setting out our favours.  My great aunt and her partner set up the flowers that morning.  Our parents did the placecards while we were taking pictures (we did all the family ones first).  We would have done more the day before, but the venue was being used.

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