(Closed) Will I regret choosing a very DIY venue?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would think it would take closer to three hours to set up something like that…. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@MrsTVLover:  +1

I think you’re being a little unrealistic, but I also think it’s definitely doable.  You would just do well to recruit a few more family members or friends to help you out with the setup, and make sure everyone knows exactly what their job for the setup is (that way no one’s milling about going “now what needs to be done?”).  Just make sure you are organized and have enough help and you should be fine!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I also think it would take longer than an hour to set that up. Any option for setting up the night before?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

Is there not a rental company involved? Does your DOC not have people to have set up? I think you need to discuss the logistics with the DOC first before making any decisions.

Lastly, do you really want to get your hair/makeup done before doing manual labor? 

I guess this would just make me really nervous.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It’s doable, but I’d give yourself more time than what you’re thinking. Get as many hands as you can to help so you can speed the process up so you can relax before pictures and touch up any makeup and hair.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think you’ll regret it, but you’ll need a lot more time than you think. I’d say give yourself a couple hours, unless you can get a bunch of people together pre-wedding in order to help you decorate.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Agreed with the PPs.  If you can do any of it the day before (non-perishables) then that would be a huge help.  I also think you should try to recruit people to do it for you so you can relax and take your time that day.  Things always seem to take longer than one expects.  Try to keep your day as stressfree as possible.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t want to set up my own venue – way too stressful and not enough time on the day of!  Plus, you don’t want to be working and sweating in your hair/make up However, I don’t think choosing a DIY venue is bad, as long as you have an event coordinator that will be responsible for setting everything up!

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

the rental company should provide some labour depending on what you’re renting – in addition, do you know any teenagers etc who would like to help set up for 15/an hour? my parents have a lot of events, and there are two teens in the neighbourhood who come and help move cases of beer, set up tables, etc for spare cash and they are always happy for the extra $! 

i wouldn’t necessarily entrust technical details to them, but i’m sure they could move all the tables and chairs etc before the bridal party fine tunes the details!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Delegate! I think you’ll certainly have to have a specific plan of attack; make sure everyone who is helping knows exactly what they’re going to be doing once they show up so you don’t have to be directing and micromanaging a dozen people during your setup time. And make sure you have a good rental company in the area. If you’re having it catered, make sure you know exactly what your caterer provides and if they will do any portion of the set up for you (sometimes they’ll do tables and chairst, etc…). Most couples need some sort of rentals for their wedding unless their venue is full-service, so make sure you know the costs involved in that, too; common rental items are specialty linens, serving ware (coffee urns, extra glasses for the bar, etc…), sometimes even a dance floor or outdoor heaters. It might be worth talking to your day-of coordinator before booking the venue to see if he or she has any insights to things you guys may be overlooking, just so you know exactly what you’ll have to do the day of, what can be done leading up to the event, and anything else that might be relevant! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It’s not realistic to set up your own wedding in one hour during the heat of summer after you’ve already had hair and makeup done.  Spend the money and hire someone for a few hours.  Otherwise, you’re more likely to waste the money you spent on hair/makeup.  That setup took at least 3 hours with at least 2-3 professionals.  All those small, perfectly placed details take time.  That look is a classic example of “Oh really, I just picked up a few lovely finds at the antique store and threw it all together”, except it took months of finding just the right pieces and hours of setup time.  That’s like the of the one woman in every office that always rocks that perfect vintage modern look, and it’s always “just a little something she put together”.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@jdhall89:  Gotcha. If you love the venue, the DOC seems like it would be a good expenditure. Also, talk to the caterers that you’re thinking of using, sometimes they’ll do the set up.

I can give you a small piece of advice from experience: a friend of mine had to go set up a wedding, fully dressed, and in heels, because her husband was a groomsman…but no one told them in advance! So just make sure you can bank on the help you need. 

Also, didn’t mean to sound argumentative before, just things that I was thinking 🙂

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