Natalie
Just Said Yes May 2022

Are Extended Reception Rentals Necessary?

Natalie, on August 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 4
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From past experience I all/any need help!

Wedding is 5/1/22 so lots of time to get this sorted but our current contract for the venue is 4PM-12AM. Catch is we are responsible for set up and clean up, and we have some wedding decorations that are DIY. Our wedding ceremony is at 3PM at a local church so we won't be able to be there setting up. We are hoping for a cocktail hour also from 4:30-5:30 while we take pictures.....is all of this unreasonable?...

I'm not sure how long caterers need to set up and prep for a cocktail hour & hors d'oeuvres. I'm hoping a half hour is enough.

The other option is that we extend our rental from 11AM-12AM.

I'm going to contact our reception venue about what "set up" would mean and our caterer about how long they need to set up, but I don't want to rush things and make my guests feel awkward.

We also thought of paying some friends who won't to be in the wedding to help set up decorations while we are taking pictures. Has anyone done this?

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Latest activity by Cool, on August 2, 2021 at 10:59 AM
  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle Online ·
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    Please do not ask your guests to work, including set up/tear down. If you have a coordinator (*NOT* employed by the venue) they will often do setup for you
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  • Natalie
    Just Said Yes May 2022
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    Currently we do not have a coordinator as we were trying to save money as much as possible since we are paying for it ourselves. But if anyone has recommendations on a good one for a decent price, that may be an option.

    Thanks for the input!

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Go on thumbtack.com or Instagram and many will work within your budget. Cut out unnecessary items such as favors, champagne, bridesmaid proposal boxes/robes/jewelry to afford one.
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  • Cool
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    Cool ·
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    Do not pay for friends to set up - pay a day of coordinator. No guests should have to work on your wedding day and if you’re willing to pay them you’re better off spending that money on a professional.
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