I guessed on how long set up would take. I guessed at how many people we would need to help. And I guessed about the areas we would need to set up.
As a result, I, Rick (my wonderful, now husband), and our nearest and dearest were totally under prepared for doing the set up for our DIY wedding.
We're blessed with AMAZING friends and family with inspiring can-do attitudes, but had we known all that setting up would entail - truth be told - we would have done it differently (and avoided seeing some of our best helpers look a bit like zombies toward the end the of wedding).
So now knowing what I know as a wedding coordinator for DIY weddings and having helped with set up for dozens of weddings, this is what I would have done differently:
- I would have gotten super clear on what set up entailed beyond putting centerpieces on tables
- I would have trimmed the non-necessities (goodbye bed linens for the camp cabins and hello B.Y.O.B.S. a.k.a. bring your own bed sheets!)
- I would have delegated better (and not had a few champion helpers do the vast majority of tasks)
- And I would have added in a lot more time for set up (I've since learned underestimating set-up time is very common for DIY weddings)
This week, after a couple people asked about it, I made it may goal to help couples anticipate their own set-up needs by talking about it frankly in the Facebook group DIY Wedding LOVEFEST.
Hope this helps you with the set up for your own wedding, and leads to wedding day zen for you, your partner, family and friends!