Who gets everything ready for the day of?

by DIY wedding planner on June 8, 2013

Who organizes the ceremony? Decorates the alter? Plays the music during processional, signing, recession?
Who organizes everything for the reception? Does the plates? Chairs? etc?

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nova_queen_28 June 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

It all depends upon how you have arranged your wedding.

Some brides are more DIY, others hire planners to do things, others have paid for packages so the church/venue does the work.

For my wedding, there isn’t much with the ceremony. The pastor provided me a copy of the order of the service if I wanted to make programs. The florist will deliver one flower arrangement for the alter and I or the pastor will probably put it up there.

For the reception at my wedding, the venue is responsible for the linens, china & food service and clearing the tables. I am responsible for setting up the centerpieces and favors. The baker delivers & sets up the cake. The DJ is doing the emcee job as well so we have worked together to arrange a timeline for the evening that he will follow.


Bride2B 8-8-09 June 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

If you hired a wedding planner, they typically take care of all the arrangements. If everything is done by you and your family, you all will have to get up early that morning and start working on getting the place decorated.


new moon June 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

I had an wedding planner to do everything so I wont be stressed out


Kass June 9, 2013 at 12:43 am

That is really up to the couple.

Some brides are very hands on, and want to plan everything down to the last detail (how I was) and others hire planners or enlist friends and/or family to help them.

Organizing for the ceremony (usually a family member or friend) …

The church does not decorate for you.
Playing music during the ceremony – Up to you to hire the musicians, the church most likely has some contacts for you.

Reception organization – You will most likely work with the planner at the hall. They are usually very helpful. The hall will do everything, plates, chairs, linnens, service, ect. Depending on your hall of course. I had my centrepieces delivered on the day of, and they put them on the tables. I also delivered my favours myself and they set them out for us.


Suz123 June 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

That depends on the couple and their decisions.

Did they hire a florist to decorate? Did they hire a caterer to do the reception? Did they hire musicians to play for the ceremony?

Or . . .

Did they ask friends and family members to pitch in and help?

Bride and groom ask others to help. Whether those others are paid professionals or unpaid friends is up to the couple.


CindyLu June 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

The church and the reception hall.


zeureeka June 9, 2013 at 2:46 am

Uh, unless you delegate responsibility (politely, please), or hire someone to do it, you do, or you do without.


Kristy June 9, 2013 at 2:48 am

Our pastor gave us ceremony options and we set it up. The florist is doing the decorating in the church. My best friend is playing our ceremony music as a gift to us. The reception hall is handling everything for the reception.

It depends on how your wedding is set up.

Good luck!


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