The Single Biggest Mistake When it Comes to DIY Decorations
Have you decided to make your own (DIY) centerpieces or other decorations for your wedding or party? Awesome!
Making your own decorations can be a great way to bring personal touches into your décor while saving a few dollars.
But the single biggest mistake we see clients make with DIY (do-it-yourself) decorations is that they underestimate how long it will take them to set up the room. This may seem like a small problem, but on the day of your event, this problem can compound when you add the day-of gitters and all the other things that need to be done.
The last thing you want is for you or your friends to be in the event space putting out centerpieces when you should be getting ready or getting excited for the big event.
If your solution is to ask your caterer to set up the decorations, beware. Although most caterers will be happy to help, they may not have extra staff to set up the portions of the event the caterer is responsible for and to set up your decorations.
We’ve catered events where the client’s “few” decorations turned into a trunk load of items. Inevitably, service staff is unavailable to put out unexpected decorations because they are busy setting up the event. (In one event, the wedding coordinator was not told about the extra decorations either and did not have time to put them out so I jumped in because it had to get done. Problem was that this cut into my ability to direct the staff in the portions of the event that I was actually hired to execute.)
So, if you ask your caterer to set up your decorations, be upfront with them regarding all the details of the decorations.
- How many?
- Where they will go?
- Who will repair if any of the decorations break/get a little damaged?
Being open and honest is better for everyone.