I decided to get help from the bridesmaids rather than do it all myself.
I invited everyone over with no pressure. If they could come, "great" and if not, that was fine, too.
Then I set up stations in my house to prepare all of the different decorations that need creating and putting together.
Here are the stations I prepared:
Cake Table (create the decor for the cake table)
Seating Chart (already made, but needed cards cut out to pin on the twine)
Photo Booth (bag tulle & flowers to make booth & figure out a way to have props available)
Entrance Table (create decor & store bubbles for end of night)
Guest Book Table (create)
Under-Slideshow Table (create)
Card & Gift Table (create)
Wedding Favor Table (put together & fill))
Centerpieces for Guest Table (put together--this was the biggest station)
Bridal Party Table (create, put together)
Before my helpers arrived, I sent photos of each station and photos of where those stations would actually be in the venue. This was helpful for planning.
When my helpers arrived, I let them choose where to go. The ladies had the choice to create or put together so that creative and non-creative types could both be happy. After all, I wanted the night to be fun.
I was excited that the groom came and helped, too.
Here are sets of photos from the night with the station, the location in the actual venue, and the finished product.
Ceremony Seat Decoration & Reception Seating Chart
Guest Book Table
Under Slideshow Table
Card & Gift Table
Wedding Favor Table
Centerpieces for Guest Tables
Bridal Party Table
Katie Beth polished a silver pitcher and helped create. Madelynn created a lovely guest book table and under-the-slideshow table. Sarah and Shine created the card and gift table. Marla put together the seating chart, photo booth, and cake table. Everyone else worked on the centerpieces. Marielle created the entrance table and cut cards out for table numbers and the seating chart.
After we finished, we took photos. Then we boxed everything up in totes with a white piece of paper inside the tote telling what it was for. We also enclosed a photo of how it will need to be set up and a map of the venue with an x on the spot where it is to be set up.
That night was a hectic, busy night, but what a blessing! We got so much done and I feel so much more organized heading into the wedding.
I thought I would pass our experience on to you because it was such a blessing to me, as mother of the bride. You might try what I did or this may motivate an even better idea for your wedding preparations.
God bless you! I hope the wedding you are part of is perfect in every way.