That set up fee is something, for sure!!! Ours ended up being $100 and we only had 14 guests - 16 people total with us. I had chair sashes, chair hangers and fans for the ceremony which wasn't much, but I had more chair sashes for the reception and a TON of other things......pictures coming soon!!!
As for chair sashes, mine came nice and neat and folded up so I left them. I didn't care about the creases and to be honest I can't even remember them on the chairs.....I know they were there, I saw the pics but I can't recall
So interesting that they are charging you based on the items you are bringing. I guess this is one policy we'll never quite understand!!! but hey, as long as it works out less for every bride, how it's calculated doesn't really matter.
I had steamed the chair sashes in my dryer (on the quick steam, low heat setting) before I put them in my vacuum-pack bags because they were pretty wrinkled when I got them. We didn't steam them again after we got there - just handed the bags over to the onsite WC and her team. I was pretty careful when I bagged them up after the steam cycle though, trying to prevent wrinkles (creases weren't a big deal to me). I honestly didn't notice any issues with them!