(Closed) Deacon at the church says WE have to clean up after the ceremony??

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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12827 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I thought most churches had a cleaning staff, although I do think it’s fair if you paid to cover their wages for cleaning up solely from your wedding.  I don’t think they expect you to clean the place in your wedding dress, but have a friend or two clean up, or a wedding coordinator or someone of that sort.  My day-of-coordinator and caterer handled all of the cleanup and logistical crap at our ceremony and reception.

Post # 5
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1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That sounds a bit odd. Does he maybe just mean gather up any decor and programmes related to your wedding? Maybe some of your family or friends can help with that? As opposed to actual cleaning?

Post # 6
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7796 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LovelyLaura8:  We had to clean up the confetti and anything specifically wedding-y like bows. They are happy for us (and any other wedding) to leave the flowers out because it brightened up the church the next day.

When you hire a hall it’s common to have to clean it up. Yes a church has cleaners, but I’m betting they clean once a week, and not on a Saturday (after the wedding, before Sunday church).

I paid a university student friend to clean up. I think it only took her about 10 minutes, it was just a matter of taking a few things down and vacuuming the confetti in the foyer.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Usually this means picking up any programs left in the pews and removing decorations, picking up petals that were strewn in the aisle, etc., not scrubbing the floors and polishing the furniture, and yes, typically the couple is expected to see that the place gets cleaned up. It’s just the basic “leave it in the same condition you found it” rule. This is where you delegate the responsibility to someone – can you designate some relatives to help out on this? Or, if you have a wedding coordinator, that person should be able to make sure the necessary cleaning gets done.

(Remember, too, that if there is a “bride’s room” in the church where you get ready, someone will need to make sure that everything in there is straightened up and left in good order.)

 

Post # 8
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Sounds normal to me. Alot of places we looked into wanted us to clean up the place.

Is it really such a big deal though? Just have someone pack up all the candles, decor and what not and bring it with to the reception.

Post # 11
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LovelyLaura8:  You could hire help, or ask a friend.

We are personally hiring a co-worker the day of. Both him & his wife are invited to the wedding, however he knew we were looking for day-of help [packing things up after the ceremony, setting up the buffet, restocking the candy buffet, ect], and offered. His family really needs the money as well.

Post # 13
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553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

That is pretty standard for churches. They don’t mean that you have to get down on your hands and knees and scrub or break out the mop buckets. It generally just means checking to make sure all programs are collected, that your guests have not forgotten any possessions, and to collect any runners, petals or other decorations. There is usually no need to hire anyone because it doesn’t take more than 10 mins to toss stuff in a box and a quick scan up and down the aisles. You can easily ask a relative, close friend or even your bridesmaids.

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