Post # 1
I am DIY-ing centerpieces, which im hoping the guests will take home but I also have some other DIY items and decor that I am brining in. Who cleans it up, packs it up and gets it back to the hotel for us? Do my FI and I have to stay and do it? Or do I ask the venu to pack it all into rubbermaid containers to get put into my parents cars? Who packs up the cards/gifts and keeps those safe?
I have purchased 144 mercury gold votives. <br /><br />DIY painted mirror for seating chart (fairly large) <br /><br />DIY birdcage card box
DIY wish cards and box instead of guest book<br /><br />Semi-DIY table numbers<br /><br />I have purchased some table linnens because it was 1/4 of the price to buy them rather than rent.
I have some table runners I have purchased <br /><br />11 large gold mercury vases <br /><br />This seems like a lot of stuff to pack up and transport back to the hotel, I hate to burden family/friends with getting it packed up at the end of the night. What did everyone else do to get their venu packed up at the end of the night from all the items you brought in.
Post # 2
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Oh, you’re smart to ask this now! I never really thought through the cleaning up part and suddenly at the end of the night it hit me that it was up to me to clean up all the lanterns and jars we’d brought, and to take down the wedding arch fabric and flowers.
I am sad to say that I had a mini-breakdown. (I think the idea of the night being over was also very sad!) Then my cousin stepped up and we got it all cleaned up and sorted out. We sent the lanterns home with my brother since he had a car. But my husband and I had to take all the presents and the rest of the jars and fabric with us to our hotel. It was an annoyance I wish I’d thought about earlier and delegated to someone.
Post # 3
Footballwife: I think it depends on your venue and your helpers (if any) we’re having a friday wedding at a venue that only had one a weekend. So we’ll do set up and clear up, with friends and/or family but probably not until Saturday afternoon or even Sunday
Post # 4
Sparkidoodle: You’re lucky! Ours is at a country club so we have to be completely cleaned up and out at the end of the night, we can’t leave anything and come back for it. Reception ends at 11, so we actually have to be packed up and completely out the door by 11.
Post # 5
We had to have everything removed by 11pm also! My day of coordiantor orchestrated the clean-up (and my family/friends helped out.) I made sure to designate people to take home the decor items (and I tried to be realistic about how much space they will take in cars) and then I let them and the day of coordinator know in advance! It seemed to work well, we got everything back that we wanted and my husband and I didn’t have to haul stuff to the hotel for our wedding night. If I hadn’t had the DOC I would have asked specific people to “lead” clean-up.
Post # 6
Footballwife: oh RATS! That’s understandable for them, but a pain for you. I agree with rsquared: in that case then, maybe ask friends or family to lead the clean up so you don’t have to get too involved. You could always make a list of important items you want back again, to ensure that nothing you wanted to save (or sell!) gets thrown away
Post # 7
Your venue might do it but I’m willing to bet they will charge a fee. We cleaned our stuff up at the end of the night. We didn’t specifically ask anyone to stick around but our bridal party helped and a few cousins and our parents also helped. It took about 15 minutes total with that much help.
I personally would not leave and ask family members to do it. Your party, your clean up.
Post # 8
The staff at the venue, as well as parents/siblings helped clean up before heading back to their hotel. We didn’t ask them too, but it went so fast and was very much appreciated.
Post # 9
The staff at our venue set up and tore down everything. My centerpieces were all taken by the end of the night and the majority of my decorations were paper, so we just told the staff to throw them out. However, some items I did want to keep/take home, so I packed each box and taped instructions with pictures on each one, here’s a sample:
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
The groomsmen, ushers, a few bridesmaids, and my parents all stayed and cleaned everything up for us. They got it done in about 15 minutes! Put everything in my parents car and by the time I was at breakfast the next day my father had dropped everything off at my apartment already!
We did ask the groomsmen ahead of time if they could stay and help. They were always offering to help with whatever we needed and while things weren’t put away very nicely…and one of the groomsmen packed up a real flower bouquet with my silk flower centerpieces (LOL) they were very fast about it and it was so nice not to have to worry about it.
Post # 11
Some friends and family members stayed until the bitter end and helped us pack everything into the cars that were left at the venue overnight. I think it was DH and I, our wedding party, our parents and my brother. We didn’t have a lot of decorations, though (just centerpieces) and most people took them home.
Post # 12
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
Footballwife: We were in a similar situation as you. My DH drove to the venue as did one of his GM and the BM’s wife. We just quickly loaded everything into their cars as they weren’t staying at the hotel. We took the card box and some other misc stuff with us so we could keep the cards in our room. I think there were 4 or 5 of us grabbing stuff and it took maybe 15 minutes to get everything loaded up. The caterer pulled all the centerpieces and put them on one table when they were breaking their stuff down so it was easy to get everything into boxes. We stopped up to the room to drop stuff off and were walking into the bar where everyone met up at the same time as several of our guests. It really wasn’t difficult. I’d just recommend asking a couple of people to hang back and help you, preferably people who will have cars there.
Post # 13
housebee: you are so organized, i love it lol. i’m definitely going to do something similar to what you did! we’re having a candy buffet with a ton of jars i’ve accumulated… may i ask how you packaged everything for transportation? i’ve just been buying them individually and they’ve been wrapped in the typical “newspaper” and then bags so they’ve been carefully sitting at home lol. thanks!
Post # 14
Your options are to pay someone to do it, recruit a volunteer to do it or do it yourself. Most DIY brides that I’ve known (including myself) have done it themselves, with the help of close friends and family to help out. You can ask your venue what tear down/cleaning they are responisble for and then you’ll know what’s left for you and your crew.
Post # 15
housebee: Thank you for being overly prepared! I don’t feel so crazy now! I thought of getting big storage bins, labeling what goes in each bin, how the set up etc is going to go. That way even if different people or extra people help (not that I even know who is going to help) they will know whats going where and the bins will be easy to load into someones car at the end of the night. I tried to talk to some people about it and I kept getting “don’t worry it will all sort out in the end”…..not really LOL things dont magically get set up and taken down for DIY weddings.
<br />I am struggling with timing on all of this. My FMIL wants us to make a big deal of our exiting of the country club, I dont want to. We also only have ONE trolley that will be brining us and our guests from the reception to the hotel, which will have to make multiple trips for anyone not in a car. I would just as soon send all the guests out before us and we stay and pack up, since I know I will make sure everything is clean and safe.