DIY brides, who cleaned up?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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 # 5
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
6447 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
2578 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
812 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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. 

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