Post # 1
So I’m having a semi-destination wedding (5 hrs drive away), but even for brides with weddings less far than that…just far enough you can’t make multiple trips home on the day…HOW are you hauling all your stuff? How are you getting it home after?
I mean, there’s the dress & all my getting ready stuff and overnight bag and all that… but there’s also a bunch of DIY decor items, signage & favor stuff I have.
We have a small hatchback, so it’s possible it could all cram in there, but I’d rather not have to squish my dress in there (even on top). I’m trying to think if we should assign certain boxes to family members to bring and take home, or whether that’s too much to bug them (or trust them) with? Or maybe I should just rent a bigger van? We have a wedding coordinator, but I’m not sure if they’ll be there at the end of the night to pack things away… who does that? It seems a bummer to ask family to work at the end of the night. Or maybe the venue staff can help just put any of our stuff into a storage area where I can pick it up the next day?
What are you doing/have you done?
Post # 3
We had a LOT of stuff to bring (including all the linens and alcohol for a full open bar), and my husband and I both packed our cars. It wasn’t ideal driving (about 2 hours)in two cars, and driving home separate after the wedding was a bummer but it was the only solution.
Our caterer and venue staff cleaned up at the end of the night, and put our gifts in the limo. DH and I drove to the venue in the morning and picked everything up. That was the downfall of having a very DIY wedding-we had so much stuff.
Post # 4
We had friends/family helps us cart everything down the day before. We assigned most of the same people to bring everything back the night after the wedding.
Post # 5
We are not renting a van but a enclosed trailer to pull behind our suburban. My sister and perents both have SUV’s so they will bring any extra things we need. We have a 350 person wedding which I bought everything for including plates, linens, silverware, and much more! Good luck!
Post # 6
@Miss2Mrs_Beerlover: Ditto…we’re renting a small uhaual trailor thingy.
Post # 7
I guess I don’t really have too much stuff. I really only have about 2 boxes of things – photos, escort cards, menus and table numbers – in addition to my personal items. My dress is being delivered to the venue the day before and I will just have my overnight stuff. The florist handles bringing the flowers, decor, centerpieces. The MUA and hairdressers will have all that stuff. Our catering staff will handle setting everything up.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Oh man, this was a big question mark for me too right before our wedding, because I had a ton of DIY projects. In the end, we filled up 3-4 cars with stuff (including the back of my FIL’s pickup truck) and dropped it off the day before the wedding. I hired a day-of coordinator, and she did most of the set-up the morning of the wedding. At the end of the wedding, my family helped take down the decorations and stashed them in boxes. There wasn’t enough room in cars the next day to drive everything back into Houston, so my DH and I had to take his FIL’s truck to pick everything up the weekend after we got back from our honeymoon. Our venue was really nice and let us store everything in a few closets that whole 2 weeks we were gone.
BIG tip for you: label the boxes of stuff!! Some of my painstaking DIY projects didn’t even make it out of their boxes, because it was pretty chaotic the morning of the wedding! And maybe make a list of the boxes, so you’ll know if one’s missing.
Post # 9
Oh man… Re-upping this because our haul keeps growing.. Ahhh!!! Just decided to add candles & candle holders to the DIY lets just say over 200.. (rentals wanted to charge 4x cost!!!) and on the fence about bringing our own wine (with the corkage fee our savings would only be about $1000, and there’s already soooo much stuff)
Original plan was to rent a suburban…new plan is that plus a UHaul trailer… I hope that’s enough? No clue how to estimate amount of time and people needed to unload/setup :-/
and trying to figure out if there’s a more efficient (but still safe) way to pack all this glass! The boxes it all came in were oversized and in horrible shape from China..
any tips for glass?? Did you use moving boxes? Or plastic bins?