Post # 1
Just thinking about timeline of the reception. Were you the last person to leave? If you did a ‘grand exit” with sparklers or confetti or whatever, did you actually leave after that? If your reception was held in a hotel, did you have a room in that hotel? Did you just leave the reception room and head to your room?
I’m just curious about how people leave their receptions? Part of me would want to be the last person to leave, as I want to party it up with all my guests as long as possible, knowing I’ll never get the chance to again! But then part of me wants a sparkler exit. And I don’t know if we should book a hotel room in the hotel we’re hosting the reception in, or a different one. And if we aren’t the last people to leave, what to do wit gifts/cards/things that need to be taken before the evening is done?
Post # 3
No, we were not. We had a backyard wedding so the set-up was pretty relaxed. We did not do a grand exit. Our parents were the last to leave to clean up a bit, we came back in the morning to help with the rest before heading out on the road to Vegas.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
We didn’t have a grand exit, there were about 15 people left at the end of ours, DJ played the last song, we gathered our things and left. We weren’t in a hotel, but drove there after with a few friends who were also staying there.
You can designate someone (mistress of ceremonies?) to move your gifts to someones car for you mid-reception. Everyone helped us get our presents in the car when we left.
Post # 5
My wedding isn’t until June, but we are having a sparkler grand exit and leaving at that time. I think a lot of people stick around because they feel like they can’t leave until the bride and groom leave, so it’s very important to me to leave while the party is still happening. I’d much rather people say that the reception was a blast and didn’t last long enough than that they were so ready to leave, but couldn’t leave because we hadn’t left yet. I’ve even asked a couple of people to watch the clock to make sure we get out of there by a certain time even if we’re having fun and don’t want to leave. Generally, your family members will handle packing up the gifts and taking down any decorations.
Post # 6
What about those who had destination weddings?
Post # 7
I will definitely be staying until the end. I’m not going to leave early because you don’t have a wedding every day!
Post # 8
We weren’t the last to leave, but we did stay through the last dance! I was surprised we made it that long, but we were having a hoot! 🙂 Then we did a send off, and my poor bridal party/parents stayed to deal with cleanup..
Post # 9
@cirk: We didn’t leave in any special way. We were all meeting up at a bar after at the hotel we were all staying at so it didn’t seem necessary. We left last actually. I changed out of my dress into a short white dress and gave my wedding dress to my mom to bring home with her. Honestly the whole night is a blur!
ETA- our wedding was at golf club so no cleanup by us needed. The staff took care of all of that.
Post # 10
@cirk: We were first to leave, after dinner and the cake and toasts, guests are ready to go home, besides, we had pressing matters of our own to attend to….we had a lovely send off from the country club, our guests waving goodbye, but we didn’t plan that….we started to leave and they followed us.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We were the last to leave. Actually we had to kick out our last few friends because we were just exhausted and wanted to head up to our suite and go to sleep.
When we came down for the newlywed breakfast the next morning the staff had everything all straightened up and were ready to serve the group again. They provided exceptional service.
Post # 12
A grand exit would never have worked for us, so we didn’t have one. Towards the end of the night most of the guests left except the bridesmaids and family. We basically left after everyone else, around the same time as my immediate family. When the band packed up, the guests left and I changed out of my wedding dress in the bridal suite. We put all of our stuff in the car and my husband and I drove my [decorated] car to the hotel.
Post # 13
We weren’t the last to leave, but we were pretty close… I think there were only 5 or 6 people (family) there when we left. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The funny thing is that we planned on leaving early, and doing a glow stick send-off… but guests didn’t read the signs, and wore/used the glow sticks on the dance floor all night. 😛 We said, “screw it!’ and stayed… and had a blast!
Post # 14
We were one of the last to leave the room (we got married in a hotel and were staying the night) then a few of us headed to the hotel’s champagne bar for a few drinks before me and my DH went up to bed about 2am.
Post # 15
Yes! We were the last ones, along with some of our bridal party and my parents. We didn’t do a big exit, but we certainly didn’t plan to be the last ones. We got caught up chatting with people, and telling guests goodbye.
We had a trolly rented for the night, and the plan was for it to take DH and I home. Our bridal party was planning on going out, so instead of having them take cabs we just piled them onto the trolly and took them to the bar on our way home…lol. Likewise, my parents were lit…so we loaded them (and my sister, who isn’t old enough to drive) onto the trolly and took them home too.
It was hilarious, we ended up with an impromptu dance party on the trolly which resulted in my dad dancing on a pole.
Post # 16
I do understand the thought behind leaving while the party is still hopping to avoid dragging out the reception but there’s no way I could do that.
I plan to stay still the very last second with my closest friends and family who still want to celebrate.