Who packs everything up?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You don’t have a decorator? In that case you would have to get a family friend to do it then.

Post # 3
7304 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

That was one of the functions included in our DOC contract.

Post # 4
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What usually happens in this case – and I’m assuming the venue don’t offer a clear up service – is that you have to organise a group of people to pack everything up at the end of the night. It really shouldn’t be you either! Or, for that matter, unsuspecting guests who suddenly discover they’ve been roped in as janitors. 

So talk to friends and family and see who is prepared to help out.

Post # 5
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

kb7:  I was wondering the same thing! I know our caterer is handling setting up and breaking down the chairs, linens, tables, and bar. I think we are going to ask my bridesmaids to grab all decorations and center pieces at the end of the night.

Our wedding venue is small and doesnt require many decorations though. If you are having a large decorated wedding you can always hire a day of coordinator to handle packing everything up! 

Post # 6
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Maybe your wedding planner or DOC?  My venue included set up/clean-up, so I just had to leave directions on what needed to be packed up.

Post # 8
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Either a decorator or co-ordinator would pack the stuff up and put it into the cars of the people who WILL be taking it home or they’d take it back to their premises where it’d be collected from. But in most cases your stuff gets taken back by whoever is prepared to take it!

Post # 9
8993 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Either you hire someone, you have family and friends volunteer ahead of time to help (you don’t recruit people who don’t offer!), or you do it yourself…

Post # 10
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our contracts with the venue, caterer, florist, and chair rental place all include them doing set up and break down of their respective objects so it was only a matter of popping by the venue the next morning and picking up the things left over for us (like some extra food, some of the flowers if we wanted them, the cake topper and sign in book, extra favors, etc).

Post # 11
2930 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

kb7:  For my friends wedding, the wedding party and the parents just helped clean up.  Their venue was completely DIY, and no coordinator or decorator or caterer.  To be honest, we weren’t even asked. A few other people that were friends helped once they saw what we were doing. 

I would talk to your parents and wedding party.  I’m almost postive that they will be happy to help. 

Post # 12
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

kb7:  In my area its common that if you don’t have your decorator set up and tear down, the bridal party stays to clean up the venue. I know everywhere tends to be different though. The DIY decor is going to be packed up by our bridal party and taken to their rooms and in the morning we’ll make sure to get it all from them (unless our venue allows us to tear down the next morning….gotta see what they say first) As per the rented items from the decorator, they will come and collect them from the venue most likely in the morning or a time where its arranged with our venue (my decorator has worked with our venue multiple times so they know the run down). Just make sure you let them know everything that needs to be packed up ahead of time so nothing is left behind 🙂 

Post # 13
6566 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you don’t hire someone then you do it. We planned on doing it and quite a few close friends and family members stuck around after to help us. My parents took most of it home and the rest we took to our hotel room. 

Post # 14
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

our wedding planner helped and delegated a task to a few different friends / family members so it wasn’t too overwhelming. it was mainly gifts, sign in book, a few “getting ready” items, and leftover alcohol. 

but almost everything else was rented (including the flower vases), and this stuff should be taken care of by the company that rents them out. if your rental vendors don’t include clean up as a service, that’s BS. you should try to get a different one. sometimes they have an agreement with the venue that makes it ok for them to do it the next morning. 

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