Post # 1
I know this is probably the least of everyone’s concerns, but we’re having a destination wedding and we’re still planning on having a lot of decor—like a truck full. :
So now I’ve started to worry about the nightmare I’m going to be putting everyone through taking the items down and packing them up at the end of the night.
Is anyone else worried? Our venue is helping clean up, but I feel slightly obligated to come back and help after everyone else leaves… is that ridiculous? Or even the next day, we leave at 8:30AM for the airport, but are probably staying at the hotel the night of our wedding… Should I pop in before we go and make sure everything went okay?
Post # 3
If you’re paying the venue for clean up I’d say let them handle it, unless you want to make sure that you get back certain items (table runners etc), because I’d imagine they’d trash most of it. I’d say grab all the stuff you want to keep but if clean up is included in your rental then you’re not really required to help out.
Post # 4
How are you getting all that stuff to the destination? Are you planning to bring it all back?
The best thing you can do is provide lots of boxes/bins so that at the end of the night the venue can dump it all into the boxes. You may need to go through and decide what you really want to keep/throw out and repack it all in order to get it home.
Post # 5
🙂 I should’ve prefaced our ‘destination wedding’ is in Kansas. We both live in Houston, but met there, so it’s not like we’ll be traveling to a remote island for our wedding.
His parents live in Kansas City, but I imagine a lot of our Kansas City guests will bring gifts to the wedding, so we’ll have to have a way to get those back home, so it seemed like no big deal if we had to bring back decor, too. We’re trying to find several things that don’t rely solely on flowers, so that we can resell them and get some of our money back.
In an ideal world, I’ll be able to sell some of them in advance, so I can have them shipped out the Monday after the wedding and then no one has to truck them back to Texas.
..Camrie, thank you for the advice. You’re right, I just need to stop and keep in mind everything we’re paying them for… That makes me feel better. Maybe I’ll just label boxes for the staff to put items back in…
Post # 6
@Uskadelig: Wow you DO have a ton of stuff. I think if you’re worried about getting it all back in the right places just stop in 45 mins after and make sure they’re doing it to your liking. That way they’ll be mostly torn down but you can keep them from having to repack things if they’re not done as you specified. I think big labels would help a lot as the staff is probably used to repacking rental items.