(Closed) Clean up…. who does that

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had our own decor for our wedding, and my grandma and mother cleaned it all up, though the venue staff did start grabbing things and taking them to the table where they’d started packing things up. I believe several friends and the bridal party who were still there grabbed whatever needed to be grabbed, as well. My mom and grandma offered to clean up, and then we ended up just asking people to pick up the extra stuff and take it down to our car.

Post # 18
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My mom, brother, aunt and cousin took down all the decorations and rental stuff. Anything that belonged to the hall and general cleaning was taken care of by two cleaning ladies at 2 am – I think we paid them $75 each. SO WORTH IT!!


My cousin wound up having to come back to his venue at 7 am the morning after the wedding to clean – they were mopping on three hours sleep.


Just make sure you have a plan. Also, remember to bring clothing to change into for the next day.  

Post # 19
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I can’t imagine cleaning up after our wedding… I think it would be worth it to hire someone to clean it!

Post # 20
8428 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hire someone to do it, or do minimal/easy to remove decor. You don’t want to be relying on guests who will probably have been drinking to clean up a venue, lol.

Post # 21
938 posts
Busy bee

I would definitely hire someone.  It will be a long day, and I couldn’t imagine asking our guests to clean up afterwards.  I don’t invite them over for dinner and ask them to do the dishes, why would I invite them to the most important party I will ever throw and ask them to clean up (even if they are more than willing)

Our venue will allow our caterer, DJ, lights, and decor to go up the night before, and as long as it’s down by noon the day after, it’s all good. (We will probably request to have the doors opened by someone around 9am for them).

I had considered doing the decor myself, but when I thought about having to either tear it down myself, or asking someone else to, it made the decision to hire someone to worry about that much easier. Best $500 I’ve spent in the whole wedding planning process.

Post # 23
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I did it myself with my husband & our bridal party of 4, plus my dad helped. 

I just didn’t want to leave it in somebody elses hands to ruin my stuff (which, btw, some the groomsmen did! ugh..), & I also felt like it was my responsibility to clean up after myself & the guest we invited. Call me old fashioned or conservative, idk..

Post # 28
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Kissed_by_lightning:  Yeah, it would definitely be a job for more than one person. If you had the money, you could totally hire a couple for an hour or two to clean up. I doubt it would cost much if you hired someone you know but that isn’t attending the wedding.

Post # 30
5995 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Kissed_by_lightning:  Our reception venue cleaned up but we had to take home anything we wanted (i.e. anything left behind the venue tossed out). There wasn’t a lot to do, but my family very generously took stuff down and took the giifts home, after we drove off to the honeymoon suite.

For the church I paid a student to clean up, since family and all other guests were heading off to the reception.

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