Post # 1
What are you doing about gifts that are brought to the wedding? Take them home with you, obviously! But, do you think that there will be a lot? Do you think we need more than one car to fit ourselves, the dress, our other wedding stuff and gifts? Also, I hate to put my family to work lugging gifts to the car while they are all dressed up, especially when parking is 2 blocks away. What are other bees doing?
Post # 3
I’ve never seen more than a few gifts at weddings, so I don’t think it should be a problem for 2 people to carry them a few blocks. Most people just give cards with money.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
AFTER the reception, I have a few family members staying around to coordinate clean up efforts– they will be packing up and transporting all gifts and things back to my house for me. I am making sure there are 2 trucks and 1 car available to pack everything into.
Post # 5
I assigned my in-laws to get the gifts and drop them off at my parents’ house. There weren’t many, my mother had encouraged all of my family members to ship them to us prior to the wedding.
We had the car packed FULL on the way home with us, the dog, 3 weekend bags (one for each of us prior, then one for the wedding night), all the shower gifts, leftover wedding stuff, and a few wedding gifts. It was the shower gifts that took up a lot of room.
I left my dress and all the glass for the candy buffet there – still have to go deal with that. 🙂 There was NO WAY the dress was fitting in the car. The poor dog already only had enough room to just barely lay down on the backseat.
Post # 6
I’ve yet to hear of the bride and groom taking the gifts with them on their honeymoon, other than envelopes. My friends had their gifts taken by their parents and kept at their parents’ home until they returned. The Maid/Matron of Honor (since they all had one) helped put stuff in their vehicle that was going back to the parents’ house.
Our DOC will pack up all our gifts in her vehicle and deliver it to a location of our choice, which will also probably be my parents’ house.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We’re going to have at least 3 family cars available. We also are BYOB-ing, so any extra booze goes home with us (yeah!)
You could always some sort of cart, or your venue/caterer might have one that could be borrowed for this.
Post # 8
Do not take this job for yourselves. Ask a close friend or family member to be responsible for taking the gifts to a secure location.
They can fetch the car- drive up to the door then load the gifts. If it is truly impossible to bring the car close to the door at your venue, a bunch of your family members can carry one or two gifts to the chosen car on their way out.
Post # 9
I don’t think I’ve ever known of a bride and groom to take their gifts home with them on the night of their wedding. Definitely entrust the matter of collecting and transporting gifts to a close family member or friend who won’t be heavily drinking or losing track of time.
Luckily we received most of our gifts in the mail before our wedding day so there weren’t many large gifts for my parents to worry about taking home, although we ended up with an awful lot of cash and gift cards at our wedding – so I was thankful that I had put my dad and stepmom (who are much older and don’t drink) in charge of gifts.
That said, I’ve been to a few large weddings (250+ guests) where there were just tables and tables upon gifts, and I was kind of blown away. It probably took two or three cars – vans even – to get those gifts out of there. I just envisioned the bride and groom opening gifts for days, haha.
Post # 10
I think I will ask my sister (MOH) who lives pretty close to me to take any home with her and keep them until we get back from our honeymoon. I doubt there will be too many, but it’s better to be prepared.
Post # 11
My cousins and family helped back up the gifts at the end of the day into the car, from what I understand. There weren’t too many, thank goodness!
Post # 12
My brother packed them into his station wagon at the end of the night with the help of the other groomsmen.