Post # 1
One of my coworkers is getting married next August. We were discussing one day how they will get the reception cleaned up at the end of the night and she told me that her Host and Hostess will be in charge of this. I have heard snippets of this idea but I am not convinced that this is the norm. Of the few people I have spoken to, these hosts can range from special aunts and uncles to god parents or just special family friends. These people are considered the host and/or hostess’ of the evening. Their jobs entail helping set up the reception, when the cake is cut they are responsible for handing out the cake to each table, they are considered the emcee’s of the reception, and at the end of the night they disassemble the centerpieces, distribute the flowers and pack up all of the excess things.
Is this something everyone is doing? If you are doing this who is this person you have chosen? Are they responsible for all of these tasks or just a few of them. Also, my coworker and I discussed this and she is listing them in her program as the Host and Hostess of the night.
If you are not having such a thing who is going to be in charge of these duties? Are you appointing separate people for each task? Do people normally clean up immediately after the reception is over or are some venues allowing you to return the next morning to clean up.
So many questions!!
Post # 3
i’ve definitely heard of people designate main helpers, but i haven’t heard them called hosts. if you’re diying a lot, you definitely need people to help set up and dismantle if you can’t hire a doc. as for how many people you need, it would depend on how much there is to do…do you also have a florist? servers to hand out the cake?
Post # 4
I wonder if it is a Midwest thing? Does your florist return at the end of the night to retrieve the vases? Or do you need to rent the vases that your florist puts the flowers in and then you would need to return those?
Post # 5
In my experience, the setting up and breaking down is done by the wedding planner & DOC. The emcee is usally the DJ or a family member.
Post # 6
The venue sets up and breaks down in my case.
Post # 7
Do you have to have all of your rented stuff out though? Say you rented chairs or table cloths do you have to take those home with you and return them the next day.
Post # 8
We haven’t talked about this for our wedding, but in my area it’s very common to have a ‘host couple’ or two. It’s kind of funny though, some of my very good friends have already called ‘dibs’ on NOT being the host couple. No one really likes cleaning up or keeping an eye out at the party, but it is considered an honor.
Post # 9
most of the catering staff took care of this at my wedding. Any stuff that had to be taken home was carried about by my brother and his wife because she doesn’t drink and had a car to take things home.