(Closed) How do you clean-up after a reception??

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We plan to hire a day-of help, he’s actually invited to the wedding, but ALWAYS looking for odd jobs to earn extra cash. I’ll ask him.

He’ll help set up & tear down. Our reception ends at midnight, but we suspect some of the older couples will leave earlier than that, once folks start leaving, we’ll cleanup whatever we can… we also got china-look plastic plates and things so we can just throw those away.

We may have to stay late to cleanup, but I’m hoping some of my family will offer to help cleanup so we can enjoy the rest of whats left of the night [which isn’t alot!]

Post # 4
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Hire a team of people to do this! 

I had staff cleaning up at my reception and even still friends pitched in to help gather the loose odds and ends.  

So – I’d have a combination of both!

And, if any of your guests will be inside her house (bathrooms or walking through to get to the back), I’d hire a cleaning company (or have hire he usual cleaning person) to do a once over of the house the day after.

Post # 6
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our family pitched in.  Darling Husband and I were lucky enough to be able to go back the next day to finish cleaning up as well.

Post # 8
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@LadyMoriarty:  Our amazing family, bridal party, and some friends did the clean up. Darling Husband and I got to leave for the hotel. I also wrote up a very detailed explaination of what people were responsible for what items. Example: MOB is in charge of the decor we took in, MOG was in charge of the vases borrowed from the florist. Things like that.

Post # 11
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@LadyMoriarty:  the staff that cleaned up was part of my venue package (I didn’t have my wedding at someone’s home).

When I was considering doing more setup, like yours would require, I was planning to hire a DOC so they could take care of the clean up.  Other options:  any high school students? or college students looking to pick up extra cash?  For other weddings I’ve attended, usually guests or friends help clean up … but, I’d designate those people before hand.  I’ve also done clean up as a bridesmaid – it’s exhausting, by that point (as a guest or BM) but it has to be done!


Post # 12
1651 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LadyMoriarty:  my caterer does all my cleanup and there are people for hire (search Craigslist or use TaskRabbit to post a gig!) that can help. My DOC is also staying an extra hour to clean

Post # 13
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Does it have to be the same night? Maybe you can get some volunteers to come do it the next day. 

Post # 14
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours is at our home.. so, my guess is that we will be cleaning up the next day!! Hopefully, we can keep up with most of it the night of, so there isn’t much the next day…

Post # 15
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would just ask a couple of friends to help. I am sure you can have it done in no time. I wouldn’t wait until the next day since it is someone else’s house.

Post # 16
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Can you just go back in the morning and clean up?

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