(Closed) How to end our wedding reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

You can have your day of coordinator do it? 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We will have a list for the Mother-In-Law to get stuff. She wants to be involved and that is a job she would enjoy. You can have parents or the wedding party get it all. You can also call the venue the next day if something is forgotten. Just have a detailed list of everything you want back from the venue

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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gwynne1:  I’ll have the same situation. My mother and mother-in-law will have a list of personal items we brought for decor to pick up and will also take any gifts. Ask for help, parents, bridal party, maybe an aunt. Most people will be happy to help, but I would definitely make it easy on them by providing a list of the items they need to make sure they pick up.

The way it’ll work is our venue does a last call for drinks about 30 minutes before the end of our rental. So they will get ALL the guest to leave and prepare for the sendoff. While they do that, my fiance and I get the venue to ourselves for a little bit and have a last dance in the empty room. The photographer will get some shots and then leave to get ready for the send-off as well.  The guests will already be prepped to leave so it won’t be an issue with them lingering around after that.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We came across the same situation where our venue made us clear everything out that night. Thankfully my Mother-In-Law and some of her friends were in charge and had started cleaning up 15 minutes before the reception ended and stayed a little later to grab whatever decorations I had wanted to keep. Our venue was really strict with things and charged for absolutely everything so we had to make sure we got everything that night because they were going to charge if we had to get something the next day. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

You need to ask a couple responsible people to help be the “clean up crew”, such as your bridesmaids or family, and make them a list of everything exactly they need to do. I’ve seen brides not plan for this and end up cleaning up themselves which I found super sad.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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gwynne1:  I know that my mom, a couple of cousins and few other family members will handle it. This is the least of my worries. As pp’s have said, do you have some people that you can ask to assist with this?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You’ll need one point person, whether it be your mom, the Maid/Matron of Honor, an aunt or a venue coordinator. Bridesmaids, aunts, good family friends, etc are usually really helpful with this! have all the boxes to put the items in nearby and arrange to have a large car pulled up to the front of the venue. Usually when some people close to the bride see others starting to clean up, they may offer to help.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Also, I would recommend an actual end to your reception, maybe 10-15 minutes before the end.  Have a last dance.  Have the DJ or host ask everyone to gather belongings and to head outside for a send off. 

Take a few seconds alone in your reception space with your new spouse, then do your exit and say goodbyes and hugs and waves and bubbles or sparklers or whatever you’re planning.  THEN those on clean up duty can head back in to clean up.  I really hope you have some loved ones willing to help out so you can get the hell outta there after 🙂

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 5 months ago by SisterJude.
Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

This is what a master and mistress of ceremony is for! At least in my area of the country. We appointed my aunt and uncle for the job. Basically, they are a special mentor for the couple. And if anything is forgotten or something is needed, they get it. They are also in charge of gathering things at the end of the night so my husband (OMG he is going to be my husband!) and I can get out of there when we want. Or rather, upstairs to our room. The master and mistress of ceremony is listed in the program, they get a corsage and bout, and they will take pictures with us. If you don’t have a day of coordinator, you need them. 

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