(Closed) How to transport large volume of plates, glassware, etc to reception?!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would get some bubble wrap or newspaper and those giant plastic totes. It worked well for us, but we only had some vases. 

Post # 3
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Maybe rent a car for the day, box and wrap the dishware. It should all be able to fit in the backseat and truno with room to spare

Post # 4
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

I bought inexpensive vases at Ikea for my centerpieces (30+ of them), and transported them home in the trunk of my car. I was very nervous driving home, even though they were in cardboard flats with additional cardboard bumper-like things on the rims to keep them from knocking together.  They were heavy! I could feel some extra drag in the rear of my car.  I’m not sure how they will eventually be transported to the venue yet, after I do a little DIY decorating on them, but hopefully my wedding coordinator has a plan for that! 

Post # 5
30398 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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jesqah:  Cardboard wine boxes or the galssware. They come with dividers to keep everything from banging together. Make sure everything is well labelled.

Use either rubbermaid bins or those plastic milk crates for the dishware. Stack the plates with  paper plates between them to prevent chips and scratching.

Shoe boxes for cutlery.

Post # 6
1059 posts
Bumble bee

When you bought them, didnt they come in their orignal packaging?  I love those packages because they are reasonably padded providing protection. 

If anyone has an SUV, I would put down the seats for all of them to fit, assuming they are large boxes.  I have moved with my SUV, and i know they can be roomy.  If they are pretty compact, they should be able to fit a sedan in the backseat and/or the trunk. 

Post # 7
696 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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jesqah: I did this! We bought loads of big clear plastic bins from home depot (the kind with the built-in lids that snap together down the center; we use them in our garage and shed as well to store things), I lined them in newspaper, and then wrapped everything in newspaper and/or bubblewrap. We had our parents help us haul stuff. We loaded up an SUV and a station wagon, then took our luggage, my gown, etc… in the back of our little 2-seater car. It took forever to pack and it took a ton of space, but nothing broke 🙂 It was essentially like packing up for a move… 

Edited to add: I used a log of paper bags, too, since we didn’t have a ton of newspaper! It worked great. I crumpled up bags to fill free space and keep stuff from knocking around, wrapped it around plates, etc… 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 5 months ago by MadameX.
Post # 8
417 posts
Helper bee

Call a couple of local moving companies, ask them if you can buy dish boxes and if so, what the price is. (Wide variation in prices.) Use newspaper for padding.

Post # 9
462 posts
Helper bee

We did this for my 21st (120ppl) we used the enviro bags, with folded paper towEl between the plates. Anything bigger than that and they would have been too heavy to carry in easily. 

We weren’t too worried about if something broke, thought being that one broken plate wasn’t worth doubling the packing and unpacking time, but nothing did. 

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