(Closed) Reception Logistics Help

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@thatredheadedsister:  I’m kinda in the same situation as you as I am the bride AND doing everything myself.  I haven’t asked much from any of my wedding party and they are getting off pretty easily.  I am however, employing everyones help in my wedding party to clean up after the event.  I am writing down step by step instructions on how to get everything packed up and cleaned up.  This way everyone will know ahead of time (give them itineraries) of their responsibilities.  When people aren’t standing around asking what they can do to help, they can be very productive!  Also if you assign a few wedding party members to begin the clean up at 15 minutes to reception’s end it will jump start it and send a message to your guests that the party’s over and you won’t have to be there all night long.  I know it’s not an ideal situation but I am planning and hoping to get this done before our after party so I can attend that as well!  I am struggling with logisitics of that too, so i am right up there with you.  People are usually willing to help and every little bit can help you out!

Post # 4
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Your venue sounds like mine except we don’t get the keys and we only have day of to set up, not day before since they have an event the Saturday before our Sunday wedding. 

We have an hour to clean up (but clean up like take our own stuff, not trash.)  They actually clean so I think an hour is a good amount of time with everyone helping to pack up our stuff.  Plus the caterer will be there to pack up their stuff as well. My venue is flexible, so if it takes more than an hour to clean up they won’t mind. For you, I would plan to handle the cleanup that night and just ask a few close family members of friends if they would help out.  Or hire someone (a couple of teens) to come in and help out.  Hope you can clean up Sunday though.

Post # 5
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

hire someone and enjoy your day!

Post # 6
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

In my experience, the bridal party and sometimes parents/other close family stay a little after most of the guests leave to help do small clean up.

They go around and blow out the candles, collect the cake topper and serving set, get rid of the table cloths/placements, etc. 

If you have to actually clean and take out the garbage, you might want to ask close friends or family members to stick around and do this. Tell them to bring an extra set of clothes in case they might get messy, and offer to buy them a “thank you” pizza or something when you guys get back from your honeymoon.









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