Post # 1
Luckily I have some time to think about this situation, but right now I am not seeing how I want the logistics to work.
My reception venue is the type of place that hands over the keys and says have fun. They really have no involvement in any of the events that take place other than to provide tables and chairs. We chose this location not only because of our budget, but it fit our theme and guests would not have to travel to far away lands to get there.
We rented the facility for the Friday night before to set up the decorations/tables/etc and Saturday for the actual reception. I am not worried so much about the setting up part of the reception as I am the actual taking down and clean up. We are responsible for clean up (which is mainly making sure trash is bagged up, the decor is down, and everything is in order). I emailed the coordinator and she said as long as they do not rent the facility out the next day, we can come back in to take everything down. IF they dont rent it. She will not have an answer for us until closer to the date.
How would you handle the breakdown logistics of this venue? I would obviously prefer a Sunday cleanup, but if that is not an option, we would have a few hours after to clean up and I would hate to ask family to help with something like that.
So I am stuck.
Post # 3
@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
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
hire someone and enjoy your day!
Post # 6
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.