Post # 1
I have always wondered if there were cute little wedding fairies that tidied up things after receptions, once the bride and groom fled the scene. Honestly, Who cleans up the mess? We are on a tight budget and our wedding venue is not fully staffed, so what should I do?
Post # 3
Generally the same people who set it up clean it up afterward. So if you do a lot of decorating yourselves, you will be responsible for taking those decorations down. In terms of other things (chairs, linens, etc.) I would contact your venue or any companies you are renting things from to inquire.
Post # 4
For us, I am enlisting a handful of very sweet and helpful relatives to help pack up our personal items after the wedding (our DIY decorations, guestbook, pictures, etc.) Our florist is coming back to pick up the vases we are renting from her, and our venue’s event staff is taking care of the items we rented from them (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)
Post # 5
I think it depends on what kind of set-up and staff you have. For example, if you are renting your linens, then you don’t have to worry about those. If you intend to never see your centerpieces again, have guests take them. If you don’t care about the votives, the extra programs, or paper lanterns, then let the venue toss them. But if you supplied the linens and want all of the accessories after the big day, then I’d ask the venue if they would save them for you. If it’s all up to you, and it is a secure location, see if you can come back for things in the morning and recruit your most helpful friends and family to lend a hand. Maybe throw in a box of donuts and some coffee and make it a party…
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
it’s important to have designated people to take stuff home, because you’d be surprised just how much stuff there is!
one thing to remember is to have a plan for the top of the cake if you plan on taking it home. i’ve actually taken a cake top with me from a wedding because the venue wouldn’t hold on to it for the bride and groom, and there was no one else who could take it.
Post # 7
We’re getting our reception site for the entire weekend, so I’m thinking of having a brunch the next morning and then having family and friends helping clean up.
Post # 8
I was the Maid/Matron of Honor in my best friend’s wedding, and her parents and I cleaned most of the stuff up, with some help from the venue staff, who were mostly worried about getting us out before the next wedding! I expect that the same will be true at my wedding, although I plan on delegating someone in the wedding party to take care of saving anything that is important to me ahead of time.
Post # 9
We had some family/friends do it. It might sound awful to ask, but actually people love to help you on your wedding day. And with a plan and enough hands, it doesn’t take long. Definitely have a plan on who is going to take what (and where they are going to take it and whether it will fit in their car) – ESPECIALLY if you will be exiting the reception before it’s over. For example, my brother and SIL took all our gifts to their house (an aunt was on hand with a second car, if needbe), a friend who was dog/house sitting on our wedding night took the flowers to our house, and my parents grabbed the candles and other miscellaneous items. Other friends/family helped pack the cars, etc. It only took about 15 minutes.