(Closed) When your venue doesn’t offer cleanup and break down

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I haven’t heard of places that dont offer clean up, but if thats the case hire a cleaning crew.

Post # 5
1313 posts
Bumble bee

I’m the same boat…. We haven’t talked about it yet, but I’m hoping that family will offer to stay and help? We’re on a tight budget so cleanup crew is out of the question 🙁

Post # 6
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m the opposite…I haven’t heard of venues that do offer clean up. Unless it’s an all inclusive site.

Your caterer usually will be responsible for clean up of all food, removal of trash, sweeping prep area & dining room. You can usually get them to do the linen bagging, breakdown of the tables, & stacking of the chairs too. You’ll have to coordinate with the rental company about when they’ll return to pick up the stuff. Hopefully your caterer will agree to stay and oversee the rental company pick up too.

As far as your decor & floral items, you can delegate this one somewhat. Have a friend or family members agree to box up & take home all personal items you want to keep (guest book, gifts, toasting flutes, cake servers, centerpieces, etc…)

No one usually expects the bride or groom to be there cleaning up, but if your name is on the rental contract, ultimately you are the one responsible for making sure the venue is returned to the condition it was when your rental period began. If it’s not, you could risk losing all or some of your security deposit.

Post # 7
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This is one of the many reasons we hired a DOC. Our venue was fancy-ish, and they didn’t have staff clean up our stuff. It wasn’t part of their jobs, which I can understand. When you hire a DOC, it’s typically understood that they stay to pack up everything.

Post # 8
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Our venue offers literally nothing but the space – they usually don’t even have a single staffperson present for weddings. On the one hand that’s very freeing, since we have the place to ourselves the whole day, but yeah no help with cleanup. The answer to your question is primarily your caterer. The majority of the mess will be their stuff, so they’ll bag up everything and get it taken down and taken out of there. Other things, like your DIY decor items, the gifts, etc, you’ll want to designate friends, relatives, the wedding party, whoever to take home after the wedding. Consider hiring a DOC if you haven’t yet, this is one area where a DOC takes charge and helps you remain worry-free.

Post # 9
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m one of those people renting just a space. For clean-up, I expect my caterers to wash dishes for return, and to leave the kitchen in the same condition. For decor, a combination of my mom and the coordinator will probably help there. Any trustworthy, non-drinking friend can probably also help. For table breakdown, I asked my coordinator to get some people she has worked with in the past. The rental people may have a suggestion there. Finally, I am using the sites regular person to clean once all of that is done. Your venue will probably have a go-to person that they would call and charge an arm and a leg for if you failed to clean. Ask if you can hire this person for a reduced rate.

Post # 11
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Our venue doesn’t offer cleanup or breakdown either but our caterer and rental companies are taking care of it. Yours probably will too. 🙂

Post # 13
1849 posts
Buzzing bee

just make sure it part of the services your DOC offers. we ahd an awesome DOC and we also rented do it yourself spaces. Her time was done at midnight and while she helped, we did not get out of the last one til close to 2 am. By The Way, i am a 4 time MOB, so we did.this a few times.

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