Post # 1
OK–this is really stressing me out. We are having our reception at a venue where we bring everything in (food, rentals, booze) but also have to remove everything that we want to keep at the end of the evening. Anything left will be tossed (or drunk up) by the cleaning crew. The rentals company will pick up their stuff, the caterers deal with the food, and the cleaners with the trash.
But what do we do about our stuff–presents, unopened alcohol, decorations, and other stuff that we’ll need to be hauled away by the end of the night.
We don’t have a DOC because we don’t really need one, and I don’t think that DOCs do this anyways.
Do I hire someone to come in at the end of the night and clear out our stuff? I hate to ask friends to do this, because I want them to enjoy themselves and have fun, and now worry about this kind of crap. And obviously, Mr. Park and I are not going to stay to the wee hours packing up boxes–we want to be outta there by 11:30pm!
Is anyone else having this kind of situation? What are your ideas?
FYI, this is why I have never brought a present to a weddding reception–it’s such a pain to deal with!!!!
Post # 3
Most venues are like this. They just recommend you get your aunt or relative to make sure everything is in the right vehicle come end of night. Just make sure 30 min to an hour before end of night, that specific person is doing that job. Not big deal to delegate these things out to family, sometimes they really enjoy helping you out and being involved.
Post # 4
Can you have a parent or relative? My coordinator is taking care of the cleanup. Its one of the main reasons I hired her. She will make sure the caterers and rental companies actually do there jobs as well as arrange for the gifts, etc to be taken.
Post # 5
our caterers packed all our stuff and gave it to my mom.
Post # 6
Our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and families are taking care of this part. When everyone chips in, it really isn’t too long a process!
Post # 7
We divided tasks among our parents. My parents have a huge SUV but were parking overnight in an unsecured parking lot, so we had them take all the bulky non-valuable items (like decorations ad the leftover cake, etc). Husband’s parents have a smaller car but were going home afterward, so we had them take all the gifts and cards. It worked out fine. The next morning they brought everything over and we unloaded the cars and had a big gift-opening and brunch.
Post # 8
We had my personal attendants lead the effort of packing up the gifts – but that was well before the end of the night pack up. We also had them lead that effort – but thankfully our reception hall let us keep things in the room until the morning, as long as it was contained to one corner so they could set up for a Sunday event. Ask them if that is possible.
Post # 9
I agree that the wedding party and willing family members should clean up after the reception. I was lucky b/c my aunts stepped in and cleaned off all the tables, but my husband and I had to load our presents into our guest house, clean up the cake, and the food. gurrrrrr….we just wanted to leave for our honeymoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 10
My friend just got married on Saturday and her venue was the same way. At the end of the night, her parents and members of the bridal party helped clean up and take presents.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
My parents did it at ours!
Post # 12
My DOC packed everything up for us and helped put everything into our parents’ and my brother’s cars.
Post # 13
Ah, yes, this is why there is a rule that you should never bring the present to the reception. Instead, it should be sent to the couple’s home. Unfortunately, not one in a hundred guests remembers this rule.
We ended up doing it at ours. You could also ask family members to help, or hire someone.
Post # 14
Family, for sure. We coordinated it all at FI’s sister’s wedding – flowers, gifts, etc. Took gifts to their house; took flowers to retirement home. My brother’s in-laws did it at his wedding. Just try to arrange for someone to handle it ahead of time.
Post # 15
Our DOC did all that. Sorry, not much help.
Post # 16
My parents and Maid/Matron of Honor are helping with this… everything from centerpieces has to be cleared out that night. So my parents are loading everything into their car and will sort it out the next day. Also the vendors that will be there are picking up their own stuff.