(Closed) Who closes up a reception and takes all of your presents and other stuff away???

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
45 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

our caterers packed all our stuff and gave it to my mom.

Post # 6
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

My parents did it at ours!

Post # 12
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My DOC packed everything up for us and helped put everything into our parents’ and my brother’s cars.

Post # 13
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our DOC did all that. Sorry, not much help.

Post # 16
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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.

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