Post # 1
My Fiance and I are planning on doing an exit at our wedding. But who cleans everything up? There’s so many things that will need packed up: centerpieces, tablecloths, decor, etc. etc. Do I stick around and clean up in my wedding dress? I feel guilty having someone else pack everything up for us, but I’m not sure how this is typically handled. Our venue requires us to have everything out that night.
Post # 2
You don’t have a decorator? In that case you would have to get a family friend to do it then.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
That was one of the functions included in our DOC contract.
Post # 4
What usually happens in this case – and I’m assuming the venue don’t offer a clear up service – is that you have to organise a group of people to pack everything up at the end of the night. It really shouldn’t be you either! Or, for that matter, unsuspecting guests who suddenly discover they’ve been roped in as janitors.
So talk to friends and family and see who is prepared to help out.
Post # 5
kb7: I was wondering the same thing! I know our caterer is handling setting up and breaking down the chairs, linens, tables, and bar. I think we are going to ask my bridesmaids to grab all decorations and center pieces at the end of the night.
Our wedding venue is small and doesnt require many decorations though. If you are having a large decorated wedding you can always hire a day of coordinator to handle packing everything up!
Post # 6
Maybe your wedding planner or DOC? My venue included set up/clean-up, so I just had to leave directions on what needed to be packed up.
Post # 7
alleycat1984: lovekiss: We don’t have a decorator or coordinator. Even if we hired one (which def isn’t in the budget…) they pack everything up and then… what do they do with it? Not like they’re going to take it home…
Post # 8
Either a decorator or co-ordinator would pack the stuff up and put it into the cars of the people who WILL be taking it home or they’d take it back to their premises where it’d be collected from. But in most cases your stuff gets taken back by whoever is prepared to take it!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Either you hire someone, you have family and friends volunteer ahead of time to help (you don’t recruit people who don’t offer!), or you do it yourself…
Post # 10
Our contracts with the venue, caterer, florist, and chair rental place all include them doing set up and break down of their respective objects so it was only a matter of popping by the venue the next morning and picking up the things left over for us (like some extra food, some of the flowers if we wanted them, the cake topper and sign in book, extra favors, etc).
Post # 11
kb7: For my friends wedding, the wedding party and the parents just helped clean up. Their venue was completely DIY, and no coordinator or decorator or caterer. To be honest, we weren’t even asked. A few other people that were friends helped once they saw what we were doing.
I would talk to your parents and wedding party. I’m almost postive that they will be happy to help.
Post # 12
kb7: In my area its common that if you don’t have your decorator set up and tear down, the bridal party stays to clean up the venue. I know everywhere tends to be different though. The DIY decor is going to be packed up by our bridal party and taken to their rooms and in the morning we’ll make sure to get it all from them (unless our venue allows us to tear down the next morning….gotta see what they say first) As per the rented items from the decorator, they will come and collect them from the venue most likely in the morning or a time where its arranged with our venue (my decorator has worked with our venue multiple times so they know the run down). Just make sure you let them know everything that needs to be packed up ahead of time so nothing is left behind 🙂
Post # 13
If you don’t hire someone then you do it. We planned on doing it and quite a few close friends and family members stuck around after to help us. My parents took most of it home and the rest we took to our hotel room.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
our wedding planner helped and delegated a task to a few different friends / family members so it wasn’t too overwhelming. it was mainly gifts, sign in book, a few “getting ready” items, and leftover alcohol.
but almost everything else was rented (including the flower vases), and this stuff should be taken care of by the company that rents them out. if your rental vendors don’t include clean up as a service, that’s BS. you should try to get a different one. sometimes they have an agreement with the venue that makes it ok for them to do it the next morning.
Post # 15
nerdybird: A lot of our decor is DIY. Obviously catering will take all of their stuff, but tablecloths, vases, platters for the dessert table, everything for the photobooth, guestbook, gifts, etc is ours.
It’s a lot of stuff but there’s not really room in the budget for a DOC… But I feel guilty expecting friends and family to do it.