The outdoor wedding ceremony of Tuan and Stephanie in California, USA – Photo Courtesy: Ricardo Diaz
When people are planning a wedding, the very last thing they think about is how it is all going to get cleaned up the next day. It’s all very well planning the day and the evening itself, but who is going to do all the tidying up?!
You and your new spouse will more than likely be jetting off on holiday, but unless you are holding the wedding at a venue where the staff takes all responsibility for the day after, you will need to make sure that there is a task team available to sweep up and throw away rubbish.
Here’s what to think about:
Who is Going to Clean Up?
If your wedding is to be held in a marquee, then the chances are that the company that supplied it will come back and take it down for you. However, if you have any other temporary shelters or canopies up, these will need to be dismantled by somebody. Make sure that you appoint somebody to be in charge of this – otherwise when you come back from your honeymoon, you may well find that it has blown away altogether!
Then, list all the other cleaning up jobs that will need to be done, for example washing up, sweeping up, bagging up rubbish and collecting any leftover presents etc. Issue the list to the wedding party and ask people to volunteer for certain jobs.
Make Sure Nothing is Left to You
You have worked really hard in the run up to the wedding, making sure everything is in place. Once the big day is over, you mustn’t spend all night fretting about how it’s all going to get cleaned up. It is very important that you relax and let your hair down during the evening of your wedding, and not concern yourself with any more planning or logistics. Your friends will understand this and want to do everything they can to help you out, so make the most of their generosity. They just need to be told what to do so that they know what their responsibilities are.
Consider Paying Someone to Help
It may be that you feel like your friends have done enough for you. If you can’t bring yourself to ask them for any more help then it may be worth booking a professional cleaning company to come around the next day and blitz it for you. The cost of this will have to be factored into the overall cost of your wedding of course, but it shouldn’t take too long and it will take a huge weight off your mind to know that it’s all sorted and under control. This is a great way of being able to jet off on your honeymoon totally guilt-free!
Although it’s not exactly the most glamorous part of the wedding planning, you will be very glad that you have got something in place long before the day. If you don’t get anything planned, you may find that you are left to roll your sleeves up and sort it yourself instead of enjoying the first few days of wedded bliss!
Roark Johnson, the author of this post, works for MDM Shelters, retailers of portable shelter. In his spare time, he loves hitting the gym and spending time with his family.