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3 tips for a smooth and easy wedding reception clean-up

3 tips for a smooth and easy wedding reception clean-up


Written by Katie Byrne


After the confetti has settled, the cake has been cut, and the DJ has played the last song - so now it's time to clear up! 

After the confetti has settled, the cake has been cut, and the DJ has played the last song, you’re left with the one part of a wedding day that no-one looks forward to: the clean-up. To help you prepare for this, we’ve put together three tips for a smooth and easy post-reception tidy.

Plan ahead

This is a crucial stage and should be part of your initial wedding plan. Does your venue provide a clean-up service as part of the hire? Does your catering company offer food collection after everyone is finished eating? You should consider questions like this so that you can put together the best plan of action together for breaking down your reception — a wedding planner app like WeddingHappy will help you to keep track of all the details. Thinking ahead now will allow you to relax on the day.

Spread the joy of flowers

If you have decorated the venue with flowers, it can require additional effort to clean them up yourself. Instead, why not spread some of the joy by offering flowers to departing guests? By setting them up on a table near the exit, your friends and family can take some home to enjoy, and save you some extra tidying in the process. Some affordable glass vases, like these from Wedding Mall, are ideal for splitting up flowers for people to take home at the end of the night.

Keep the leftovers

If you’re having a buffet, most people end up ordering much more food than their wedding guests can eat. To avoid food waste and to save some money, take some home for yourself or get some willing volunteers to help distribute leftovers among other guests. Coming prepared with some airtight food storage boxes, like these from Plastic Box Shop, will allow you to easily transport leftovers and keep them fresh at the same time.

Keep these three essential tips in mind for your wedding so that you can minimise the clean-up operation while keeping it as efficient as possible!


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