A Dirty Deed

If there is one thing that we could absolutely implore you not to DIY, it would be cleaning up after the wedding. Now, we know that almost no bride is going to plan on sweeping the venue and taking down decor herself, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not considering having some friends finish that final task. And we think that’s a big mistake.

While it can be tempting to the save the money and can seem like the only option if you’re having your wedding at a private residence or venue that doesn’t offer cleanup, having some of your faithful friends finish off what was (hopefully) a great night with brooms, trash cans and the stresses of trying to figure out how to pack up and transport decor is simply no fun…and arguably too big a favor to ask even on your wedding day. Worse, when guests are in charge of cleanup and the bride and groom happen to be around while it’s happening, it’s not uncommon for the bride to end up helping direct what to do and for the groom to find himself heaving a few garbage bags to the curb himself. We don’t need to tell you that this is not the way you want to spend your wedding night.

Instead, we say you leave the rubber gloves at home and hire a cleaning service for all the dirty work. We like Event Cleanup because they have wedding-specific services that range from standard (and fairly affordable at less than $300 for 100 guests) to elaborate, including cleaning your rented dishes, spot cleaning carpets and returning event rentals. They’ll also properly pack up decor in packing supplies they provide, which makes it easier on you if you plan on selling any of your items online after the wedding. Event Cleanup can take care of events in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, so you’ll be covered for, say, a Saar Bank Farms wedding or a swanky soiree at a mansion in West Van.

If you’re having trouble justifying the added expense, you could always nix wedding favors. We’re pretty sure that not having to do you the favor of cleaning up is the best gift your friends could get anyway.

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