Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with Francie Feinberg, Director of Catering at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, KS. We got together to talk about Overland Park wedding receptions we share in common but somewhere along the way, our conversation turned to items that sometimes get left behind at the end of a wedding reception.
Although it is not uncommon for me to find an abandoned bow tie or camera sitting on a table after the guests have headed home, Francie pointed out a number of wedding reception mementos that are often forgotten at the end of a long evening of partying. She went on to explain how she reminds couples in advance of their event of the importance to have someone assigned the task of collecting these valuables at the conclusion of their wedding reception.
Just as a groomsman or a father may have been assigned the duty of returning all rental tuxedos, the most efficient way to make certain that no bow tie gets left behind is for Brides and Grooms to prearrange the responsibility of a “room sweep” at the end of the evening with a family member, friend or the venue’s staff. And, it would be a great help for those chosen to have a check list from which to work. If the venue is to be responsible, a check list is of greater value to be sure that valuable items do not, inadvertently, get thrown out.
It’s not only a good idea for the Bride and Groom to know who will be gathering the items on the list, it would also be helpful to predetermine where all of those items will go. (i.e.: parent’s home, hotel room, friend’s house, etc.)
What follows are 25 of the most common items that Kansas City Brides & Grooms will want to include on their list.
- The Gifts
- Leftover cake & the top tier of the wedding cake (often frozen until the first anniversary)
Note: Some venues will hold the leftover cake in their refrigerator overnight. Still, somebody needs to be responsible for picking it up the next day to avoid it being thrown out.
Items the Bride & Groom or Family May Have Provided:
- Bride & Groom’s Champagne flutes
- Cake knife
- Cake topper
- Leftover party favors
- Centerpieces / Candles
- Disposable cameras
- Monogrammed cocktail napkins
- Floral arrangements brought from the church
- Guest book
- Personal and/or Engagement photos
- Specialty linen
Often Overlooked Items Found On, Under or Around The Head Table:
- Bride’s veil
- Bride’s dress shoes
- Tuxedo parts (jacket, suspenders, cuff links, button studs, shoes)
- Bride’s and/or Bridesmaid’s bouquets
- Cell phones
Miscellaneous “Lost & Found” Items Left By Guests and Found On or Around Dining Tables:
- Cell Phones
- Suit / Sports Jackets
One final, very important note to add, make certain to look under the gift and cake tables for items that may have been stored there. And, look under the head table for items that may have been accidently left behind.
Additional items that you think should be included in the above list are welcomed in the comment section below.