You may be struggling to find the perfect venue or maybe you’ve visited several and they are out of your price range or just don’t feel right. No matter why, we have a solution. Have your wedding at home! It may seem like an overwhelming task, but it’ll save you money, and can make for a beautiful wedding that is extra special. Read our tips on how to have your wedding at home for more information.
1. Have enough space
This is critical to planning your at home wedding. If this is the route you and your groom want to take, make sure you have enough space for your guests, the aisle, the backdrop, a dance floor, band or DJ, cake and desserts, food tables, and seating areas. For a regular house, this may be a tall order, so you may opt to have a wedding at someone else’s house, one that has more space or you may want an outside option. Just make sure that you have a weather contingency plan, as you want to keep your guests safe and dry.
2. Hire professional cleaners
Your house needs to look like a professional venue. That means you’re going to have to eliminate the clutter, close off all bedrooms, and have it deep cleaned for all your guests. If it’s an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to clean up the yard. Remove any yard debris, make sure the grass is kept and the flower beds are weeded and have some fresh flowers in them. Hide away anything unsightly, like the old shed that’s falling apart. On the plus side, this is a great way to touch up your yard, so you’re killing two birds with one stone. Planning the wedding is stressful enough, so we suggest hiring someone to do this work for you. Make sure they know what you want, and then you can get back to the other details.
3. Set everything up ahead of time
Don’t wait until the last minute, that will just cause you unneeded stress. One of the rules of events is that things go wrong, so give yourself time to adjust and have a back-up plan, just in case. If you find that your set-up doesn’t fit the way you measured for it, be prepared to change things up, and give yourself time to do that. Finish the decorations the week of, that way you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your big day, not setting up last minute décor.
4. Designate people to run things the day of
The last thing you want to do is have to be running around during your reception getting things going. Have someone in charge of the caterers to tell them when to begin serving the food, designate someone, or several, to move the chairs from the ceremony area to the reception, have someone who will get the cake ready for cutting. Having friends, family, and the bridal party help out can relieve some of the stress placed on the couple.
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you with having your wedding at home. At home weddings can be absolutely magical, and have a special meaning for the bride and groom, being married in a place that has held so much love and happiness. Start your happily ever after on the right foot.