A special day calls for a special location. That’s why a wedding venue is a big decision that takes time to finalize. Though there are many event venues that might work, your home is a good option too! You just have to acknowledge and adjust to the differences between home weddings and traditional weddings.
Luckily for you, we have some tips on hosting a wedding at home. Read on to learn more!
Every wedding is different. In essence, it’s up to what the couple prefers. Home weddings may mean smaller, more intimate, and only family and close friends. But it can also mean a big wedding in your own home.
It might seem surprising at first, but home weddings could sometimes need a bigger budget than traditional ones. The usual venues would have everything prepared: parking spaces, restrooms, proper lighting, and others. When you host a wedding at home, you provide all of this.
You may have to rent a temporary parking lot or mobile restrooms, depending on the size of your guest list. For a wedding this big, you might want to double-check the status of your insurance just to be sure. Prepare for big spikes in utility bills as well.
A smaller wedding wouldn’t need as big a budget. Less catering, fewer chairs, and tables are needed, and the decorations shouldn’t be as grand. It would still be beautiful, but with a smaller price tag.
There are often local ordinances about events in a residential area. If you plan on having a big home wedding, you might need to secure a permit first. It may seem intimidating, but it’s easier than it seems. Local governments are usually understanding when it comes to these events, especially if they know you.
The most obvious difference between an events venue and your home is the amount of space there is. There is most likely less space for a home wedding, so you should use it wisely.
As much as you can, try to use the entire property for the wedding. Hosting different parts of the event in different parts of the home creates a flow throughout the entire property. A large property with trustworthy guests would allow this style of home wedding.
Of course, it is still recommended to keep the event outdoors and lock your house. This also prevents damages to areas in your home. Try taking a walk around your entire property to decide whether it’s better to stay outside or use the entire location. Just remember to be realistic and don’t overestimate how much space you have. Your house might just overflow with guests.
Who knows your property better than you? Your home may be beautiful as it is, but adding more decorations and making slight changes will make it perfect for a wedding.
The first thing you should do is keep it clean. Before the day itself, the grass should be trimmed, the ground should be even, if possible. The gist is that everything else should be squeaky clean. The decorative flowers should match or complement any flowers or flourishing vegetation in the area.
If your property has a scenic spot, use that to your advantage. You could make a temporary path leading to the spot, or make sure it is within view of the guests during the ceremony.
No matter the size of the matrimonial celebration, there will usually be an outdoor portion with a tent. Picturesque as it is, no location is immune from bouts of inclement weather. That’s why even if all weather forecasts indicate clear weather, you should still have a backup plan.
Consider your guests and any changes in the flow of the program. Keeping these in mind will help you adjust the event according to the actual condition of the weather during that day.
The logistics of catering for home weddings are different from usual venues. The water supply, power source, lighting, and other equipment and needs would have to be secured. You simply have to coordinate properly with your caterer to avoid any complications. On that note, they may visit your home multiple times to map out the venue, so expect these visits beforehand.
Having your wedding day in your own home will always have a sense of intimacy with it. Unlike weddings in grand venues, there are more people in your proximity because of the space. Make your day even more special by connecting with everyone. Talk to your guests, catch up with old friends, and make the event an intimate and pleasant one for everyone.
Whatever the venue, your wedding day should always be special. These tips on hosting a wedding at home are here to help you, but everything should still be how you want it. Any wedding is perfect as long as the couple is happy!
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