12 things you must keep in mind when planning a wedding at home
Brimming with sentiment, you’ve decided there’s no place like home to host your ‘happily ever after’. Here’s how you can go about it
For some, the home is where the heart is and probably will always be. Evocative of childhood memories and a sense of comforting familiarity, your home might just be the perfect place to get married. However, there are many aspects you need to consider when planning a wedding at home.
- Keep your guest list short
Depending on the size of your house, garden or backyard, draw up a realistic guest list. If you invite too many people, you might not be able to accommodate all of them due to limited space. Moreover, to highlight the intimacy of an at-home wedding, invite people who are dear to you.
- Sort out the permits and budget in advance
You may require permits from your local council to play music or set up large props in your house. Secure all the permits to make sure there are no stressors on the big day. Also, it is of primacy to define your budget months before to rationally determine what you can afford to have on your wedding day.
- Ensure you have ample parking space
Since you don’t own the town’s parking, you will have to arrange for additional spaces to accommodate your guests. Consider requesting your neighbours for their space as well. What’s better? You can arrange for transportation. Hire a party bus to pick up all your wedding guests and get them to your place.
- Arrange for dressing rooms and bathrooms
It is best to keep multiple rooms available for the couple, bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests. Also, try to have portable restrooms at your venue to ensure optimum convenience for your guests.
- Rentals meet home stuff
Use everything you have at your home—those special plates for guests only and the cushion covers you have been reluctant to use. However, you may also have to rent chairs, tables, extra crockery and cutlery and the like for guests.
- Track the weather
If you are having an outdoor wedding—in your garden or backyard—there are chances that it might rain or the weather might have a surprise in store for you. Thus, renting a tent is mostly your best bet. Keep your décor and ideas flexible to deal with the unpredictable weather.
- Hire a clean-up crew
Quite useful to have around, a clean-up crew will stay on their feet and make sure the event does not leave you with a messy house. From the kitchen to the living room and the bathrooms, they will keep the place clean, picking up after guests and wiping up spills, etc. This will leave you free to enjoy the celebration in the company of your loved ones.
- Give precedence to lighting
What many couples forget to consider is the lighting of the venue. Your house and outdoor space might not be equipped with optimum lighting needed to host an event of this scale. So, make sure you rent suitable lights and have an electrician on standby to take care of any mishaps.
- Hire security
With your house open to a large group of people, it is in your best interest to hire security to be stationed at random points in your house. This is for the safety of both—your house and your guests.
- Make sure your caterers have everything they need
Of course, we’re not referring to fruits and vegetables; instead, your caterers will need space to set up their cooking equipment and access to power sources and water supply. Ensure you have plenty and these are all secured from any possible hazards.
- Have a dedicated entertainment space
You will need an entertainment space either in the form of a raised platform or a vacant area for your guests to dance, raise toasts and simply have fun. In a crowded area, it is difficult to make room—without any planning—to hold ceremonies and entertainment.
- Spray for bugs
Yes, as menial as it may sound, spraying for bugs is quite necessary if you are having an outdoor wedding. You don’t want your guests fighting off mosquitoes and other bugs while trying to eat their meal.
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