Small, intimate weddings are becoming increasingly popular. This trend has seen more brides and grooms getting married at home with a backyard ceremony and reception.
An at-home wedding can save you money and you will have a lifetime of memories right there in your own garden. If you are considering getting married at home, here are our top tips for making it a success.
Help Your Guests Plan Ahead
Even though your wedding is at home it is still important to plan the date well in advance. Guests will need enough notice to ensure they don’t have any other conflicting events, especially during the busy summer months. They may also need to arrange transport, flights, accommodation, or a babysitter.
Save the date cards are a smart way to notify your guests of the event long before you send the invitations. Your cards should contain basic details such as the date, location, and phone number. You can follow up with a formal invitation closer to your wedding day.
Make Time for Maintenance
When you have your wedding at a venue you don’t have to worry about gardening, cleaning, or cooking. For those who choose to have an at-home event, there will likely be some maintenance or renovations that need taking care of.
In the lead up to your big day, don’t leave any household chores to the last minute. Those final days are stressful enough without having to worry about the state of your home. The months before your wedding are a good opportunity to get any maintenance tasks done, and this could include painting, planting, and other renovations.
Remember, your house will be the backdrop for your wedding photographs so you might even like to consider landscaping the outdoor area.
Be Ready for the Weather
The weather can be unpredictable and there may be limited options for shelter outside your home. If you think you will need to host the wedding indoors, a smaller guest list will ensure the space is comfortable.
If you don’t have an existing undercover area, there are portable gazebos available which could extend your outdoor area in case of rain or heat. For areas with the potential for rain, umbrellas could be the perfect accessory for your wedding. For hot summer days, ensure you have plenty of water ready for your guests. In winter you could install heaters or have a fire pit for warmth.
Don’t Do it All Yourself
Planning a wedding can be stressful, and when you are hosting it in your home there will be additional items on your to-do list. This is your special day and you want to be able to relax and enjoy it.
This could mean paying a caterer, waitstaff, a DJ, and cleaners to assist on the day. In the lead up to your wedding don’t be afraid to ask for help. Friends and family will usually be happy to lend a hand and having a list of jobs will make the task of delegation easier.
The Wrap Up
Hosting a wedding at home can be a good option but you will need to be organized. You want your favorite people to attend and to ensure they can make it you can send save the date cards in advance.
Don’t leave everything until the last minute as there may be some home maintenance that needs to be done. Ask for help, and bring in professional staff if required. When the planning is over you should be able to sit back and enjoy your special day!