From the cost of catering to having to pay a wedding planner, even small weddings held at a venue can break the bank. For a much easier and much less costly event, consider having an at home wedding, right in your own backyard (or living room, den or any other suitable area in or around your home). An at home wedding is a great way to have an intimate celebration of your vows, without all the huge costs associated with more traditional weddings.
1. Perfectionists Beware!
While an at home wedding is less expensive than a venue wedding, it’s also more susceptible to things going wrong. A wedding at home is a lot more hands-on for you and anyone else involved in the planning. An at home wedding means that you’ll be responsible for every tiny detail. If your big day won’t be perfect unless it’s perfect in every detail, an at home wedding probably isn’t your best choice.
2. Be Like Santa
If you’re planning an at home wedding, it’s essential that you make a list of what you need to do, and make sure you check it twice (just like Santa!), because there are bound to be things that fall through the cracks. Here are a few things you need to make sure you do while planning your at home wedding.
1. Place a call to your city’s town hall and find out if there are any street improvements or other construction projects planned in your area just before or on your big day. If there are, you should think twice about your planned date (or location); the last things you want intruding on your wedding day are a bunch of loud construction noises or muddy, messy roads.
2. Your neighbors need to know what you’re planning so they’re not surprised by excessive noise and traffic on your wedding day. A bit of notice will go a long way toward minimizing intrusive things like leaf blowers and wood chippers being run on a neighbour’s property while you’re trying to say “I do.”
3. This isn’t romantic at all, but you really need to make sure you have enough “facilities” for your at home wedding. Having a lot of guests trying to use the single bathroom in your home won’t work very well, and you’ll end up with unhappy guests and unhappy bladders.
Along with these, you also need to check details regarding renting tables and chairs, a tent (for protection from the elements) and whether or not your caterer will be able to use your kitchen for their preparations.
3. A Final Thought
Planning an at home wedding can result in a beautiful, intimate and less costly ceremony. It can also result in a lot of extra headaches because there are so many more details to attend to. If you’re planning an at home wedding, make sure you know what you’re getting into.
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