So you’re getting married. You’ve always dreamed of saying “I do” in your childhood home, and making the wedding uniquely yours. One of the best things about getting married in your own home or that of a close friend or family member is the ability to make it especially personal. You can incorporate family mementos, heirlooms, themes, and even pets as part of the décor and ceremony. But, before you go too far, there are a few considerations in order to have the ideal at home wedding.
Cozy vs. Crowded
You want your guests to be comfortable so be sure you have enough space. If not, it would be wise to pare back your guest list. If you’re planning to use outdoor space, and the weather doesn’t cooperate, ask yourself if everyone will fit indoors. Is there enough space in the living room for folding chairs to create a wide enough aisle? Also, consider the fact that furniture will have to be moved. Where will you store it before the wedding?
Great weather and a gorgeous backyard open a world of creative possibility. With the popularity of outdoor weddings there are many options for tents that are not only functional but beautiful as well. If you are working with an event designer/planner, he/she can work their magic to create a fabulous setting.
These questions will help you organize and plan so you can avoid last minute issues.
How would you describe what you want the wedding to look like? Is it a romantic gathering at sunset? An afternoon brunch? Is there a theme or tradition with food? It’s your day, your vision. Write down the details and discuss them with your spouse to be, wedding planner if you’re working with one, and BFF. Depending on your vision, it can be casual and comfortable or formal and spectacular.
Party prep: Be sure to have enough service help to alleviate responsibility from your guests. Hiring a cleaning crew could possibly be your best decision. Check with your town on legalities or required permits. How much electricity will be needed to pump into a tent and is there adequate wiring? You just may need a generator. It takes quite a bit of power to light a tent. And don’t forget to warn the neighbors, especially if it is an evening wedding.
Food for thought: Ask the caterer what style of food they do most often. You’ll want the caterer in control of as much of the process as possible. As your guests RSVP, be sure to discuss with the caterer the food choices for those with dietary restrictions such as vegetarians and, most important, food allergies.
Sit, stand, and dance: If you’re having a short ceremony, about 5-6 minutes, your guests can stand. If it is longer, approximately 15-20 minutes, people should be able to sit. If you want dancing, you’ll need to rent a floor as dancing on grass is not the best idea.
It all may seem a bit daunting in the planning stage, but if you stay organized and make lists, you’ll be fine. If you work with an event designer or party planner, they’ll know exactly what to do to make your day the special experience you’ve always dreamed about.