Hosting a wedding is a stressful thing. There are so many facets to the day, which take months, and sometimes years to organise. Why not cut back on costs by hosting an intimate wedding at your own home? Cost effective, personal and intimate, a wedding at home could be the perfect location for your nuptials. Not sure how you can do it? Here are a few tips from some of Australia’s experts.
Prepare The Spot
You have to think about where you’re going to have the ceremony. Will it take place in the backyard, in the house or somewhere else? If you’d prefer to have it in the backyard, you have to make sure that your guests have plenty of room to sit. How many guests will you invite? Keep this in mind, so you can buy the right amount of outdoor furniture online to accommodate them. If you have a larger backyard, place your chairs in a way that allows everyone to see the ceremony. If you’re planning on having the ceremony inside, once again, check the space for seating. There have been beautiful ceremonies that take place in front of the mantlepiece, which can make for beautiful photos.
Clean Your Home
You should make sure your home is spic and span. This isn’t just for the guests, but for you too. You don’t want to celebrate your nuptials in a dirty home, and your guests don’t want to feel like they’re intruding on a half-decorated home. Any stuff that you don’t want to have out in the open, such as clothes or general household items, store away for the day. You can ram it all in a spare room, keep in storage for the day; whatever. Since it’s your home, you should obviously keep some items that represent you and your partner out in the open, such as photos, however, you don’t want priceless items being broken, stolen or lost. Depending on the size of your space, will you allow all rooms of your house to be open for the guests? Consider these things, so you can let your guests know prior to the event.
Somewhere For The Reception
Not only do you have to make sure you have enough room for guests to watch the ceremony, you need space for the guests to have a boogie and mingle. If you plan to have your wedding outside, you should consider having a place for the guests to enjoy each other’s company, which can be in the place where you held the reception. Move the chairs to the side after the ceremony, and let your guests fill the space. If your backyard is brick or concrete, lay down artificial grass from MyDeal to create the illusion of a soft, fluttery garden.
Check With Your Neighbours
Before you even organise the day, you have to double check with your neighbours to make sure they’re okay with you hosting a wedding at your home. Alongside the fact that you’ll have multiple guests at your home, which is loud already, you’ll also probably have music playing as well as some cheering and sounds of people having a jolly good time. It’s not only polite to ask your neighbours first, but it’s also a legal thing. Unruly noises throughout the night can be annoying and tiring. You should also make sure that everyone has enough space to park their cars. Does your street have a permit that prevents guests from parking, or do you have a car park nearby that your guests can use for the day? You can always provide other transport options for those who live nearby trains, trams or busses, which can be a great alternative for those who don’t want to drive.
Final Wedding Fitting in Last 3 Days
Megan Holgate shares her crucial advice for the bride. “Most women due to stress lose weight in the week leading up to the wedding day, so book a final dress fitting 2 to 3 days prior to your wedding day. Nothing is worse than an ill-fitting dress. If you are relaxed and calm you will enjoy your day so much more. Ensure sure you are relaxed and present to enjoy the tiny moments, that if you are stressed you will overlook. The day goes very quickly so if you are calm you will not miss a minute.” Find out more about Megan Holgate by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
On The Actual Day
Marriage Celebrant, Amanda Knapton from A Celebration Day shares her tips for the actual day. “Don’t sweat the small stuff; enjoy the moment as the day will fly. Trust the experts, and whatever happens, just remember if you leave as husband and wife, the day was perfect!” Find out more about A Celebration Day by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Hosting a wedding at home can be an intimate and beautiful thing to do. You can keep things personal and romantic by hosting a wedding in your home, but it can be stressful. Relax, enjoy the day and remember why you’re there.