Have you decided to have a home wedding? Great. Inviting your family and closest friends over for one of your most intimate moments is a beautiful way to begin your life together. But, it does take some prep work. Beyond choosing wedding attire, today’s tips presented by Beadie Productions can help you manage the practical aspects of hosting a home wedding.
If you still have several weeks or months before you slip on your wedding rings, you have time to make home improvements that will make your wedding day go off without a hitch. A few examples here include adding a pergola or gazebo to the backyard to serve as your backdrop. You may also wish to designate specific rooms for the bride/bridal party and the grooms/groomsmen to get dressed and ready. For the bride, especially, you’ll want to have an area to spread out with lots of seating and a mirror – these tips from Lowes show you how to hang a heavy mirror safely.
A quick note here: if you’re adding additional driveway space, planting a new garden, or installing additional structures, make sure that you snap before and after photographs and keep track of all home improvements. Everything you do to your home now may improve its value later, and you’ll need proof to justify a higher selling price if you decide to sell.
Before The Big Day
Chances are, you’re going to be nervous in the weeks and days leading up to your Mexico or Caribbean honeymoon. Stock the fridge with fruits, vegetables, and clear broths to help quell an upset stomach triggered by anxiety. You’ll also want to make sure to have plenty of tissues, toilet paper, and toiletries on hand.
Importantly, work with your neighbours to address any parking issues that may arise. Ideally, your guests can park on your property. Keep in mind here, however, that you want to protect the grass, which you can do by using reinforced mesh or porous pavers that keep your tires off the ground.
Depending on the time of year, you may wish to host your wedding outdoors. But, even in the spring and fall, it can get a bit chilly or too warm. Make sure that you can heat and cool your tent or, at the very least, ensure that your guests have an indoor area for respite if they need it. On the big day, you may also wish to have designated parking and seating areas for elderly family members. Another important way to keep your guests comfortable if they are staying with you is to have plenty of beds in place. All adults should have a standard bed; children can easily bunk on an air mattress for a night. These are surprisingly affordable, and you can either keep them for camping or other family gatherings or sell them and you’re done.
Create Awesome Photo Collages
One way to add personalization and special meaning to your wedding is to incorporate photos of yourselves, your parents, and your grandparents on your big day. You can do this by creating a photo collage to hang in a prominent location, such as near the guest book or near the entrance to the reception. To prepare for this, you'll need to gather all of the relevant photos well in advance of the big day. Once you have them, you can start playing around with different layouts until you find something that feels right. You might also want to ask a friend or family member to help you with this project. In addition to being a unique and touching decoration, a photo collage can also serve as a conversation starter for your guests.
Hosting a wedding at home is a great way to begin your life together under the roof you share. But, it requires work. Between making major home improvements so that you can have a beautiful ceremony to coordinating the parking situation with the neighbours, there are lots of things to do on top of traditional wedding planning. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about your venue cancelling at the last minute, and any improvements you make now may pay you back later.
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