Every wedding has a host of logistics to consider. At-home weddings, however, require even more hard work and coordination. Whether you decide to host your big day at your childhood home, your parents’ summer cabin, or in the barn on your fiancé’s parents’ land, none of these places are seen as traditional wedding venues. These locations may have tons of potential, but they weren’t built for over 100 guests. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when logistics are concerned. Plan your at-home wedding with these tips.
Enlist the Help of Friends and Family
Your friends and family provide a wealth of resources. From last-minute shopping trips and set-up the day before to tear-down the day after, ask the people who care about you the most to lend a hand. Of course, you’ll need a fresh pair of eyes just as much as extra sets of hands.
Your home is an extremely familiar place. You know a lot about the property that most people don’t, but you also may have some tunnel vision. Open up realms of new possibilities with a wedding coordinator. After all, a professional knows what to look for, how to utilize space, and can help you get the most out of your childhood home.
Create a Wedding Website
You’ll want to send out the traditional save-the-dates and invitations, but make the RSVP process easy on yourself and your guests by creating your own wedding website. Once your website is up and running, guests can RSVP through a simple form, request songs for the dance floor, and so much more. After the event is over, your website is also a perfect place to showcase your wedding photos. This provides an easy, central location where guests can look back and reminisce on your special day.
Hire a Photographer
Hire one. They may be pricey, but the service they provide is invaluable. The fact is, you’ll want quality photographs to remember this momentous life event. In terms of a home wedding, pick a photographer who showcases the places on the property that mean the most to you and your partner.
That may be a special rope swing from the old oak tree, a bed in the garden you tended, or the woods your partner used to build forts in as a kid. Let your photographer know what spots are precious to you and your partner and let them showcase you two in those places.
Know Your Budget and Stick to It
The fact is you probably won’t save money for this at-home wedding endeavor. After all, you’re creating a new venue in a space that was never designed to be one. That takes money, which means a budget is essential. First, count the capital you have on hand, then calculate your monthly income and how much you can squirrel away.
Next, prepare for the unexpected. You never know what might happen, and it’s important you have a rainy-day fund in case unexpected expenses crop up. Of course, credit cards are useful, but they can also become a ton of trouble if not used responsibly. Track the direct cash you spend, as well as what you charge.
Host the Wedding of Your Dreams
Weddings can be a lot of work. However, if you enlist the help of professionals as well as family and friends — and create a stunning, custom website with easy RSVP options for guests — those are two huge tasks you can mark off the checklist. Connect with your photographer on a personal level so they know exactly what this home means to you. Lastly, live within your budget and you’ll have no problem pulling off the at-home wedding of your dreams.