A home wedding can be a wonderful event. If the home is accommodating enough with plenty of outdoor space, having a wedding ceremony and reception at a home – whether it belongs to one of your families or some extremely gracious friends – can be an enchanting option. But unless you’re planning on an intimate celebration for very few guests, it is not the same – or as simple – as just opening your home for a party.
There are a multitude of logistical considerations you’ll want to spend time pondering before you make the commitment to a home wedding. Below is a list of several – but not all – of them:
For setup, breakdown, storage, layout and flow of ceremony and reception and for the wedding party to get ready and wait for ceremony to start
Valet vs. self parking, potential need for permits, room enough for all the cars and neighborhood issues
Power, restrooms, trash, security
Consider all that you might need: tent, furniture, linens, glassware, flatware, plates, food service items
Timing, refrigeration, heating, staging, set-up, serving, clean-up
Again, these are just a few of the logistics to consider. To drill down on these issues a little, in the coming weeks, we will share our top five do’s, followed by our top five don’ts when it comes to home weddings and particularly, receptions.