Even with the state of the world, love isn’t canceled. 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.
Our team of certified wedding planners have planned numerous home weddings over the years, from intimate affairs to soirees for 400+ on land where we built the “venue” from scratch. We are excited to share some tips, tricks and best practices when it comes to planning a home wedding. We’ve broken this into a three-part series and this first installment gives you some of the most crucial details to think about when considering a home wedding! 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.
And if the idea of weighing the pros and cons of a home wedding overwhelm you, make an appointment with our experienced wedding planners to learn how they can help walk you though the process – and you’ll have fun along the way!