Speaking Point: It’s personal. It’s intimate. All aspects are determined by you. Home weddings can express the love and joy of the occasion unlike any other location. They can also be a hotbed for stress if you underestimate the scope of planning and execution this most important celebration requires.
Taking a few easy precautions can save a lot of stress and money. You’ll be turning a home into an entertaining venue, so don’t neglect to consider all of the questions you’d ask at any potential reception site. Here are some tips to ensure your home wedding will be a success!
Speaking Point: Party-proof as necessary. It would be embarrassing for your guests and stressful for you if valuables were damaged during the joyous event.
Speaking Point: Have the phone number of a reliable cab company on hand in case someone needs a taxi.
Speaking Point: Make ample room for caterers, DJs, rented equipment, and the first dance. It might be a good idea to have the caterer and DJ come over before committing to a contract to make sure the space is amendable to their needs.
Speaking Point: Consider the toll a home wedding would take on the rest of the family. If you are planning to use a parent’s home, decide whether hosting the event would send mom over the edge, and if her declarations to the contrary are sincere. (You may also consider sending the folks away on a mini vacation during the event so they may attend, and leave, as guests.)
Speaking Point: Free is not always cheap. If the modifications outweigh any convenience or money saved, try to cut back elsewhere, change your expectations for the wedding, or find another venue that might work better. If you have large shelves of hazardous knick-knacks, irreplaceable furniture in every room, a finicky plumbing system, or unreliable wiring, perhaps you should reconsider having the wedding at home. If you need convincing, rent Father Of The Bride with Steve Martin.