When it comes to picking a wedding venue, most couples tend to overlook the fact that there’s a familiar, comfy and beautiful place that can be the perfect spot to hold such a special celebration. By getting married at your own house, you wouldn’t need to think about availability, price and other couples to compete with. Here’s 10 easy ways to transform your home-sweet-home into an unforgettable wedding venue.
1. Consider the space
It’s advisable for you to consider the number of guests invited with the space you have. Also, if you’d like to have a different spot for ceremony and reception, it’s more doable in a house with a backyard or a garden. If your house is around 1,500 square feet, then the approximate ideal number of guests invited will be a maximum of 30 people. Don’t forget to also consider the decoration especially for a smaller space.
2. Make sure of the local regulation
You might need to notify your neighbors (or even invite them) when you want to arrange a wedding party in your house. Bear in mind that there might be some local regulations that does not permit any parties in a neighborhood for noise and disturbance concerns.
3. Re-check your house insurance
Does your premise insurance cover for both your building and your guests? You should double check on this. It’s a very important thing to avoid any liabilities you might face on your wedding day in case of hazards, accidents, and other unpredictable events.
4. Have a checklist on stuff to rent
You will need to rent a lot of stuff such as tableware, tables & chairs, and even some decoration elements like table linens, centerpieces, pretty much everything. As you’re renting essentials for the celebration, find a trusted event rentals vendor to help you. Also, make sure you rent enough chairs to accommodate all your guests during your ceremony while for the reception you could remove half of the chairs and simply make lounges to let your guests mingle easily.
5. Adorn with personal touches
One of the reasons you decide to have your wedding in your house might be because of the heartfelt memory it holds. Don’t take away your childhood photo displays, you could always use them as part of your wedding photo gallery. It can also be a wonderful memoir for your guests to see.
6. Don’t forget to plant early
Instead of buying flowers for your wedding, you can always plant early. If you’re not the gardening type, do some research beforehand as different flowers need different time to grow.
7. Check your electricity power
This is another thing you have to double check. When having a party, you’ll probably use more if not all the air-conditioners and lights you have. If you’re afraid you might have a power shortage, you could always rent an electric generator.
8. Get help from the pros
It’s better if you could bring along the pros to help you with your wedding preparation. If you decided to let the pros handle your decoration, don’t forget to give them a detailed explanation on what you expect in your wedding and which areas you will be using during the day.
9. Plan for weather emergencies
When you plan to have your wedding in a garden or backyard, always prepare for unexpected weather. You could simply rent a tent just in case it rains, but make sure that you rent it from the professionals to make sure of its sturdiness.
10. Prepare for your guests’ needs
This is another thing you need to prepare besides in-house accommodation — parking. Even if it’s only 10 cars, you need to firstly make sure where your guests can park their cars conveniently, comfortably, and most importantly, safely.
This article first appeared on Bridestory. Bridestory is an online global wedding marketplace that connects engaged couples with wedding vendors. We have also launched the Bridestory App, to make your wedding planning even more convenient and hassle-free.