Planning a Wedding at Home? Here is Your Comprehensive Guide!


Meta description: Find the 6 simple keys to planning a home wedding. Follow our advice and you’re ensuring a stress-free, happy wedding day.

So you’re planning a home wedding. Is it to create a more intimate environment? Save money? Save time?

You may be surprised to hear what a backyard wedding is really like.

Don’t worry. We’ll lay the whole thing for you so you know exactly what to expect.

Maybe your venue fell through and a house wedding is the easiest replacement. Maybe something like COVID has happened and you simply don’t want to wait. Whatever your reason, a home wedding is a beautiful idea. But, it’s a lot of work.

Before we get into the hard work you are in for – especially if you have to call all of your vendors and cross your fingers that they’re able to relocate – let’s talk about the benefits of getting married at home.

Step 1 – Stay Positive

First, you probably grew up there. A home wedding ceremony is jam-packed with memories. There’s a good chance that you’ll be able to spot the doorframe where your parents measured your height each year and that end table where your brother chipped his tooth. Your wedding ceremony will prompt you to look forward to your future. Being surrounded by memories will prompt you to reflect on how you got there.

Next, weddings at home are familiar. The family and friends that are helping out will know the space. They’ll be able to assemble a reception area that feels and flows naturally. They’ll also know all the best spots for your bridesmaids and first look photoshoot.

Now on to the struggle.

Step 2 – Treat Yourself

The best way to deal with the stress of planning a home wedding is to keep your cool. This used to be a difficult task, but there’s a new trend hitting the wedding scene that you’ll absolutely adore.

Many brides who are planning their own weddings are diving into a fun trend to combat stress. As a gift to themselves, they are choosing one of the best bridal subscription boxes, a subscription that delivers fun wedding-themed items designed to celebrate and plan.

Premiere companies like Miss to Mrs Box provide fiancees with items that help plan, celebrate, and relax. Helpful planning tools will make your Big Day coordinating much more simple which is great to keep the stress at bay. When you have a moment to yourself, beauty essentials will make it feel like a day at the spa without having to leave your home.

Step 3 – Make A Plan

Before you even get started, you’ll want to ask yourself a few common-sense questions.

  1. How much space do you need for a backyard wedding?
  2. Is there enough space for your guests to park their cars?
  3. Is there an entrance close to the kitchen that the caterer can use without interfering with guests?
  4. Redecorating between the ceremony and reception is a logistical nightmare. Do you have dedicated space for both?

If your home is good in space, you can move on to a very important decision. Erecting, serving, coordinating speeches, disassembly, and cleanup all require an incredible amount of organization. Even if you’re getting married on a budget you should still consider hiring a professional wedding planner.

Make sure to do your research. Many wedding planners offer full service, day-off service, and a few other packages. Choose the one that suits your needs best.

Step 4 – Coordinate Your Wedding Vendors

With or without a wedding planner, the next step for your wedding ceremony at home is a lot of communication. Round up all of your vendors and have a lengthy conversation about expectations, potential hurdles, and alternative plans if things should go wrong. They should be asking you about timing, accessibility, and amenities (like power outlets and bathrooms for staff). You should be going over the contract with a fine-toothed comb. If you’re working on a budget, surprises can be very costly.

Small wedding venues make gorgeous photography a little more difficult. It’s a good idea to schedule a few hours with your photographer for a home visit. He or she will have the opportunity to scout the area to identify the best backdrop options. You’ll have the opportunity to point out any special spots you want including. This is also the best time to determine if you can safely fly a drone through your wedding space.

Now if you’re changing your wedding venue at the last minute, there’s even more hassle to be prepared for.

Step 5 – Inform Your Guests

Before letting your guests know that you’re throwing your wedding at home, the next steps to planning a wedding is contacting your vendors. There’s always the chance that not all of them can adjust for the date you want. Confirming their availability could save you the trouble of having to contact your guests about changes more than once.

Step 6 – DIY and Delegate

There are a few more items on your backyard wedding checklist. You’ll need to make sure that your guests have a way to beat the heat – think DIY handheld fans – when the sun is out. Handmade decor and table settings are also things needed for a wedding. You’ll also have to make sure bathrooms are easily accessible, and that there is a plan B if it starts to rain.

The last bit of advice is to recruit as much help as you can. For those of you seeking to save a few dollars, manpower goes a long way. Your guests will be far more comfortable helping out in your home since they know the lay of the land. Some of your guests will be more than happy to lend a huge helping hand in lieu of a wedding gift too. Tasks such as catering, cake baking, DJing, and photography can be handed off to your more talented guests in this case.

There’s your simple outdoor wedding plan:

  • Stay positive
  • Treat yourself
  • Plan, plan, plan
  • Discuss your plans with vendors as thoroughly as possible. Check the fine print
  • Order that bridal subscription for yourself
  • Do it yourself when you can. Pay for help when you need

The most important thing to remember throughout all of this is to have fun. This is a party where all of your friends and family celebrate the union between you and your soulmate. Remember this, and all of the stress doesn’t seem so bad. Follow our advice, and all of the stress will seem to disappear.

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