How to turn your home into your dream wedding location, stress-free
During the past year, at home weddings have become more fashionable than ever, thanks to celebrities like Ariana Grande– who married at her Montecito home last month – and smaller gatherings sparked by the pandemic.
If you, too, want to follow in the footsteps of a Grammy winner pop star-and many other celebrities, like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who organized a ceremony in the courtyard a few days before their very public royal nuptials, as well as countless other advocates of home marriage, Beautiful House is here to help, as we’ve spoken to a number of brides, wedding planners, and guests who have been at home weddings to figure out exactly what you need to know before celebrating a bridal party in your own home.
For Stephen Andrew Jones, a real estate agent based in Columbus, Ohio and Hilton Head, South Carolina, planning a home wedding for the first time has proven to be a learning experience, and he has plenty of tips to share. for those who are trying the same.
The biggest takeaway Jones learned firsthand when helping plan this event is that “Paying for luxury bathroom trailers is well worth it.” Following an issue with an upstairs bathroom that caused water to run from the kitchen lights just as guests started arriving, the real estate agent used his local resources and found a plumber to handle the situation in no time. “Literally, while the brides were reading the vows outside in the tent, a plumber was fixing the toilet water that was leaking in the kitchen inside.” He adds: “Fortunately, no food was being prepared! “
Another tip from Jones regarding this kind of marriage is to have plenty of alcohol on handbecause the real estate agent has found that people seem to drink more in this kind of business. “We burned all the wine except the box that I put away for myself as a thank you for my hard work! He proclaims.
Jones also mentions that everything was moved out of the house in time for the wedding, including personal decoration, to make room for the evening. As for the backyard of the property, a tent has been set up around the patio, so that even when it rains the wedding day goes well.
While some couples have opted for a home wedding in recent months due to the pandemic, others have been considering having one for some time. Katherine Shell, client of Atlanta wedding planners Candace Frank and Jennifer Gowing from Weddings and events Evermore, “had always wanted to get married in his childhood home” located in Newnan, the historic district of Georgia, tell Frank and Gowing Beautiful House.
Although a lot at home weddings Usually only use the backyard as an event space, Shell’s wedding also incorporated the front lawn, with champagne and appetizers served here. The backyard, on the other hand, made good use of its century-old oak trees which served as a canopy – very picturesque – proving that, sometimes nature is the best backdrop for a home wedding.
And despite the fact that many weddings incorporate a tent as part of the reception, Shell’s wedding instead had just about everything else: a dance floor, ceremonial chairs, reception tables and chairs. , linens, bins and generators (both for lighting and the DJ’s music booth). The installation process began the day before the wedding, and a tent was in reserve in case of bad weather, but, luckily, there was no need at the end. Better to be safe than sorry!
In terms of parking logistics, Shell opted for a combination of guest shuttles and self-parking. Because her house is adjacent to a quiet street, the neighbors were notified of the wedding in advance and they all agreed to allow parking along the street. Guests who were staying at local hotels received shuttles.
As for the use of the toilet during the party, the 150 guests were allowed to use one of the many bathrooms in the house and, since the wedding took place during the day, there is no didn’t have a lot of alcohol. Had the occasion aroused more than the number of toilets given, “we would certainly have brought in caravans of rented toilets,” Frank and Gowing say.
Of course, after concluding any type of party is the dreaded cleanup process. Fortunately, each vendor present at the Shell wedding was “responsible for cleaning and removing their specific rental items, in order to leave the house and property in the same condition as they were found”, so the only item the owner was responsible for was removing the garbage.
Better yet, the wedding gave the father of the bride a ‘good reason to tick off a list of improvements he wanted to make, including a new warm coat of paint on the house, a newly paved driveway, portico upgrades. (which served as the location for the food buffets), and lots of beautiful landscaping.
Of course, there is no set method for hosting a home wedding – or any wedding, for that matter – but a home wedding requires careful planning. Below, take a look at our list of key takeaways, a good guide for anyone looking to take on this challenge.
Key points to remember:
• Hire a wedding planner to make things less stressful for the couple.
• Make improvements to your home well in advance of the wedding day (and be aware of possible delays).
• Have a wide range of drinks on hand.
• Make sure you have enough restrooms for your guests.
• Use all available spaces for the duration of the event.
• Have a tent handy in inclement weather.
• Provide shuttles for clients who do not live in the region.
• Don’t forget the logistics of the bathroom.
• Notify neighbors in advance of the opportunity.
• Make sure guests who need to park their cars have space to do so nearby.
• Make cleaning arrangements with suppliers in advance.
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