Need tips for planning a home wedding? At A Bargain Minister in Denver, we know a number of couples who have opted to go with something less massive than a hotel ballroom and endless guest list. If you decide to go with a more intimate setting, these ideas will help you get started with planning for your special day.
A Place with Meaning
Choosing to have your wedding in your home or the home of someone close to you can make your wedding more meaningful than it would be otherwise. Maybe your childhood home is the perfect place or maybe your grandparents’ house at the lake would make your wedding pictures spectacular. Home as a wedding venue certainly can make the entire affair more personal and special. There are some things you will need to think through well ahead of your special day.
A Place with Space
Be sure that your chosen space will be sufficient for all the guests you plan to invite. If your celebration will be a cozy affair, then a home wedding may be an easy fit, but if you want 150 guests and the house and yard will only accommodate 50, you may need to make some tough decisions. Trimming your guest list will allow you to keep the space you desire. Also, you will need to take into account inclement weather. If you are forced to move indoors on your special day, will your house still be ideal?
Bring on a Wedding Coordinator
Having a wedding coordinator may be even more important when it comes to a home wedding. A coordinator will have a different perspective on what will and will not work well on your property. Your coordinator may have ideas about other professionals that you may want to hire or people you will need to help achieve the special day you want.
One of our key tips for planning a home wedding is to consider what your outdoor space will look like. You may want to plant flowers well ahead of time and may even want to consult with a landscaper to help you shape your vision. You may need to plant flowers on a schedule that takes your wedding day into consideration to ensure that your garden is in full bloom and beautiful on your special day. Also ensure the ground is level in needed places—dance floor, seating, tables, etc.
Be sure that your chosen officiator has no issue with performing your ceremony at your house. Some religious ceremonies can only be held at official houses of worship. This may prompt you to find a new officiator or change your ceremony venue.
You may need to rent tables, chairs, tents, a dance floor, and more. There are a few considerations that get overlooked: port-a-potties and generators. Most houses cannot handle the number of bathroom visits a large guest list will require. You should calculate 35 guests per bathroom. Also, most homes will need assistance with the power needed. Having a generator on hand will help with a possible power outage as well.
These tips for planning a home wedding will get you started. Call us at A Bargain Minister in Denver and we can help get you started with your wedding needs.