Guest Blogger Alice gives tips on Home Weddings!
Tips for an Elegant and Memorable Home Wedding on a Budget -
The thought of renting out an expensive wedding venue can really put a damper on your excitement for the big occasion. However, with some creative preparations and careful planning, you can turn your house into a useful staging area, meeting location, and guest quarters. Then, have your wedding in a nearby park, or take advantage of your backyard space and create an elegant backdrop for the ceremonies. This way, you can save the money you would have spent on a venue and put it toward an unforgettable honeymoon.
Get Your Guest Rooms Ready
The wedding house isn't the place for your entire extended family to crash while they're in town. Try to restrict your house guests to immediate family only so you can avoid stressing in a crowded space while making last-minute preparations. Prepare your guest rooms by decluttering, making room in closets, and washing the linens. Make sure your bathrooms are clean and you have freshly washed towels for each guest. You can even supply some maps, brochures, and guides for guests if they’re from out of town and would enjoy sightseeing.
Create a Festive Atmosphere in Your Living Room
When it comes to decorating your home, keep it cheap by going for a rustic theme. This gives you the flexibility of a casual and imperfect decorating style that comes off as effortlessly classy and elegant. Take advantage of candles, twinkle lights, and lanterns to give your home a cozy and festive feel. Expert Home Tips recommends heading to IKEA for cheap centerpieces and other low-cost decorations. You can even customize store-bought decorations with some spray paint. Take a visit to your local flower market for cheaper floral arrangements, or look online for wholesale flower delivery services.
Set Up a Stress-Free Staging Area
The staging area is an important place for a bride and her bridesmaids to get ready before the wedding. Make sure you choose a room that has plenty of space so you're not crawling on top of each other. Ample lighting is also important, with an emphasis on natural light, so don't choose a dark room in your basement. You'll also want to set up the room with multiple mirrors and ensure there are enough outlets for hair dryers, steamers, straighteners, curlers, and phone chargers. Finally, make sure there is comfortable seating so you and your team can relax.
Prepare the Yard for an Outdoor Wedding
Since you’ll have many guests in your yard, it will need to be well-groomed. Take out the lawnmower or hire a landscaper to get your lawn in top shape. If you're planning well in advance, you can plant flowers so that they bloom during your wedding day. Tulips, daffodils, and lilies of the valley bloom during spring, while daisies and geraniums will be in bloom during the summer. You may also want to build an arbor or pergola for the occasion, although professionally built trellises can cost between £400 and £900 for the materials and labor. For affordability, go with a prefab model, as these range from £10 to £100.
Be Ready for Anything
To keep your wedding day stress-free, you’ll want to be prepared for unexpected issues. For one, Brides.com recommends renting a generator to supply your backyard celebration with the power it needs for the onsite caterer, band, and the fancy lighting you've put up. Additionally, you may want to consider a portable bathroom rental if you have too many guests for your house's bathrooms to handle. Finally, make sure you have a contingency plan for inclement weather. This might mean renting a few tents for your backyard or emptying out your living room to fit all of your guests. Stock up with umbrellas for guests, and make sure to serve some hot drinks if the weather is cold or chilly.
Hosting your wedding at home can be a great way to save money on your big day. However, it also means you’ll have to do a lot of planning and preparations yourself. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of friends and family. In fact, that’s what bridesmaids are for!