Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially if it is taking place in the comfort of your own home. But creating a memorable day doesn’t mean sacrificing style on the altar of convenience! With the right inspiration, creativity, and thoughtful planning, you can make your home wedding a unique and special event.
Before taking the plunge into at-home-wedding bliss, there are several factors you must consider. Though at-home weddings typically offer more freedom for DIY projects than a venue, tying the knot requires lots of preparation too! When done right, home weddings can be incredibly uplifting experiences that leave guests excited and satisfied.
Hiring a professional to help guide you through the creative process can be invaluable. Yes, I mean a wedding and event planner. A wedding planner or designer can walk you through, step-by-step, how to create the perfect environment for your home wedding. They are also experts in finding new ways to utilize space and bring together a cohesive vision that will ensure your celebration is extraordinarily special and memorable.
And you want to create memories in the spaces that are “open to the public.” Do you want the party to include your bedroom, the upstairs guest rooms, etc? While not something you may have considered at the beginning, a wedding planner is going to ask questions to help clarify your vision and give you comfort in knowing that every space is being used the right way or not at all.
If you want your home wedding to be memorable, the best way to make it happen is to trust and invest in your vendor team. Choose vendors who understand your vision and can bring it to life. Choose vendors who ask questions and don’t just agree with everything you want. Yes, this is your day. Yes, this is your celebration. But based on our years of experience and typically working in locations designed for weddings, we regularly see hiccups that wouldn’t be on your radar.
Let’s talk bathroom capacity. If your home is like most, you have one or two, maybe three, bathrooms in your home. When the main bathroom is occupied because someone drank too much during the day, where can you direct the other 8 people who are in line waiting to use the facilities?
There will be times like this when a professional may make a suggestion that costs you extra money. It’s not a ploy to make you spend more money. Instead, it is your vendor team noticing a roadblock that will affect your celebration. Take parking for example. How big is your yard? Your driveway? Do you want people parking on the grass? What happens when they creep into the neighbors’ yards? All of these things are front and center for us while they may not be a consideration for you. Whether it’s enlisting an experienced planner or delegating floral arrangements to a friend, a great team will help turn the event into something truly special because you will see the opportunities before the wedding day.
Inviting your guests to a warm and inviting space helps to make your home wedding truly magical. Utilize your decor and color palette to create a cozy sense of nostalgia. Add touches like fairy lights, scented candles, or personal items that hold sentimental value. Think of it as decking out a living room for an amazing party! When guests are welcomed into your home with certain scents and fragrances, it can help set the mood and maintain the vibe you want to establish for the evening.
You can also welcome your guests by including your neighbors. They don’t have to be invited to the party (unless you want to invite them), but they should be informed that the celebration is happening. Make sure you inform them well in advance. At a minimum, let them know 4 – 6 weeks in advance. This gives them time to make other plans or enjoy the nice bottle of wine you will gift them. It doesn’t seem like much, but gifting something to your neighbors may lessen the chances of them calling the police if the party gets too hyped.
There’s no shortage of ways to bring your dream wedding vision to life through statement florals. Whether you love classic roses, vibrant tropicals, or unique succulents, be sure to choose your blooms in vibrant colors and large arrangements so they truly make an impact.
You are used to being in your home and seeing the typical decor every day. With bold floral arrangements, you can transform the space into an incredible getaway just for the evening. And once the celebration is over, you have some amazing flowers to decorate your home for a little while longer.
Consider hanging bouquets from the ceiling, covering your walls with stunning greenery, or weaving wisteria garlands around doorways for a magical setting – all that’s left for you to do is smile for the camera!
Throwing a wedding is an exciting and momentous occasion, but it’s easy to forget about the biggest part of the day – breakdown and clean-up. Trash, linens, cups, and napkins would all have to be cleaned up after the party. To ensure that your home is ready for the big day without any messes left over afterward, plan ahead and make sure there’s someone or some team that can take care of all the disposables during and after the event. Enlist specific people (not invited guests) as part of a cleaning crew to ensure that you don’t have more work for yourself than you started with at the beginning of the day.
Investing in a professional team to come in post-party is also a great solution as they may not only help break down tables but also put furniture back in place, leaving your space as good as new. With these measures taken care of, you can focus on using your home as the backdrop to one of the most important days of your life with ease!
We understand that hosting your special day in the comfort of your own home has its unique charm. However, you must also take into account all of the extra expenses you will have to accommodate – porta-potties, entertainment, tables and chairs, staff, and cleanup. It’s possible to remain within a budget when throwing your own wedding at home; however, if you want to avoid any surprises about how much things may cost, it is always best to plan ahead.
We suggest speaking with a wedding planner like someone on the L3 Events Team to provide their experienced opinion on what you can get out of hosting a home wedding. No matter which route you choose, L3 Events is here to make sure that everything runs smoothly during your special celebration. You deserve to have the experience of a lifetime! Now get planning and let’s make something unforgettable together! Contact us and let’s discuss.
L3 Events is your next Orlando wedding planner and event planner. A wedding planner creating stunning weddings and events steeped in passion, fun, and exquisite taste. Based in Orlando, Florida, the L3 team serves organizations, couples, and individuals. Planning events all over the United States.