How To Host a Wedding at Home on a Budget
We understand times are tough for our wallets right now, so saving on the venue is a good option. Check out our advice for hosting a wedding at home!
Wedding at home doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style or substance.
Throwing a wedding at home doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style or substance.
First, be logical and practical with how many people can safely and comfortably fit Chez Vous. This headcount will determine much of the day. For example, are you going to seat everyone for a meal, or will it be a buffet with cocktail tables? Is there room for dancing? Will you have the whole crowd there for the ceremony too? A rule of thumb is to keep in mind that you need 6 to 10 square feet of floor space per guest for row-seating. And, bear in mind that the weather might, unfortunately, have other plans on the day, so it’s always essential to have a backup plan just in case.
Don’t forget to look into any required permits or permission in your local area. Ditto: looping your neighbors in on the plans, lest you need to deal with any noise complaints on the day. Informing all relevant parties in your neighborhood is particularly important if your guests require parking on the day. Still, perhaps it’s more convenient to ask them to arrange ride-sharing or carpool options kindly. Another pro tip: consider reaching out to your home insurance company to double-check your policy.
“Dearly beloved!” They’re the words that many people always dream of one-day hearing someone say in front of them. Make sure you are organized well ahead of time when it comes to the right officiant. Hosting at home means you may need to do some additional research to find someone who can marry you on a private premise. Alternatively, there’s always the option to enlist a close friend or family member for the honor — make sure they have plenty of notice so they can get ordained.
Luckily, top-tier suppliers are abundant across the country regarding everything from table linens to silverware. Renting everything you need is a significant way to cut costs if your budget is limited, or if you delight in this sort of aesthetic planning, why not mix and match pieces sourced from your local vintage, thrift, and charity stores!
Call in some backup
If you opt not to have a bridal planner or a day-of planner, consider entrusting some essential duties to a friend or bridesmaid. On the big day, you’ll be more preoccupied than you think, so it’s crucial to delegate some minor but essential tasks to others like paying any vendors, overseeing music, storing gifts, and keeping your mother-in-law entertained!
Remember, you can always book a MOBILESTYLES PRO for all your health and wellness needs. We have licensed massage therapists, estheticians, hair stylists, makeup artists, and more at the ready to make sure you feel lush and extravagant at your wedding at home!