Money is usually the biggest factor that prevents engaged couples from having a large wedding that accommodates all of their loved ones, but you can still have a beautiful, low-cost wedding by hosting it at home. Your home is a special place because it’s unique and meaningful to you and your family. It’s a one-of-a-kind location that other weddings will never share. Hosting your wedding at home means you’ll save money on the location, and you’ll have complete control over the space.
Maloos Photography invites you to consider these elements as you prepare for a wedding at home.
How many people can you fit standing and sitting? Is your backyard suitable for an outdoor wedding, or will you need to keep it indoors? Indoor weddings tend to have smaller guest lists because of the lack of seating space, but large, fenced-in yards can be the perfect venue for an outdoor wedding.
Is your kitchen large enough to be a food prep station? Regardless of whether you decide to make food at home or hire a caterer, the kitchen will need to be put to use. It might even become the serving station for buffet trays, for which a large kitchen island or dining table can be put to use.
If there are renovations you’ve wanted to complete, there’s never been a better time than now to do them. Leave enough time for both indoor and outdoor renovations. This could mean replacing the bathroom tiles, refinishing the cabinets, or landscaping the property. Finding professionals who specialize in services like landscaping is easier than ever; simply do an online search for “best landscapers near me” and use Angi to filter your choices based on ratings and reviews.
Think about functional and stylish additions that can enhance the wedding and remain useful to you after the event is over. For example, making the investment of building a wooden deck on the grass could have a great wedding and personal ROI, since it could be used as a ceremony altar, reception dance floor, and outdoor dining patio for the summer.
Inside, don’t neglect structural features like the walls. Determine which rooms guests will be frequenting and inspect for damage — large and small — and scuff marks to the walls and baseboards. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to liven up a room, and wallpaper can even go further. Modern wallpaper comes in an endless variety of fabrics, textures, colors and designs, and it can even be customized.
Updates inside and out will help increase your home’s appraisal value, should you be considering moving any time soon. It’s all about curb appeal and presenting a property that a wide range of potential buyers could see themselves living in. To that end, once you make any necessary upgrades or changes, it’s time for a thorough cleaning and decluttering from top to bottom. Make a checklist to address every nook and cranny, but also remember to address often overlooked items like dusty blinds, ceiling corner cobwebs. If your carpets need a refresh, connect with professional carpet cleaners for beautiful, spotless carpets.
Every wedding site needs stations, and a house won’t be any different. There should be a bridal suite (probably the master bedroom), guest bathrooms, a welcome area, a ceremony site, reception tables, and a dance floor. If you have guests staying over, sleeping quarters will need to be arranged.
If you’re flipping the ceremony space into a reception party space, you’ll need to move the guests to another part of the property for cocktail hour while the transition is happening. An alternative to avoid the manual transformation is to have guests view the ceremony from their reception tables.
The first thing you’ll want to do before the decorating begins is removing any personal items that don’t fit the theme of the wedding. Family photos don’t need to adorn the space unless those photos would be used in an off-site wedding anyway. The Spruce points out that you can easily go low-budget with decorations by making most of them yourself. For example, rather than hiring a florist, purchase the flowers and create your own arrangements.
Brides magazine suggests considering design elements such as mason jars with flowers, succulents, wooden platforms and risers, picture frames with table numbers, lanterns with candles, and string lights or paper lanterns hanging from the trees. Use the foliage on the property to your advantage. A wedding with natural elements is beautiful regardless of what else is there. You just have to know how to enhance its natural beauty.
When it comes time to enlist the help of a professional photographer, consider hiring photographers from local, small businesses like Maloos Photography instead of a huge franchise. Art is subjective and is, by and large, in contradiction with the concept of a big franchise. Behind a small business, typically there is a passionate person who cares for the quality of the work they deliver and you get to have a human connection, which is very valuable, especially when it comes to weddings.
Your wedding is the best party you will likely ever throw. It’s the one time in your life that all of your family and friends will gather together to celebrate you and your partner, so it’s natural that you’d want to make a big impact on your guests. You want them to remember your wedding as a special day, and you want it to be worthwhile aesthetically. Make a splash, but save yourself the financial stress by bringing the celebration home.
Written by: “Linda Chase” of www.ablehire.org” Helping people with disabilities build rewarding, successful careers.
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