Despite the slew of wedding venues available in modern times, many couples are deciding to get married at their home or the house of a close relative. Whether it is a budget-conscious decision or one fueled by sentimentalism, having your wedding at your home can open up tons of opportunities for decorating and planning. After all, unlike a venue, your home is yours, and you can pretty much do whatever you want, within reason of course.
All of these options can make home weddings a lot more complicated and stressful to plan, however. While all weddings have some form of planning stress involved, weddings done at venues usually have the bonus of extra help and decorations. When you have a wedding at your own home, there is usually very little decorating help besides your family members and friends. To get the most bang for your buck with the least amount of stress and work possible, try these decorating and planning tips:
Before you can even begin decorating your home, it must be cleaned. Luckily, this can be done a week or two before your actual wedding. Unlike wedding decorations that must be put up close to your wedding date, cleaning your home can take place weeks ahead of time as long as you’re careful to keep it clean. Of course, if you do decide to wait until the last minute, The Happier Homemaker has a guide on how to clean your whole house in an hour. Of course, if you don’t particularly like cleaning or are on a strict timetable, you don’t have to clean your whole house. You only need to deeply clean the parts that guests are going to be in, which probably doesn’t include the bedrooms or master bathroom. If you don’t want to clean, you could even hire a one-time cleaning service.
For the most part, you average housing decorations will probably work for the bulk of your wedding decorations. Unlike having a wedding at a venue, your house is already decorated and probably doesn’t need anything besides a few key, themed pieces. Instead of cluttering your house with extra decorations you don’t need, prioritize lighting. Lighting can add to the mood of your house, which can make it perfect for your wedding day. Add tea lights where you can and use lamps instead of overhead lights. Use as much natural light as you can by opening up windows.
Use Decoration Sparsely
As we’ve previously stated, your home is probably already plenty decorated. Instead of rushing out and purchasing a lot of decorations, opt for a few carefully chosen decorations that go with your wedding’s color or theme. Try placing flowers that match your color scheme in a few vases around your home. Tie ribbons or bows on the back of your dining chairs. The point is to not overcrowd your house with decorations, which can be a lot easier to do than it is at a venue.
Keep Food Simple
While it might be tempting to have a huge variety of food, you need to consider whether or not your house can contain that much food. Instead, we recommend choosing a few food items that are widely enjoyed, such as BBQ. Money Crashers also recommends skipping on the waiters and serving your food family style.
Start the Paperwork Early
If you’re planning on having your friend or family member perform the ceremony, you will need to make sure that they are ordained and legal ability to perform the wedding. This can take quite a bit of paperwork and time, so we recommend starting early just in case you run into any roadblocks.
Take Care of Yourself
Wedding planning can take a mental toll on you, so it is important that you practice a few stress management techniques such as eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep. Nothing is worth missing a meal or losing sleep. You can try intentionally breathing and remembering that you can say “no.” You shouldn’t feel guilty if you need to take breaks to take deep breaths, relax or meditate.
Planning a wedding can be stressful for anyone. But it can be particularly stressful if you’re having your wedding at home. Follow these tips to help your planning go as smoothly as possible.
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