More and more people are looking for unique places to hold their wedding. Vineyards, country clubs and parks are growing in popularity throughout the country. However, it is also possible to make your wedding completely unique by having it at home. There are several ways you can transform your home into the perfect location for your wedding.
Create a Focal Point
The first thing you want to do when recreating your home as a wedding location is to create a focal point where the bride and groom will stand. It could be the majestic oak tree in the backyard or the flowering forsythia in your garden. Create a pathway to the focal point using potted plants that lead to the seating area for the wedding. Once the ceremony is over, the plants can be moved to line a dance floor or food area. If your yard has clutter, consider moving it into storage. Storage units are a great way to clean up your yard temporarily to keep your guest’s eyes on the bride and groom. You can also stow furniture that might get in the way.
Plan for Weather
Although you may have always dreamed of a beautiful backyard wedding, Mother Nature may not cooperate. Create a contingency plan in case of rain, predicted thunderstorms or cool weather that could make guests uncomfortable. Add a tented area that will keep your guests out of the elements or plan to move the celebration inside. Long food tables are an excellent idea, but you will need to keep the food protected from insects. Some food items will need to remain on ice if placed outdoors during warm weather. Most wedding consultants recommend placing the cake and dessert inside on a table to protect it from heat and sunlight. Consider enlisting a food truck to appear toward the end of the reception for a quick late-night snack.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Stand in the bride and groom’s place at the time the ceremony will be held to determine where the sun will be. You don’t want your guests blinded while they watch the ceremony. If you plan to have the ceremony at sunset, check timeanddate.com to learn what time sunset will be in your area. If you plan to have the reception outside after dark, be sure you have ample lighting to keep your guests safe. Place white twinkle lights in trees and plants. Use ambient lighting to draw attention to centerpieces or walkways. You can also soften outdoor halogen lights with colored filters to give the area a softer appearance.
Because you are holding the ceremony at home, there is no need for you to be “uniform.” Borrow china from your grandmother, your best friend or your cousin. Place different china on each table and tie it together with color. Instead of big bouquets of multiple flowers, place seasonal flowers of one kind in vases at each table, giving you a rose table, a tulip table or a daisy table. Use decorations you already have in your home to create your own look. Mason jars can be beautiful vases or can be used as votive candle holders.
Be a Good Neighbor
Contact your local law enforcement agency to learn if there are noise ordinances in your area. Go beyond just telling your neighbors about the wedding. Drop off a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates to soften the news that you will be having a wedding reception in the neighborhood. Ask if they would mind avoiding mowing the lawn that day and if they would keep their dogs restrained during the ceremony.
These tips can help you create a beautiful, unique wedding in your own home. By taking a few precautions and planning ahead, your guests will enjoy their time at your celebration and you will start off your married life with less stress.