Anyone who has taken part in planning a wedding understands that it’s no easy feat. In fact, to say wedding planning is stressful would be an understatement. Not only is it one of the largest and most expensive events some people will ever throw, but it is also incredibly personal and emotions run high. Indeed one of the most difficult parts of the process is choosing and securing a wedding venue.
Depending on the time of year your nuptials will take place, you may even be competing with other couples for specific dates. In order to eliminate this burden, many people choose to host their weddings at a private residence.
Whether it’s your great aunt Mildred’s 19th century mansion, or your own humble abode, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure the space is wedding ready.
Designate on and off-limit spaces
Keep in mind that a wedding draws plenty of people. Even if you’re limiting your ceremony to just a few close friends and family, remember that these guests, along with the caterers and photographers, will need a restroom to use. Choose separate bride and groom preparation areas in separate quarters of the house and well away from those milling about.
Tend to your landscaping meticulously
Wedding means photos, and lots of them. The last thing you want is for these indelible photos to capture your flower beds full of weeds or a debris littered yard. Rake, trim, cut and edge every square inch of your lawn a few days before the wedding, and touch up the evening beforehand.
Select ample outdoor lighting
Even if your wedding takes place early in the day, it’s likely the reception will last late into the evening. While a couple of tiki torches may seem find at a backyard barbecue, this is not sufficient for a wedding with guests dancing and roaming about. Fill trees with twinkle lights, fill tents with paper lanterns and top every table with a candle or two.
Hide your personal stuff
Lastly, keep all personal items well hidden away in a locked room or storage unit. Although it may be your home, on this particular day it will be a reception venue. Only after the last guest has driven off into the distance can this place once again become your home.
Don’t forget the cake
If you need something that will really impress your guests, how about these DIY ideas for desert or the wedding cake? They are truly exceptional and the color speaks for themselves.
Stay outside if possible!
Your guests would appreciated if they are provided with as much open area as possible. That means you should include the yard as well for people to disperse and make it less crowded. Another thing you should consider is the parking lot. Talk to your neighbors and see if they can help out with some space, too.