Today with the mounting cost of throwing a wedding and hiring a venue at which to host your reception, more and more couples are choosing to hold their reception at either their own or a friend’s home. This is a great idea and such a nice way to make your day extra special, but it may involve some additional work. Here are some suggestions on how to prep the space for your special day.
Pick a place
You will need to carefully consider the logistics of hosting your reception at home. Consider how many people you want at your wedding and then consider how much space you might have. If a close family member or friend has a large garden or backyard or even a basement or you know someone with a farm or barn ask if they wouldn’t mind your using it for your wedding reception. You could offer them payment of some sort if that is needed or offer to have the space cleaned and renovated or redecorated on your dime. This could also be their extra special wedding gift to you! Look at how seating arrangements would work and if there is space for a dance floor as well as space to have tables and chairs for dinner and a place to lay out all the food and drinks.
Your space will also need to look wedding ready. Unless you are going for a rustic charm theme for your wedding you will not want dirty walls or broken windows. Clean up and spruce up your space. If you are swamped with other planning activities look up bond clean on the internet.
Bond clean will turn up search results for a great cleaning company that could help get your location wedding ready. You may need to paint the space and polish the floors. Ensure that electrical outlets work and consider getting some fans to keep things cool – no one wants to get all hot and sweaty during their wedding! You will also need to think of decorating the space. Think of keeping things simple but pretty with lots of fairy lights and perhaps some bunting or fresh flowers to add pops of colour. You could also have pompoms strung up for an extra festive yet cute look. Candles are also great!
You will need to hire a caterer and possibly rent out tables and chairs for the venue. Consider all of this and look into costing to make sure you do not overspend. The point is to keep things low key and personal so keep that in mind – have simple tasty food and splurge on tiffany chairs that look pretty and rustic and that can be dressed up or down!