What to Consider When Planning to Host a Wedding at Your Home

Weddings can be one of the most exciting, monumental, and emotional times for any person. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most expensive.

The biggest cost to a wedding is often the venue. With limited availability and increasing features and attractions, many couples are finding that the price of the venue alone is a barrier to sharing their special day with loved ones.

If this sounds like a familiar position, a great alternative is to host the occasion at your home. However, there are a few things you should know, first.

  1. Just because you have a big home doesn't mean that you can host your wedding. You will need:
  • A large common space for guests to congregate
  • Indoor space in the event that it rains
  • A large kitchen for catering and wait staff
  • Sufficient bathroom facilities
  1. Parking is one of the most important but also one of the most forgotten factors when choosing a home based wedding location. Speak with neighbors about parking cars on their street out front of their houses or renting their lawn space or garages for the duration of the event.

If this doesn't sound like your house, all it not lost. Speak with your family members who may be able to accommodate your day.

  1. Keep in mind that whichever house you choose, it may not be perfect. You may need to make some alterations. While some could mean a simple visit to the Groupon Coupons page for Lumber Liquidators to build a marquee or a small paint job on the entrance way. Consider what may need to be done before you start planning the day so that you don't come up against any barriers after you've started work.
  1. Speaking of work, you shouldn't expect any less. Just because the venue is taken care of doesn't mean that the rest of the wedding will magically be arranged. While it can make the logistics much easier, with items being delivered to and stored at your home, don't expect to do any less organization or planning.

When it comes to a wedding, don't let something like the high cost of a fancy venue get in the way of sharing your special day with your friends, family, and loved ones.