When it comes to weddings, we hear the chime of wedding bells, the traditional flowing white gown with twinkling fairy lights decorating a beautiful hall. However, traditional hall venues are becoming a thing of the past. Brides and grooms to-be have been moving more toward vineyard weddings on farms, lakeside houses and country cottages – all of which are magnificent in their own right. But an increased number of couples are choosing to have their weddings at home.

Get help

You will need the help of a wedding coordinator even if your wedding will be held in yourppp backyard. Their job is to make your special day stress free. They will give a fresh perspective on the property and the dos and don’ts of indoor and outdoor spaces. The basics will need to covered – setting up, cooking, serving, parking cars and cleaning up. Just because the venue is at home that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t outsource any help. In the days leading up to the wedding, the last thing you want do is a massive spring clean.

Tend to your garden

Your garden needs to have a picturesque quality to it and to do so you will either need to drag out your lawnmower or hire a professional. Wooden garden furniture always adds a sweet touch to any garden and will blend in perfectly with any theme you have in mind. Remember, the earlier you start, the better chance you have of creating a picture perfect garden.

Avoid having guests sleep over

Unless you’re marrying at a 25 room estate, dissuade guests from the idea of wanting to stay over at the wedding venue. The only people that should be staying over are the homeowners and their immediate family; you don’t want to be fighting your cousin for shower time the morning of your wedding. If you’re having a Cape Town wedding, recommend they stay at a hotel in Greenpoint or somewhere else close to the venue.

Rent everything

You will need to rent:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins and place settings
  • Table linens
  • Barware
  • Portable bathrooms
  • Tent (optional)

Ensure that you rent enough chairs to have everyone seated for the ceremony. Once it is time to move to the reception area, some chairs can be removed after the meal. Keep just enough around so half the party can sit during the festivities.

The most important aspect to remember

To avoid running the risk of a power outage or blowing a couple of fuses, ensure that you hire a generator. It’s worth the cost and will lessen the utility bill. Also check in with your caterer to see if you need to rent extra roasters, grills or coolers. Doing this months in advance will save you time on researching and reserving equipment.

Don’t be scared into thinking an at home wedding can’t be pulled off. It is an amazing idea and one that your family will always remember.

About The Author

I was born in the Eastern Cape, close to the waves. After getting my degree in Media, Communication and Culture, I knew it was time to make my way to a big city. Not wanting to leave the ocean, Cape Town was the natural choice for me. At first I thought the fast paced world of marketing. But I never forgot that what I'd always wanted to do was write. Now I'm a freelance writer, where my office is my bedroom and my platform is the World Wide Web. I live with my partner and our two beloved Great Danes. When not reading or writing you can probably find me on the beach or exploring nature trails.

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