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Although at-home weddings are intimate and sentimental, they generally require more money and preparation than people realize. According to Washington DC area wedding planner Katie Martin, at-home weddings cost 10 to 15% more than location weddings. That being said, if done correctly, hosting a wedding at home can be an incredible experience.
The first thing you need to do is make room for your guests. By utilizing a self-storage finder, you can locate an affordable storage locker for your excess furniture. At-home weddings require a great deal of room, and temporary self-storage is a great way to free up space. In addition to renting a storage unit, we’ve compiled these tips for hosting an at-home wedding:
Let the setting dictate the wedding aesthetic
If you have an oceanfront property, perhaps you will have barefoot guests, margaritas and tiki torches around the yard. If the wedding is on a large estate, maybe it’s a champagne waterfall, fine china and lavish decorations. A rustic cabin would arguably mandate a more down-to–earth décor.
Hire a wedding planner
Between hiring a catering company, bartenders, musicians and a tent company, an at-home wedding is a great deal of work. Although it is an added cost, a wedding planner can really help alleviate stress. Don’t try to do everything yourself.
Be prepared for inclement weather
If you’re having an outdoor reception, be prepared for Mother Nature. A large tent can provide both shade and protection from rainfall, but depending on the size of the wedding, a tent may not be sufficient. You may need to clear out rooms inside your home as well.
Be courteous to your neighbors
Make sure you let your neighbors know you’re having a wedding. You don’t want them landscaping that day or hosting a party at the same time. Also, if you are friendly with your neighbors, perhaps some of your guests can park in their driveway.
Look into the local noise ordinances, as you may need a permit to host the loud festivities at your home. Some towns require permits to park cars on certain streets as well.
The general rule is to have at least one bathroom for every 35 guests. You don’t want guests waiting in long lines for the restroom, so it may be prudent to rent portable bathrooms. Luckily, these port-a-potties have become very upscale; you can rent ones equipped with air conditioning, heated water, sinks, lighting and mirrors.
Transportation and housing
Perhaps the most important considerations are where the guests will stay and how they get to and from the wedding. It’s important to consider taxis, shuttles and hotels early in the planning stages.
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John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.
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