Planning Your Home Wedding

Nobody ever said wedding planning was easy. From deciding on a menu to picking comfortable shapewear for your dress, the whole process can be overwhelming. With that said, finding the right venue can be one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding. It isn’t just about finding the right location, but you also have to consider the cost. Once you have found a venue you like, you then have to deal with scheduling issues since many of your preferred dates may already be booked.

With all of these realities adding considerable stress to the process of planning a wedding, more people are starting to prefer hosting their weddings at home. Bear in mind, though, that an at-home wedding still comes with some challenges. Before you start planning your at-home wedding, you will need to consider the following points to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch.

Plan for Weather

A beautiful backyard can be the perfect setting for a wedding. However, you will have to make plans for potential bad weather on the day of the ceremony. If you have a large enough space inside the home, you could move your wedding indoors. If you want to keep the wedding in the yard, you will need to buy or rent a rainproof canopy to keep you and your guests dry in the event of rain or snow.

Make a Plan for Each Room

Even if the wedding is outside, parts of the home interior will be used. You need to assess each room and the role it will play in your home wedding. Some areas of the home will probably be off-limits, but you need to look at other areas to see how they can function to serve the event. You will need to have a spot  for staging meals and getting people fed, and you might want to set up a bar or an area that will allow people to relax.

Cleaning Your Home

You are definitely going to want to give your home a deep cleaning before the event. This is especially true for the bathrooms or any other room that guests will be using. If you have the time, you could do this yourself, but you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service so you can take this task off your to-do list. It will free you up to focus on other parts of wedding planning, and you might be able to negotiate a deal to get them to come back to help clean up after the wedding.

Day and Time

One of the best benefits of having an at-home wedding is that you do not have to work your plans around the schedule of other events at the venue. While that does make the day and time a little more flexible, you should still consider a few points when planning your home wedding. Is there a time that might be easier for some of your guests? Maybe there is a time when your neighborhood won’t be as busy. Look at the circumstances and try to find the best day and time to host your wedding at home.


This is an often-overlooked point and it can be a real hassle if it is not handled well. Is there enough street parking near your home? Will guest parking interfere with the ability of your neighbors to park? If people can’t park near your house, you will need to look for nearby parking lots to accommodate your guests. You might also need to consider hiring people to pick guests up and shuttle them between the lot and your home.


Even if you have a nice yard, you are going to want to work on landscaping for your home wedding. You will at least want to mow the lawn and you might need to work on tasks like trimming the hedges. If you are too busy planning your wedding, you could need to hire professional landscapers to get your yard ready for your wedding.


You should have the one or two bathrooms in your home clean and ready for the event, but this might not be enough to accommodate everyone. Depending on how many guests you expect, you might need to arrange for portable toilets.

Your home can be the ideal wedding venue, but it will require planning. If you want to have success, you need to think of every issue that can come up and make a plan for managing it.


Sarah Hayden

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