Considerations for a Home Wedding
While many couples around the world are cancelling or postponing their weddings because of the corona-virus pandemic, some are scaling down their plans and getting married at home. Emotionally it can be very tough to make the right decision. Let’s face it, the wedding is really the bride’s day and you only get one day so of course you want it to be perfect. A wedding planner and coordinator is more important than ever.
A few things to consider when celebrating your nuptials at home.
Holy cow, this alone can be a full-time job! Who is going to do all of the cleaning and setting up before during and after the events? There are typically still 3 events, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and the reception. What about the decorations? Will the caterer be using the kitchen? Who is doing the dishes and packing up the food? Is there now food service since buffets are discouraged. Where is the bar going to be set up? All of the who, what, where, when and how questions need to be figured out well in advance. This is where a wedding planner or day of coordinator can really help.
Manage the Schedule and Logistical Challenges:
The bride, family and bridal party all need to get ready at the same time. This is especially important in smaller spaces. If the bridal party is now getting ready at home and the stylist, make-up, florist and photographer are all showing up at the same time, it can be overcrowded and disastrous.
Don’t Under Estimate the Costs:
Even with a small group you still want your guests to be comfortable and enjoy the celebration with you. Not many homes can accommodate 25 or more cars, so is there a valet? What about a tent, table, chairs, linens? Is there a DJ? Music can be very important for a wedding. Is there music during the ceremony, for announcements and dancing? How are you going to build a dance floor? Lighting can be very important too. How is the lighting going to affect the photographer? Enough light to keep everyone safe but still add ambiance. No one wants to feel like they are under a spot light.
Have a Contingency Plan:
What happens if it rains? Bugs? Cold? Wind? Should you rent fans or heaters? You have to be prepared for the worse case scenario. Maybe rent a tent with sides and a platform so no one is sinking into the grass. What happens if the musicians cannot perform outside?
Rent a generator. The power from the band, lights, fans (or heaters) can be a big draw and you don’t want to risk losing power.
Pulling it all together really is a full-time job, especially for the wedding day. A planner and coordinator are essential. With home weddings, there two million details and we love handling all of them. Perfect Events by Jan offers professional planning and execution for safe events and weddings filled with happiness and joy.
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