An outdoor wedding can be more beautiful, but also more costly than an indoor one. Renting tents, chairs, walkways, dance floors, etc. can get very expensive. You will also need accessible bathrooms for your guests, which may mean renting portable bathrooms. Outdoor weddings also require water and electricity if they are far from a house, so that food can be stored properly. Lighting may also have to be provided, depending on the time of day the ceremony is planned for.
Whether you plan an indoor or an outdoor wedding, you will have to provide things that a venue normally would do for you. You should hire an outside caterer if you have more than 30 guests or if no one in your family cooks, but you will still have to deal with:
Another problem with home weddings is the cleanup involved. From dishes that need to be washed to trampled grass to spilled drinks, there will be a lot to do the day after the wedding. It might be a good idea to hire a cleaning service to make sure everything is sanitized after the gathering.
Keep in mind that your friends and family have probably been to your house before, so don’t be too worried about what they will think, but try to make everything as comfortable as possible, from access to bathroom facilities to the temperature of the room.
Depending on your guest list, a home wedding can be as expensive or more expensive than one at a different location, but it can provide a level of intimacy and comfort that an unfamiliar venue cannot. A few more things you need to keep in mind are:
Planning an at-home wedding may start to seem overwhelming, but very few people who choose this type of wedding regret it. Just make sure you plan ahead, think things through, and above all – have fun!
If you would like to haven an intimate home style wedding but do not want to stress over everything, let us do it for you. Laurel Haven Estate does an excellent job of providing everything you need to feel at home…right down to the overnight accommodations.