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Having a home wedding is an intimate (and inexpensive) alternative to renting a venue. According to data gathered by researchers who studied marital happiness and wedding style, having an elegant wedding that’s also affordable is associated with a happier marriage and lower divorce rate. However, you’ll have to make some updates and fixes to make it work. Here are some of the best ways to prepare your home for your wedding day.
Make Any Necessary Fixes
Sometimes, parts of the yard or house might require a little touch up to fit the excitement and color of the wedding. Simple things like painting your fence to match the wedding are little improvements that can help set the mood for the big day. If you’ve been putting off some other fixes that you’ve been needing to make, now’s the time to look into that. Make sure the utilities indoors are working as well in case your wedding is conducted inside your house.
Prepare the Yard
If you don’t have a natural canopy in your backyard, you might consider building an arbor or pergola for the occasion. Professionally built trellises cost between $400 and $900 for materials and labor. Prefab models are more affordable and range from $10 to $100. You can also smooth over any issues you might be having with your lawn. Perhaps there are some fussy spots that have needed some extra attention, and a well-manicured lawn can go a long way.
Rent a Generator
According to the Knot, one way to avoid the lights going out on the big night is by renting a generator. This is a good backup plan for any hold-ups that might come up. Consult with an electrician to see what your options are and whether you’ll need just one or two. A generator is especially useful if you’re using a tent for your outdoor wedding.
Think About a Tent
You may be able to control many parts of your wedding, but the weather is something that you won’t have any power over. As a general rule, try and get a tent that is more square-shaped. The more square a tent is, the higher the ceiling. This will result in better temperature control and can create a more roomy vibe. You can fill a tent with all the same decorations and make it just as cozy and personal as the outdoors.
Since there is so much preparation that goes into preparing a home for a wedding, it can be easy for certain parts of the home to get cluttered. In the upcoming days before the event, try to clean as much as possible. On the day of, consider doing a quick run-through of the home to make sure that everything is decluttered and party ready.
Match the Florals with the Overall Home Color Scheme
Matching your florals to the look of your house can make it really stand out. Plant flowers that match the colors of your house, yard, and even roof. They can be complementary colors or shades of the same color.
Estimate People and Prepare Accommodations
If you’re hoping for a more intimate wedding within your own home, one option is to invite only the closest of people for the actual ceremony, and then more for the reception. If you’re worried about your backyard not being big enough for the wedding, HuffPost recommends talking with friends or family members with space that can accommodate all the wedding guests. Weddings can be delicate matters, but ultimately, it is your day and you choose who comes.
While the big day is one that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives, the real key to a happy marriage is generosity and kindness. Your future spouse is your number one person in your life. Even as you prepare and experience stress, make sure they feel loved and communicate clearly so you both are on the same page.