Low-Cost, High Impact Ways to Prepare Your Home for Your Wedding Day
Updated: Feb 6
When you make the decision to get married, you’re also making a hundred other decisions by proxy. No matter how big or small you want your wedding ceremony to be, there are always so many things to think about when it comes to the big day, from how to pay for everything you want, to figuring out themes, colors, and attire. For those trying to save money, having a wedding at home can be a huge benefit, but there are a lot of things to consider.
Fortunately, there are several ways you can prepare your home for the big day that will create a big impact without breaking the bank. As Brides notes, all it takes is some careful planning. Enlist friends and family members who can help you, and do some research on the best ways to create a magical wedding day that your guests will never forget.
Prepare the Yard
Most couples who choose to have their wedding ceremony at home set it in the backyard, where there’s plenty of room for everyone. It’s important to prepare the area, however, by raking up leaves, filling in holes with dirt or sod, and setting up a trellis or pergola where you and your partner can stand. This will lift the feel of the ceremony while creating dramatic visual impact, but it won’t empty your wallet.
A well-constructed trellis and beautiful landscaping have the added bonus of boosting your home's value. In the event you want to sell in the near future, keep curb appeal in mind as you make your changes. It could give your home's appraisal a substantial lift!
Get Ready for Guests
If you have the room, you may want to allow some out-of-town guests to stay with you rather than having them pay for a hotel room, especially if they have to travel a long way to be there for your big day. As Blue Matter notes, you should provide them with privacy as well as a comfortable space.
You’ll want to go the extra mile, of course, and give the space a sprucing up, but there are outside services that can help. You can hire a maid service for a one-time deep cleaning, for instance. Carpets and upholstery can also be professionally cleaned, and for especially worn chairs and couches, you might look for “furniture upholstery services near me.” Look for professionals with many years of experience who are licensed and insured.
Not only will you want to clean and make sure you’re well stocked with supplies -- paper products, hand soap, and clean towels to start with -- you’ll also want to make sure you take care of the details that will make their time with you special. Try out some fun surprises such as gift baskets for the wedding party, or a handwritten note that includes your WiFi password and username.
Get Some Help
You may have a very specific vision for your big day, which is understandable. It’s important to remember, however, that you can ask for help when you need it. Trying to tackle every single task yourself will only add to your stress level, making it nearly impossible for you to enjoy the days leading up to your wedding. Call in friends and family to lend a hand, and if it makes you feel better, delegate specific tasks to specific people you know are responsible enough for the job.
Part of planning a wedding is seeing into the future… sort of. You need to anticipate your needs on the big day. For instance, if it starts raining, will you have a backup plan like a tent to keep everyone dry? Will there be an issue with parking? Think about some of the things that will make your wedding day easier. You may even want to rent a generator, and consider renting portable restrooms to accommodate everyone.
Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, and when it’s going to take place at your home, there are so many things to think about that it can easily become overwhelming. Ask for help when you need it in order to avoid becoming stressed, and remember to enjoy the process!
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