With the myriad economic pressures exerted on practically all groups within society nowadays, having a big, traditional wedding at a location such as a country house or expensive hotel is often out of the reach of many couples. Bride and groom need not spend huge amounts on their wedding however, and having your wedding reception at home can be an excellent way to have both a lovely, personal day that doesn’t cost thousands of pounds.
Dependent on the time of year, the size and layout of your home and its outside areas will have an impact on what you can do with your stay at home wedding. In winter, having enough space inside is a must. If you’ve got a smaller house, then opening up all of the rooms (save bedrooms) is a complete necessity; your guests need somewhere to mix and mingle, after all! A patio can also be a godsend, but if it’s especially nippy, consider having a small fire or burner outside that will make the elements more bearable. In summer, having the reception in the garden is an obvious choice, though still consider opening up kitchen, living room and dining room; the latter is really useful when it comes to presenting a buffet. Consider a marquee, however if the weather is blissful enough, having the reception out in the open is also good.
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Lots of decorations and home additions aren’t really needed for a wedding at home, and it’s very easy to make your home look up to scratch in time for your guests. Floral bouquets, tealights, tasteful (and not too many) balloons, and pretty tablecloths will all add an ounce of style to the proceedings. Cutlery, dinnerware and glasses can all be hired; often from supermarkets, surprisingly; so there’s no need to crack out the mismatched dinnerware for when your guests arrive. If some guests are staying, they should only really be your immediate family (recommend a nearby hotel for any other guests) and you should gussy up their rooms. Making bedrooms look presentable and fresh need not be difficult or expensive; buy new headboards to make rooms look new and fresh, and brighten up the room with a vase of flowers.
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Part of having a great wedding is having similarly great food. Buffets can be easily stocked up with foods from your local store, and having a barbeque can really cut down on catering fees. The cake, also, can be done on the cheap; that aunt who enjoys baking as a hobby can suddenly become incredibly useful! Finally, booze. Here you should be providing enough when it comes to quantity and variety, and there’s plenty of bulk buying deals at stores to really stock up that dusty liquor cabinet!
Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography – preftakesphoto.com
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Cheese and wine spread : Photography: Jessica Lorren –jessicalorren.com