The best part about having a wedding at home is the extra money you save that would have been spent on a venue. Because you’re saving anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, you have the option of making your wedding at home as simple or as lavish as you want it to be, given the extra cash. If you need some direction and advice on where and what to spend your money on, here are a few must-have items to add to your list and get the ball rolling.
Florals can transform any indoor room or outdoor space into an elegant, graceful, and chic location for any occasion. The more flowers, the more dreamy your event will feel. Because flowers can get expensive, places like Something Borrowed Blooms make it affordable to order anything and everything for your wedding day. Anything from your bridal bouquet to your groom’s boutonniere, to aisle markers and crowns for your flower girls, are all available to rent. Order in time for your big day and return everything when you’re done — or keep the items you fall in love with, such as your bridal bouquet, for a small additional fee. Another perk to using these types of flowers is that you won’t need to worry about keeping your flowers from wilting before you get to enjoy them.
Flower girl dresses
Along with your flowers, you’ll need your favorite flower girls to walk down the aisle with them. Online boutiques for little girls like Presley Couture make shopping for flower girl dresses a breeze. Their sequin twirl dresses come in a variety of colors and gives them enough glam to have them shining down the aisle for your elegant wedding. The tulle skirt is the perfect length to be worn for a casual wedding with their favorite sneakers, or for their fancy debut in a pair of adorable ballerina flats to complement an elegant ceremony.
Whether you decide on a casual or elegant wedding, one thing you’ll need is a backdrop during the ceremony. Personalized signs with your last name, monograms, or a quote can be found at online stores like Decor Metal Art and will complete your ceremony look for those picture perfect photos you’ll have as a keepsake. Remember to order enough florals to frame around these types of signs or to use behind them to achieve the look you’re going for.
If you’re not a fan of this type of backdrop at your ceremony, these types of metal art signs can also be used to designate the bride and groom’s seat at the ceremony. Use them as a place setting or hang them behind each chair for a more personal touch.
Table settings are the focal point at any reception, and are easily accomplished with the proper use of details such as candles, candelabras, florals, and the perfect linens. Unique napkins from places like August Table add the perfect touch to any table setting due to their subtle patterns. The key is to blend monotone colors with patterns. Whether it be a pattern table cloth with monotone napkins, or vice versa, make sure you do the same when it comes to the placement of your flower centerpieces and candles. Different sizes in arrangements, candle votives, and candle holders is the trick to accomplishing a skillfully, well put together table.
When it comes to your photographer, don’t cut corners. This is the most important element of your wedding day whether you’re having a fancy wedding or not. Your photographer can make your at-home wedding look like a page out of a wedding magazine if you choose the right one. Knowing your angles, how to stage the shoot, and how to use elements for props are the job of and the perks of using a well-established photographer, and will be worth every penny you spend with them.
Depending on the size of the home, your at-home wedding may mean cutting some guests from the guest list if there’s not enough capacity. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Less guests mean less costs on catering and rentals such as tables, seating, and power generators — which also means more money saved to put toward your honeymoon or your new home together.