Getting married at home can be special, romantic, and intimate but they do come with their fair share of challenges (but then again what wedding planning doesn’t). However, if they’re organised properly they can be really memorable for both you, your significant other, and your guests.
The Guest List
The first step when planning an at home wedding is to determine how many guests will comfortably fit. Depending on the size of your house and/or garden you’ll only be able to have a certain amount of guests at your wedding. Take parking into consideration as well, if there’s not much room you’ll have to ask your guests not to drive.
If you decide on a small intimate wedding you won’t have to worry about renting port-a-loos,but if you’re having more than 50 people and you don’t have many bathrooms you should look into it.
Unlike a restaurant or hotel, your house (most likely) won’t have chefs and waiting staff on the ready to cook and serve you and your guests food. You’ll need to decide if you want to get caterers in, order in food, or serve home cooked food. If you’re having a big guest list catered food will take away a lot of stress but if you’re planning an intimate at home wedding, all of the above will more than suffice.
Furniture and Cutlery
If your wedding is just a couple of your closest friends or family members you’ll most likely have enough chairs, table space and cutlery, but if your wedding guests reach any more than a big dinner party you will probably need to think about borrowing or renting some of the essentials. Borrowing supplies will cut a lot of costs so look into what you can acquire from neighbours, friends or family before you look into renting.
If you’re getting married at home there will be a lot of restrictions to who can marry you. The Catholic Church and the HSE are both not options. However, at Marry Me Ireland we have celebrants all over Ireland who would be happy to perform your at home wedding ceremony.
Because you’re getting married at home you will have to organise all the decorations. If you’re using DIY decorations ask family or friends to help out, you don’t have to take on everything yourself. Start planning and organising how you want your home to look in advance and have everything set up a few days before your big day.
Your house and/or garden may look like a bomb hit it after the wedding, and I’m sure you and your new spouse won’t want to do the cleaning up honours. Organise a clean up crew, either professional or familiar, to clean up the next morning. Trust us on this one – you’ll thank us!
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!