Tips for Hosting a Small Wedding Reception at Home

A home reception offers an intimate way to celebrate nuptials. However, not many homes are equipped to handle numerous guests. To host a home wedding reception, you need to consider the layout of your home before you start contacting wedding vendors. Here are some tips for planning a home wedding reception:

Preparing Your Home

If you are planning to have your wedding reception at home, space is the biggest problem that you are going to face. To find enough room to accommodate your guests, you need to rearrange your furniture in a way that maximizes space. If the space inside your house is not enough, you can host the reception outside.

When planning an outdoor wedding, you should have a plan B for bad weather. Your plan B could be moving to a friend’s house or church hall. You could also rent some tents to shelter your guests in case it rains. On the wedding week, hire professional cleaners to tidy up your home and mow the loan to ensure that everything looks great on D day.

Get Rentals

Some people think that at-home weddings are a more budget-friendly option. However, that is not usually the case, as you have to rent chairs, tables, tents, portable bathrooms, dinnerware, and barware. In some cases, you might also need a generator if your home electricity cannot handle the power for lighting a tent and catering. Make sure that you start looking at rentals at least six months before the wedding.

Food, Decorations, and Drinks

Before the big day, you should talk to your caterer and ask him to survey your kitchen. If your kitchen is large enough and well-equipped, the catering staff might be able to cook in there. However, you might have to invest in a traveling kitchen.

If you have limited funds, you can prep the food with help from your family and friends. If one of your family members is a good cook, you can ask him or her to handle the catering in place of your wedding gift.

When decorating your house for the wedding, you should consider its beautiful elements and work them to your advantage. For instance, if you have a beautiful maple tree in your backyard, you can hang Chinese lanterns from it. A bay window can be a great backdrop for your wedding cake. You can also choose decorations that match your dress. If you still haven’t found your dress, get some ideas on this website:

Check Insurance and Local Laws

When planning any event, you need to consider liquor licenses, parking permits as well as noise restrictions. Any home event is rife with possible legal issues. You need to research local laws to figure out how late you can play loud music in your neighborhood.

You might also need to obtain a liquor license for a single night as well as a permit for parking multiple cars on the street. Make sure that you also check with your homeowner’s insurance company to find out what it covers. If it does not cover as much as you thought it did, you should consider getting supplemental policies to cover anything else that might happen.

Before you hire any vendor, you need to check whether they have insurance policies as well. Failure to do so means that you might end up paying for damages if anything goes wrong.  When vendors provide you with their insurance information, you need to ensure that it is current.

Are you thinking about hosting an intimate wedding reception at your house? You should prepare your home before the big day, contact rental companies in advance, check local laws and insurance, and arrange food, drinks, and decorations.

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