Experts Share How to Turn Your Home Into a Dream Wedding Venue

A wedding is the most important time in your life, and you want everything to run smoothly and as close to perfect as you possibly can. Some people choose to have the warmth of the home they grew up in as the venue for their nuptials. If you have the space in your backyard, then half the battle is already won, all you need to focus on is decor and vendors to transform your home into a luxurious location fit for a wedding. In this article, we will share with you some of the best tips from experts that will empower you to turn your home into a dream wedding venue. Enjoy!

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Turn Your Home Into a Dream Wedding Venue

The options for wedding venues are endless. Many decide on destination weddings, themed hotspots, or even unique quiet enclosures. But for those who want to use their home as the wedding venue, here are some tips from wedding experts to make that dream of yours a reality!

1. Choosing the Theme

Your theme is the aspect that will bring most of your ideas together. Once you decide on a theme, the style of your dress, the decor, and food choices will all naturally follow suit.

You need to consider the achievability of your theme, because some themes may end up feeling somewhat unnatural – such as a beach theme unless you’re having your wedding at a beach house. However, there are other themes that will perfectly suit a home setting – such as a garden theme, a bohemian theme, a rustic theme, or even a carnival theme; the options are endless.

2. Finding your Inspiration 

If you are someone who prefers a more traditional approach, you still can have fun with your decor options. Search up some home-based venues like an estate to get inspiration for your decor ideas. Even if the sizes of your home and the inspiration are different, you can scale down the ideas to fit in your homestead and make the ceremony feel like more an intimate affair.

3. Take Advantage of Rentals

Rental services are vendors that have all the equipment and props that you will need to bring your inspiration to life. Peruse the rentals that are accessible to you and read up on their policies and the types of rentals they stock.

Some of these rental services have a designer on hand who will be willing to come to your home venue and help set up the decor for you. What also makes rental services great is that they are also environmentally friendly organizations, as none of what they provide creates any waste. 

4. Preparing Your Home

Before the final stretch leading up to the wedding, you need to make sure that your home is in proper condition. Conduct a maintenance check around your property so that you can fix anything that is broken, and tweak anything that is on the verge of needing a repair.

Preparing your home also includes landscaping and keeping up the exterior – as this is where most of the guests will be during the course of the ceremony. Your exterior and landscaping efforts can also be used in to aid the way the wedding decoration will be set up when the big day arrives.

5. Displaying the Wedding Decorations

With all the technical aspects covered leading up to the wedding day, you need to have your decor set up. These are some of the areas you need to focus on:

Creating a Focal Point 

If you have an eye-catching detail in your yard, it would be a great idea to have this as a focal point of your wedding. This can be a large tree in your yard, a courtyard-like space, or even a medium to large sculpture. This can even be used as the backdrop for your alter.

The Aisle and Altar

One of the most important parts of your wedding setup is the aisle and altar. If you have a winding pathway, it would be a great idea to arrange the seating to flow with the pathway and lead up to a floral arch where the wedding will take place.

Dining Area

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To maximize the use of the space in your home, consider having a banquet-style seating arrangement throughout the wedding proceedings. This way if space is limited, you don’t have to have people coming in to change up the seating from theatre style to group arrangements. It will be time-consuming and may cause frustration for you as a host as well as your guests. 

Lounge and cocktails

If you have the space, you should utilize it in many ways. You can create a lounge area where guests can mingle and have snacks until it is time for the reception proceedings. Lounge-styled seating arrangements are also a great way to have a relaxed atmosphere at your wedding, and it will make your guests feel more at ease. 

Decorate Choice Spots Around the Home

Even if you are just having your wedding in your backyard, the rest of your home should also get the decor treatment. Consider having a floral or string lighting arch at the entryway to your home leading up to where the wedding will take place. 

Wrapping Up

Having your wedding at home can be just as exciting as having your wedding at a destination location, especially with the right decoration at hand. Once you decide on a theme or have taken inspiration from bigger venues, then with the help of rentals and decor vendors, you will be able to turn your home into a dream wedding venue. Here’s hoping you have a most special wedding day! 

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.