If you live in Boston and are about to get married, you may have realized a couple of things. The first is that the weather in the most popular months to have a wedding is very fickle, and the second is that having a wedding at a venue can be very pricey. If you’re thinking about cutting costs but still want to enjoy a beautiful day—regardless of the weather—you may be thinking about having a home wedding. If so, here are some things to consider before making your final decision.
Space Is King
The first thing you need to think about when considering a home wedding is the space. How many people are you and your honey inviting and will there be enough room to comfortably fit all of your guests? If you have a sizable yard, you might be okay. Call a company that rents tents and other home-wedding accessories and see what size they recommend for the amount of people that you need to fit. They should also be able to tell you how much square footage you’ll need to set up a tent, which will provide a good idea about whether or not your home can accommodate a wedding.
Along with guest space, you also need to consider parking. Check in with your neighborhood’s supervisor and let them know how many cars you are expecting. They should let you know where guests can and cannot park. If your area is strict, consider asking a friend to direct traffic or create signs to direct people where to go. You should also let neighbors know about your big day, especially if there could be noise disturbance (from a band or DJ) and/or if people are going to be parking in front of their houses.
Price Is Nice
If you are considering a home wedding to save money, it’s imperative that you save money. You will likely have to splurge on a tent, tables and chairs, but there are ways to save money in other ways. Consider making your own centerpieces and bouquet. Have your bridesmaids, family and friends help out to ensure that everything is completed on time. Consider creating a specific dance playlist and having a friend MC the night, playing music from an iPod via an inexpensive outdoor speaker. However, the one thing you won’t want to be cheap with is a good photographer. This is one of the biggest days of your life so ensure it is captured beautifully.
The following local businesses may be able to help in getting started:
BC Tent and Awning
25 Bodwell St
Avon, MA 02322
BC Tent and Awning carries tents, chairs, tables, linens, tent heaters, lights, staging and more at affordable prices.
Events For Rent
464 Lowell St
Peabody, MA 01960
If you live north of Boston, give Events For Rent a call to price out your home wedding needs.
Peterson Party Center
36 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801
Peterson Party Center is not only a great place to rent items for your wedding but its experienced staff is super-friendly and will help you get your home wedding simply perfect.
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Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with interior design trends. Effie draws on her Greek/Italian heritage for inspiration and shows a keen eye for little things that make a house a home. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.