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July, 2015

7 Things You Need to Consider When Planning A Wedding At Your Home

Weddings at home are lovely and some little girls dream about having their own wedding on the property where they grew up, but there are many factors to consider before being certain a wedding at home is the right venue for you.

“Adequate Space”
Measure your property or use a rental company to do so. If you are going to be outdoors hire a rental company for tenting and make sure they confirm that you have adequate level space for all of your needs. Additionally, make sure you have all the extra spaces you will need for getting ready, photos and more.

“Rentals”
How many guests are you having? You likely don’t have enough items of your own to service the number of guests attending for a wedding. You will need to rent practically everything- glassware, dishes, flatware, linens, tables, chairs, etc. This can add up so make sure you consider all of this when budgeting.

“Catering Facilities”
Will the caterers be using your kitchen? Do they need you to build them out in a catering tent? Either way you need to have the caterer do a site visit and make sure they have what they need or they will have to set up the proper facilities temporarily onsite for them to use by renting everything they need. Again, this can increase your rental budget so you will want to find this out early.

“Restrooms”
Do you want all of those people walking through your house to use the bathroom? The answer is “no”. You will need to consider renting portable restroom trailers. These are actually very nice. You do not need to use Porto Potties. The restroom trailers are air conditioned, lit, and look like an actual bathroom.

“Parking”
Where will all of those cars park? Even if you hire valet parking you need to pre-determine the location where the cars can go nearby and make sure the valets can quickly get to that location and back.

“Trash Removal”
A wedding will generate a lot of trash. Make sure you have plenty of waste receptacles placed properly for trash then discuss trash disposal with your caterer. Have them remove it from the property or place it in the proper pick up location for you.

“Being Able To Enjoy It”
Consider how you will be able to be a guest at your own event if it is your home. We suggest hiring a good Wedding Planner to handle all of the planning and manage every detail onsite for the wedding. Trust us, this is the only way you will really get to enjoy it.

5 Things You Need to Consider About Planning an Outdoor Wedding

So you are planning to have an outdoor wedding. They sure can be beautiful, but whether it’s just the ceremony outdoors or all events including the reception, here are 5 things you need to take into consideration.

“Make Sure You Have a Rain Plan”
There is always a chance it could rain, especially in our hometown of Pittsburgh. When planning to be outdoors, you must make two solid logistic plans. One that will work if it is not raining and a second “Plan B” option that will be fully planned out ahead of time and acceptable to you if you should decide to enact it. The rain plan may involve options such as tented covering or the ability to move your outside set up to an indoor area. Make sure you have pre-designed floor plans for both options.

“Lighting”
Even if your event starts during daylight, be sure to access whether any portion of the event will continue to be going on once it gets dark. Check the sundown time for the date of your event and know what time it will get dark. While they may not be turned on until later in the evening, be sure to have lighting in place for all areas for when it gets dark. Don’t forget lighting areas like pathways to parking and restrooms. Also be sure food and dessert displays are well lit so people can see them.

“Bugs”
Outside, there will be bugs, guaranteed. Your guests may not think of this, but you don’t want them swarmed by bugs. We suggest having bug spray available for guests to use as needed. You can also strategically place citronella candles. Don’t forget that bugs will surround the food so if you have any food sitting out, try to keep it protected.

“Level Ground”
When deciding which outside area to use, if you are planning to be on grass, take into consideration how level the ground is. You will need to select a large enough area that is completely level to place items such as dance floors, tables and chairs. You can’t put these on sloped surfaces so if you aren’t sure whether the surface will be acceptable, have your rental company come out and look at it.

“Wind”
Even slight wind can blow table cloths off tables or knock over light items. Always plan for the possibility of wind. For linens, tie sashes around them on high cocktail tables, use clips to secure them or place a heavy enough centerpiece to keep them from blowing off the tables. For other items, be sure to have them weighted down in some way. And consider that it is very likely that if you place paper items like place cards on tables that they may blow over so plan for other options.