Are you wedding ready at home?
The wedding of your dreams doesn’t have to cost a fortune. From hosting guests instead of renting hotel rooms to having a wedding in your backyard, the advantages of using your own home in your wedding plans can be endless. However, you will need to take some steps to make sure your home is ready for any guests or activities. So, here are some simple budget-friendly ways you can put your home in order before your special day arrives.
Lend Some Focus to Your Home’s Exterior
Whether you will be hosting wedding guests or hosting your actual wedding, the outside of your home will be what makes the first impression. Make sure it’s a stylish one by taking some time to tend to your yard and outdoor spaces. You can easily add color with potted flowers and plants, to go along with your wedding theme and colors. If you want to add some serious style to your outdoor areas, consider having an arbor or pergola installed or your special day. Custom-built trellises can range in price from $400 to $900, including materials and labor, while pre-made options tend to range between $10 and $100. Pergolas can be fun to style after your wedding too, so definitely consider adding one to your yard.
Get Some Help Cleaning Your Home
No matter how big or small, planning a wedding will likely take up a lot of your time. If you plan on hosting guests at your house, you will want to make sure it as clean as can be. You can do a deep cleaning well ahead of your wedding and then stick to a regular cleaning schedule to keep things tidy. You could also think about allowing room in your budget to hire a cleaning service to do a one-time deep cleaning, or schedule a few cleanings while you are busy planning your wedding festivities. Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, especially without an event planner, so having one less task on your plate can make a major difference and can help you enjoy your special time so much more.
Make Sure Your Overnight Guests are Comfy
If you have friends and family members coming in from out of town, you may want to host them in your home.
You should make sure all beds have fresh sheets, but also think about adding some small touches that can make a big difference in making your guests feel right at home.
Put out some clean towels on the beds and make up a basket of travel-sized toiletries as well. You can typically find options for around $1 to $3, but if you have hotel toiletries or beauty store samples to spare, those can work too.
Plan Crowd-Pleasing Meals and Entertainment
Chances are, your wedding festivities will take up a lot of you and your guests’ time. You will also need some ideas for those times and meals in-between events. Be prepared by stocking your kitchen with plenty of self-serve and quick meal options for all of your guests, like cheeses, veggies, fruits, and non-alcoholic beverages. To keep your family and friends entertained, you can plan some fun activities during downtime and non-wedding days. You may also want to pick up some brochures on local attractions, such as wineries, museums, and nature trails, so your guests can entertain themselves when you are busy or away.
Hosting guests and activities in your own home during your wedding can be a great way to save on expenses. Getting your home ready shouldn’t break the bank either, as long as you focus on a few important details first. Keep your home beautiful and clean, keep your guests comfortable and fed, and keep your focus on enjoying your big day. Now you are wedding ready at home.