The average cost of a wedding in the United States for 2017 was $25,764, according to Cost of Wedding, yet this figure does not include the cost of the dress or the honeymoon. It does, however, include event locations and rentals, purchases of services from professionals, and the service providers themselves, such as caterers, DJs or bands, and invitations. Planning your own wedding can be a great way to save money, especially if you have your wedding at home or use it as a staging area for guests, but you’ll need to have a plan to maximize your efforts. Weddings are stressful enough, right?
Below are some low-cost, high-impact ways to prepare your home for your wedding day.
First Things First
Formulating a plan is the first step. How many guests will you invite to your wedding? Will you use your home as the location of your wedding, or will your home provide guests a place to stay? Knowing how you’ll use your space can help identify what issues need addressing and how you’ll budget your resources. Have you identified certain projects that will require a skilled craftsman? Do you have friends or family who can help stage your space? Getting a handle on what you want for your wedding will go a long way in how you’ll plan.
Choosing to have your wedding in your backyard allows you to pick your own wedding date, have complete control of your space, and write your own rules. Venuelust offers a comprehensive list of things to consider. Once you sort through the logistics of managing your guests, take a good look at your space. Can you spruce up your backyard with some pretty potted plants or repurpose flowers that are already in your garden? Did you decide to serve your guests outside?
Providing creative lighting or way-finding signs will help move guests toward the altar. Building an arbor or pergola to use as an altar or help give direction to your guests is a relatively low-cost and aesthetically pleasing wedding consideration. Professionally built trellises cost between $400 and $900 for materials and labor while prefab models are more affordable and range from $10 to $100.
Whether you’re readying your house for the wedding itself or for your reception, there’s much to consider. Are you hiring caterers? Are there enough restrooms for your guests? Avoid getting overwhelmed by creating a big picture party plan. Better Homes & Gardens walks you through some key elements to consider including strategizing, cleaning, and areas to focus on. They even offer a handy seven-day planner you work from. It’ll feel so good to check those boxes. Your cleaning will be factored into your larger plan, of course, and should allow several days to decorate your home. Is your home large enough to host your wedding and party indoors? The Spruce offers some fun ideas on how to decorate a wedding on a budget. From floral topiaries to DIY tin can lanterns, there are a multitude of ideas for any wedding theme and budget. Enlist the help of your family and friends for help making your decorations -- in fact, make it a pre-wedding party. If you start early enough, you may find your pre-wedding get-togethers enjoyable rather than stressful.
Whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor wedding, choosing your home as the venue can be equally stressful as it can be cost-effective. The key to a successful event is to thoroughly plan ahead, work toward that goal, track progress, and breathe! Keep moving forward and you will get there.