Out of the Box Wedding Ideas: Tips for Getting Married at Home - Laura Watson Photography

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There are many lovely wedding venues in the Atlanta area (and I definitely have my favorites), but if you’re more low-key as a couple, consider getting married at home! Whether it’s your grandfather’s property, the courtyard of your townhouse or your childhood home, this idea is entirely romantic and perfect for couples craving a more intimate and subtle wedding experience.

tips for planning your wedding at home

Last spring, Elizabeth and Matt’s wedding day took place at her family home in Canton, Georgia overlooking their horse pastures. Their wedding day included many cherished details and their favorite furry friends, but the best detail of it all was the home that Elizabeth grew up in.

What I adore most about Elizabeth is that she is intentional about providing a beautiful experience for her guests. From start to finish, she thought through every detail of the day to make sure that her family home was ready! She and her family did such a flawless job that I thought I’d share some tips in case other couples were thinking of doing the same.

3 Tips for Getting Married at Home

1. Let your vendors help you plan

Shean Strong and The Vintage Stylist were incredible florist and designer behind Elizabeth and Matt’s wedding day. Because their work would be a focal point of the ceremony and welcoming guests to their wedding, Elizabeth brought them onto the property to see the home and what it has to offer.  Their designs for the day were perfect in how they accented the home!

The same can be said for your caterer, photographer, musicians and any rental companies you may need to bring in. It’s important for your vendors to walk through the property and note set-up locations, storage areas and behind the scenes details so the day can run seamlessly with little-to-no hiccups!

tips for planning your wedding at home

2. Parking + restrooms

One of the biggest details when opening your home for a wedding is to consider guest parking and restrooms. Will you open up your home or bring in outdoor restrooms? How many guests will attend?  If you live in a neighborhood, street parking may seem like an option, but it’s usually not enough for all of your guests. Also, you’re neighbors may not love you for it! I’d recommend hiring a shuttle service or valet company.

3. Consider going off-site for dinner!

Elizabeth and Matt’s wedding ceremony was intimate and lovely, but their home didn’t feel like the right fit for a dinner. Instead, they chose to reserve a special area at one of their favorite local restaurants! They worked with their vendors to set up a beautiful tablescape with food that they loved! This took the stress off of their families to host a meal at home and gave them free reign to relax and be in the moment.


tips for planning your wedding at home

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