According to a 2013 report released by TheKnot.com, the average wedding costs almost $30,000.
It might be natural to assume an at-home wedding would be cheaper to pull off than one at an expensive venue. However, that isn’t always the case.
Drawbacks and Costs to At-Home Weddings
Because your home likely isn’t set up for big events with hundreds of people, you’re going to have to spend money to prepare for such an event. Costs you might not have thought of include:
- Renting tables and chairs
- Decorations, such as a wedding arch
- Hiring parking attendants to help you figure out where all the cars go
- Renting a tent in case of implement weather
Cheaper Ways to a Home Wedding
There are some ways to keep your costs down for a cheap wedding at home. Many of these techniques are similar to keeping wedding costs down at any venue.
- Limit the guest list. 30 people are easier and less expensive to accommodate and feed than 300.
- Instead of renting tables and chairs, borrow from a church or family and friends. Do they really all need to match perfectly?
- Get volunteers to help with parking.
The one thing you probably shouldn’t do is skip renting a tent. In the event that the forecasted sunny skies turn overcast on your wedding day, you’ll want an option so you don’t have to get married with wet hair dripping in your face.
Should You Have a Wedding at Home?
There are many things you should think through before deciding whether or not to have your wedding at home.
- How many guests will you have?
- Can your home accommodate that number of guests?
- What happens if you have to move the event indoors? What if the back yard floods?
- Do you have spots for parking? Will your neighbors allow your guests to park in front of their homes? Is it going to be a big inconvenience?
- Who will help with cleanup?
- How much will it cost to decorate and provide seating?
- Will you serve a meal? Where will you serve the meal? Is there room?
There are a lot of things to think through before deciding whether or not to have your wedding at home. If the event will wind up costing the same amount as renting venue space because of table, tent and chair rental costs, then you may want to reconsider the location. At the same time, if your home has nostalgic value, getting married at home can make your special day even more memorable.