There are so many benefits to hosting a wedding in the privacy of your own home—sense of familiarity, undeniable charm, and unique sentiment make for a day that’s original and noteworthy. Invite your loved ones into a space that holds some of your most cherished memories—as a child, an adult, or both!—because nothing says love like a wedding with a “home sweet home” welcome mat. Since residences are rarely suited for events and large gatherings, private homes need considerable attention when it comes to finalizing logistics like lighting, parking, and additional rentals.
Depending on the size of your home—and the number on your guest list—it’s important to consider factors like catering, landscape design, ceremony setup, and decor. For example, for larger homes built with a significant number of hosting rooms, the need for an outdoor tent might not be as necessary, whereas for a more intimate setting, the use of a backyard tent might prove useful for added space. Finding the balance between wanting to highlight the unique features of your humble abode and adapting the space to your unique aesthetic is something that some of the industry’s best planners, photographers, florists, and caterers have mastered. We reached out to these masters of all-things wedding and gained some insight for throwing our own private home bash. They gave their best advice for throwing a successful (and seamless) private home wedding, so here are 17 tips for hosting your wedding at home.