Pros & Cons

New Zealand Weddings - - PLANNING -

Think­ing of hav­ing your wed­ding at home? We’ve made a list so you can make an ed­u­cated de­ci­sion on what say­ing ‘I do’ at home ac­tu­ally en­tails…

PROS ✤ It’s spe­cial, in­ti­mate, and no one else will be able to repli­cate your ex­act lo­ca­tion. You can re­ally bring your own vi­sion to life – if you can imag­ine it, you can cre­ate it. You of­ten still have the mar­quee or tent the next morn­ing be­fore it's taken down, so utilise the space by host­ing a break­fast or a brunch for your guests, or even just your ex­tended fam­ily. Hav­ing more or fewer guests can be ac­com­mo­dated more eas­ily than at a tra­di­tional venue. When the venue is a fam­ily home you can of­ten rent homes nearby for the bridal party, which means you’re close to where all the ac­tion is. You can have the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion at the same place, mak­ing it a seam­less af­fair for every­one in­volved. ✤ If the place is spe­cial to you, it may calm any pre-wed­ding jit­ters and make you more re­laxed and com­fort­able on the day. CONS ✤ The pack down will be ex­ten­sive and ex­haust­ing. Make sure you cal­cu­late enough time for this job be­fore you go on your hon­ey­moon. ✤ Bud­gets can of­ten be blown with hid­den costs like de­liv­ery fees. Read all the fine print and have a de­liv­ery col­umn in your bud­get. Guests of­ten as­sume they can bring chil­dren to home wed­dings. If you’re not keen on this, ad­dress the is­sue early on with in­vites say­ing some­thing like, ‘ We want par­ents to have a night off…’ It can be a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare. Set up may need to start at least four days be­fore the big event, so you’re bound to over­whelm the own­ers of the prop­erty. Be up­front early with a time­line of what they can ex­pect to be hap­pen­ing, and when. It can be tough to get the num­bers of glasses and bot­tles of wine right, so speak to a pro­fes­sional about how much you need. Then al­ways cater for more. You will have to be in charge of many more as­pects of the wed­ding than if you were at a ho­tel, restau­rant or tra­di­tional venue. If you don’t feel up to the job, find some­one (or pay some­one) to di­rect the day to make sure it runs smoothly.

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