Don't spend your entire wedding budget on the venue. Instead, host your wedding at home for a unique way to celebrate your special day.
If you're planning a wedding, whether it's your own or for someone close to you, you'll already know how tricky it can be to get everything just right. It can also be an incredibly costly venture, especially when you factor in hiring a venue and catering.
This is why many couples are deciding to host their weddings in their own homes. It's inexpensive, easy and allows those being wed to have total control over the day.
In order to transform a home from bland to grand, you're going to need to spruce it up with a few decorations. Start with some fancy lighting like twinkling fairy lights nestled in the trees and uplights placed in strategic corners to make spaces look bigger.
Consider the wedding's colour scheme and carry this through into the house. Line the aisle with flowers or confetti, keeping within the same palette, and tie ribbons on the chairs your guests will watch the proceedings from.
You could even hire a projector on which to screen home movies and photos of the happy couple, entertaining guests throughout the event.
Music is arguably one of the most important elements of any wedding, so take the time to make sure you get it right. Hire a professional sound system so that everyone in attendance can hear the proceedings and music, and charge a friend with the task of organising a dance floor.
Plan a playlist ahead of time and load it up onto an MP3 player that can run throughout the event. Alternatively, hire a local band to keep guests tapping their feet all night long.
Hosting a wedding at home means you can organise your own catering, which can help save a lot of money. Buy alcoholic beverages in bulk from a wholesaler and stock up on juice and other non-alcoholic drinks. Sample items from several caterers before settling on one, or consider promoting a domestically minded mother to the job of canape maker.