The Pros and Cons of Hosting a Wedding at a House

A bride and groom standing outside a house at their wedding.

Hosting a wedding at someone’s house can be quite an endeavor, but it can also be an amazing process that comes with a beautiful affair. Deciding whether or not you want to embark on this journey can be tough, especially if you’re choosing between a wedding at a personal home and a more traditional venue. Like any other choice in wedding planning, the decision to have your event at a house has its ups and downs. Learn about them in order to better decipher whether this type of venue is right for you.

The Pros of Hosting a Wedding at a House

Let’s start with the pros of having a wedding at someone’s home.

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It’s Personal

Many times, choosing a home to get married at is a personal decision and you choose a home that is special to you. Whether it’s your own house, a childhood home, a vacation home, or the home of someone close to you, it’s somewhere that you have special memories and where you want to take this big life step. That makes it more than a venue, and you’ll look forward to always having that special memory of getting married at this particular place for the rest of your life.

It’s Completely Customizable

Another great thing about getting married in a house is that it’s completely customizable. You can choose everything about the decor, have unique food, and have a fun set-up for your guests to enjoy. You get to pick pretty much every last detail down to the silverware, which gives you a lot of creative freedom. In a more traditional venue this is not always possible, so if you have a very specific vision in mind for your day, a house wedding just might be perfect for you!

It’s a Unique Guest Experience

Since it’s much more common for couples to get married at traditional venues (event spaces, hotels, etc.), most guests probably don’t get to go to many weddings at someone’s home. With that being said, attending your wedding at a home will likely provide your guests with an unforgettable experience. If inspiring a “wow factor” at your event is important to you, this is something to consider.

It’s Economically Friendly

While getting married at someone’s house isn’t guaranteed to save you serious cash on your wedding, there will definitely be areas where a house wedding helps to cut costs. For instance, being able to buy your own alcohol rather than paying for it at a venue is a big savings, leaving more money in your pocket.

The Cons of Hosting a Wedding at a House

On the flip side, there are also some downsides to consider with this type of wedding venue.

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The Logistics Can Be Complicated

Since you have to bring every single piece of furniture, decor, and sometimes even portable bathrooms into your wedding at a house, it could be logistically challenging. That is an abundance of vendors to coordinate and a ton of details to ensure are covered in the planning process. If you’re someone who isn’t interested in getting into the nitty-gritty details of your day, this venue choice may not be for you.

There Can Be too Much Noise for Neighbors

If the house you choose to get married at has neighbors close by, you may run into an early curfew or noise complaints during your event. This could cramp your style as entertainment may have to be wrapped up early or just the noise of guests outside after a certain hour may cause a disturbance.

There May Not Be Enough Parking

If there’s not an abundance of parking space at the house you’re looking to host your event at, it may pose a major issue. This could lead to the need to cut down your guest list or to instruct guests that they can’t drive themselves to the event.

You May Not Have Enough Power Outlets

One of the things that may not immediately come to mind when considering a house wedding is whether or not you’ll have enough electrical power to make it a success. You’ll need quite a bit of power for your entertainment, lighting, and kitchen set-ups, so not having enough could be detrimental to your event.

There Could Be Potential Property Damage

Wedding receptions are known to get a little wild, so having one at a house always runs the risk of damage to the property. It’s impossible to control everything that transpires at the event, so this is definitely something to keep in mind.

You May Need to Acquire Permits

In some cities and states, the need for special permits arises when having large-scale events at a residence. Permits can be time-consuming, expensive, and even tricky to acquire, so do your research on whether these will be needed in the area you’re interested in before committing to getting married in a residential area.

Regardless of the venue you choose, planning a wedding should be an exciting and fun experience. If you decide to get married at a special home, you’ll always treasure the experience and the memory of an amazing venue.

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