Get Your Home Ready for Your Wedding Day
Your wedding day photos are a wonderful way to remember one of the most important days of your life. Aside from pictures of you, your bridal party and family members getting ready for your wedding day, images of your home will be captured as well.
Since your home can be used in various ways, such as a staging area, meeting location, guest quarters, or even as the site of your home wedding ceremony, preparations must be completed to ensure you have a beautiful event, and beautiful photographs + videos.
Here are three low-cost, high-impact ways to prepare your home for your wedding day:
1. Clean. Thoroughly
Think Spring cleaning, except for your wedding day.
Whether you’re using your home for the bride and/or groom prep, ceremony, reception, or some other part of the wedding activities, cleanliness can create a world of difference in achieving the look you want in your photos.
To the wedding photographer, your home acts no differently than a prop.
This means that your furniture and other items may be moved around to get the perfect photo.
Your second photographer from Black Avenue Productions will assist moving furniture and unclutter any mess whenever we have time, to create that hotel-like clean look for your wedding photos and videos.
With that said, deep cleaning is the only way to prevent dust or dirt from being visible in your photos. It also saves you, or someone else who is assisting with the wedding, from having to clean at every stop along the way.
The good thing is that cleaning doesn’t cost anything (minus the supplies).
If it’s not your cup of tea, though, try a cleaning service at some point prior to the wedding.
2. Prepare the yard before your wedding day
The outside of your home is the first area everyone will notice, including your photography crew.
It will not only set the stage for the event, but also serve as a backdrop for your photos.
To create a pristine appearance, make sure that typical maintenance tasks are handled: mow the grass, sweep your walking paths, pull any weeds, and trim the bushes.
These tasks may require a little elbow grease, but in terms of costs, they’re really only a matter of buying the necessities or renting a hedge trimmer from somewhere like Home Depot.
Either way, whether you have the wedding at home or want an ideal photo opportunity, you will need a focal point. For example, consider building an arbor or pergola for the occasion. Professionally built trellises cost between $400 and $900 for materials and labor, whereas prefab models are more affordable and range from $10 and $100.
3. Design for Less
Aside from the typical upkeep, it’s also essential to add decorative items for your wedding day.
To spice up your wedding, there are three inexpensive design pieces you can use to elevate both the indoor and outdoor aesthetics: plants and flowers, a water feature, and lighting. Evergreens such as boxwood shrubs are usually part of formal landscaping, so using these can establish a simple and elegant look for any yard. Feel free to include other plants and flowers of varying heights to show pops of color and create depth inside and out.
Your wedding day, your way
While home weddings are not for everyone, with a little research and getting in early, couples should have no trouble finding what works from them. So don’t slack on your home work!
A recent Melbourne favourite for us was Brighton Savoy. A picturesque location by the water, stunning venue inside and out and well suited for groom/bridal parties that want to prepare and get ready on location with great facilities.