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There are a lot of preparations to make before your wedding day, no matter where the ceremony and reception will take place; however, if you’re going to have guests in your home during this time, it’s important to make sure everything is clean and well taken care of. Even if you’ll be leaving straight from the ceremony for your honeymoon, take care to ensure that your house is neat and buttoned up for safety’s sake while you’re gone.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prepare your home for the big day (and beyond), and they won’t break the bank. Having a well-thought-out plan for the weeks surrounding your wedding day will help reduce stress and will ensure that things run smoothly the entire time. Whether you’re planning to have the ceremony/reception at your house, are offering rooms to family members beforehand, or just want to make sure your home is taken care of while you’re away after the big day, here are the best ways to prepare.
You’ll want to deep clean your home before the big day; this includes cleaning the carpets, curtains, furniture, and washing the walls (if they are covered with a glossy paint). Giving these areas a good cleaning will remove stains and odors that may be hard to detect since you’re in your home every day. Having the right vacuum cleaner will help; if your current vacuum hasn’t been upgraded in years and leaves much to be desired in terms of its ability to effectively clean up messes, consider investing in a new one. Just be sure you do your research first to ensure you’re paying for the right appliance; you can check out a buyer’s guide like this one to learn about some options (bagged, bagless, self-sealing bag, cyclonic, self-propelled, and more) on the market. Knowing that your home is clean and in order will help reduce anxiety and stress on your big day, and will do the same for you while you’re away on your honeymoon.
Make any necessary repairs
Even if you try to stay on top of household maintenance, you might be surprised at how many little things can pop up once you’re planning a big event. Go from room to room and check your home’s exterior to look for anything that needs to be repaired. Take care of the small, DIY things yourself, and call in a pro for anything bigger, such as roofing issues or electrical problems.
Don’t forget to tend to your lawn. Even if you aren’t planning to have guests outside, the grass and landscaping should still be presentable. Trim the hedges, make sure the lawn itself is well-watered and neat, and add some colorful flowers in boxes or hanging baskets.
Plan for the amount of people
If you’ll be having the ceremony and/or reception at your home, it’s important to consider the amount of people that will be in attendance and plan accordingly. You might want to rent a generator to provide power for the lighting, band, or DJ, and thinking about how many bathrooms are available will be imperative (you can rent these as well). It’s also a good idea to make sure there will be adequate parking for everyone on the guest list.
Consider a tent or gazebo
It’s always best to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, so consider renting a tent or gazebo for the backyard so that you won’t be forced to accommodate all the guests inside your home.
Make sure it’s secure
A secure home will help you feel at ease when all is said and done, so double-check security and surveillance systems to make sure they’re working properly, and add fresh batteries to carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. If you’re planning to leave right after the reception for a honeymoon, talk to your neighbors and let them know how long you’ll be gone. Arrange for someone to pick up your newspaper and/or mail, as these are clear indicators to potential thieves that no one is home.
Preparing for your wedding day can be a big job, so don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed; ask for help from friends and family when you need it. This will help you avoid stress and will allow you to simply enjoy the process and, in turn, your big day.
Links to Outside Sources:
Having Guests in your home: https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/at-home-wedding-checklist
Household Maintenance: https://www.brides.com/story/backyard-wedding-preparation-tips
Tend to your Lawn: https://www.theknot.com/content/home-wedding-reception-secrets
Backyard Wedding Rentals: https://www.southernliving.com/weddings/venues/planning-backyard-wedding
Best vacuum for hosting: https://howtohome.com/vacuum/best-shark-vacuums/