We are thrilled to be featured on the Your Wedding at Home blog with advice on what to consider if you are planning on hosting your wedding at home. We’ve planned several backyard weddings in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia and developed some common themes among all the events. More tips for at home weddings.
If it wasn’t because both families were incredibly generous and friendly, this backyard wedding in Virginia would have been such a challenging wedding. I love at-home weddings because there are no rules. However, the site where the tent was to be set up was at the bottom of a sloped area and was really narrow (30’x90′) and quite small, but we had no alternative. Check out the floor plan below. While part of the ground had asphalt, other parts had uneven grass. Trying to place the dance floor was nearly impossible while trying to work around the tent poles. It was definitely one of the more challenging floor plans I had to design, but we made it work. The landscape also limited where we could place the lovely portable toilets! The tent company was less than stellar during installation. Luckily, we had beautiful weather and some very fun guests.
The bride’s family, although of Indian descent, were from Jamaica. We had fun with the cuisine, serving an Indian buffet, Carib beer, Jamaican rum cake for dessert, as well as the groom’s favorite cookies from his childhood, and everybody’s favorite cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes. The day began with a very intimate, small ceremony that included only both immediate families, while the rest of the guests were only invited to the reception.
Afterwards, we got this lovely note from the couple …
OMG, Vicky, [we] had SO much fun!!! every time we talk about the wedding, we would throw in there “thank goodness for Vicky!!” I think everyone in my family was in love with you for all the help and the awesomeness that you provided 🙂 … I’m still recovering… !