Weddings seem to get more and more expensive and grand with each passing year. One way to cut back costs that could be going to a honeymoon or even a down payment on a property is to use your home in some fashion. Here are some low-cost, high-impact ways you can transform your home for your wedding day.
Get in Ship Shape
You will want everything to look perfect for this day. You will need to make preparations to ensure your home can work as a staging area, a place for friends and family to meet or even sleep overnight. To begin, it’s best to organize and declutter. Start by clearing out old products in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you have medicine, food cans, makeup, or anything else that is expired, it’s time to get rid of it. You want to create space in your house, so put things in their proper homes, clear out what closet space you can, and donate things you won’t use again. You can free up countertops by putting items in fabric or plastic cubbies and keeping these in your closets or garage. You also need to make sure your home is clean and looks perfect. It may be wise to hire a cleaning company, but doing little things each day can add up, especially if you start well in advance.
Stage Each Room
Before you begin staging, you need to think about what you’ll require around the home. If you’re hosting the reception at your house, you may need extra seating. At the same time, you need to have open pathways for people to walk without bumping into each other or dropping things. If you have carpeting, you may want to protect it before you have dozens and dozens of people traipsing all over it, and so it looks neat and tidy before your guests arrive. You might want to add a touch of elegance to your home in ways that go beyond decoration. Crown molding can transform a room, and is not difficult, nor expensive, to apply. New, thick window treatments, such as blackout or thermal curtains, can also add a nice touch to any room.
Tend Your Garden
Even if your event is going to be held indoors, you will want to ensure your garden looks as nice as possible, as it will still be viewed when guests arrive. Take some time to really look at your garden and decide what needs to be done. Look to focus on areas where people will be spending most of their time. That includes areas you people to enter, and any locations where people may stop to enjoy the weather or have a drink outside. Putting in flowers that match your color scheme can add a nice touch to make your day even more special. Most importantly, keep plants trim and walkways cleared.
All weddings and receptions need good decorations, but these can be costly. However, fashioning them yourself can not only save you money, but it can be a fun way to spend time with your dearest friends. A good place to start is with a checklist. Every room is going to need, at least, a little something to tie into your chosen theme. Flowers are wedding standards, but building your own centerpieces is a less expensive option. Adding drapes throughout the home can transform a space from terrestrial to transcendental, especially if you have high ceilings. You can place chalkboard signs throughout the rooms, which can be decorated easily and convey messages of love or happy quotations. Paper lanterns are a fun and increasingly popular decoration that come in all shapes and colors. Hang them inside and out for a stunning look that doesn’t cost much.
It will definitely take work to accomplish everything, but the amount you can save will be worth it. Get started early on cleaning and organizing, make some decorations and stage your home to make it look its best. You might be surprised by how beautiful a transformation you and your family can create.