I am back with another feature in my new series ” An At-Home Wedding with…” this time bringing you expert advice from Kelly Simants of Sweet Pea Events, who is based in Texas but has offices all over the country and a focus on destination weddings! You can see the first installment of this series here.
Your name – Kelly Simants
Your Business Name – Sweet Pea Events
Locations you serve – Our offices are located in Dallas, New York, and Seattle but we also focus on destination weddings so we will travel anywhere!
What is a real anecdote from an at-home wedding that you would like to share with brides and grooms planning a similar celebration? When you host an event at your home, be prepared for guests who may arrive early and pop a squat in your living room, kitchen, etc. Typically these are family members who are comfortable in your home, arrive early for photos, etc. Even if you designate a “waiting area” outside for guests and try to keep everyone outside, your home will naturally be quickly filled with a ton of people on the day of the wedding. To prepare for this scenario, have your caterer prepare a light snack/beverages to have available for guests, bridal party, etc. before the ceremony.
What is your biggest tip or piece of advice for couples planning a backyard wedding? Consider the amount of time needed to get your home “wedding ready” – the landscaping you’ll need done, the new stain your fence may need, your windows washed, yard sprayed for bugs…there are so many tasks associated with preparing for a backyard wedding that it’s important to not only know the time that will be required upfront, but also the cost associated with getting your home “wedding ready”.
Photo credit for Kelly’s headshot is Elle Parks Photography
Thanks so much Kelly! Your advice is so spot on!
Check back tomorrow for photos of a real at-home wedding that Kelly and Sweet Pea Events planned in Texas!