Home Wedding Advice: Generators and Restroom Trailers

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Not all wedding planning can be cake tastings and dress shopping. When you are hosting a wedding at home, there will be a ton of logistical planning. Two items you will need to think a lot about are your power needs and restroom needs. I recently wrote a nice long post about home wedding generators and restrooms over on United With Love.

In the advice post, I go into great depth not only about how to figure out what size generator(s) and restroom trailer(s) you will need for your home wedding, but also how to make a smart plan for their load in and out of your property. These are just some of the many logistics you will need to think about as far in advance as possible when planning your at-home wedding.

Please don’t miss my earlier, and mostly much more fun, posts about home wedding stationerylighting for your home weddingwedding tent floor plans, an intro to wedding tents and the basics of home wedding guest lists and budgets.

Home Wedding Advice: Lighting

I recently shared a bunch of advice about wedding lighting when you are hosting an at home wedding over on the awesome DC wedding blog, United With Love. I talked about lighting for your guests, lighting for your vendors, and lighting for lighting’s sake.  Some of the lighting may be utilitarian, and some will be decor driven. There is a lot to consider, and it could end up being a significant budget line item as well as a big power need, so plan early, plan often, for your wedding lighting.

You can also check out my past home wedding advice posts on UWL about customizing your wedding stationery, wedding tent floor plans, the fundamentals of wedding tents, and the wedding budget and guest list basics to get you started.  

Home Weddings: Stationery Ideas

This month on United With Love I shared my advice on how to customize your wedding stationery to reflect the home you’ll be marrying at. In previous months, I talked about wedding tent floor plans, an introduction to wedding tents, and getting started planning your home wedding.

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Above is a Save-The-Date card featuring a watercolor of the home where my clients held their ceremony in Purcellville, Virginia. CLick to see more from this lovely home wedding. Below is a wedding invitation featuring a sketch of the home that was the backdrop for my clients’ wedding ceremony in The Plains, Virginia. I can’t wait to share more of this wedding with you!

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Photo second from top: Laura Ashbrook. Bottom two photos: Lisa Boggs.

Home Weddings: Tent Floor Plans

Over on United With Love I recently shared lots of advice and tips on how to plan your wedding tent floor plan.  There is a great free program called All Seated that can also help you with this as well! I’m sharing the math behind how to lay out your dinner tables as well as a reminder of the other tables you will want or need to have in your tent for your wedding reception. I also share some advice on how to save space if need be. Here are a couple sample tent floor plans to get you started!

Don’t miss my past posts about wedding tents and starting to plan your home wedding.

Tent Floor Plan for 160 guests with a DJ

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Tent Floor Plan for 120 Guests and a Band

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Advice for tenting your wedding

As I mentioned last week, I’ve partnered with United With Love to bring you a monthly blog series about  planning your home wedding! My first installment was all about your backyard space and wedding budgets – super sexy, right? I know, I know, but these are the necessary first steps when planning your wedding. Once you get these details nailed down, you can start on more fun things. More specifically, I recommend moving on to booking your wedding tent!

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This is likely going to be a big piece of your wedding budget, so it is important to figure out early on. I share all kinds of introductory information on wedding tents so that you aren’t walking into

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Top photo by Katie Stoops. Bottom photo by Michelle Lindsay – you can see more from that Virginia wedding: wedding preparations, the poolside reception and the tented celebration.

Wedding Advice Series: Home Weddings

I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered with DC wedding blog United With Love on a monthly blog series discussing at-home wedding tips. I’ve mapped out 12 months of topics, ranging from wedding tents to lighting to permits as well as more fun things like decor and stationery. What topics would you like to hear from me about?

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My first installment is an introduction to the topic of home weddings, discussing the two most important factors when deciding whether or not to host a wedding at home: space and budget. I dive into the space needed for all your guests and staff, including wedding tents. And I broach that not-so-fun topic of budgets, and how a home wedding is often the most costly option you can consider.

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Photo by Katie Stoops . You can see more from this Virginia home wedding, including the wedding details, the backyard wedding ceremony and the tented wedding reception.