We are seeing more and more couples choose to host their wedding reception in their families homes or even in their own home. There are, of course, pros and cons to choosing to host the event at your own. First and foremost concern would, of course be space. No need to worry though, our catering manager will come to your home and assist you with determining the best logistical set up for ceremony and reception. This also allows us to be prepared for the event itself so if any transition is necessary, we can have our staff prepped and ready to go.
Another consideration would be lighting, especially if the event is at night. If you need to bring in additional lighting, we can assist in making those arrangements for you or refer you to one of our vendor colleagues who can assist with your specific needs.
What about parking? Depending on the number of guests you will be having, valet parking might be an option to look into.
When planning an event that will take place outside we always urge our clients, even if they do not want to, to have a rain plan. Weather can be extremely unpredictable in Texas and you don't want to take the chance that your plans will be rained out! We have seen , first hand, the undue stress that not having a rain plan can cause. Ask yourself is there room to move the event indoors? Would furniture need to be moved? Is the area able to be tented?
I think one of the biggest pluses to hosting an event in your home is the memories you are creating. Just as with entertaining for any event in your home, your personality and taste are at the forefront and shared with your guests. Even more so with a wedding since you can really focus on the details and giving your guests a stunning experience.
Many clients are also choosing to host their weddings on family owned properties, such as ranches, vacation homes or even open fields. Yes, these can even be more challenging and you definitely want to leave the planning to the professionals . You could easily drive yourself crazy trying to get all of the logictics in place. When we do a site visit of the location, some of the questions we ask are :
Is there running water? Essential to know before hand !
Are there bathroom facilities? If not, these are easily brought in.
Is there a prep area or kitchen area to work from? You would be surprised at how little we need to get the job done right, we just have to know in advance what equipment we need to bring.
Is the location well marked? You don't want your guests driving up and down a dark, dirt road for hours looking for you! Put out markers or signage to let them know where to turn and if they have arrived to the right location. You may even want to charter a bus service to and from a hotel or meeting point if your location is truly off the beaten path.
Your menu selections can reflect that homey feel for your event or be a culinary experience for diners. There is really no limit to how exciting you want the food to be. With the proper notice , we are able to bring in the right equipment and power to make sure whatever type do food service or menu you decide on, the production will be seamless and hassle free.
The whole point of hiring professional is to ease your burden and uncomplicate things. This frees you up to focus on your big day, on enjoying every moment and allows you to be stress free.
If you are considering hosting the event in your home to save money, just remember this might not be the case. Depending on your number of guests and how your event will run, you may need to bring in rental tables , linens and chairs for seating. You may need outdoor fans or heaters , you may need to tent the space, and so much more. Before you decide , you should definitely compare the pricing of doing it at home and bringing in all the rentals you would need or finding a venue that may already provide a lot of those items. We can definitely help you with determining what works best for you and your budget needs. It's all in the planning !