Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s only natural that you want everything to be perfect. But when it comes to your home, it’s hard to know exactly how much you should prepare for the wedding weekend. If guests are coming to stay, you want it to look clean and festive. However, after spending money decorating a wedding venue to the nines, you don’t have a lot to spend on home décor.
This five-step plan from Walking Through Life as Women can help you get your home ready for the wedding weekend. Not only is every step easy to do, but they also won’t cost you a fortune either.
Whether you’re hosting overnight guests, holding wedding events in your home, or scheduling an intimate at-home photography session, you’ll want to declutter first. Clutter-free rooms make for nicer photographs and give your guests places to hang their coats and set their drinks so they don’t feel like they’re intruding.
Declutter beyond the standard tidying up. If guests are lodging at your home, they’ll need space to store clothing, toiletries, and other essentials so they’re not living out of suitcases. If you’re hosting events, you’ll need to move furniture to create more floor space. If you’re turning your office into a staging area or even an additional sleep space, be sure to take the time to clean it up, reorganize everything and create a new system you can maintain once the wedding is over.
Last but not least, if you find yourself getting overwhelmed with preparation, here’s a great tip for giving yourself a little more breathing room: temporarily rent a storage unit and use it to get excess boxes, furniture, and odds-and-ends out of your hair for a little while. If you’re looking for self storage in San Diego, there are 63 to choose from, starting at just over $55 a month.
Don’t go overboard decorating your home for the wedding weekend, even if you’re hosting events at home. Smaller spaces are easily overwhelmed by decoration, so understated décor is best. Here are some inexpensive options for indoor and outdoor spaces:
- Hang a wedding wreath on the front door.
- Light the backyard with paper lanterns and string lights.
- Display your initials with marquee letters on the mantle (or try one of these ideas from Martha Stewart weddings).
- Create a photo display board of you and your significant other.
Furnish Guest Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Prepare overnight guests’ rooms before they arrive. If you don’t own enough guest beds, rent them. Some furniture rental stores allow rentals for as little as one week, so you spend much less than you would buying a new bed. If you need a permanent solution for your guest room, shopping for a mattress through Amazon is a convenient option.
Also, think about sprucing up your walls if it’s been a while since their last coat of paint. However, instead of breaking out the paintbrush, you can use self-adhesive wallpaper to add some style to these rooms without having to put in too much work. There are many colors and patterns to choose from, including modern design and retro removable wallpaper. And if you find something you like better after you’ve applied your wallpaper, you can remove it with ease — and maybe reuse the leftovers to line a bookcase or two.
Don’t forget the bathrooms. Organize the guest bathrooms so visitors don’t have to go digging for towels or toiletries. It’s good etiquette to provide travel-sized toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, soap and shampoo. These small items are fairly inexpensive and can be found at stores like Target for as little as .99, so grab a handful for guests and your upcoming honeymoon.
Don’t Forget the Yard
When hosting wedding guests, you’ll want to make sure your landscaping is clean and well-maintained. This means removing all debris, trimming back overgrown plants, and refreshing mulch and other ground coverings. In addition, be sure to power wash any paved surfaces and remove any weeds that might be growing. If all of this will take up more time than you have, consider reaching out to local landscape companies to find one who can tackle your most pressing lawn needs. Remember that you get what you pay for, so read reviews and check ratings before pursuing anyone.
Stock the Kitchen
Double-check guests’ dietary restrictions before they arrive so you can avoid last-minute grocery runs. This information should be included with RSVPs. If you’re hosting a few guests for the entire weekend, ask about food preferences so you can purchase ingredients, snacks, and beverages they’ll enjoy. Include wine or cocktail supplies so you can welcome your guests properly when they arrive.
Once you wrap up everything, your home is ready for its first guests! Now, take a deep breath, get a good night’s sleep, and enjoy a self-care session before your first visitors arrive. Your wedding weekend is going to be a whirlwind of fun, and you want to feel your best for every second of it.
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By Julia Merrill
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