Sometimes the best weddings are done at home. If your house is beautiful enough that you imagine saying your vows there, do not stop that vision from coming true. At home weddings are a challenge to organize, but they are definitely possible and more than worth it. Dr. Tinsley Ariana Taylor Keefe has organized numerous at home weddings as a wedding officiant in Oklahoma City, and every wedding held its own specific uniqueness. Whether your house is big or small – gorgeous or worn down – if home is where the heart is, then the heart can also be where home is. Do not let anyone tell you differently.
Maybe you and your significant other live together, and all of those memories in your home bring you closer together. Why should you not be allowed to have an at home wedding? The key is to plan it right. If possible, the easiest way to orchestrate an at home wedding is to utilize the backyard. For most people that plan a wedding at home, the reason usually lies in the beauty of their surroundings. If that is not your reason for wanting an at home wedding but you still have a spacious backyard, consider having the wedding there. The reception could still be open to the house; giving you the opportunity to showcase whatever you want. Provided the wedding ceremony is not too long, most people will not mind sitting on cheap foldable chairs for the duration of the event, saving in money as well.
If having a wedding in your backyard is not possible, then perhaps your house is larger than most. If four dozen people can fit inside your living space comfortably, then have the ceremony inside. Dr. Tinsley Keefe has seen some creative ideas while witnessing at home wedding ceremonies as a wedding officiant in OKC, and always encourages the wedding parties to use their imagination. Tinsley Keefe will always be using hers. For example, she notes that utilizing a staircase can be a beautiful way to give an entrance for the bride or the entire wedding party. Another idea is to have a scattered wedding, almost like a parade. When it is time for the actual ceremony, everyone can crowd in the designated room and watch the (hopefully) prompt event.
If your house is small and your backyard is not an option, then be prepared for a small and quiet wedding. Maybe that is exactly what you are looking for. If so, then an at home wedding could be the most magical option in your eyes. By having a small and quiet get together, the wedding is more personal and therefore more meaningful in memories. When the people you remember are the people you love most and only those people, then no bad memories can surface. Having a quiet and small wedding in a tiny house could be the best idea or the worst depending on the people who make it. Dr. Tinsley Keefe wants to remind everyone that no matter where it takes place, your wedding will always be beautiful if you let it be.