A Guide to Organising a Wedding Party at Home

Due to the very high cost of renting a venue, more and more Australians are opting for a home wedding reception, and with online suppliers of everything you could possibly need, organising a home wedding party isn’t such a daunting task. Of course, there are a million and one things to arrange, which will stretch your organising skills to the limit, and with that in mind, here are some helpful tips to ensure the event is one that is remembered for all the right reasons.

The Marquee

No wedding party would be complete without a marquee or two, and with online companies that offer affordable marquee hire of all shapes and sizes, you really are spoiled for choice. Once you have worked out the available space, the supplier would be able to suggest several options and you might need a couple of units, one for the main seating area and another that can be incorporated into a dance floor and bar (which can both be hired from the tent supplier). Shaded walkways can also be hired, just in case it rains!


As nice as your garden might be, you really need to be sure that the available space is adequate for the number of guests you plan to invite. Once this is established, you can contact an online marquee supplier (who will likely have everything you need) and ask them for a little help in planning the layout. As a general guide, you should allow 13-15 square feet per guest, but the best way to plan your layout is ask the advice of the marquee provider, who has a wealth of practical experience in party planning, and with their help, you can make the best out of the available space.

Audio Visual Equipment

The sound system is an essential component for any wedding reception, and with the right type of entertainment lined up, your guests will have an absolute ball. It is advisable to mix things up a little, with perhaps a comedian who can raise a few laughs, and don’t forget to invite guests onto the stage for impromptu performances. If your home theatre isn’t up to the job, the marquee hire company would have a state of the art audio-visual set up that will ensure that everyone gets into the party mood.

Outsource the Catering

If you find an established outdoor catering service, this will eliminate many of the headaches that come with organising an outdoor wedding party, and with a choice of set menus, you can be sure that all your guests will be well fed and watered. The caterer would be able to handle everything, including the service, but in the event you prefer to handle this yourself, you can hire a suitable outdoor kitchen from an online party supplier, which would allow your budget to stretch a little further.

With online suppliers of just about everything, organising a home wedding party is no longer the logistical challenge it once was, and with some careful planning and a lot of help, your wedding reception will be talked about for years to come.

Kelly Tate

Kelly is a full-time supermum, caring for two kids and a hardworking husband. A cook, a cleaner, a carer and all round hard worker, striving for the perfect family life (with a few bumps along the way!) Eternally honest and sometimes brutally forward, no topics are off limits with Kelly.
Kelly Tate