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Despite what your Instagram feed may say, most people prefer the ease and convenience of having their weddings right in the town in which they live. One thing that a hometown wedding ensures is that there will be ample traffic through your home — even if you aren’t having a backyard wedding! From receiving out-of-town guests to having a place for bridesmaids to get read, there are a lot of reasons you may want your home to be in tip-top shape for the big day. Here’s how you can do that without breaking the bank or losing your mind.
Stock Up the Fridge
Most brides and grooms barely get to eat the food at their wedding. A little less-known fact is that sometimes bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents and other people in the wedding often forget to nosh during all the craziness. Having your refrigerator fully stocked with quick and healthy snacks gives everyone easy access to nourishment that will keep them fueled through the big day.
- Break out a large, ceramic water dispenser or jug and fill with purified water — tap water only needs to be boiled for one minute to be safe for drinking. Doing this is a much better alternative to handing out bottled water. Give out reusable water bottles as wedding party gifts so everyone has a designated hydration vessel.
- Buy some cold brew coffee for a quick jolt of caffeine whenever someone is lagging behind. Not only do you get to skip the brewing process, cold brew is less acidic and easier on nervous tummies. You can also consider making your own cold brew if you have the time!
- Snacks are key! Fruits and veggies are always crowd-pleasers, and fill bodies with an array of vitamins and nutrients. A veggie tray is an easy thing to break out and snack on while people are getting dressed and ready. Easy fruits such as bananas, oranges and apples can be stashed in purses and eaten later.
- Another great thing to put in the refrigerator is bagels. Grab an assorted dozen and some cream cheese so guests can have some carbohydrates for energy — and something to slow the absorption rate of any booze they drink later at the wedding.
- Speaking of booze, if you want to get the party started early, pop a few bottles of sparkling wine in the refrigerator for a make-your-own mimosa bar the morning of the wedding. Try an assortment of juices like grapefruit, cranberry, and pomegranate.
Invest in a Clean Home
Growing up we were promised a lot of awesome things in the future. While we still may not have flying cars, one thing technology has delivered on is the robot maid – or at least the vacuum. Robot vacuums are amazing little units that help maintain clean floors throughout the house. They are perfect for sweeping up all the dust and debris guests drag in on their feet so it doesn’t end up on the hem of your gown. Best of all, no one has to bust out the heavy machinery or invest lots of time in the upkeep. Read through the best options on the market and consider looking into refurbished machines as a way to save a little money and a lot of plastic from ending up in a landfill.
Take Time for Yourself
Planning a wedding can be stressful. Make sure you get to actually enjoy your big day by taking the time to decompress and manage stress. Make sure you are eating healthy and avoiding too much champagne. Remember to breathe! Intentional breathing is a great way to hone focus when you are feeling frazzled. Make sure you are getting enough sleep the weeks leading up to the wedding and exercise as much as your schedule will allow. Finally, remember this is your day — you don’t have to make everyone happy. If someone asks something of you and you can’t give it, don’t be afraid to say “no.”
For people throwing hometown weddings, their house is often in the middle of all the action. Prepare your home for the big day by stocking up the fridge with water, coffee, snacks and stuff for mimosas, if that’s your thing. A robot vacuum is a bit of an investment, but it will keep your floors clean and you don’t have to worry about lugging out a big, heavy machine every time someone drops a crumb. Finally, remember to take time for yourself to de-stress so you can actually enjoy your wedding.