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Real Weddings Follow-Up: Gillian and Will, A Wedding At Home

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In our summer issue, we share the intimate wedding of Gillian and Will, which took place at the family home of the bride. Here, the new Mrs. shares some insight on tying the knot in such a personal location.


Just after we got engaged we started racking our brains for the perfect waterfront wedding venue. This hemming and hawing went on for a good four months! The first time I mentioned having the wedding at home in Connecticut, my parents were not so keen. They clearly had visions from Father of The Bride. We tried to make other hometown locations work but there was always red tape around dates, costs, and plenty of other restrictions. Where else can you have an event with no venue fee, where you can pick any date at any time and let the band play on? Home!!

My family not only warmed up to the idea, but they rose to the occasion and became a team of fullhearted volunteer wedding planners. Planning, brainstorming, tasting, crafting, and creating all happened in a very convenient and cozy atmosphere. Having the wedding in the backyard made for a very special experience with unlimited DIY possibilities. Rather than pay to get married somewhere else, we were able to put money into some home improvements. Plus, we had carte blanche with layout, design, and decor. Hands down the best part for me was the many priceless hours spent at the dining room table spending time with my favorite people in the world. Getting married at home made a very special life event even more personal and intimate. Entering the backyard for the ceremony, with all of our friends and family, felt so comfortable. Looking back I could not imagine our wedding happening any other place.

See all of Gillian and Will's wedding right here, and check out Heather and Alex's backyard wedding for more ideas

Comments (1)

  • Love that you used some of your wedding funds to make home improvements while getting things all spruced up for the wedding. Great idea!

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