• Kimberly Morrill

How to Plan a Private Residence Wedding in 2021


Photographer: Lauren Odderstol

We have seen a huge increase in private residence weddings over the last few years. It seems more and more couples are choosing to say "I do" at their home or on a special piece of property.


We love this trend, as private residences offer couples a level of creative freedom and uniqueness that you don't get with standard venues. Plus, there is something so romantic about a couple looking out on their backyard, maybe watching their children play together, and remembering the day they started forever together.


Sound like like something you've been day dreaming of?

While we love private residence weddings and even have a coordination package specifically for them, there is a long list of "To Do's" and definitely plenty of "Don't Do's." This blog here is your handy dandy guide to private residence weddings.


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Yes, Go For It!


1. DO have a designated planner you trust.


We'll be honest and let you know that there is a LOT of work that goes into planning a private residence wedding. There's no vendor staff or manager that has a specific plan for that space-- it's entirely what you imagine. So definitely, definitely, definitely hire a planner to be your logistical expert.


This is less a sales pitch, and more a sign letting you know that will want somebody by your side for this. We can help you map out a fully functioning event plan, molded by your ideas, specific for the space you choose.


Why YPB for your planner? Our private residence package comes includes 3 planners onsite on the day of your wedding. Your parents or aunts and uncles shouldn't have to play venue manager all day (and if something goes wrong, we don't want that bad blood). We want everyone (you included) to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Trust me... hire a planner.

2. DO evaluate the amount of usable space for all your wedding day events.


We call this "doing a sanity check." Before you begin planning anything with the space you've chosen, you need to make sure there is enough usable space for the event you are imagining. I cannot tell you how many times we've gone through a preliminary walkthrough only to discover that the intended property could only host half of the desired guest count.


You'll want to have an accurate space assessment and design floor plans to scale. Plan for a site walkthrough very early in the process to avoid headaches down the line. If you're someone who dreams hard, we love that. But again, we recommend a planner because making a dream reality requires major logistical planning.

3. DO invite your photographer to come out and look at the space before planning.


More than likely, none of your vendors will have worked at the private space you've chosen. This is usually not a problem (vendors are professionals for a reason!), but you will want your photographer to see the space so they can:

  • scope out photo locations

  • advise on timing for lighting purposes

  • advise on locations of the alter, getting-ready locations, etc. to ensure good lighting and photo opportunities

Photographers can only do so much with mal-lit areas.

4. DO map out your electrical capabilities.