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10 Must-Haves for Hosting an At-Home Wedding, According to Experts

10 Must-Haves for Hosting an At-Home Wedding, According to Experts
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If you’ve had to cancel or postpone your big wedding due to COVID-19, we know how heartbreaking this must be. We want to help you plan a beautiful and personal at-home wedding that pays homage to your special love story in an intimate and unforgettable way. Because, despite the current climate, you deserve to celebrate your love, even if it’s just with a few close family members and friends at your home for a small wedding reception. Remember: You still get to marry your best friend. And that’s worthy of so much joy.


“It’s more important than ever to have love and happiness amidst all that is happening, Ranu Coleman, CMO of bridal store Azazie, tells MyWedding. Read on for 10 ideas from experts that’ll help you host an at-home wedding of your (revised) dreams, from a tech-savvy must-have to small touches that will infuse the day with a true sense of occasion.


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Live Streaming Must-Have

Phone Tripod


Mary Angelini, wedding videographer at Key Moment Films, recommends live streaming the ceremony for friends and family who cannot attend your at-home nuptials. She says the easiest way to do this is with a tripod for your phone so “guests” get a non-wobbly view of your “I dos.” This tripod has over 8,400 reviews and 4.5 stars, is compatible with iPhone, Android or GoPro, and is priced right for your last-minute change of plans.

Foam and plastic
30 foot range

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Wedding Favor Must-Have

Personalized Soap Bars


Nora Sheils, cofounder of Rock Paper Coin and Founder of Bridal Bliss, suggests sending favors to all the guests you would have invited, even though they can’t come to your small wedding. Everyone will appreciate a soap these days, and these handmade bars with all-natural vegan ingredients are wrapped in simple labels you can customize with your names and a date.

10 pieces
1.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches

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In Lieu of Destination Wedding Must-Have

Flower Leis


Jen Avey, VP of marketing for Destination Weddings Travel Group says, “In the case of a destination wedding, you can still tie in pieces of your destination to your at-home event.” Planned to wed in Hawaii? Buy these colorful leis and adorn the necks of parents and any close friends who can attend your at-home ceremony.

12 pieces

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Easy Decor Must-Have

Christmas Lights


Infuse joy into a tough time through decor. Jamie Chang, wedding planner and creator of Passport to Joy, recommends adding Christmas or string lights any time of year. The easy touch will make booth indoor and outdoor spaces look special.

49.2 foot indoor/outdoor
8 modes

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Toasting Must-Have

Waterford True Love Crystal Champagne Flutes


Kristen Gosselin, owner and creative director of KG Events & Design, suggests, “Implement some traditional wedding customs so that it feels more significant than a typical dinner party. Include things like a father of the bride speech, first dance and toasts.” These timeless Waterford crystal champagne flutes will lend your at-home wedding a true sense of occasion when it comes time to toast the newly married couple.

Set of 2
10.5 x 3 inches
5 ounces
Hand wash

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Bridal Attire Must-Have

Azazie Cai BG Gown


If your gown won’t be ready or fittings aren’t possible, consider purchasing a substitute wedding gown online. This Azazie style (and all others) qualify for free shipping for a limited time. Perfect for an at-home wedding, the sheath with a sweetheart neckline and a chapel train is affordable and simple, yet pretty, feminine and fitting for your big day.

Sizes 0 - 30
Cold shoulder chiffon sleeves
Scattered beading and lace

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Pet Lover Must-Have

Dog Ring Bearer Pillow


Recruit Fido to be your ring bearer for your at-home wedding. This sweet ceremony must-have can be personalized with your preferred color, pet’s name and the date of your nuptials. The easiest part is the pillow slides onto the dog’s collar so he can’t mess up his big responsibility.

1.5 inch ribbon

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Cake Decorating Must-Have

Mr. & Mrs. Rustic Wood Toppers


Even if you have to bake your own wedding cake or buy a store-made confection, you can still add a fancy element to the dessert with these rustic Mr. & Mrs. cake toppers. Reviewers say these wood slices are durable, cute and perfect for an outdoor affair.

1.9 x 2.5 inches

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Ceremony Must-Have

Wedding Aisle Runner


For indoor or outdoor use, this aisle runner will really make you feel like, squee, it’s your wedding day! We love the sweet sentiment printed on the white woven polyester: “Today I Marry My Best Friend.”

3 x 100 feet

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Groom Attire Must-Have

White Dress Shirt


Even if he pairs it with jeans, this breathable dress shirt with stretch lends your man the perfect at-home wedding look. Plus, he can wear the shirt many times again to work or on date night.

Regular, tall and big sizes available
Curved hem
Machine wash