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Home sweet home

By Bride and Groom 07 September 2020

When it comes to finding the perfect wedding venue, there really is no place like home.

While there is a common misconception that a flick of a wand will transform a paddock into a palace, anyone who has tied the knot in their own backyard will tell you the truth.  bride and groom spoke to Russell Orchard from Goulbrun Valley Party Hire in Shepparton to put together a guide to planning your nuptials at home.

The essentials

  • Shelter: A must-have, no matter the setting. With the right amount of styling a well-dressed marquee can look really special. And it is always handy to have a back-up plan in regards to covering your guests in the event of a sudden downpour.
  • Power: No matter how bohemian your outlook is, guests much prefer being able to see the first dance without squinting or hear the MC without a cupped hand to the ear. The average household is not equipped to power a marquee for hours at a time, so a generator is always a safe bet.
  • Toilets: This is an absolute necessity. Make sure there is a surplus of facilities for the guests as this is one part of the day that you don’t want to trip up on.  
  • Parking: Unless your guest list does not surpass single digits, it is fundamental that you have a good-sized area marked out for people to park their cars. Consider the scale; it may be a good idea to hire a valet.
  • Dance floor: While a dance floor may not be at the top of your list, you want people to have fun at your wedding and usually it is the focal point of most of the festivities. Also, the first dance is a lot more pleasant for the crowd if they don’t have to witness any rolled ankles during Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.


At some point in time you may need to call in the big guns to get your location looking the part.

Professional stylists like Mack + Mills Event Style and Hire from Barham work their magic with rustic furniture, recycled timber and floral arrangements to take your setting from drab to fab.

They will sit down with the couple and take them through the dos and don’ts when it comes to adding elements of style and elegance to the party.


As charming as it is having your 12-year-old niece belt out her rendition of Skinny Love, that’s not likely to keep the guests on their feet for hours.

The choice of a band or DJ is essential to setting the mood of a wedding and failing to provide an adequate source of entertainment can leave a lasting impression on your guests.

The bar

While you don’t need running shoes to run it certainly helps. And that same rule applies to having fun at a wedding.

A succinct range of beer and wine are the perfect complement to a meal.

A caravan bar like ‘Peggy’ from Mack + Mills Event Style and Hire is not only a practical solution but a great styling element to any property wedding.

The fully functional bar on wheels that comes equipped with glassware and staff on hand to serve, all the hosts have to do is supply the alcohol and ‘Peggy’ and crew take care of the rest.


Unless you can channel your inner Martha Stewart whenever you please, a catering company is the safe option to alleviate any stress or concerns surrounding the food for the occasion.

Be aware that chefs will need access to a suitable kitchen area to prepare the meals, unless you only intend to serve finger food at the event.

There a lot of factors to consider, including dietary requirements so it’s best to give the experts a bit of forewarning and provide clear instructions on what you want your guests to be served on the day.

It may seem daunting, but with the right amount of thought and strategic planning you can tailor your special day exactly how you imagine it to be.

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