Before you even think about committing to bringing the big day to your backyard, there are a few factors that should be explored that are commonly overlooked. A misconception associated with home weddings is the cost. A home wedding can be costly–even more so than a reception and wedding held at an alternate establishment, because you must hire staff, and the list of rentals can be extensive.

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The Plan: 

Price: A variety of packages are available, call for quote.

The first thing you’ll need is a wedding and event designer. Priscilla Esfandiary, owner of Priscilla Esfandiary Wedding and Event Planners is a local company specializing in perfecting your wedding day. Serving all of New York with a concentration in event design and planning, your wedding day is sure to be unforgettable. Having a wedding in your home can be stressful, but with Priscilla’s services, all of the details you may forget, will be executed with ease. They serve the entire tri-state area.

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The Transportation: 

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Depending on the number of guests attending, you should take into consideration the amount of parking spaces available in your community or neighborhood. A detail as simple as this will cause all chaos on the big day. Consider renting a party bus (or two) to escort your guests in style while saving yourself the hassle of parking wars with neighbors and family. If you live in New York, this can be extremely stressful due to the lack of parking to begin with! Save yourself the time. Plan ahead.

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The Legal:

Since New York City is one of the most multicultural melting pots in the world, a bilingual wedding officiant may be your best bet for family and friends traveling to New York for the big day. Marriage NYC go over all the necessary paperwork needed in order to apply for the marriage license and schedule the couple’s wedding, wedding rehearsal, and any additional meetings that may be required. During the wedding rehearsal, they come to your home and review the details of the parts of the precession, wedding ceremony, and recessional.

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The Yard: 

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Landscaping and design is an important part of home decor on your big day, especially if you’re considering a professional photographer to capture intimate moments in your backyard. The last thing you need is an unkempt lawn. Plantworks specializes in urban landscaping and they can install beautiful stone paths and seasonal flowers to enhance the look and feel of your yard.

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The Food: 
Hours: Mon to Fri—8 a.m to 8 p.m.; Sat — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How you decide to cater can easily take up more than half of your budget, so you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Many weddings are opting out of the traditional seated and plated dinners, and Russ & Daughters is a New York institution serving up affordable seafood and dessert catering options that will make any reception pop. In addition to the fantastic fish and caviar platters, there are plenty of salad and sweet options to give your guests enough to nibble on all night.

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Natasha is an Editorial Assistant at the New York Post. She also writes for CBS Local New York. Most recently she made an appearance as a Friday Forecaster on WPIX Morning News. She has attended national journalism conventions as President and founder of her university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Her work can be found at