Renting a vacation house to throw wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Renting a vacation house to throw a wedding is..
    Interesting and kind of cool/smart : (66 votes)
    88 %
    Strange, just so strange! : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Bad idea : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Tell me more! : (7 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @StormtrooperInLove:  I am throwing my wedding here http://www.annasveranda.com

     

    We are renting the house for the week! However, even though we have less guests it did not save us money. You have to pay for everything frojm silverware to tables, linens,chairs…EVERYTHING. At a venue, all of that is provided.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sara5ann:  That house is just so lovely I want to cry!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @StormtrooperInLove:  Great idea.  So great that we just did it for our wedding!  We were able to rent a beachfront house in Florida that sleeps up to 12 for $2800 including the taxes and fees.  We spent the week before the wedding on the beach with friends and our bridal party, then we got married on the beach behind the house and held the reception on the lawn behind the house.

    In the area we got married just booking a venue for 6 hours was going to cost us $2000+ and that was just the room rental fee, no food or drinks included.  Our final budget ended up bing $5800 including the weeklong rental of the beach house.  And we were able to have the Saturday sunset ceremony and evening dinner reception we wanted within our budget.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    P.S. We threw it like you would a backyard beach BBQ to cut down on rentals and costs.  So the rentals we had were the tables and chairs.  Everything else was disposable (and nobody said a word or cared that dinner wasn’t served on glass and china.)

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @AnaA:  Thank you!!! Our ceremony is on the beach which is accross the street, then we are walking back to the house for the reception. I am in love with this house!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @StormtrooperInLove:  I know someone who did this.  It was awesome! Super fun and laid back beach wedding.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    The Beach House we rented.

    Our view for the week of fun with our friends and bridal party.

    A sunset toast on the beach after our vows.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Not in Palm Springs…

    But YES in the Rockies…

    And also there have been several Bees who have done so here on WBee at Oceanfront properties in the Carolinas or Florida

    It is an awesome concept… but it all depends on the Property you are able to rent (how big the house) and how accessible it is also seems to be key

    As not all the Guests can stay on the Property… people will need Hotel Rooms as well (and possibly transportation to and from the site)

    Which brings up another point…

    A lot of times when Brides come up with this idea it sounds awesome (and certainly I’ve seen some incredible Ocean Front Wedding Pics at such Beach Rentals)

    BUT more often than not there seems to be some stressors about WHO gets to stay in the Rental (which family members) and how the accommodations are divied up… because it is rare for such a property to have an “equal & nice” assortment thru-out the house.  Someone is going to end up in the room with the Double Beds, Single Beds, or Pull Out Sofa.

    And that tends to make for hurt feelings… lots of posts on those issues here on WBee

    So a lot of care should be taking in the Research & Planning Stage.  Don’t be annoucing the house, or inviting people to “join you” until you have truly worked thru all the issues.

    Cause sure as heck your Cousin Sally who is a Bridesmaid is going to be ticked if she doesn’t get invited to the Villa… or she can come with her Hubby, but they get the room with the two twin beds.

    Better in my mind to rent a place that can accommodate 20, but only fill 15 spaces if it means less hurt feelings etc.

    It can be a tricky tightrope to walk IMO

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Our beach house

     

     

     

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    This is actually quite common where I live (Charleston, SC) enough so that there are rules and limitations so just be sure to check with the renters and any county ordinances otherwise I think it’s an awesome idea!!!

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    @This Time Round:  Totally agree with this!! OP, 

    work out (before you ever even mention it to anyone) who you want to stay with you and work from there. Bridal party only? Close family? All family? All if the above? Having an idea of WHO you’ll invite to stay in the house with you will help steer you in the direction of how many bedrooms/sleeping spaces you’ll need. And read the fine print- 10 spaces to sleep doesn’t mean 5 bedrooms; some rooms may have bunk beds (more than one set) or someone may get stuck in the crappy pull out couch in the living room. 

    Post # 14
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    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Totally great idea.. we were super interested in doing this but couldn’t find anything within driving distance that we loved.

    We did find a few places we’ll stay during our honeymoon though!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Just make sure the rental contract allows for using the house for a wedding.  A lot of rental properties have contracts which limit the number of people who can be there, state that the property can only be used as a residence, etc.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1994

    Just make sure that wherever you are renting will allow something like that, and get insurance for the event/wedding.

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