(Closed) All BEES that rented a house/had a backyard wedding………

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m in a similar situations so I would love some feedback on this as well.  I found a mansion in my area that I totally love but they are just now opening it to the public so there isn’t that many pictures to see what other brides have done. 


Post # 4
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

this was exactly what i wanted to do- unfortunately, our guest list outgrew this idea.  :/


i found some great options on vbro.com. and because it puts you directly in touch with the owners, it is nice to be able to deal with a person rather than a corporation.

Post # 5
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

So we had to scrap this plan due to… external factors.

However, we originally did rent a house in Palm Springs for the wedding/reception. We didn’t tell the mgmt company, but the party was going to be very small (less than 20 people) and the house allowed dinner parties (marketed on their website) so we didn’t feel like it was a big rule breaker.

However, like I said, our plans changed so I can’t give you much more advice, other than I think it’s a great idea! But you may have to keep the party pretty small in order to not get in trouble if the manager doesn’t know/approve the wedding.

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are renting a house and went through VRBO and couldn’t recommend it enough. After going through other sites and management companies, it was awesome to talk to real people, be able to visit the house, and have them ask questions about our wedding to see if we were a fit for each other,.

We aren’t renting a dance floor, they were too expensive to rent and we don’t need such a large one. We are trying to figure out a way to build one but if all else fails, we can just arrange lights in a square in the grass and instant dance floor.

As for tables and chairs, I was surprised at how expensive rentals were but we ended up renting long tables and string them together into two ‘super tables” because that is what is going to work for the space. We are still having a “head table” too. We wanted to do rounds but they didn’t really seem like they would fit.

I feel like with a house, I can get away with a lot more. Mismatched chairs, two different types of tables, it all adds to the charm of having a backyard wedding.

Good luck and happy planning!

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005


You will find numerous homes that do this is Northern California.  The one main thing that you need to do is to check with the owner before you book it.  Many times it will be in the contract that you cannot have an event like this on their property, so you will want to make sure that you find a house/owner that allows for this type of thing.  They should also be able to tell you what time music must be turned off by, etc.

Post # 8
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This sounds exactly like what I want! Except in Florida…Miami’s pricey (where he lives) so thinking Fort Lauderdale. Wish I had helpful input but it sounds lovely and perfect!

Post # 9
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I want to do this really bad, but I’m concerned about not being able to see the property beforehand. A lot of the renters I read about say they won’t tell you where the house is so you can’t drive by it while other people are enjoying it. 

Post # 10
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You just really have to limit the guest list. If you want to avoid the cost of a tent (which is expensive) then you can only invite the number of people that can fit comfortably in the house, in case it rains. But if you can keep it small I think it sounds like a great idea!!! 

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