Post # 1
I am having a destination wedding in Northern Cali where it is lush and beautiful. Most venues are crazy expensive and I have no desire to start my marriage in debt, plus just about any house or location is gorgeous on its own-no dress up needed. So I want to rent a house at the destination where Fiance and I will stay for the wedding and after for the honeymoon. Neither of us want a big formal shindig-really just want something close to a house party/backyard wedding. So we want to just get married at our rental home and then have the reception there-in the back yard. We just want to say I DO and then start the music and dancing, eating and drinking.
Anyone rented a cabin/house for a wedding reception-tips?
Did this in Cali? Any rules/laws for parties and limited guest numbers that you know about?
Did renting tables/chair/umbrellas/dance floor work out?
The total guests will unlikely exceed 40 so we don’t need a ton of room, etc. And I don’t think a mega sound system will be necessary.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!!