Post # 1
I have a large backyard with a beautiful ocean view. I am thinking of having weddings here, just supplying a setting for small (50 or less) weddings. I’m thinking it could be an inexpensive option for someone who wants a typical “backyard wedding” but don’t have the space or view in their own yard. I would charge under $1,000 for this.
Any feedback, ideas, comments?
Post # 3
Just be aware that you may need to get permits and zoning in your area may prevent you from having a certain number of people on your property. There are also noise regulations, issues with bathrooms etc. Honestly it would be a lot of hassle and it might not even be legal in your area
Post # 4
@antiquenative: I think it’s a lovely idea, and very, very kind to want to put a venue on the market for the lower budget weddings out there…I wish more people were as considerate as you are but have you considered the not so nice parts of this business venture, because that’s really where the costs of venue rental get so very high…
There will be strangers in your house, up to 50…who will be wandering around your home, looking for a bathroom, YIKES and generally mucking up your street with parking.
Insurance is a MUST, homeowners policies exclude at home business on the premises, so you would have to purchase commercial liability insurance for the exposure of people being on your property that could possibly get injured.
Putting up with people on your property who may or may not have bad attitudes, feel entitled to break whatever rules you may have in place because they’re paying you and asking for special exceptions to the rule because they have something in their mind that’s important to them
Post # 5
I’m sure you have already thought about insurance (not just for your property, but also for alcohol), but what about bathrooms? We looked at a place that had stunning views, but port-a-potties…which was the reason why we vetoed it.
Also – what about kitchen space for caterers? Running water for an outdoor bar? Electricity outlets around your yard?
Post # 6
@antiquenative: I’d be concerned about any insurance claims if someone were to hurt themselves on my property. My guess is you’d have to carry an extra policy to cover such issues.
Post # 7
While your intentions are in the right place, the world is a litigious place and since it’s your personal property, you could be liable for any injuries/deaths/accidents that occur on it, even though it’s not your event (and you may not even be present at the time).
If you do want to do this, I would suggest going through an existing rental service that offers people’s homes as event rentals or contacting an attorney so they can set you up in a way so that if you get sued, they don’t come after your personal assets. For example, you could become a corporation.
Post # 8
@antiquenative: I think it is a great idea and very nice of you to consider. Lots to look at but possible! Definitely check out the legalities in your area regarding insurance and permits. As for bathrooms, you might have a small restroom built separate from your house that way people aren’t using your personal home but still have an option other than a port-a-potty. Look into home security options so that your place is safe with all those strangers around. Think about contract restrictions in terms of alcohol, music volume and time limit (until 10pm for instance) in consideration of you and your neighbors, etc. What happens if your lawn or other property items are destroyed, how early delivery trucks may come for flowers and the cake or to set up, when things should be taken down and cleaned, etc.
Post # 9
Wow! Thank you all for your comments! I actually was thinking of just the wedding itself, not having the reception here also. Hadn’t thought about the insurance aspect though. I do have a full bathroom with a door to the outside for people to use and I do have outdoor electricity. I was thinking flowers, decorations, etc to be brought by the bride. I could maybe allow a ‘Champagne Toast’?, but no actual reception here. No one would be allowed in the house except for the use of the bathroom that would be locked from the inside……..?
So far it’s just a thought that obviously I need to do more research on 🙂
Post # 10
@antiquenative: I think this is a lovely idea but I would definately be sure to think it through. I am using my neighbor’s backyard for both the ceremony and reception so I’ve thought about this a lot. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me. Other bees have pointed out lots of things to think about. Here are my thoughts:
- Great that you have a bathroom option figured out.
- Great that you have outdoor electrcity – is it easily accessible from the area that you think the weddings would be set – ie extension cords lose power over long distances.
- Definately talk to your insurance agent about any needs that you might have. I would nix alcohol all together if you’re only doing ceremonies
- I think many backyard brides (including myself) are interested in a place where we can have both our ceremony and reception – just something to think about – I’m sure there would be people interested in a ceremony only option.
- Noise ordinances are less likely to be an issue since it’s only ceremonies and those are usually earlier in the day/evening.
- Be sure to work out a system for vendor delivery – ie, the florist wants to shows up early to drop off flowers – are you responsible for meeting them or the couple? Not sure the answer but something to think about.
- Realize that you are likely to have to deal with wedding things on days other than the rehearsal and wedding. The couple and or wedding planner/coordinator will likely want to see the location several times to figure out logistics and decorations. The photographer will likely want to scout the location at the appropriate time for light levels. Etc. It’s probably not necessary that you be present for all this, but make sure you’re okay with people traipsing through your yard.
- Also, what is the rain plan? Many brides are scared to book something that doesn’t have a rain plan. For you that could mean a tent rental that they would be responsible for. But you should think if you’re okay with a giant tent being errected in your yard.
Lots to think about but don’t let it all stop you. It sounds like you have a lovely property and I think this could be a fun way to earn a little money and get to see some beautiful weddings. Good luck!
Post # 11
@antiquenative: Sounds like a great idea to me
Post # 12
@antiquenative: ok so if its wedding only, you could help them out by suggesting nearby reception venues
Is there any space for a van or bus to transport guests there and back?
Thrn, you need to think marketing. This could be done via a website, or doing that thing where certain words on google will put you up on top of tbe search results. Any big wedding fairs you could advertise at?
What i would think of doing is seeing if you could associate yourself with a local wedidng planner so she could suggest your venue
What you would definitely need, well in my opiniom, is photos of the space set up for events. So it might be worth (after logistics are worked out) offering the space free for the first wedding with the understanding that you have permission to use venue photos to advertise. Either pro photos or simple digital pics. Doesnt even have to include the couple
You also need tothink of any hidden costs that would eat up the fee, and work out a simplebut legally sound contract
I find posts like this fascinating! Feel free to bounce any ideas off me (im not competition, i live jn the middle of nowhere mexico hahaa)
Post # 13
Oh plus 1 to pp, given that you will have to deal with emails and phone calls before hand, and most likely be around for vendors…fee should reflect that
Investigate noise and alcohol laws.
Post # 14
@antiquenative I live in Irvine and considering I dont even want a wedding, I’d be down to rent your backyard 🙂