(Closed) Has anyone rented a house/cabin for a backyard wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m doing this too!  We’re planning about 25 guests at a private cabin, haven’t decided which yet. I’d love to see what other people have done! 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@rusticbee2014:  Yes! Southern Ca! That’s the site I’ve been looking at too. I’m looking for something in the Lake arrowhead/Bigbear area.. 

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

@rusticbee2014:  We rented a beach house for the week leading up to the wedding and a few days afterward.  It’s expensive (half of our budget!) but it’s beautiful and we can entertain the bridal party members who want to join us for the week with a mini-vacation.

Make sure you look into the cost of rentals because that was an unexpected expense the first time I planned a backyard wedding.  Renting a tent and tables, chairs, linens, plates, glasses, silverware, etc….can get really expensive.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are renting a large house in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado and the ceremony and reception will be held at the house. We are also allowing a few close friends/family to stay at the house with us for the weekend without having them contribute any money towards the rooms. The rest of the guests will need to find their own lodging arrangements. We ended up paying a hefty amount for the 4-day rental which was ALMOST as expensive as some of the typical pretty, rustic wedding venues in Colorado, but at least this includes a weekend of lodging and we will be able to do the welcome dinner at the house as well. The property management tacked on a ridiculously expensive $1500 “wedding surcharge” for the house. Bleh!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@rusticbee2014:  I can see how some naive guests might think that you didn’t have to pay as much for your venue if you rent a house and do a backyard wedding, but who cares! If you decorate the space well and even add in lots of DIY elements, it can look like you put more love in it which is priceless compared to putting a lot of money into a fancy venue. And the views are so much better than having your wedding inside looking at four walls. 

One of the things I liked about renting a house was more freedom to do what we wanted and less rules. Also being able to purchase our own alcohol is going to be a plus!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I went to a wedding in August and the bride and groom rented a house for the weekend. The house was a 6 bedroom 150 year old house with lots of beds (and a hot tub outside). The reception took place in the field and barn. The wedding party stayed in the house the night before the wedding and the night of. It was a blast!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

I’m planning on doing this for our Destination Wedding. It just seems more intimate, and as you said, can be more personalized. Of course, now I find myself being very picky about the landscaping, decor of the home, etc.

As far as rentals go, the house should have glasses, plates, silverware, etc. (and to a certain extent, tables and chairs) It is just a question of whether you want to use the stuff they have.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@texasrandi:  yes! definitely will be nice to purchase our own alcohol. on that note, are you getting a bartender, having pre-mixed drinks, or doing a serve-yourself?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@rusticbee2014:  There’s actually a cool story to go with the house the family rented for the wedding. The house is next door to the bride’s mother and across the street from her gradmother. A couple years ago, the house was set to be foreclosed on (the owner had taken out two loans and used the house as collateral). The fields behind the house (many acres) would have been sold to developers to add more houses to the area. The bride’s grandparents got wind of it and paid the loans off in cash to save the acreas of woods and prevent them from being developed! Nobody knew the grandpartents had so much money, not even the bride, who is their granddaughter. So, the house and all the trees were saved.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@gingerkitten:  Self serve and two pre-mixed drinks. We have mainly family and close friends coming and know they will be responsible and mature.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think it’s a great idea–if you can afford it! Sometimes rentals cost more than an all-inclusive location because you have to bring EVERYTHING in. However, I’ve been to a wedding that did this and it was great!

 

One thing to bear in mind though: make sure you know the homeowner’s association rules and local laws regarding noise ordinances or parties.  Some neighborhoods don’t allow amplified music after a certain hour (sometimes as early as 10p.m.). Last thing you want on your wedding is a neighbor calling the police, and having to end the party early because of a noise complaint. 

 

 

 

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