@CapeBoundBride: I’m actually planning a wedding just like this. We’ve rented out a bed and breakfast in Key West, so the entire manor/inn is for our personal use – we have over 30 people staying on site, we’re having a welcome party there the night before the wedding instead of a rehearsal dinner (because everyone has to travel) and actually having the reception in the intimate garden area of the B&B for roughly 75 guests total. I absolutely love the charm of it being such a customized event and having the entire place to ourselves the whole time.
I reserved our B&B for 3-nights total. The cost paid by guests who rent rooms (like they would at any other hotel) is being deducted from the full rent out fee. So, after the guest accommodations are removed, we’re paying roughly $2500 to have the place to ourselves for 3 days. I found that a lot of places charged site fees near that anyway and that was only for a block of 4-6 hours. This is 3 full days! 🙂 Score!
In terms of what is included, the guests staying at the B&B get free breakfast all 3 days (fruits, bagels, danishes, whatever). The place has free internet and is within a 1/2 block distance to Duval street (the “it” street in Key West). This place also has sister properties nearby, so be sure to ask about those as well because our guests are getting discounts on those properties too. If the place you’re thinking about is used to having weddings, then they may have some decor that you can use at no cost. The lady I’m working with at ours has a whole closet of great stuff – like glass candle holders, rocks, sand, sea shells, tealights, white christmas lights, lanterns, etc. that we can use for free if we want.
Our contact at the B&B gave me tons of reassurance. I think because the location is so small, they treat you more like family than just another bride having a wedding there. She gave me tons of suggestions for flowers, catering, rentals, overall setup/layout of the wedding, including off-the-beaten path suggestions of where to actually have our ceremony off-site. Another great asset of having our wedding at this B&B is that there is no alcohol policy, we can bring in our own (you hardly ever hear of that anymore)! Check with the inn you’re thinking about to see if that’s a possibility too. I really loved the flexibility to be able to pick whatever vendors I wanted here… I saw other cool places to get married, but after seeing the manor and spending time with the owner, everything else felt cookie-cutter to me, like: this is where you stand for the ceremony, this is the menu you can pick from for the food, this is the only place we allow the reception held, etc. I liked the freedom that comes along with a smaller, more intimate place.
Okay, I totally rambled, but I hope it helps to give you some ideas for questions to ask. If I can help at all, please let me know!