Renting a House as Wedding Venue?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve never done it but I’d imagine it would be pretty pricey since you’d have to have your own insurance policy to cover any damages plus whatever other fees the owner would charge you to use their home as a venue. You would disclose the purpose of the rental to the owner, right?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s good. I knew a girl who thought about doing this but said that she wasn’t going to tell the owner what the rental was for. She thought that she could get away with renting someone’s home, with the understanding that her and her family would simply be staying there, but then host a 100 person wedding reception in the backyard. I told her that it was a terrible idea and that she would more than likely be sued if she went through with it. Not sure what the end result was since we stopped talking soon after.

I’ve tried vacation rental sites for actual vacation rentals so I’m not sure how it would work for what you’re looking for but if you’ve found listings that mentioned weddings, it would be worth a shot. The worse they can say is no. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had this idea and contacted a gazillion places and every single one said they do not allow weddings.  Definitely check it out as an idea, but don’t get your heart set on it!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sayanything:  We’re getting married at an historic mansion in New Hampshire.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There are owners that will let you, if you tell them that’s what it is for, and some that specifically list that you can hold weddings at their house.

However I woud not to it without the owner’s permission unless you have VERY small wedding. One that would be the size of a family dinner or regular birthday party that people have at their own homes.

Because there can be problems, namely with the toilet and pipes, and also with the wild life if you do it in a wooded area. 

I wanted to do it myself, but depending on your budget it can be expensive. And some people don’t even let you see the house before hand because they don’t want tourists interrupted other guests that are renting the house. And some of the pictures you see might not be accurate. For example, I saw some pictures of a house on the VRBO site and then went to the renter’s site and saw that trees that were in the back yard on some pictures were missing from others. So You won’t really know how recent the pictures are that you are seeing. 

Also, some of the renters tell you not to move their furniture. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

That’s actually a pretty popular thing here at the beach. Most couples here rent an oceanfront cottage and it serves as accommodations, ceremony (beach), and reception (around the pool or tent in yard). Generally they’re rented through property management companies.

I would absolutely tell them of your plans. There are liabilities associated with hosting events like that and they should be fully aware. Here, there is an additional fee for that when renting, and you have to rent an event specific home. These are homes the owner has okayed it, and the extra fee covers the additional insurance as well as costs associated with the additional people (like the ac running constantly with doors opening, and having the septic pumped from 100+ people flushing toilets all night).

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My SIL in law did this, she rented a house for 5 or 6 days.  She had a small 30-40 person wedding and set up everything in the good sized driveway of the home – dance area, couch seating and tables for dining.  It was convienent since she stayed right there as well, and the enormous house was big enough for all the immediate family also, which was nice since it was helpful to relieve some of the travel cost to attend their destination wedding.  The ceremony was across the street on the beach.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I tried this, and nearly every place that would allow a “wedding” (which was few to begin with) only meant that they would allow a ceremony. Some would allow a 10-ish person reception with no music, dancing, or alcohol. It was extremely discouraging, to say the least!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you want a small or casual place, I wouldn’t just go for someone’s house. It’s going to have all their things in it. What if they try to blame you because they can’t find their favorite necklace or there’s a stain on their chair or something? With a wedding there’s so much going on that dishonest people could use you to pay for things that were wrong with their house all along.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If it’s a small (under 40 people) guest list it’s probably doable. One of the big concerns is actually that residential septic systems are not designed to handle dozens of people going to the bathroom all night. It can cause some….unpleasant…seepage.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I saw a good mix of “venue” venues and less traditional places when I looked here: http://www.gatheringguide.com/event_categories/event_venues.html. You could try a few cities near you and see what comes up. I think you’d have a lot better luck than trying to make a reception fit into someone’s private home.

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