(Closed) Renting a House as Wedding Venue?

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 18
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just used VRBO to rent a large vacation lake view home in Seattle. It was a pretty straightforward process. It wasn’t for a wedding just a large friend reunion party type of thing. The owners that I’ve communicated with were all super accomodating and understanding; I guess just email a few listings and see what they say?

Post # 19
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sayanything:  I am renting a lake house property for my wedding and it wasn’t a problem because they have had weddings held there before… they even gave me a list of recommended vendors. The only thing I realize now, with more planning, is how expensive it really is! I didn’t think about it in the beginning because I was so excited. It’s a 10 bedroom/10 bathroom house and I thought it would be perfect for us and our bridal party. I kept saying it was worth it because most people spend so much on a venue for one night while I will be spending about the same amount of money and have the place for 3 nights instead of just one… We will check in on Thursday, the wedding is on Saturday, and we check out on Sunday. However, looking back now, I probably could be saving more money by renting an actual wedding venue for one night. Nothing is included like most other wedding venues for the price I am paying. It’s just the property… No coordinator, flowers, food, alcohol, etc. After I saw the house in person, I made up my mind and wanted it because it was gorgeous!! I think I should’ve shopped around more.. Oh well! I’m still really excited!

Here’s my venue:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-lake-property-venue-pic-heavy-any-ideas-on-how-to-use-this-space

 Good luck!!

Post # 20
Member
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I looked into doing this and it ended up being really expensive because of all the rentals.  You also need to think about logistics like bathrooms.  How many bathrooms are available to the guests?  Do you need to rent portapotties?  What about clean up?  Insurance? Liquour permit?  If you are having a small wedding I think you could pull it off but if you are having 50+ people, it is going to get expensive.

Post # 21
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1435 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

I should say that I was looking in GA. Things might be more flexible elsewhere. And I did find two large homes that were hip to the wedding thing and said they were okay with it. but the majority stated in their ads that they were not. Some even had it in the rules that they’d throw you out if the neighbors complained–the neighbors most likely being other vacationers. And some of them also told you no bunch of cars parking a long the street, too. So parking would be a concern.

And then as far as the yard is concerned, I read some rentals policies that said they let the land be “natural” because of the wildlife (I was looking at cabins) and some reviews I read of some places had complaints of leaves, debris and cobwebs being all outside the house. So it’s possible that you might need to have a day before hand to clean up the landscape some.

But if you’re not renting a cabin in the mountains, that might not be a concern. 

Post # 23
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Please be very careful if  you do this.

I went to a Destination Wedding where the bride had rented a really neat house in Santa Fe. Well, I am not sure whether or not she told the people renting to her that it was for a wedding, but on the day of, the neighbors saw us bringing things in and had a FIT. They said that this was against the housing association contract, and that if they heard so much as a peep, they’d call the police, even after my friend made it clear to her that there would only be about 25 people. She wanted to have music and dancing outside but in the end decided that it wasn’t worth the risk. The only place big enough to set up the tables where we could all eat in the same place was the patio in the back yard, and we spent the entire evening shushing one another. It resulted in a really stressed-out bride.

Post # 25
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Newbee

I looked into this option as well, and houses that are close to natural scenic settings such as lakes, rivers, the beach, ect., tend to have more experience with large parties and are bigger and more spread out( as in no neighbors) this can also combo as a wedding/ reception/ honeymoon if you pay for a week or two which is what i was planning on doing until i was offered a venue for free by a family member. It really depends on your opinion but economically this was the best for me i found a beautiful lakeshore house with a huge yard area for 1500 a week. I figured a day to set up before the wedding, an outdoor venue with access to kitchen bathroom and beautiful scenery, a day after two clean up and a few extra days of relaxation.  This wasnt at a huge popular lake either just a smaller man made but still very pretty one about 1 hour outside my hometown, if you keep your mind open you can find some great deals! Like previously stated if I was not offered an equally beautiful free venue I would have gone with this option. Good luck!

Post # 25
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2018

 

alotlikelove :  where is that amazing lake house venue? with the gazebo pool bbq

Post # 26
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2018

alotlikelove :  where is that lake house wedding venue with gazebo pool and bbq?

Post # 28
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

rmontano :  Hi! It was in Greensboro, GA by Lake Oconee. 

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