Post # 1
For those that are renting a house to hold the reception, did you disclose the plan to have a wedding there? I am calling it a “family gathering” right now, because I am afraid that although we are planning a small, relaxed event, that hearing the space will be used that way would be enough to turn people off. On the otherhand, I don’t want to deceive people, and don’t want to be “discovered” at the last minute, only to have it all blow up in my face.
Most of the places I am looking at are rented through companies, so I am afraid there’s a blanket statement, and I’m worried that if I screw it up on one property, they’ll “know” and blacklist me!
What are your thoughts? Tell them? Don’t? Word it in a certain way?
Post # 3
Your best bet is to check the contract. There is no reason you have you tell the owners the details unless there is a legal reason not to. Many do have policies about tents noise and liquor so you may have to check about those too.
Post # 4
Many people have parties at rented houses but I agree check the contract. You wouldn’t want to lose your security deposit over it.
Post # 5
In my opinion it is deceitful not to disclose your plans to the owner. How would you feel if you were a home owner and rented your home out to a group who threw a wedding there without your knowledge? I bet you would be pretty pissed.
You are also taking a serious gamble insurance and liability wise. If the home owner isn’t covered for what you are planning to do and something happens, you could be sued. I’ve seen it happen. Besides, you need to have a contract in place that covers everything to protect both you and the home owner. If the home owner happened to find out what you were planning a week before your wedding, legally they would no longer have to rent you their home and in turn your wedding is ruined. Not saying this would happen but it certainly could. I would never take that kind of gamble.
IMO, its not worth lying. Just find a place that will allow you to do what you want to do.