(Closed) Renting a vacation house to throw wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Renting a vacation house to throw a wedding is..

    Interesting and kind of cool/smart

    Strange, just so strange!

    Bad idea

    Tell me more!

  • Post # 17
    129 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m doing this! IMO, much less expensive that having a wedding where I’m from. We booked a house on the beach. It even has a honeymoon suite!




    I made sure the house I chose was wedding friendly. The owner of the house even rents out event stuff like tables, chairs, linens, etc. I can’t wait!!

    Post # 18
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

     To @sara5ann: GORGEOUS !!

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    @iloverocks:  Bring up some good points.  Just because something is listed somewhere doesn`t mean it is LEGAL TO RENT IT.

    This issue has been mentioned many times on various Websites (I am thinking TripAdvisor) in regards to AirBnB for example…

    Altho this company for example rents out properties all over the world in many cities that they list it isn`t legal as per local ordinances & bylaws to do short term rentals at all

    (NYCity is the probably the most famous on the ILLEGAL LIST… but there are 100s of places… even entire Provinces… such as Quebec… or Countries where it isn`t allowed)

    So do all your checking BEFORE you agree to anything / sign a contract.

    You can call City Hall etc for info.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 19
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I was Maid/Matron of Honor in a vacation house wedding. It was a TON of work for the bridal party. We paid hundreds of dollars per person (plus the cost of our attire, travel to/from, bach parties, and shower) to stay in the vacation home for the privledge of being unpaid labor. It was no vacation, I assure you.

    That said, I have no problem with the concept. Just make sure that you don’t expect your guests and bridal party to do the work for you. Hire people for all deliveries, set-up, and take down. Hire people to clean the rental throughout the week. Budget extra money for vendor travel and delivery fees, too. The bride decided she wanted us to travel 2 hours each way for hair and make-up on the wedding day because she forgot to budget those travel fees in. Yeah, guess who ended up paying the travel fee for the bride instead of spending 4 hours in the car with the groom’s horrendous mother? And make sure you hash out responsibilities for 3 meals a day while you are there. I’m not suggesting the bride and groom be responsible, but sometimes people make incorrect assumptions, which result in super awkward moments that week. No bueno.

    Post # 20
    2354 posts
    Buzzing bee

    That’s what we wanted to do, but unfortunately found non that could accomodate our guests / had a big enough dinner room / was within our price range, etc.

    But we would only have a weekend, basic decor, and hire a caterer or just have an easy dinner (fondue). 


    Post # 21
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We’re renting a house in Hawaii that can and probably will double as the venue. All invited guests ‘fit’ in the house as well. So far the planning is great and everyone is excited to go!

    Post # 22
    1517 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I think it’s an awesome idea, and something we’ve considered too. It’s like you get all the benefits of a backyard wedding, but in a fancy house in some beautiful place I could never afford to live, haha

    Post # 23
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @2dBride:  agreed! My SIL was all set to use a house, until the landlords found out they were using for a wedding. Suddenly the price shot up and they had to find something else. If they know there wil be all sorts of vendors/people on site, they will feel the need to raise rates

    Post # 24
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @StormtrooperInLove:  One of my co-workers did this!  The price was a little bit more since it was going to be used for a wedding…but the house was BEYOND amazing.  It was a huge house on the top of a hill in a very ritzy neighborhood….everything looked amazing and she saved so much money doing it that way! 

    Post # 25
    26 posts
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Definitely check with the owner if you are allowed weddings because if they do they might be able to help with some of the things that you can’t do. We chose are rental for this exact purpose because there is an onsite caterer available. As regard to guests staying I would cut down on the number sleeping there. We have booked a Villa that only sleeps 6 people and we have nearly 30 guests! and we couldn’t find anywhere that would make it worth the money that could sleep everyone. So we just booked a small one for 4 nights (2 to set up the wedding 1 for the wedding day & 1 to get cleared up) and for the rest of the time, 3 out of the 7 days, we will be sleeping in the same hotel we have recommended for our guests. The only people sleeping in the villa with us will be my Maid/Matron of Honor with hubby (who I have known since high school so it isn’t as if I’m inviting a stranger), a brides maids (the girlfriend of the best man) and the best man. That way there is very little budge in who gets to go to the villa to help set up. I think finding somewhere with less sleeping space is better than trying to cram everyone in because even though less people get to stay there the likely hood is less people will take it personally. Because Say you have 20 guests and 12 of them stay with you and the other 6 don’t because the majority of the guests are staying with you they will feel like you don’t want them there as much as everyone else. But if there are less places up for grabs people feel less hurt when they don’t get them.

    Post # 26
    11 posts

    My son and DIL were married at Spider Lake Retreat near Traverse MI over Memorial Day weekend in 2012.  It was fabulous – 16 bedrooms with private baths, over 400 feet of private lakefront beach, a commercial kitchen, huge gameroom with a pool table, foosball, shuffleboard, and more.  It was completely awesome.  We did all of the cooking ourselves except for the wedding dinner itself.  Everyone one helped and the two sides of the family had a wonderful time getting to know each other.  The wedding was on the beach and was beautiful.  Can’t say enough good things about the experience.

    Post # 27
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014



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    @lovekiss:  “I was Maid/Matron of Honor in a vacation house wedding. It was a TON of work for the bridal party. We paid hundreds of dollars per person (plus the cost of our attire, travel to/from, bach parties, and shower) to stay in the vacation home for the privledge of being unpaid labor. It was no vacation, I assure you.”

    This is exactly what happened at my sister’s wedding. We stayed at a big house on a vineyard in CA, and she set it up so that Fiance and I had a tiny room, which was connected to a room we shared with my mom and aunt, and the 4 of us all had to share a bedroom. We had to walk through my mom’s room to get to the bathroom, and they had to walk through ours to get outside. I’m pretty sure Fiance and I paid $150/night, and mom paid the same or more. The place did not seem worth the money to me. 


    This part is gross, but 30 people were staying in a house with 5 or 6 bathrooms. Transmission of stomach bugs is always through sharing bathrooms, and my sister’s best friend’s kids were sick when they arrived at the house. We all thought that they were just carsick, since the drive to the house was 45 minutes up a windy road. Well, almost everyone ended up cathing the bug. My sister was throwing up on her wedding night, her fiance got it about a day later, my Fiance started getting sick on the plane ride home, and I got sick a day or two later. And it was a really bad stomach bug! The worst part, was that my aunt, who has macular degeneration, and is almost blind, got the stomach bug on her flight home, where she was alone. I can’t even imagine how bad that was for her. 


    I know that this is an unusual story, but if you have a ton of people staying in a house, and someone starts getting stomach symptoms, make sure they only use one bathroom, and make sure nobody else goes in there!


    Post # 28
    540 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @StormtrooperInLove:  LOVE this idea! We considered doing the same thing in Tahoe and absolutely would have done it, but our guest list was too large and it just wasn’t realistic for our situation. I say go for it if it works for you!

    Post # 29
    2409 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I looked into doing this in Sonoma, at frankly, it just wasn’t worth it for my size wedding (family alone = 65 people). All of the savings would have been evaporated with every other vendors’ travel fees, and every house had a limit to the number of guests who could be on the property beyond those who are booked in for the VRBO.

    That said, I did find a venue that has a house (sleeps 14) we can rent if we want that convenience. We’re planning to book the house as well, as a gift to our immediate families (parents and siblings).

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