Thursday, May 15, 2008

#297: 90210.




i don't know about you. but my imagination is running wild with the possibilities in this backyard.

side note: has anyone else ever rented a home for a reception? and i don't mean those estate weddings...i'm talking straight up renting a vacation home and hosting your shabang in the backyard (with all the right permissions granted, of course). just wondering about previous experiences.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

brilliant idea!
im having a civil ceremony in jacksonville and instead of looking for a reception area as well as rooms for the family..im gonna try and get a house that has a deck, maybe even an oceanview :)
and rent it out for a week.

HUG HUG HUG thank you.
Svea

Amanda said...

what an awesome idea!

I rented the main floor of a Cafe in an old Art Deco Building and it was perfect for the number of guests we were having.

That house in your post reminds me of the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica! So glamorous!

Anonymous said...

A friend rented a beach house in Cape Cod for her wedding, though I think other weddings may have been held there before. The only hang-up was with parking, as in there wasn't enough room for all the cars. I think she booked all the guests into several area hotels, then shuttled people to her venue. But it looked beautiful, and the whole family got to stay at the house for the week before the wedding, which seemed so relaxing.

Anonymous said...

For the price of a hotel room, my fiance and I have rented a house in our hometown that is big enough to host the rehearsal dinner, after-party and day-after brunch. Totally a money (and sanity)saver!

Meg said...

We tried, but once we mentioned the word "wedding" we couldn't get anyone to call us back! I wish you better luck.
Also, look into state park venues. That's what we ended up with. It is SO PRETTY, and only 2K. In San Francisco, that's about as good as it gets. Plus, the staffers, since they are not "wedding people" are sweet, laid back, super easy to work with, and not always pushing the limits of our budget.

cdm said...

we are hosting our rehearsal dinner a a big rented house (my in-laws to be rented)... our only issue is the parking as well. We are working through it now. I think we might hire a shuttle from the hotel with the most people.
Good Luck!

cdm said...

we are hosting our rehearsal dinner a a big rented house (my in-laws to be rented)... our only issue is the parking as well. We are working through it now. I think we might hire a shuttle from the hotel with the most people.
Good Luck!

Robyn said...

Oh yes, I have LOTS of brides who rent beach houses. It is great to have the ceremony set up in the back on the beach and the reception tented outside, with room for overflow inside. Caterers love having a full kitchen on site as well. Obviously depends on the size of the house, but we can usually do a guest list of no more than 100 in a house and around the pool. Of course everything is close and convenient (the bride can get ready upstairs, family stays there the night before, etc.).

Meg said...

Beware though, tents are expensive. CRAZY expensive. Ugh. But in LA I'm not sure you'll need one.

Kate said...

That would make a great wedding site. I'm so jealous!

We're renewing our vows in a year or two and I'm thinking about renting a house to do it at down on the Fl. coast.

amber said...

love this. I've been to several weddings held at rented homes, I think it's ideal. The families can stay there, and the couple can jet off to somewhere relaxing right after!

Jennifer said...

I'm renting a private home for the ceremony and reception. The family has really welcomed us in and has bee super flexible about having all my guest trapse through their home!

Kate said...

I considered it, thinking it might be a money saver, but the cost of catering and rentals (tent, dishes since I couldn't bring myself to go with paper plates and plastic cups, dance floor) turned me off. Going with a hotel penciled out significantly less expensive.

rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs said...

We seriously considered it, but had a hard time finding something that could accommodate 200 guests. With 125 guests, I'm sure you could find that in your area.

Anonymous said...

I looked into doing that for my wedding, but everyone i talked to was pretty resistant to the idea. Everyone had the same reasons: wear and tear on the lawn and parking in the neighborhood. We had a pretty big group, though. You might have better luck if you're having a smaller wedding, though...ours was pretty big.

Shannon said...

Ugh, it's my DREAM setup. No drinking and driving, no worrying about someone being late, and there's the WHOLE DAY to enjoy the area and just "show up at home".
I've found a few places, but some are way out of budget and others are to be looked at. Hope you can shake off some of the stress better than I have been!

Anonymous said...

We are renting a castle in Wisconsin for our October wedding. It will be small, about 40 people, and the place can sleep 20. We did have the problem that as soon as we mentioned "wedding" their price doubled from what was listed on the site, but it really was the ideal location so after much haggling we are only paying a bit more than we think reasonable:) But it will be perfect for a laid-back, diy affair.