How to rent a private wedding estate? What questions to ask a homeowner? What is the best way to pursue having an estate wedding? What are the benefits to renting an estate for a special event? In this week’s blog, we explore the benefits of having a private estate wedding and the associated costs.
A private estate allows your event to be the only event on the property. Secluded behind gates, your wedding guest list is controlled by you. Unlike having a wedding or special event at a hotel, venue or country club, sometimes there are two or three other weddings on the same day. When you book a private estate, your wedding is the only one onsite and you won’t have to deal with onlookers or the couple in the matching Hawaiian shirts watching your wedding from their hotel rooms.
Couples love the idea of having their wedding at private estate, since it allows them to express their individuality, versus being in a ballroom where there are limitations.
A private estate wedding or special event is not for every budget. There are some couples that think that it will save money to have their event at a private estate, but the opposite is true. Every line item must be brought in such as the food, beverages, wait staff, rentals (flatware for each course, glassware (bar and tables), tables, chairs, bars, kitchen), lighting, heaters, event insurance, generator, market umbrellas to shade your guests, upscale restrooms (not the ugly construction ones), transportation and parking for your event professionals just to name a few costs.
If you have never planned a private estate event before, we don’t recommend learning how to do it for your own wedding. A professional event planner, who has private estate experience knows what is involved in a private estate wedding and special event. Mistakes can be costly and an experienced planner knows how plan accordingly and give their clients great planning options that save time and money.
Everyone hopes that the weather will be great on their event day, however, this is not always the case and there needs to be a weather contingency plan in place. If the weather is cold or rainy, then a tent should be added to the rental order. Tents can cost anywhere from $5000 and up.
We recommend going through a reputable location rental company when renting a private estate. The location company makes sure that all of the details are verified in advance, so there are no misunderstandings about the costs for adding more guests, extra days and overtime should the need arise. Founded in 2003, our boutique firm is built on a strong creative partner relationships within the event industry. Our production team understands that the key to a successful event is listening to our client’s goals and budget requirements. Gianna Provenzano, company founder and CEO has over 19 years experience in special event production with access to over 4,000 exclusive estates and and mansions in Southern California. Interested in all stages of event planning, production and venue location requests. Corporate clients include Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Yahoo!, VW Corporate of America, BMW, and HSN.