Over the past few years, they have been renting their property more and more for weddings and are now opening their doors regularly to couples looking to get married in a unique spot with a place that they can stay at for the weekend, too. So when it comes to weekend weddings and venue rentals, Lorraine knows her stuff. A nice afternoon chat led us to these conclusions about why renting an entire property for a wedding weekend is an awesome idea:
When you rent an entire property, it's literally yours for the weekend. You don't have to worry about sharing the grounds, sharing parking, or sharing any other amenities with other groups of people. We all know sharing is a good thing generally, but for weddings, many people appreciate having a private location without any distractions. It's even better if you're in an area that's away from other homes, so if you want to keep the celebration going a little later, then you do not have to worry about noise bothering the neighbors.
Many rental properties only hold one large event per a week, and as a result, it generally makes things like check in and check out easier. If you want to arrive a little early, it often can be arranged, and if you want to depart a little later on Sunday, that's usually OK, too. Of course, always talk to the rental property owners or managers to confirm if this is true for their property, but when you book private use of a venue, they are usually more flexible when it comes to arriving and departing.
Instead of having just a couple hours for set up, when you rent an entire property for a weekend, you often have a good chunk of time--maybe even a whole day--for set up. And those added hours will feel absolutely precious when you need them most. No matter the wedding, set up always takes longer than everyone expects, and I always tell my DIY Wedding Coordination clients to set up as early as the venue allows. At Lorraine's property, they let couples set up the day before and even provide use of their extensive collection of decor items for the entire weekend (love that!).
When you rent any property for an extended period of time (vacation rental, apartment rental, etc.), it begins to feel like home, and the same is true of a wedding rental. Maybe you realize that you for forgot to put on deodorant? No biggie. Have a wedding party member just grab it from your temporary bedroom. Feeling a bit hungry while getting your hair done? Grab a banana or snack from the kitchen. Having the comforts and conveniences of home is something you always become more appreciative of as the wedding weekend goes on and small things pop up.
Lorraine says An Affair By the Lake feels so much like home to some couples that they don't want to leave after the wedding is over, and adds, "There's that whole atmosphere of feeling like you're at home for the weekend--and not just the bride and groom, but the bridal party and parents like it for the very same reasons." And speaking of wedding parties...
Not only does renting a property provide a home base for you and your wedding party, but it also provides a home base for guests who are staying off site. Oftentimes you can have a rehearsal dinner that doubles as a welcome dinner for out of town guests on site on Friday. Guests staying at nearby accommodations might head over to play lawn games and say "Hi" to loved ones and friends before the wedding. And they know right where to go when it's time to say "Goodbye." Although there are many advantages to renting an entire property, this one is my personal favorites because it gives everyone more time to catch up and celebrate throughout the entire weekend.