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Does any one have a contract that would apply to having a small outdoor wedding at our vacation rental?? All we would provide would be the venue, the wedding would be held outside or on the porch in case of rain, though it seldom does in Texas. The rentor would be required to use a caterer for all food, drinks, supplies, tables and all other items required. There would be no on site food preparation. Just warming in the oven or microwave if necessary and food storage in the refrigerator.
Unfortunatley we do not have a sample contract to meet your exact needs, but you can amend one of these to suit your purposes. You may also want to check out this discussion on other owners' event policies and this article about the pros and cons of hosting a wedding at your property.
Hope this helps, and maybe another Community member can help with some wording for your contract.
Best of luck,
I realize it's been awhile since this post was written but I just received a rental inquiry for a small wedding for 30 people also and am wondering if you came up with a contract and if you have any other words of wisdom regarding how this event worked out for you and the renting party?
We allowed a "small wedding for 30 people" this summer and I will not do it again without having an addendum to our contract spelling out all the things you mentioned plus the maximum occupancy for the house at any time, specific furniture that is not to be moved, having someone on site to supervise the care of my home and the way decorations can and cannot be fastened to walls etc. We also have decided that we will charge an event fee, additional cleaning fee and require a higher deposit. Here's why - because our house was " so nice and so close to the beach" the 30 people wedding grew to over 50. That was just the guests. Add caterers and servers and the minister and we were suddenly pushing 60! This is a house, not a reception hall. We have numerous decks and balconies that will only support so much weight. Events this big are ******* the house. When we discovered, after the fact, how many people had attended, we realized we had violated a law in our area stating a maximum of 30 people are allowed in any rental home at any time. We could have been heavily fined or lost our license. It just isn't worth the risk to us.
This is one of my biggest fears and when I've had wedding inquiries and they say a number of attendees as low as an "intimate" 30 or so, I ask how they will keep to that number. Family members and friends usually want to join the happy couple for their special day and we found that informal invitations or often shared by others (not the bride and groom) so the bride and groom may not even know their wedding is growing. Surprise! No harm intended by these additional guests, but I think it's hard to maintain such an intimate, low number. What do you do on the wedding day when things are not what you expected, or thought you had contracted?
We have had only the one wedding and it turned out fine since it was
outdoors during the day and the additional 20 people could be accommodated.
After that though I added the $25/person charge for anyone over the agreed
to count. I think it will be a determent to the tendency of the bride,
groom and families to "throw the doors open", because they think they
can. If we had another wedding we would either be involved ourselves or be
sure the caterer (who I would want to have met with) was involved to do the
head count, and we would charge the additional amount per person, which is
steep on purpose to get the bride to understand that the count is specific
and there is an additional charge for each person over that count. Somehow
when someone is having a wedding at a formal venue, everybody knows the
head count is specific, but you have to be vigilant about enforcing it when
having a wedding at a home, as people tend to be more casual about it. I
think you have to be very clear about the additional charge. You might even
want to collect an "extra person" deposit, to draw on if it happened. As I
said before, weddings are not our focus, but if you get the right group who
are willing to adhere to your specifics it can be some nice business for
the four hour* daytime only* window that we limit it to. Our homeaway
property ID # is 961279
Yes, I came up with a contract and would gladly send you a copy, but I can't figure out how on this system. I have it as a word document and a jpg. Do you know how to post it on this system or do you have an email address I can send it to? Bottom line our event turned out well, even though there were more people than originally expected. Because of that I have added a $25 per person charge to our contract for anyone over the originally agreed to count. We require it be fully catered, with a four hour maximum, during the daytime (only) with the caterer as the event coordinator and we had the renter bring a port-a-potty which we had the men use while the women used the inside bathroom. We were involved in the parking coordination and kept an eye on the event. It's good short time business, but we have a firm criteria to help limit the potential exposure, as the liability for an event is multiplied by the number of attendees.
...Yes, I came up with a contract and would gladly send you a copy, but I can't figure out how on this system....
Edit your reply or create a new reply. At the top right of your edit box is a "Use Advanced Editor" link. Click on that, and then your edit box will have a link at the bottom labeled "Attach files"
However, it's safest just to copy your contract text and paste it into your reply. Many of us are hesitant to click on a link in a public posting like this -- it could contain a virus.
SPECIAL EVENT AND WEDDING VENUE CONTRACT
This Short Term Rental Agreement (the “Agreement”) is made by
and between (“Owner”) and
(“Renter”) as of the date last set
forth on the signature page of this Agreement. For good and valuable
consideration, the sufficiency of which is acknowledged, the parties hereby
agree as follows:
1. Property. The property is located at:
2. Maximum Occupancy: The rental party shall consist of Renter and
attendees not to exceed 30 (thirty) persons. Any exception to this number
will be assessed on the basis of $25 per person.
3. Term of the Lease. The lease begins at 00:00 , DAY, MONTH, YEAR
and ends at 00:00 (not to exceed four hours) on SAME DAY, MONTH, YEAR. The
property will be available the day before if necessary for set up. That
time is to be determined and will be noted on an addendum to this contract.
4. Rental Rules: Renter agrees to abide by the *Rental
Exhibit A at all times while at the property and shall cause all members
of the rental party and anyone else Renter permits on the property to abide
by the following rules at all times while at the property. Renter
acknowledges that Renter has read the Rental Rules and fully understands
Sorry about the last response. All that was "copied and pasted", at least that I could see on the message board, was the first paragrah. Now I've attached four separare scans that include a scan of the two page contract (Scan.pdf & Scan1.pdf) and two page rules (Scan2.pdf & Scan3.pdf) for a special event/wedding that should be "comprehensive" enough.
How does anyone out there handle the use of a kayak and or canoe with your rental, liability wise? I got copy of a waiver that a hotel in the Keys uses, but would like to see if anyone else has one or if I might just incorporate some language into my rental contract. Thanks!
Thank you for taking the time to share this. This is very helpful.
We have chosen to not provide any kind of watercraft, canoe or kayak (or the aluminum rowboat we own), because we're concerned with the liability that we would incur so I'm curious also to the response of some of our fellow owners regarding this. On our lake I know of only 1 vacation rental out of 100+ listings that offers anything along these lines. Maybe because I'm nosy, but from reading your event contract it sounds like your house is lovely. Mind sharing your listing number?
Here is a much more comprehensive contract to pull language from.
It's nice to see another party's contract. This will make it much easier to compose our own, should we choose to host weddings. Thank you.