Choosing the Right Venue for Your Wedding Style : Part II, The Private Estate

Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's really no secret. While I try so hard to be remain unbiased, I'm a private estate gal at heart. Not that private estates aren't without their frustrations (rentals alone can kill the budget and most are a logistical nightmare when it comes to power, lighting, parking and bathrooms), but even so, there is something wonderful about having a space all to yourself on your wedding day. This being said, I continue my series on finding the right venue for your style with the pros of the private estate.

You might be a private estate bride if:

~You prefer privacy over convenience. Estates are typically renting to you and you only for the weekend meaning you don't have to worry about bumping into the bride who took the morning slot or gawking hotel guests who don't realize that your wedding is not a public affair.

~You like the idea of a completely blank slate in which to implement your wedding day vision. This is a big one for me. Love the flexibility in design that comes with a private estate. Though this blank slate can come with a hefty price tag in order to make it functional.

~You like the idea of marrying at a venue that is a little off the beaten path and is not the site your friends have been to a million times. I confessed last week that resorts have found a new place in my heart, but truth be told if you live in Southern California, chances are you and your friends have been to several weddings at the best resorts in Los Angeles. Private estates typically reduce this possibility making your day feel that much more special.

~You want to live in the lap of luxury if only for a minute. Many private estates are multi-million dollar homes with breathtaking views, glamorous amenities and an all around, over the top experience.

~Along with hosting your wedding at these homes, many allow you and a few select guests to stay at the home, making it the perfect place for a rehearsal dinner bbq or morning after brunch as well.

Next week, let's chat about the beauty of hosting a wedding in your very own back yard.

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