This edition of Dear Airby is based on Special Service, one of the 10 Steps found in
Master of Vacation Rentals.
I have a house that is popular in a wedding destination and I sometimes get questions from guests who want to have an event for one night of their stay at my property. I usually say that we cannot have any large parties because we are on a small cul-de-sac and the parking would present problems and I don’t want to leave my neighbors exasperated with an influx of vehicles to the area. Any suggestions how I could accommodate these types of requests instead of a blanket decline? Oh, one more point. The house indoor and outdoor area could easily accommodate a party of 25 – 30. “
– Ronald from Healdsburg, CA.
I think you are really asking 2 questions. The first is how to handle more cars than your driveway and street can accommodate and the second is how can you get compensated for the extra burden/risk of allowing a large gathering at your house.
Let’s take these one at a time. I would suggest that the party planner hire a valet or shuttle service to handle the extra cars – be specific about how many cars your property can take and let them know that they would need to decide and organize a remedy for the cars over your max.
Second, you need to think about what monetary reward you want for allowing your house to become a wedding party venue. Decide on that amount and send the potential guest a ‘special offer’ for that amount that is above the lodging amount for their stay. If they are serious about your property as a location then they will step up. Otherwise at least you left the opportunity open to negation without just shutting them out.