Q: What are the Casitas Estate site fees/rental rates?
A: Our rates do vary depending on the size of your guest list and desired package (our packages are outlined under Packages & Rates). For specific information on The Casitas Estate site fees, please complete our Contact Us Form or give us a call at (805) 710‑1587 for package, prices & availability.
Q: What is included in the estate rental?
A: Our Perfect Day package, renting the estate for your wedding or reception, includes the use of both the designated indoor and the outdoor space of the Estate from Friday at 3PM until Sunday, at 12PM. We include a shuttle service to and from the destination fora sum of 4 hours, usually 2 hours at the start and 2 hours at the end of the event from a local permitted park. Options from a central hotel can be arranged, we would just need to factor in travel time but there are hotels in Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach that are close by. Luxury mens and womens ADA compliant restrooms (with a diaper changing table) and a sunken dance floor on the back lawn are included. Use of our large kitchen for use by your caterer for plating and serving is also included on the day of the event.
We also include the four lodging houses for your best friends or family members for 2 consecutive nights, so you are already onsite and enjoying the Estate. We do ask that you try to keep the same guests in the rooms both evenings since it is almost impossible to have you leave the rooms and clean them for different guests on the day of your wedding or event.
Q: Can we get ready at the Estate?
A: Yes, often times the bride will get ready onsite and have hair and makeup coming to the Estate, however if your wedding party exceeds 4 women, it is difficult for everyone in one room and as this is often your bridal suite later in the day, it’s also a room you would prefer to keep in some order.
Typically the groom or his groomsmen are staying at an offsite hotel and get ready off property and then arrive early for a game of bocce and photography before the shuttles start arriving with guests for the ceremony or reception.
Q: What is required to reserve a date?
A: A $2,500 non-refundable deposit and signed contract will confirm that the date is yours for weddings or events including all lodging rooms for the two nights. Alternatively, for the ‘Rent Just The Estate’ only package, a $2,000 non-refundable deposit is required to secure the entire estate.
Q: Am I required to have a wedding planner and/or coordinator?
A: Yes. We require you have a hired (professional) wedding planner and/or coordinator. Your wedding planner will ensure that your day goes as planned and exceeds your expectations for a flawless event.
Q: Until what time can music be played?
A: All music must end by 10PM for weddings, 9PM for rehearsal dinners held the night prior to the wedding.
This is in keeping with the county ordinance and out of respect for our neighbors across the valley. We DO allow you to START your event as early in the day as desired so if you want to have a longer event, by having the estate from Friday on, you can certainly start your Saturday event earlier than other venues might allow.
Q: What is the rain plan?
A: While chances for rain are typically remote here in the Central Coast during our long wedding season, we do have lawn dimensions if a tent(s) was needed and we have comparative quotes that we can share. You would need to incur the cost of a tent from a rental company if warranted. We do work with several local rental companies that offer tent rentals if inclemental weather is forecasted for that day.
A: Yes! We do have a checklist that we coordinate with you listing those vendors to ensure that everything arrives and runs smoothly. For catering, we do require adequate staffing to clear and support your given wedding size–typically this is not an issue, but again we want to ensure a successful event you will be proud to hold here at the Estate. Upon booking, we are also happy to share past vendors that do a great job at various budgets to find the right fit for your event.
Q: What are the requirements at the end of my event?
A: You are required to have a designated contact person that will be in charge of making sure everything is cleaned, trash removed, and removed from the grounds at the conclusion of the event. Often times this responsibility can be handled by the caterers and/or your planner, but please be sure to verify this with them.
Q: Do you have ample electricity set up at your venue?
A: Yes, we have sockets located in each of our four ceremony and reception areas here on the Estate: front fountain courtyard, back infinity lawn, vineyard ceremony site, and pool area.
Q: Do you allow full bar at your venue?
A: Yes, since you are renting our estate for a private event, it is allowed. However, we strongly suggest considering wine, beer, and signature cocktails for two reasons: 1) guests are not mixing many alcohols and potentially causing unwanted attention during your special day and 2) we see that having many choices at the bar slows down the flow of guests getting drinks. If you do want to offer some hard liquor, consider a few choices where you aren’t also bringing in every mixer for a full bar, it is a lot to bring in and dispose of the next day as well when you depart the Estate.
Q: Do you charge a corkage fee for your bar?
A: No, we do not. We can suggest great local wineries and brewers that can give your event a great local flavor, but we do not restrict what you purchase and serve. Bevmo also delivers here which is a nice convenience, if desired.
Q: What other options do you offer at your venue?
A: We have the option of setting up commercial grade european filament lighting across the entire reception lawn. We also offer a 3 chandelier package that would hang over the dance floor, bar and dessert station (depending on how you choose to layout your reception).
We also have 10 heaters on site that we maintain and fill each weekend that are ‘on call’ . We charge for them if you want them last minute, we charge nothing if the evening weather is warm and they are not needed. We used to see that couples rented them and didn’t need them or didn’t think to order them and grandma would have benefitted with one near her seat. We added these to cover this need.