FAQs


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 click here for 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 exclu­sive use of the Estate from Fri­day at 3PM until Sun­day, at 11AM.  We include a shut­tle ser­vice to and from the des­ti­na­tion for a 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 with room blocks we can sug­gest.  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 like Cielo 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.

For 2016, our Per­fect Day pack­age also includes light­ing, coor­di­na­tion, and table and chairs.

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.

By pop­u­lar demand, here are just a few options for bring­ing in lunch or snacks on the day of your event while your fam­i­ly and friends get ready: Com­fort Mar­ket Cater­ing. Anoth­er option is Jaf­fa Cafe for Mediter­ranean food or Palo Mesa Piz­za — (AG Ran­cho Park­way loca­tion), who even deliv­ers!

Q: What is required to reserve a date?

A: A $4,000 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 for lodg­ing only.

Q: What would you say are the top rea­sons cou­ples select The Casitas?

A: This does vary for every­one but our hill­top views are prob­a­bly one of the top rea­sons. Many feel like they are trans­port­ed to Tus­cany or parts of Spain.

Sec­ond­ly, you have a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding and are here for an entire week­end ver­sus hav­ing a mere 4–5 hours else­where. Here at The Casitas, you do not have to load up and leave the same night, you can sleep in, enjoy our break­fast in the morn­ing with your fam­i­ly or friends lodg­ing here and enjoy more time togeth­er.

Many oth­er cen­tral coast wed­ding venues have issues with wind, extreme heat and cold and have a lim­it­ed amount of space to hold your cer­e­mo­ny, cock­tail hour and recep­tion. Luck­i­ly with The Casitas being just sev­en miles from the ocean and with a pro­tect­ed hill from our neighbor’s estate, your guests enjoy mod­est tem­per­a­tures and do not have the ‘wind tun­nel’ effect that oth­er venues endure.

Many of our cou­ples mar­ry in our estate Syrah vine­yard, pick anoth­er loca­tion near the pool or in the foun­tain court­yard for cock­tails, and then have their recep­tion on the back infin­i­ty lawn so their guests are treat­ed to unique loca­tions all in one cozy place.  It’s ample space for up to 180 guests but even small­er wed­dings of forty guests do not feel swal­lowed up here.

We offer most ameni­ties here includ­ing the lights, tables and chairs, coor­di­na­tion, and even heaters avail­able last minute in case they are need­ed (at added cost). Our lux­u­ry bath­rooms offer guests an equal­ly pleas­ant expe­ri­ence to fresh­en up in a pleas­ant set­ting that is main­tained and updat­ed to match the beau­ty of our pri­vate estate.

While there is lim­it­ed space at the top of the estate, the shut­tles have become a very desir­able fea­ture of our pack­ages. Your guests do not drink and dri­ve but are brought up in a nice coach with pro­fes­sion­al dri­vers. They come off the shut­tle and are wowed by the set­ting with many nat­ur­al flo­rals and detailed span­ish architecture–guests love the curb appeal upon arriv­ing and that you have brought them to this mag­i­cal roman­tic set­ting.

Final­ly, Tony and I care deeply about our estate and mak­ing your day incred­i­ble. We are com­mit­ted to help you, your friends and fam­i­ly and the ven­dors you select, to make sure you have a won­der­ful event. We wel­come our com­mit­ted cou­ples to vis­it often while plan­ning, whether it’s to show a friend or par­ent the loca­tion, meet with ven­dors or just to stop in while doing oth­er things.  We take great pride in being great hosts to both our lodg­ing guests and wed­ding guests through­out the year.

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 for day of at a min­i­mum so we do include this as part of our 2016 pack­age. Your wed­ding plan­ner will ensure that your day goes as planned and exceeds your expec­ta­tions for a flaw­less event. If you already have a licensed full-time wed­ding plan­ner, please con­tact us direct­ly and we can dis­cuss options with you to cre­ate a win-win!

Q: Until what time can music be played?

A: All music and the event 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. We also have arrange­ments with these com­pa­nies to guar­an­tee Casitas Estate Cou­ples a tent when we have arranged rentals for you through their com­pa­ny. This is why we stress to use one of our pre­ferred rental com­pa­nies for your plates, stemware and sil­ver­ware. (guest tables and chairs are already includ­ed)

Q: What if we don’t want to use the 4 lodg­ing hous­es for our event?

A: While we know hav­ing the lodg­ing includ­ed can make it more dif­fi­cult for bud­get­ing, we unfor­tu­nate­ly can­not rent the rooms to any­one out­side of your wed­ding, as lodg­ing guests would expect a peace­ful, serene set­ting and you also would not want undat­ed guests crash­ing your par­ty.

We do offer an option if you pre­fer to ‘back out’ the cost of the rooms from our pack­age, if you plan to have indi­vid­ual fam­i­ly or friends stay onsite and pay as they would for a hotel room here on the cen­tral coast. We can talk to this in more detail if desired, how­ev­er do keep in mind that you then lose the oppor­tu­ni­ty to have any rooms to get ready and enjoy on the estate for the week­end if the rooms are giv­en up for a dis­tant fam­i­ly mem­ber attend­ing or friend from out of town.  From past expe­ri­ence, grand­ma will need to get ready in her room and the grooms­men will not be wel­come to crash!

Q: Can I bring in my own ven­dors?

A: Yes, but we are hap­py to offer sug­ges­tions espe­cial­ly for ven­dors that have done a won­der­ful job here in the past and are famil­iar with the prop­er­ty already. (It does make a dif­fer­ence!)  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. They must also be licensed and insured. We do have some great sug­ges­tions to offer for a vari­ety of bud­gets and food themes. Upon book­ing, we are also hap­py to share these ven­dors that do a great job 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 cater­er, but please be sure to ver­i­fy this with them. If they do not break down, your plan­ner can work through options to make it all seam­less.

Q: Do you have ample elec­tric­i­ty set up at your venue?

A:  Yes, we have sock­ets locat­ed in each of the areas for cer­e­mo­ny, cock­tails and recep­tion areas here on the Estate. At the Casitas we offer a great set­ting for views and pho­tog­ra­phy from the 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 lodg­ing 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. Addi­tion­al­ly, if you have a full bar, you will want to have an addi­tion­al bar­tender includ­ed to staff it, to try and man­age the longer wait times for your guests. We do require a licensed, insured cater­er and bar­tenders.

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 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 as a last minute option avail­able to you.

We also now offer a high end glass fire pit with bench­es for a lounge set-up near your bar area or in the court­yard or out­er circle–please inquire and we can share images of it.

Q: We would pre­fer the farm­house (rus­tic wood­en) tables and dif­fer­ent chairs, are we able to upgrade if desired?

A: As long as you place your rental order with one of the pre­ferred ven­dors we have made an arrange­ment and book the rentals under The Casitas Estate (ver­sus a cater­er or doing rentals for plates, sil­ver­ware, etc on your own), we have been giv­en dis­counts for any guest chair and table upgrades and can fur­nish you the sav­ings and prices. NOTE: If you book a cater­er who wants to han­dle and book the rentals under their own com­pa­ny, we can­not get the agreed upon dis­counts from our rental ven­dors. Feel free to con­sult with your plan­ner on these details or ask us, the own­ers for clar­i­fi­ca­tion.