Beach House Wedding Rental Advice

I’m looking for some help. My partner and I are looking to get married in the summer of 2015, at the beach on Park Point. We are trying to find out if anyone on PDD has gotten married in a rental house along the beach or have any suggestions you could share. I’m not even sure if it would be allowed. We really want to go the rental house route because it is more intimate and can be cheaper than a resort and less limiting on the hours we can be there (i.e. 9pm cutoff for the Park Point Beach House). Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have!!


greg cougar conley

about 11 years ago

My wife and I actually got married last year at the Park Point Beach house. I know for a fact that the cutoff was not 9pm. I believe it was either 11pm or midnight (though a few of us actually stayed there until the wee hours finishing off the kegs).

I think it was around $600 dollars (the cheapest in town for a facility of that size) to rent the place, but you can check on the particulars through the Duluth YMCA. We felt like the Beach House was ideal for a reception with food and booze, as they have refrigerators and freezers, keg barrels, an ice maker and kitchen prep space. They also let you bring in your own food and booze, and a lot of other comparable facilities do not.

Depending on how many guests you have, you will need to hire at least one cop, at a cost of around $300 for the evening. There are also a couple of permits that you need to get, one being a license to serve alcohol if you should choose to do so. I could be wrong, but you may not need the cop if you have no booze at the reception. Go figure. I believe you can also pay someone $100-200 to clean up the next day, otherwise you are on the hook for that. I think this cleanup fee is money well spent, personally.

I really liked having our reception there. It is an absolutely beautiful spot. Hope all of this helps.


about 11 years ago

I considered it, but the available dates didn't work for me. If you email me, I can forward you the contract details I got from them.
The only big downsides (besides availability), were the fact that you had to hire a cop, the kitchen was small, and you had to do everything yourself (no one was on site to assist, or be there to handle any last-minute emergencies).


about 11 years ago

What about the Park Point Community Clubhouse/Lafayette Square? You could ask them, they may rent out their grounds/facilities.

I think the requirement for having a police officer is going to be the same at any place that does not hold a liquor license on its own. I've been to things at Hartley that had a police officer on duty standing next to the catered bar.


about 11 years ago

A quick check of the Park Point Beach House website shows 2 different types of rentals. You can rent the "Wedding Area" - which is not the beach house, it is a designated beach spot for weddings - and it is not available after 9pm. The rental of the beach house has its own separate link to click on, which shows the beach house being available for rent from 5pm to 12:30 am, with lockup and closing of building no later than 1am, as Grey Cougar described. It says you can bring in a catering company and serve alcohol if you get an alcohol permit and hire a guard/police officer. So, the 9pm cutoff is for the "Wedding Area" only. If you want the wedding are and the beach house, it seems like 2 separate rental processes.

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