Kingston House is rolling lawns, gardens, woods and a grand mid-century home of douglas-fir and stone. Neither pretentious nor rustic, it is a quintessential Pacific Northwest setting for your celebration or weekend getaway.

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FAQ/Policies

Questions?

Although your contract will clearly outline our policies, we've created this page to help ensure you're fully-informed. These policies reflect best practices and lessons learned after hosting scores of weddings. Our primary goal is to provide an outstanding experience for you, your families and guests.

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How many wedding guests can you accommodate?

Our permit allows for wedding events for up to 150 guests. This includes the wedding party and children.

What does Kingston House provide?

We are primarily a venue. Our rates include use of our tent(s), tables and chairs and event staff for venue-specific tasks, e.g. parking assistance, vendor questions, bathroom tidying, emergencies, etc. We do not provide catering, bartending, wedding planner, cleaning, or other services. We also provide some amenities (e.g. golf cart, furniture, etc.) for an additional fee. We are happy to provide a list of recommended wedding professionals.

Is parking available?

Yes. We can accommodate up to 48 cars on-site with overflow available on the adjacent property. A parking attendant will help guide your guests' arrival.

When is check-in and check-out?

For our 'Wedding Weekend' guests, check-in is 1:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. For single-day weddings, check-in is 10:00 am and check-out is 11:00 pm. For lodging only guests, check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. Early check-in and/or late check-out may be pre-arranged for a fee.

Is lodging required to hold a wedding?

During our 'Peak' season (mid-May through mid-October), two-nights' lodging is required, as part of our 'Wedding Weekend' package. In the 'Off-Peak' season, lodging is not required.

Can you hold my date?

Sorry, dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, upon processing of a signed contract and non-refundable deposit. Over the years, we've found that this is the fairest way to accommodate our guests.

When are deposits due, and what forms of payment are accepted?

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve your date. The 50% balance, and a $1,000 refundable damage deposit, are due six months prior to your check-in date. We accept check, money order, Visa and MasterCard. Debit and credit card payments incur a 3% fee.

Can we move/remove the tents or chairs?

RE: tents, no. The tents take a full-day to set-up. As such, once they're up, they remain throughout the season. RE: chairs, mostly no. Based on majority preference, our padded set of chairs are stay at the ceremony sites, while the non-padded set remain in the Courtyard for the reception. If both of your activities take place around the lower lawns, we can switch sets, if requested.

Are we required to tip your staff?

No, but they'd sure appreciate it! Our hard working crew of Kingston High School students outfitted in our monogrammed polos do a lot before, during and after your wedding to ensure an outstanding experience for you, your family and guests.

What is your cancellation policy?

A written statement of cancellation received with more than 180 days’ notice can receive a refund, minus the 50% Booking Fee.

Who is responsible for clean-up?

A vendor (either your caterer or Day-of Coordinator) must be hired to bus and clean-up your reception. Four bins are provided for sorted garbage and recyclables. Removal of additional rubbish is the caterer's responsibility. Our staff will break-down tables and chairs.

What is the cut-off time for music?

Kitsap County noise ordinance requires that all music ends by 10:00 pm.

What is your policy re: fireworks, sparklers, lanterns, candles, etc.?

In consideration of our neighbors, please no firecrackers, fireworks or drones. Please only wedding-specific sparklers, and no lantern releases. “Tiki” torches may be used with permission. Candles placed inside tall votives may be used when guests are seated. Do not use candles inside the House.

Do you offer discounts for active military, low-income or other groups?

Generally, no. However, in the interest of making Kingston House accessible to our lower-income neighbors, we do offer a limited number of discounted dates for Kitsap and Mason County couples who can demonstrate financial need. Dates are usually announced in January.

The owner's passion for this property clearly shows. It's much more than a place to stay.

Diogenes December 2017

The check-in process was seamless and Matt was one of the most pleasant, communicative hosts I've rented from.

Tori June 2017

Zen. Peace. Harmony. The photos do not do this property justice.

Diogenes December 2017

Everyone agreed that this is the best house we have ever rented. The place is really amazing.

Svetlana January 2018

Everywhere you look it is just gorgeous. Everything worked out perfectly and the staff provided excellent service.

Priya & Dan Bride & Groom

Our experience was above and beyond our expectations! The venue is beautiful and the staff did an amazing job.

Katherine Bride

I'm so grateful for the memories we created and the celebration that will forever live in our hearts.

Ann Bride

Matt and his team went above and beyond to make our wedding weekend absolutely perfect!

Lauren Bride

The staff pulled every string to make sure our day was perfect, even with the looming storm.

Shaun Groom

Testimonials

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Are we required to choose a 'Preferred' caterer?

Yes. After overseeing scores of weddings, we instated this policy to help our couples avoid sub-par experiences for their guests. Our curated short-list of Kitsap and Seattle-area caterers will meet picky palettes (incl. vegetarian & gluten-free) and a wide range of price points. All of them have consistently provided outstanding food and service (In rare instances, we may permit a licensed caterer who isn't on our list with payment of a $500 fee; this must be approved).

Do you charge corkage or cake cutting fees?

No, but you should discuss potential fees with your catering and/or bartending service.

Do you require a Wedding Planner?

At minimum, we require our couples to hire a professional Day-of Coordinator. Weddings are complex and greatly benefit from a professional event manager. For this reason, your mother or 'very organized' friend probably won't fit the bill.

Is event insurance required?

Yes. An event insurance policy is required for any day when non-lodgers are on the property. We can recommend a vendor, or you can obtain it through your own provider. In our experience, policies usually run about $200-300. We can provide required coverage amounts.

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What is your alcohol policy?

A Washington State-licensed bartender and Banquet Permit must be present if alcohol is served. No cash bars or self-pouring. We allow beer, wine and spirits and do not charge a corkage fee. 'Last call' for alcohol is 30 minutes before the event ends.

What is your smoking, vaping, marijuana and drugs policy?

Smoking and vaping are not allowed indoors. Outdoors, please use the red cigarette butt cans on the Waterfall Terrace and in the Courtyard. No conspicuous consumption of marijuana. Bartenders will not serve alcohol to persons who they deem under the influence of marijuana. No illegal drugs are allowed on premises.

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Can I bring Fido?

Yes. We love dogs. That said, weddings can stress them out. If your event insurance policy covers animal mishaps, we allow our lodging guests up to two dogs (total). With permission, they can be on the grounds until after the ceremony, when we ask that you crate them indoors for their safety. Aside from legitimate service dogs, other beasties, including emotional support peacocks, are not permitted.

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