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.
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 Lodging and 'Wedding Weekend' guests, check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. For single-day weddings, check-in is 11:00 am and check-out is 11:00 pm. 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 generally required, as part of our 'Wedding Weekend' package. In the 'Off-Peak' season, lodging is not required.
Is my date available?
Find out by checking our frequently-updated Availability Calendar, located in the ``Weddings`` sub-menu.
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 Booking Fee. 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% Booking Fee 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 student 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. Unlike many venues, we do not charge a ``service fee`` on top of our rates.
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 and animals, we do not allow firecrackers or fireworks. 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. Candles are not allowed inside the House.
Does Kingston House offer discounts?
In the interest of keeping Kingston House accessible for our North Kitsap neighbors, we offer a 10% event fee discount for local couples (Defined as at least one of the principals providing a utility bill showing a Kingston, Hansville, Indianola, Poulsbo or Suquamish address). Furthermore, each year we offer a limited number of discounted wedding dates for Kitsap, Jefferson and Mason County couples who can demonstrate financial need. Dates are usually announced in January.
We were stunned by the site's beauty and tranquility. Thank you.
The owner's passion for this property clearly shows. It's much more than a place to stay.
The check-in process was seamless and Matt was one of the most pleasant, communicative hosts I've rented from.
Zen. Peace. Harmony. The photos do not do this property justice.
Everyone agreed that this is the best house we have ever rented. The place is really amazing.
Everywhere you look it is just gorgeous. Everything worked out perfectly and the staff provided excellent service.
Our experience was above and beyond our expectations! The venue is beautiful and the staff did an amazing job.
I'm so grateful for the memories we created and the celebration that will forever live in our hearts.
Matt and his team went above and beyond to make our wedding weekend absolutely perfect!
The staff pulled every string to make sure our day was perfect, even with the looming storm.
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.
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. Our insurance policy does not allow for marijuana use on site. Bartenders will not serve alcohol to persons who they deem under the influence of marijuana. No illegal drugs are allowed on premises.
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. With permission and a paid fee, Fido(s) 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.