From “Ask Kit!”:
Q: I would like to develop a meetings, weddings aspect of the inn, but would probably do so in cooperation with a caterer in the area. Are meetings and weddings good businesses in conjunction with B&Bs?
A: They are excellent companions to B&Bs. Do be sure to charge enough for the rental of the facility for those activities to cover wear and tear on the property.
A few things to research or consider:
* does your zoning allow for special occasions
* make sure that those uses don’t impose on the guest space and experience
* will noise or parking issues negatively impact your neighbors or other guests
* create rules to safeguard your businesses — special occasion/meeting and B&B
If a B&B has the physical space, I think a special events rooms is a superb addition to a B&B. Like a gift shop, the space can be an excellent source of additional income with minimal effort on your part. And the space can be a magnet for B&B business; that’s especially nice during off- or slow-season.