Frequently Asked Questions


Q – When is Wedding Season at Bailey’s?
To take advantage of the predictably beautiful late spring and early and late summer weather on Palomar Mountain, we begin our wedding season at the beginning of June and go through the beginning of October.

Q - What time can start our wedding and what time should we plan to end?
One of the nice features of a destination wedding at Bailey’s is the ability to set your own pace. Check in time on Friday can be flexible and we’ll be happy to work with your group to determine your optimal time. Having said that, we do have neighbors and local ordinances that dictate music-off and bar-closing times. Last-Call is 9:45 p.m. and all bar service and music must close by 10 p.m.

Q - How many guests can you accommodate?
We can accommodate up to 250 guests for the Day of and over 125 sleepover guests when booking cabins, glamping sites, and tent pitches.

Q – What should we expect at Bailey’s?
A Relaxed & Welcoming Environment. Our destination wedding package encompasses a full three day weekend, Friday through Sunday, giving you and your guests time to settle in. Breathe deep and relax. At Bailey’s, there’s no rush.

Q – Can I use my own caterer?
Yes! Bailey’s is all about choice. You’re welcome to use your own vendors or ask Tori, our onsite coordinator, for a list of qualified service providers. She will be happy to work with you on finding just right people to fit your vision and budget.  

Q - Do I need a professional bartender?
Yes. If you’re planning to serve alcoholic beverages, we require a licensed, insured professional bartender.

Q - Are there any restrictions?
No open flames outside of fire rings. Candles must be battery operated. No smoking inside any of the indoor facilities.

Q - Do I need to arrange insurance?
Yes. Event insurance protects you, your wedding party and the Bailey’s. Bailey’s must be listed as additional insured with a copy of your certificated provided. Event insurance can be easily purchased online. If you search for event insurance you will find several options.

Q – What accommodations are available at Baileys?
We have 7 cottages, 10 glamping sites, and 10 pitch your own tent campsites. You can find out more about our guest accommodations here.

Q –  Are there other accommodations available in the area?
Yes - We have compiled a list of other rentals on and around Palomar.  With some advance planning, groups of 150+ can usually find local accommodations here on the mountain.  We do advise that you make those reservations as soon as possible.

Q - How do we arrange for a tour of Bailey’s?
Tours are by appointment only. To book a tour, feel free to contact us by phone or email. We are always happy to meet with prospective wedding couples and their families here on Palomar. It’s a great opportunity to share with you all that Bailey’s has to offer. During your tour, we’ll show you the grounds, any accommodations not currently occupied, wedding ceremony and reception locations, as well as go over amenities, fees, and pricing options. A typical tour will take up to 2 hours.  Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the fresh mountain air!

Q - Do you have a package price, what does it include?
Yes! We offer a basic 100 guest weekend wedding package as well as a ‘Day-of’ package. Click for details.

Q – Do we need to book cottages and campsites at Bailey’s?
All accommodations are optional. We are happy to hold cottage & campsite facilities exclusively for your guests for up to 60 days prior to your dates. After that we will open any non-contracted accommodations to the general public and can no longer promise exclusive use of the property.

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Q -  What about after the wedding, is there a honeymoon suite on the property.
Yes! We are on working on renovations to Cedar Cottage! Our new Bride and Groom Romantic Getaway will feature an ensuite hot tub, new king bed, rich furnishings and fully redone and resized bathroom.

Q - Can I bring my animal to Bailey’s
Yes! We are Pet Friendly facility. However, no animals are permitted in Carriage House, Dance Hall or Bailey House.  

Q - Is there wheelchair access?
Sorry, there is no handicapped access at Baileys.  

Q - Are there places for the bride and groom to get ready for the ceremony?
The Bailey House has a special rooms for the Bride and Groom and their entourages to gather and get ready.

Q - Do I need to hire a Day Of coordinator?
You are welcome to bring your own coordinator to help organize and manage the day. Optionally, Tori is available to work with you and your team to make sure the day goes off without a hitch. Contact Tori at office@baileyslodge.com for details.

Q - How do we make a reservation?
We would be pleased to take your reservation deposit by Visa or MasterCard. We require a 50% non-refundable deposit to hold your date.    

Q – What is your Cancellation / Refund Policy?
We do not offer deposit refunds.

Q - What is there to do on the mountain, entertaining guests etc
Explore our 60 acres of breathtaking forest on hiking trails that wind through the property. Stargaze on a clear summer night. Sit around the campfire and enjoy the evening with friends. For the adventurous, we have a new urban post apocalyptic paintball zone. Ask about our course and rental equipment. More, not-to-be-missed experiences on the mountain are Palomar State Park and Caltech’s Palomar Observatory. And of course.. Wedding Preparations! Involving family and friends in setting up and decorating your chosen wedding sites is an experience that brings everyone together in the shared joy of creating your unique wedding environment.

*Prices and terms are subject  to change without notice.