Aw. Thank you! Luckily, by keeping it smaller (~35 people), the planning hasn't been too, too stressful.
Palm Springs is a bit finicky in terms of "events" - a term they seem to use loosely. I imagine they've been burned in the past by Coachella swells and whatnot. If you look through the fine print of many house rentals, you'll see that they often go into detail about how many occupants are allowed per room and how many day guests are allowed on the premises. On top of the rental fee, we ended up needing to pay an additional "event fee" to allow for more day guests. We also had to get event insurance through Palm Springs, which was a couple hundred $$ (I think. It depends on event type, vendors coming in, etc.), and seems more like a formality than anything. Who knows if we could have gotten away with not doing the additional fee - we just didn't want to take the risk of getting kicked out.
Oh. And apparently they just passed some city ordinance regarding amplified outdoor music. I mean, unless you're planning a rager, you should be fine, but they do often use some scary language like:
"Amplified outdoor music of any kind is not allowed by City ordinance. It is understood and agreed that ANY loud or large party, violations due to over-occupancy, unnecessary outdoor noise, indoor noise that causes neighbors to complain, or for violations of minimum age requirements of homes can result in immediate eviction and forfeiture of all funds"
So there's definitely been a learning curve. I'm not sure if most cities are like this or if Palm Springs is just extra ornery due to it being a melanged retirement/golf/gay/hip/festival/etc destination.
If you do go the house route, I would recommend getting the managers on the phone and talking through what your event plans are and getting a feel for how strict/lenient their residence is. A lot of them were very nice and helpful - when you finally get 'em on the phone! But then definitely follow up to get any approvals or agreements in writing. They have a funny way of forgetting : )
Hope this didn't scare you away! It wasn't so terrible - just takes a bit of wrangling and finagling. Hopefully it'll all be worth it!