Whether you’re searching for something unique for your micro wedding or you just want a sudden location, Airbnbs make a great venue option. Rental properties offer so many benefits that most traditional wedding venues simply can’t, including a cozy atmosphere, overall flexibility as it pertains to your wedding vendors, and a location to sleep when the party has ended. An Airbnb wedding is a great option for couples who want an at-home feel without needing to host their wedding in their own house.
Here are our top tips to help make your airbnb wedding venues unforgettable:
Find an Airbnb that allows weddings
Expand your search to include nearby properties
Embrace the aesthetic of the house for the entire design
Make it your own with a captivating installation
Use the entire property for the ceremony and reception
1. Find an Airbnb that allows weddings
Before getting your heart set on a spot, you need to find rental properties that explicitly state they are available for weddings. Unfortunately, only some properties are. Even if you’re having a micro wedding with just a couple of people, you need to make sure that the owner is okay with an event being hosted in their house. If there’s nothing in the description that says weddings or events are allowed, check the home rules of the home or property. If it’s still unclear, contact the host right to ask if a wedding is allowed.
2. Expand your search to add nearby properties
One of the best things about by using a rental property for your wedding is that you have the possibility to rent the home, and the surrounding area as well. Many Airbnb listings that are approved for events have properties that either share outdoor spaces or are close enough which means that your family and/or wedding party can stay nearby. If you’re planning an elopement-for example-you could find a property with two houses that share a courtyard and rent both-one for you and one for the vendors you may want on-hand. If you’re planning a larger wedding, you could discover a villa with surrounding bungalows or small homes and rent all of them, such as a hotel block.
3. Embrace the vibe of the home for your overall design
When you’re searching for an Airbnb to host your wedding, don’t forget to take into consideration the décor and the vibe of the home to ensure it matches your style-or the style you want to produce. Then lean in and fully embrace it for your wedding day. You’ll save very much time and money by using what’s already there. If you love the thought of a formal dinner party, look for a home with a grand dining room to which you can truly add an elegant tablescape design. If you’re more of an outdoorsy couple, take the party outside and use the natural landscape as your backdrop.
4. Make it your own with a captivating installation
Even if you decide to use the existing decor inside your home, we suggest that you add your personal flair with an eye-catching installation. Some examples are an attractive ceremony arch, a floral installation, or even a light installation over the reception tables. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. You desire to add something memorable to reflect your individual style also to make space feel more like “you.”
5. Use the entire property for the ceremony and reception
One way to make the the majority of your Airbnb is by using all the indoor and back yard you can. For instance, you could set up the ceremony in the backyard and have the reception in the living area. Or, you could reverse it and set up the ceremony in a cozy living area and party alfresco style. Don’t hesitate to get creative and use the maximum amount of space as possible so guests feel like they have room to move. And don’t forget to make certain there are many pretty backgrounds for your couple portraits-indoor or outdoor.
6. Ask if the host has a list of recommended vendors
Some rentals properties, especially large ones that host a lot of events, have a set of vendors they’ve worked with in the past. It’s a great idea to ask the host if indeed they have vendors they trust and who specialize in rental property weddings.
7. Hire a mobile bar
One trend we’re totally in love with-and is suitable for home weddings-is a mobile bar. It’s compact, convenient, and cute, and is sure to be considered a crowd-pleaser. A mobile bar takes up very little space and allows you to hire everything you need for the bar all with one company.
8. For larger weddings, consider extra facilities to keep everyone comfortable
When researching properties, one very important things that many people forget is the facilities. Are there enough restrooms to accommodate your guest list? If not, you should think about supplementing with rentals. There are so many options for upscale lightweight toilet trailers that provide a comfortable experience, including lighting, mirrors, sinks, and-most importantly-more space than traditional port-o-potties.
You can even add a personal, homey touch by adding a little amenities kit to each bathroom with breath fresheners, Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, cotton balls, and safety pins. Trust us, this will save a lot of headaches on the day-of-and some potential fees after checkout!
9. Ask friends and family to stay with you
If you’re having an intimate wedding, a great way to make it feel extra special-and take advantage of the initial rental property venue-is to ask your closest friends and family to stay with you the night before the wedding. This would be a great chance of one last girls or guys night, or even to spend some quality time with a band of family you might not reach see all the time.
10. Don’t be afraid to visit big or small
When people think of Airbnb weddings, they often think of intimate celebrations. However, there are so many large properties for rent nowadays. So, whether you want an elopement-style wedding day with just you and your witnesses or you want a huge affair with your relatives and buddies, you can certainly find a rental property to support your vision.