Once upon a time, every wedding went a little something like this: a church for the ceremony, banquet hall for the reception, newlyweds drive off into the sunset and onto their honeymoon. Nowadays, though, brides- and grooms-to-be have a multitude of options when it comes to the setting for their nuptials — which is where Airbnbs for weddings come into play.
Renting a luxurious Airbnb stands as a relatively new, stunningly unique option. Plus, lots of these rentals come at a much lower price than a dedicated venue space, meaning something as pricy as a destination wedding can fall back into your budget. So, browse through your options on the property rental website, or check out these ten Airbnbs for weddings that will paint the prettiest backdrop for your I do’s:
The description of this Airbnb reads, “If you’ve always wanted a backyard wedding, but don’t have the backyard…you can rent mine.” This gorgeous, classic California venue holds up to 80 guests. And, the host is well-versed in hosting nuptials in her backyard. She also writes on her property’s page that she provides lighting, as well as a list of vendors that you can choose from in planning your big day.
Yes, you’re reading that right — you can rent a Tuscan castle, which has only been open to the public for two decades, and rent it as a truly one-of-a-kind wedding venue. Along with the fairytale exterior and sprawling green landscape that surrounds, frescoes cover the walls inside of the property. Plus, the castle’s staff has plenty of experience in hosting weddings, and you can rent an additional villa down the road to house even more guests.
Plenty of couples dream of getting married while barefoot in the sand. If that sounds familiar, then you can rent this Mexican mansion to make that dream a reality. Much like the Italian castle’s staff, those who work at this extra-large home know how to throw a wedding. For an additional fee, they will put together all of the big-day details for you. You can even pay a bit more to have an in-house chef prep a taco feast for you — what more could you want on your wedding?
At this rental, you can plan a rustic outdoor wedding with a bit of vintage flair, thanks to the Airstream trailers where your guests will stay. They only host small weddings — 50 guests or fewer are allowed to attend — but the property makes the perfect backdrop for such an intimate affair. Just check out the twinkle lights dangling through the trees and over what might be your dance floor.
According to its description on Airbnb, the Butley Priory “is one of the most atmospheric and unusual houses in England […] steeped in romance and history,” thanks in part to the fact that it used to be a monastery. Plus, the building features everything you’d want in an English country home — vaulted stone archways, roaring fireplaces and, of course, cozy bedrooms. And, with its location a short two-hour drive from London, it’d be an easy trek for those flying in to watch your overseas nuptials in a place.”
Much like the English monastery, this property sits a quick two-hour drive from a major metropolis, New York City. Once you leave the hustle and bustle of the country’s largest city, though, you’ll be amid the mountains, meadows and trees of the Hudson Valley. Amid that picturesque landscape sits Windrift Hall. This charming, restored manor was crafted in the 1790s and hosts a dozen weddings each year.
When exploring potential Airbnbs for weddings and receptions, you’re likely to have a given destination in mind. More specifically, you might be thinking of the Greek islands as a honeymoon destination. Why not get the party started a little earlier? This Airbnb rental gives you access to a village of villas with stunning views, a swimming pool and an on-site barn conversion where even more guests can sleep. The wedding, the pictures, the after party… everything will be as gorgeous as the landscape surrounding you here. Plus, owners and staffers can arrange everything from airport transfers to nightly meals.
An outdoorsy couple would undoubtedly love to have a wedding at this lodge in Leavenworth, Washington. Surrounded by enormous trees and decorated in the rustic style that only a cabin could pull off, you can plan a no-frills wedding and reception that matches the surroundings. And, afterward, everyone can jump into the on-site hot tub to really celebrate saying “I do.”
Hawaii has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and this estate gives you access to those famous white sands, which make a great place to get married, might we add. The property sits close to the beach, of course, but lush green rainforests seclude it. In other words, it’s far from the islands’ more commercial centers and resorts where other guests might be peering in to watch you walk down the aisle — it’ll only be you and the 50 people on site to watch your wedding.
Finally, you might be feeling spontaneous enough to jet off to Bali for your wedding. This trio of villas plays host to such ceremonies all the time. There’s even a staff who can help plan the food, decorations, entertainment and drinks. About 70 people can comfortably fit onto the jaw-dropping grounds, surrounded by leafy green foliage and three relaxing pools.
These are just 10 of your Airbnbs for weddings receptions options. Peruse your options, find your place and start planning. The perfect, stunning venue is out there, and it might just be a vacation rental like these beautiful destinations.