Whether you're looking for an apartment in the center of the city or a quaint cottage that offers serious serenity, you already know Airbnb is the perfect place to look when you want to live like a local instead of spending your trip in a touristy hotel. But the vacation rental site offers so much more than studios for two and homes for families: It's the perfect place to start searching for phenomenal venues if you're planning a destination wedding, too! From a waterfront lodge in the Pacific Northwest to a breathtaking castle in Scotland, you can keep the party going all weekend (or all week!) by finding lodging and your wedding venue all in one package.
Choosing an Airbnb Wedding Venue
Opting for an Airbnb can offer so much more than just a unique venue to tie the knot.
“Airbnbs feel more intimate, and there are so many unique options, making it easy to do something you haven’t seen before,” says Erika Hernandez, owner of The Greatest Adventure Weddings.
If you've decided you want to book an Airbnb as your wedding venue, it's important to plan ahead of time, treating the Airbnb as any other venue option. "This would be the first thing I'd recommended booking when people begin planning," says Hernandez. "Once this is secured, you have the date and location to begin sharing with other vendors and your guests."
Meet the Expert
Erika Hernandez is the owner of The Greatest Adventure Weddings, a full-service wedding planning company based in Seattle, Washington with a focus on elopements and adventure weddings.
An Airbnb offers the ability to have your ceremony venue, reception venue, and accommodations all wrapped up into one location, and according to Hernandez, they usually cost less than a traditional venue. As with any venue, the cost depends on the location and timing, and Airbnb venue rates can range significantly, anywhere between $500 to $3000 per night. On top of the nightly rate, be sure to factor in the cleaning and service fees and any additional event charges the host may require. According to Hernandez, she's seen guests chip in for the cost of the Airbnb if it allows for lodging, but typically, the couple will cover the cost of the venue where the wedding is taking place.
And as for deposits? Hernandez says this can all depend on the Airbnb you're booking. "Most require you to pay upfront, but some of the more expensive Airbnbs allow you to pay a deposit and then pay the rest closer to the reserved date," she says.
Overall, the trick to finding something affordable for your budget is to be sure you’re communicating your plans with the Airbnb host so they can explain any additional fees regarding the booking or requirements for a special events permit.
When selecting the perfect Airbnb wedding venue, Hernandez suggests keeping the following questions in mind:
- Does the host allow events on-site? If the listing doesn’t explicitly say, ask for permission.
- If you have guests traveling in, how far is the nearest airport?
- How far are you from services or major cities in case you need rentals, a caterer, or other vendors?
- Are there other accommodations nearby for guests if they aren't staying with you?
Planning a Wedding at an Airbnb
Once you’ve chosen the perfect location, there are a few set-up considerations to keep in mind. If your venue has a big deck or flat lawn, it may be the perfect spot for dinner, but you'll want to double-check with the host to be sure you can utilize that space.
And don’t forget about the decorations as you’re planning your big day. Hernandez suggests taking inventory of what’s available in-house before you bring in any rentals, such as covering existing tables in linens. You should also be sure to consider that you may not be able to hang or attach anything to walls or ceilings. Overall, ask the host your questions, but be sure to respect their role in your planning. “They aren’t a venue or your wedding planner,” says Hernandez. “Respect the host’s time when it comes to questions, and if you move anything while on-site, be sure to put it back.”
Ready to get your venue planning started? Ahead, scroll through 25 of the best Airbnb wedding venues out there.
Aegean Island Villa in Greece
Celebrate your summer wedding on the Aegean Sea in this stunning villa that feels more like your own private village. With three buildings, offering five bedrooms, there's plenty of room for sleeping accommodations. But, if additional beds are needed, a converted barn is on-site that can sleep an additional 8-10 guests. Plan your ceremony with a stunning bright blue seaside backdrop and celebrate in the sun. We can just picture the all-white dress code!
Dairsie Historic Castle in Scotland
For the couple looking for a true fairytale on their wedding day, Dairsie Castle is just the place. Dating as far back as the 12th century, the castle was lovingly restored in 1992 and now combines Scottish history with modern amenities. It boasts six acres of grounds, with ample space to entertain 60 guests inside and space for a large tent on the lawn.
A Private Villa in Bali
A private villa in Bali? Count us in! This stunning property is tucked away in the most beautiful garden setting, providing a gorgeous spot for a destination wedding. There are 10 suites on-site, providing sleeping accommodations for up to 34 guests, but there is plenty of room to accommodate a wedding of 70 guests on the grounds. Choose from multiple sites for your ceremony, surrounded by the jungle, and host your reception on the lawn under charming string lights.
A Sprawling Private Home in Crete
Built in 1900, this stone home in Crete has room for 15 guests and an expansive pool deck with mountain views, perfect for an intimate ceremony at sunset. Plus, it's only 15 minutes from a stunning beach if a seaside wedding is in your plans. Following your nuptials, set up a tasting of local wines, or head into town and live like a true Cretan to celebrate for the weekend.
A Beachfront Villa in Costa Rica
This four-story estate in Costa Rica is impeccably designed and perfectly located on the beach for a gorgeous seaside wedding. With 11,000-square-feet of space, this villa can accommodate 24 guests. And with a private gourmet chef available on-site, you could even plan to have your meals prepped for you as you relax in luxury.
A Borgia Castle in Tuscany
You read that right: This incredible home used to belong to the Borgias. Now, it's a fairytale property perfect for an Italian destination wedding. Multiple large halls can accommodate a crowd for a formal dinner after a ceremony in the stone courtyard, and with luxe and historic rooms throughout the property, you'll never want to leave.
Fenton Tower in the United Kingdom
Who knew it was possible to get married in a tower built in 1570? You definitely can at Fenton Tower in the United Kingdom. This stunning piece of history offers room for up to 12 guests, providing the ideal spot for a destination castle wedding. If the historic charm of this impeccably decorated estate doesn't convince you, then the idea of the most fairytale-worthy wedding photos certainly will.
Cabin Creek Riverfront Lodge in Washington
Escape to the riverfront woods in Washington with this waterfront lodge. This is the ideal venue for the couple who loves a bit of adventure, with plenty of room for your guests to spread out. The 12,000-square-foot lodge sits on the Yakima River amidst the Wenatchee National Forest and has sleeping accommodations for at least 40 guests. Host your ceremony on the large deck and move the party to the lawn for dinner. Plus, with tables, chairs, tablecloths, and even audio equipment available on-site, you won't have to rent anything.
Some Airbnb options may have reception equipment such as tables, chairs, and decorations tucked away. Be sure to check with the host ahead of time to alleviate the extra stress of bringing additional items to the Airbnb.
Bohlen Farms Country Estate in North Carolina
Host your wedding in the French countryside without even having to hop on a plane. Bohlen Farms is just outside of Chapel Hill, offering easy access for travel. With impeccably decorated rooms, the house is a stunning getaway option with room for 16 adults, but it's the rest of the property that will blow you away. Host your ceremony in the secret garden, complete with a handmade stone wall and gazebo, and take photos amongst the grapevines and many fruit trees on the property.
A Lakeshore Barn in Wisconsin
Constructed from a 200-year-old barn transported from Vermont, this luxury lakefront property is beaming with relaxed charm. Find peace, quiet, and romance on Madeline Island, with 18 acres serving as the backdrop for your woodland nuptials. We just can't get over the gorgeous, rustic vibe.
Butley Priory in Suffolk, England
This immaculate historic gem offers the best of both worlds: Room to sleep up to 15 guests, as well as owners that serve as wedding coordinators for larger crowds. Whether beneath the vaulted ceilings of the Great Hall or on the elegant grounds, you'll feel as though Downton Abbey has come to life. Host up to 100 guests on-site, with sleeping accommodations for 18 guests for a gorgeous English ceremony.
A Dreamy Beach House in Cancun
Jet-off to Cancun to this dreamy house for the most beautiful wedding on the beach. With a maximum of 22 guests, there is plenty of room for a small, intimate destination wedding. And did we mention the private dock on the beach? Talk about the perfect backdrop for a stunning ceremony.
The House That Jack Built in Montana
Just outside of Bozeman, Montana, this getaway fondly titled The House That Jack Built offers gorgeous, modern amenities in the wilderness. With six bedrooms, two full kitchens, and cozy living spaces, this is the ideal spot to head for an intimate wedding. The expansive property offers plenty of places to host a beautiful ceremony. But with Yellowstone National Park only 30 minutes away, it can also be an ideal basecamp to utilize if you're hoping for a National Park adventure wedding.
CocoVivo Jungle Retreat in Panama
Some destination wedding couples head for beautiful, historic cities and beaches, while others plan for a true nature escape. This Jungle Retreat in Panama is just the spot to book for the adventurous couple looking to jet-away for their nuptials. The property is complete with six cabins, offering room for a maximum of 16 guests to whisk away to the tip of Isla Cristobal surrounded by lush jungle. Plan your ceremony on a dock overlooking turquoise-hued water, and extend the celebration with a weekend of adventure exploring the nearby coral reef, paddleboarding through a mangrove forest, or hiking to jungle waterfalls.
Indio Hills Desert Escape in California
This Indio Hills Desert Escape is located just on the outskirts of the infamous Joshua Tree National Park, serving as the ideal hideaway for an intimate boho wedding. This Airbnb is spacious, offering seven bedrooms with 10 beds to accommodate guests, and with an incredible saltwater infinity pool, you may just want to make a destination weekend of it. The property is tucked away on five acres of gated land with plenty of privacy, and is equipped with a stunning fire pit.
A Waterfront Home in North Carolina
This Outer Banks home is a waterfront dream, offering everything you need on-site for a stunning wedding. The main house offers eight bedrooms for guests, while a separate private villa provides accommodations for the newlyweds. The property offers expansive 360-degree views from large windows and multiple decks, along with plenty of space for an alfresco reception on the lawn. And did we mention the private dock and fireplace?
A Luxury French Château
This luxury château is beaming with French history and charm. The 19th-century property was gifted by Napoleon to one of his generals, boasting stunning views of the Pyrenees Mountains. There are seven bedrooms to accommodate guests, along with a beautiful library and stocked kitchen. Couples can utilize multiple spaces on the property for their ceremony and reception, including indoor dining space for 16 in the Orangerie or plenty of space in the walled courtyard, complete with a covered dining terrace.
La Selva Villa Near Florence
This stunning villa near Florence, Italy is an absolute Italian countryside dream. The property is surrounded by olive groves and beautiful oak trees, pairing perfectly with the historic charm of the 17th-century farmhouse. Two outdoor dining areas offer a lovely space for alfresco dining, while the beautifully decorated farmhouse provides room to accommodate up to 26 guests.
A Modern Loft in New York City
This unique loft space in New York City offers the perfect balance of modern and vintage décor for the couple looking for something a bit different. This impeccably decorated space allows room for 30 guests to gather, along with the option for bar service and catering. Plus, there's plenty of space both inside and on the rooftop patio with a view. Sleeping accommodations aren't available on-site for this Airbnb, but with its convenient location in the Flatiron District of New York, there are plenty of nearby options to stay the night.
A Fabulous Country Estate in Oxfordshire
This estate is just beaming with English country charm, tucked away in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. There's room to sleep up to 20 guests, and the grounds offer plenty of wide-open space to roam amongst 22 private acres. There's expansive lawn space for an alfresco reception, or opt for an indoor option in one of the covered tents. And did we mention the beautiful on-site pond? Talk about the perfect spot for a garden wedding.
A Luxury Compound in The Hamptons
Head out to The Hamptons to tie the knot, but be sure you're booking a place in style. This luxury compound is just the property, with nine acres of beautiful landscape, along with a koi pond and waterfall. There's room for 14 guests to sleep on-site, complete with the most inviting pool and outdoor space, as well as with plenty of stunning options on the grounds for a small ceremony.
Villa Avalon in Costa Rica
Head to Costa Rice and live in luxury for a few days at the most beautiful destination wedding venue option. Villa Avalon offers an incredible view of the ocean, with white sandy beaches just seconds from the front door. With seven bedrooms, there's room to accommodate 16, with the master bedroom serving as the perfect suite for the happy couple, occupying the entire third floor of this gorgeous hacienda.
Couffins Castle in Bordeaux
Ready to be whisked away to the French countryside? Couffins Castle is nestled in Bordeaux, a famous wine region, offering plenty of room to accommodate the most memorable castle wedding. Host your ceremony, utilizing the castle steps as a beautiful backdrop, and then set up for alfresco dining on the lawn. And as far as photos go? You'll have so many location options, including the incredible 18th-century spiral staircase or nearby with the Dordogne River.
House of Spades Rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles
Think outside of the box with this unique rooftop option. Located in downtown Los Angeles, this 1930s era penthouse affectionately called the House of Spades offers expansive skyline views. This historic space is complete with a bar and heat lamps, providing the perfect set-up for an outdoor rooftop wedding. And while there aren't sleeping accommodations for guests, an additional level of the loft can be booked to accommodate four people if needed.
Some Airbnb options, like this LA penthouse, have noise constraints when it comes to live music. Be sure to check with your host before booking live music or a DJ for your reception.
Palazzo Villa in the Heart of Tuscany
Whether you're a wine lover or are just seeking a stunning spot in Tuscany to say "I do," this large villa is the place. Built entirely out of stone, this stunning villa offers sleeping accommodations for 22 guests. Work with a local planner to gather family and friends in the 18th-century palazzo for regional cuisine, local wines, and a party alfresco.