Choosing a home rental over a hotel is for the jet setter who isn’t afraid to go the long road and explore a destination from the local point of view. Hosting your wedding on an Airbnb is a great way to show off your sense of adventure. We’ll be traveling again, but you don’t have to leave the country to find your next otherworldly experience – and safely taking the precautions for COVID-19 into account, even as travel becomes more practical.
Choosing one of these accommodations for your big day will prove that wanderlust isn’t always that far away, and weddings with a small guest list are no less special. Here we have rounded up 15 Airbnbs that are perfect for your wedding in the US and nearby areas. From a penthouse in Chicago to a seaside retreat in the Caribbean, small weddings in these homes promise to be intimate, inexpensive, and safe to celebrate your wedding once your loved ones are isolated, tested, and ready to celebrate with you .
A few tips on how to throw your wedding on a rental property:
- Make sure the state you plan to visit has been lit green by the CDC for travel. Before planning an event, planning a site visit, or booking a trip, familiarize yourself with the state’s documentation, tests, and guidelines.
- Don’t forget to ask questions – your host (as well as your planner and designer) will likely have excellent recommendations for local caterers, flower designers, musicians, and more.
- Contact an experienced wedding planner. A home rental has protocols, guidelines, and rules that must be followed – and you want an attorney in the planning process.
- Let your host know that you are planning a wedding before booking. They are likely to be extra gracious when it comes to on-site production and share any additional information you need prior to booking to avoid additional costs.
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Why we love it: The location alone is a winner – who wouldn’t want to enjoy cocktails when the sun goes down here? This rental has four bedrooms and a guest house, making it ideal for an intimate wedding. Malibu Pier and Westlake Village are minutes from a variety of outdoor activities. We encourage you to hike, lounge by the pool, and enjoy intimate dinners with your closest family and friends before swapping your vows with the stunning scenery as your backdrop.
Why we love it: Sometimes a great view is enough. This fantastic home eschews South Lake Tahoe and combines the best of two seasons: right on the beach in summer and close to skiing in winter. Let your guests sit comfortably by the fireplace and enjoy the fantastic view in the evening and at breakfast. Then spend the day on the bank or on the slopes, depending on the season.
St. John, Virgin Islands
Why we love it: You don’t even need your passport to fly fast and enjoy eternal summer in paradise. St. John is considered the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands and is located east of St. Thomas. It is known to have some of the bluest waters on earth. Nestled on Denis Bay and Sir Francis Drake Passage, this retreat is perfect for sun hunters and those looking to throw an epic (yet intimate) destination affair.
Why we love it: This Nantucket rental was designed by architect Lyman S. Perry and brings a classic New England vibe to each of its rooms. Relax in the main house or stay in one of the cottages. Spend your time by the infinity pool and enjoy al fresco dining before the big day. Then set up your ceremony and reception on the premises.
Jan Thiel, Curacao
Why we love it: From Jan Thiel Beach (where a number of beach clubs and trendy boutiques fill the streets) to the aloe vera plantation, this island is full of activities for you and your guests to enjoy. Planning an intimate wedding at Villa Bista Riba Laman is a great way to enjoy upscale leisure with a touch of island – it’s the ideal hideaway for you and your loved ones to escape and celebrate.
Southampton, New York
Why we love it: It’s not hard to see why someone might want to skip town and head east – especially if you are planning a wedding here. Every room in this 0.4 acre property has a Hampton sophistication that New Yorkers flock to during the summer. Pro tip: only rent this place in the warmer months so you can enjoy the fancy pools, preferably with a fancy little cocktail, in the days leading up to your ceremony (and at brunch the next morning).
Why we love it: The city palace, built in 1897, has five bedrooms, two kitchens, two living rooms and laundry rooms for a small group. If you are looking for a home away from home, this hotel offers you all the advantages of the city with a staycation atmosphere.
Teton Village, Wyoming
Why we love it: This snow-covered chalet is located near Jackson Hole and offers all ski lovers a fun day out with your wedding guests. Fish Creek Lodge 8 has been designed in a modern way with rustic and traditional decor elements. If you and your loved ones enjoy the snow-covered nature and hope to get married with snow caps as a backdrop, this rental is for you.
Why we love it: If you enjoy the mix of incredible scenery with an urban backdrop and super modern design, this accommodation is your ideal wedding venue. Made for smaller groups, what this venue lacks in size makes up for in superior taste.
Why we love it: This tiny home rental isn’t for every type of bride, and that’s fine. It’s made for the rough adventure seeker and the couple who want to escape for a celebration of only two. This house has sweeping views and an almost Mars-like backdrop – it’s located near an active volcano, after all.
Palm Springs, California
Why we love it: Arthur Elrod was known as the “design king of the desert”. This house, not far from Elrod House, looks just like it did in the 1960s. This is for couples looking for an authentic mid-century modern getaway – with the best mountain views.
Woodstock, New York
Why we love it: This funky rental is perfect for an unconventional ceremony that focuses on intimacy and leisure. Use this home as a respite while enjoying all of the outdoor activities that the area has to offer.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Why we love it: We may have to wait a bit before heading to Canada, but when the borders open it should be considered a wedding. The Totem Chalet is located on Blueberry Hill next to Whistler Village and is all about the sublime scenery. Case in point: each floor of this property has views of the Blackcomb Mountains. So you have plenty of options to decide where to stay, exchange your vows, and have a dinner party for the ages.
Why we love it: A planner is still required to organize a small event, but it’s far easier when you have full-time staff, a private chef, and housekeeping team on hand. Equipped with 17 rooms, this property in Napa Valley is perfect for a slightly larger group after the finest food and wine.
Key Largo, Florida
Why we love it: Trust us: there is nothing more relaxing than life on the coast. Located in the Florida Keys. One of the great things about this rental is that you can take advantage of the nearby amenities at Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Just minutes away, enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the area at Sol by the Sea. If your wedding reception is adventurous, check out the quirky Rain Barrel Village for local art or opt for a habitat tour of Key Largo with the Playa Largo environmentalist.
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