The Best Airbnb Wedding Venues for a Destination Celebration

Discover the world's most enchanting Airbnb wedding venues for your nuptials.
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Meredith Lepore
by Meredith Lepore
Updated Oct 30, 2023
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Though traditional wedding venues will always reign supreme in some couple's hearts, many people these days are searching for something a little bit more unique. Cue the search for Airbnb wedding venues. With Airbnb, couples have their pick of some of the most different, memorable and special locations in the world. Whether it be a remote castle, a house in the middle of the rainforest, a sophisticated city spot or a full-on rustic country home, they have you covered. These venues are, simply put, perfect destination wedding locations. The only hard part will be narrowing it down to one choice.

Airbnb Wedding Tips in This Article:

How to Plan an Airbnb Wedding

Planning an Airbnb wedding can be a unique and special way to celebrate your big day. Plus, there are so many choices. There is a wedding spot for every type of personality on Airbnb. But like anything, it comes with its own set of unique challenges.

Some of the pros of choosing an Airbnb wedding include price. Renting an Airbnb house or venue is usually cheaper than a more traditional venue, but it depends on where it's located, as well as what time of year your wedding will be. You also have more flexibility with an Airbnb wedding and more control over the vendors you use. This is not always the case at a more traditional venue or an all-inclusive resort. Plus, if you like efficiency and convenience, you can have your ceremony, reception and accommodations all in the same house or on the same property. And let's not forget that if you're looking to have a wedding that isn't run-of-the-mill, Airbnb gives you a bevy of unforgettable choices in that category (like an 18th-century country estate in England).

There are naturally some cons to Airbnb. First of all, unlike wedding venues that are set up for events, airbnb hosts may lack experience with ceremonies and receptions and may even discourage them. They are not obligated to let you host an event—so you absolutely must check first. You need to discuss your plans in detail with the host to make sure they are completely comfortable with your plans. Try to be flexible and respectful, and make sure you address all of their concerns. Definitely have a backup plan in case your venue could be impacted by inclement weather.

There can also be additional costs at an Airbnb, such as cleaning fees and rental fees for furniture and equipment. It also isn't guaranteed that your guests or even you can stay at the venue, which means you might need additional accommodations. Also, some of those beautiful and special locations may be extremely inconvenient to get to, which will require more coordination on your end for vendors, your guests and you.

Airbnb Wedding Venue Booking Tips

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Now that you know some of the basics of vacation rentals for weddings, let us help guide you on how to find the best wedding venues on Airbnb. There are several factors you need to consider when choosing an Airbnb venue for your wedding.

How To Choose an Airbnb Wedding Venue

Location: Where do you want your wedding to be? What kind of wedding do you want? A city wedding on a rooftop with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline as you dance the night away? Or a grand dinner at a romantic castle in Ireland? Perhaps you want a woodsy cabin in Vermont where all of your guests can have drinks by the bonfire. Once you've decided what kind of wedding you want, that will help narrow down your search for venues in those locations on Airbnb.

Size: Is this going to be a very intimate affair or a large one? The guest list will definitely play a huge role in determining what Airbnb wedding venues will work for you. For example, if you really love a venue that can only do microweddings, you may rethink the size of your wedding.

Style and amenities: In addition to what you want the style of your wedding to be —formal, casual, boho, vintage, rustic, somewhere in between—you need to make sure your venue is in line with your choice. Also, consider what you want for amenities. Does it need a pool? A huge kitchen? Access to the beach? A suite for the bride?

Cost: One of the most important questions when planning a wedding at any venue is how much you're willing to spend. According to an internal study by The Knot on wedding costs, the average cost of a wedding venue alone in 2022 was $11,200. Be sure to set a budget that factors in the cost of your venue before you start planning.

Now for how to find wedding venues on Airbnb: Go to the Airbnb website and enter the town, city or state where you want to get married. Then, using the search filters, you can add specifics for guest size. If you want over 16 people, try the limit for guests (which is 16+) and the filter "event-friendly" hosts, as this will guide you to wedding-friendly Airbnb vacation rentals that are open to hosting weddings.

You should be aware that Airbnb did implement a global party and events ban in 2020 to decrease the amount of reports of disruptive parties at Airbnb properties. So for some, you will have to really look at the page to determine if the venue is open to weddings. Some wedding vacation rentals are only open to microweddings, while others will explicitly say their maximum capacity for a wedding or event. No matter what you read in the review, always check with the host first. Some properties do allow you to visit beforehand, and some even require it.

How Much Does an Airbnb Wedding Venue Cost?

Many factors can impact the cost of an Airbnb wedding venue, such as location, size and amenities, However, Airbnb wedding venues can be as high as $10,000 and as low as $500. You must disclose to the host and confirm that a wedding is allowed to be hosted on their property, which may prompt an additional cost. It's better to be transparent.

Airbnb vs. VRBO for Weddings

Both Airbnb and VRBO are popular rental platforms for booking destination wedding venues. Below are a few things to consider if you're deciding between an Airbnb wedding and a VRBO wedding.

Luxury properties: Although Airbnb has a larger rolodex of properties, VRBO has more luxury offerings. So if you want a more glam, opulent wedding —think Sofia Richie's wedding at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock— then VRBO is probably the way to go.

Your budget: Airbnb tends to be cheaper than VRBO as there are more homeowners on this platform (VRBO has more property managers and companies in control of the venues). Airbnb charges guests a fee of 6 to 12 percent plus a cleaning fee, while VRBO has a service fee of 5 to 15 percent, plus a separate cleaning fee.

Customer support: Both have customer support teams available to help with any problems or questions that may arise.

Search filters: Both platforms allow you to search for venues based on size, location and price, but Airbnb also has a filter that lets you see which properties are open to hosting events.

Questions to Ask Before Booking an Airbnb for a Wedding

  • Is the property allowed to host weddings?

  • What amenities are included with the rental price?

  • Are there noise restrictions on or around the property?

  • What is the maximum number of guests for the venue?

  • Is there a backup plan in case of bad weather?

  • What is the cancellation policy?

  • Are pets allowed at the venue?

  • Are there specific event restrictions?

  • Does the host allow outside vendors to come to the property?

  • How close is the nearest airport?

  • What are the parking options for the property?

  • Are there local hotels or other Airbnbs in the area for guests if they aren't staying on the property?

The Best Airbnb Destination Wedding Venues

Now, what you've been waiting for: below, explore the best 22 Airbnbs for a destination wedding across countries and states.

The Glass House, Bremen, Alabama

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You know you're going to get something very special with the words "glass" and "lake" in the description of your venue. The Glass House does not disappoint. This architectural gem was nominated for "House of the Year" by ArchDaily, and you can see why with its views of the stunning property and surrounding lake (think of how great the photos will be). If it's summer, you bet there will be some fun water activities off the dock, but the house is gorgeous in any season (and has a fire pit to warm you on a chilly day). It's just 45 minutes from downtown Birmingham, so this house will be easily accessible for your guests.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 250

Accommodations: Sleeps 16+

Art Villa, Uvita, Costa Rica

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Have one of the most memorable weddings ever at this stunning modern villa in Costa Rica. Take in all the incredible views and just thrive in the surrounding rainforest greenery. You'll feel like you are in a tree house—except a super sleek one with modern amenities and an infinity pool—looking down on the sea and the jungle. This isn't the most convenient location, as it's a bit of a hike from the main road of Playa Hermosa, so guests will need cars to reach it. But once they do, they are in store for an incredible time. The house features a fitness studio in addition to the pool, and a 100-foot water slide and trampoline if children are included (though that sounds super fun for adults as well). Check with the host about noise restrictions at night.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 40

Accommodations: Sleeps 24

The Ginger Ranch, Fredericksburg, Texas

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The Ginger Ranch was built to host weddings. Located in the very trendy city of Fredericksburg—about an hour from the San Antonio airport and known for its great wine tours—this remarkable 100-acre guest ranch has more amenities than you can count, including a pool, a hot tub, a spa, a game barn, a ceremony arch and a fire pit. Your guests can venture over to thriving downtown Fredericksburg with a short 10-minute drive or to one of the 30+ wineries within 30 miles, and then come back to the ranch for a little bit of zen time in one of the many wooden chairs outside. You get the entire sprawling property when you rent this spot, which includes a farmhouse, the Maple cabin nearby, the Village cabins just up the road, and the game barn. No wonder this place can host over 16 people comfortably.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 60+

Accommodations: Sleeps 16+

Borgia Castle, Tuscany, Italy

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Getting married in a Tuscan castle? We'd say that's a wedding fantasy come true. This castle would be incredible without any extra amenities, but it's full of them. It has a large pool, a tennis court, gorgeous frescoes adorning the walls and a grand fireplace overlooking the lake. In fact, the castle belonged to the Borgia family once upon a time. Guests can stay and visit the Trasimeno area and other nearby towns. Do keep in mind if you have a summer wedding that the entire castle isn't air-conditioned, so it could be a bit hot on the upstairs floors.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 80

Accommodations: Sleeps 13

Riverside Rose, Shenandoah, Virginia

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Nothing could be more perfect for a wedding than a romantic log cabin built lovingly by the couple who own it. Plus, at just an hour and a half from Washington, DC, it's easy for guests to fly in and out. Your guests can explore the Shenandoah National Park when they aren't on the property for the ceremony and reception taking in all the stunning mountain views. There are also plenty of nearby Airbnb options and hotels for them to stay at. The married couple-to-be can take a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub before or after their big day.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Weddings are on a case-by-case basis.

Accommodations: Sleeps 12

Luxury Venue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

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Located only 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, this is an ideal spot for a wedding. The full-service estate can easily sleep up to 22 people if you want to keep the wedding super small and have all of your guests in one place, but it can also host up to 200 people if you want to go big. If you want an Airbnb wedding but don't want to bring in other vendors, then this spot could be for you as their Service Venue package offers design, styling, decor, food and beverage, chairs, tables and linens, balloons, custom backdrops, florals and more.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 200

Accommodations: Sleeps 22+

Lisdonagh House, Caherlistrane, Ireland

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If you're looking for the timeless allure of an 18th-century mansion that has been restored to its former glory complete with exquisite antiques, then this is the wedding vacation rental for you. Nestled in the countryside only 15 miles from Galway City in Ireland, this estate provides you with the backdrop for the wedding of your dreams. You can host a dinner at the grand elegant dining table that sits up to 20, or cozy up with a warm cup of coffee in the large kitchen. Your guests will love walking the grounds and just soaking in the old-world charm. Each bedroom in the house is decorated uniquely and can be used for photographs on the big day. Confirm with the host, but this could be the perfect venue for a microwedding as you can sleep over 16 in the house and there are additional holiday cottages on the estate (though they are separate and do not come with house access).

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host.

Accommodations: Sleeps 16+

The Farm at Marshtown, Dover, Delaware

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This secluded 160-year-old house on a sprawling 500-acre working farm allows you to exchange vows surrounded by the serene beauty of the countryside. Complete with hens and hunting dogs—but be sure to read all of the rules about the animals—and vegetables you can pick yourself, you and your guests will have a good 'ole time on the farm. With its rich history and tranquil location, this farmhouse promises an unforgettable wedding experience, combining the warmth of a family home with the allure of a working farm.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 100

Accommodations: Sleeps 12

Villa, Lagos, Portugal

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Discover a truly exquisite property in Portugal that will offer both you and your love, as well as your guests, complete serenity and peace. The estate is perfect for a medium-sized wedding, as it can easily seat 48 people on the outdoor pool terrace and it can sleep 30 guests. Newlyweds also have a choice of a comfortable suite in the house or they can opt for a bit of adventure with a safari tent for their wedding night. The estate is just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of Lagos, or guests can hang by the pool and surrounding lush gardens, pizza oven and fire pit. Perhaps the bride and her friends would love to do a little yoga before wedding prep? Then head over to the indoor yoga studio. This property promises an unforgettable wedding experience in beautiful Portugal.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 48+

Accommodations: Sleeps 30+

Hilltop Estate, Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Nothing says quintessential New England wedding like Nantucket, and this gorgeous house really takes the cake. It's perfect for a small wedding, as this is actually a collection of houses including the main residence, a guest house and a small cottage surrounded by an infinity pool. (If a storm hits, there is plenty of space inside the main house, which features a large dining room and a fireplace.) All of the interiors are also painted a calming Nancy Meyers-esque white. With plenty of hotels, inns and Airbnbs nearby, as well as nearby shops and beaches, your guests will never get bored. There is a small airport on the island, and it's accessible by ferry as well.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host.

Accommodations: Sleeps 8

The Rubbing House, West Sussex, UK

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Make all of your Jane Austen dreams come true with this gorgeous house located in the English countryside. Only a two-hour drive from London or a quick train ride (the Chichester Train Station is 15 minutes away), your guests will love escaping their busy lives for a pastoral and lovely wedding weekend. This estate was made for weddings, as it offers a two-night wedding package, an in-house wedding planner, an in-house catering team and a host who can help book vendors. The house can host up to 250 for the party, but you can also keep it intimate, as it sleeps over 16 guests.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 250

Accommodations: Sleeps 16+

The Ranch House, Palm Springs, California

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Architecture nerds will love this classic Palm Springs modernist house that's just a 10-minute drive from the main area of Palm Springs. Depending on the size of your wedding, this venue can do it all, as it has other properties on site to rent, including a spacious event barn for bigger groups and a poolside area for a more intimate group. They also provide props, cakes and a photographer, and you'll love the rock pool and animals on the property as well. Contact the ranch to discuss what you envision and your budget.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 40+

Accommodations: Sleeps 9

Château de Vaucouleurs Puget-sur-Argens, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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Who needs Paris when you have an exquisite 18th-century castle in Côte d'Azur? You will not be able to take a bad photo in this palatial (and pink!) castle surrounded by sprawling pine forests and vineyards. It accommodates over 16 guests overnight in grand bedrooms that Napoleon and General Eisenhower once graced. Let your love story become a part of history with this Airbnb wedding rental. This is a true fairytale setting.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host.

Accommodations: Sleeps 16+

Cabin Creek Lodge, Easton, Washington

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Looking for a rustic wedding setting? Then look no further than this massive 10,000-square-foot lodge residing on the Yakima River in the Wenatchee National Forest. It sleeps over 40 people, and if your wedding is kid-friendly, there are plenty of activities and games to entertain them both inside and out. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, this is a convenient wedding venue. It's a DIY space with everything on-site, allowing you to set up and break down according to your vision. No required vendors, curfews or noise restrictions. It's a two-night minimum stay, plus the property does require viewing in advance to help ensure all your needs are met.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 150

Accommodations: Sleeps 40+

West Enclave 7, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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This spot is surrounded by white sand beaches and the Sea of Cortez; plus, it has an alluring pool and is just minutes from golf courses, top restaurants and art galleries. Sounds heavenly, right? This five-bedroom villa is the perfect setting for a microwedding, as it can house up to 16 guests. Located right near the Ritz-Carlton resort, they will have plenty of activities and dining options. It's a convenient flight into Los Cabos International Airport or you can take a ferry from La Paz or Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host

Accommodations: Sleeps 16

CSTM HAUS, New York, New York, US

If you're looking to have a magical NYC evening for your wedding, this Meatpacking District loft will be perfect. It's a classic loft in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. The rental includes everything in the space, from full use of the kitchen to the furniture (dining tables and cross-back chairs), as well as the in-house sound system and TV. You have many options for the number of guests and type of party, as they can do one long table of 42 people, smaller tables for up to 100 people, or a cocktail party for 150 guests. You're in charge of decorating and bringing in vendors, but otherwise, this place is ready to go. The couple will have to look for overnight accommodations elsewhere.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 150 for cocktails, 100 for seated dinner.

Accommodations: No overnight guests.

Villa Avalon, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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You have probably dreamt about this place before. It's ideal for a destination wedding, with its perfect location in the gated beachfront community of Punta Leona, seconds away from the pristine white sands of Playa Blanca. Surrounded by a serene wraparound swimming pool that leads you to the hot tub and waterfall, this house is a true source of tranquility. It should be noted that this home can only host small and calm weddings (no wild parties), and you must confirm with the host first.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host.

Accommodations: Sleeps 18+

Aspa Herrgård, Örebro County, Sweden

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You will be absolutely enchanted by this Swedish mansion and former hotel built in the 1700s. It's just a short jaunt to the beach—where you have access to a private boat—and the Tiveden National Park is nearby, plus plenty of local spots to check out. Couples should take advantage of the sauna, hiking trails, kayaks and just sitting around the gorgeous property. This is truly an idyllic setting for a wedding.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host.

Accommodations: Sleeps 18+

Villa Green Shadow, Zagreb, Croatia

If you're looking for an epic outdoor wedding, this house in Croatia is extraordinary. The property will go out of its way to make sure you have everything you need for your big day, including airport drop-offs. Enjoy the pool, biking and hiking trails, or head over to beautiful Zagreb, only 20 minutes away.

Wedding Guest Capacity: Confirm with host.

Accommodations: Sleeps eight

Parathyra Cave Houses, Santorini, Greece

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This spot in Greece looks like it's from a movie. Formerly a bakery, this location provides the perfect celebration setting with a spacious and scenic terrace. The houses, which sleep up to nine people, are within walking distance of great restaurants, shops and plenty of views of the city's famous sunset. There is also plenty of public transportation, so guests won't need their own cars. The hosts will greet you upon arrival and can help with anything you need, including tips for exploring Santorini. It's perfect for a microwedding for about 20 people.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 20

Accommodations: Sleeps 9

Villa de San Rafael, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This villa is a truly romantic spot. From the sweeping landscape views and the many patios to the thoughtful lighting (and let's not forget the hot tub), this is a wedding sanctuary. You can take gorgeous photos on the marble steps and in front of the stained glass windows, and the dining room is just waiting for everyone to toast to you. If you venture off the property, Burton Park is right nearby, as well as the Original Albuquerque Townsite and the Albuquerque Museum. For the actual wedding, you can book the Villa de San Rafael Guest House and then stay with up to 10 people at the house. The two properties share the courtyard.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 40

Accommodations: Sleeps 10

The Prospect Mansion and Gallery, Wisconsin

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Europe has amazing wedding rentals, but so does the US. This grand Victorian home built in 1889 is right in the center of Milwaukee and can comfortably sleep 16 people. With its elegant but warm rooms, this is a great space for a couple with unique taste. Plus, you couldn't be closer to all of the hustle and bustle of Milwaukee's restaurants and shops on the lakefront. And for pet-loving couples, pets are welcome.

Wedding Guest Capacity: 60

Accommodations: Sleeps 8

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