The Best Vrbo Homes You Can Rent for Your Wedding Events

Fuel your wanderlust with these stunning properties across the US.
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Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Jan 07, 2022
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Reference any wedding planning checklist and you'll notice one of the first tasks to complete is booking a venue. The setting for your nuptials is one of the most impactful factors; not only does the event space influence the appearance and overall vibe of your big day, it has a direct impact on your budget too. And while you can certainly opt for a traditional venue like a house of worship, a rustic barn, a classic estate or a swanky rooftop, many couples are interested in pursuing alternative settings as well. Enter, home rentals.

In recent years, home rental services have skyrocketed in popularity for travelers, both domestic and international. But in addition to booking a unique home for a family vacation or a romantic date night, you can also use these spaces for weddings too. Sites like Vrbo connect renters with stunning properties around the world for unforgettable stays. And we'll let you in on a secret: Vrbo wedding venues are 100% a thing for your big day. (You can also use a Vrbo rental for wedding events too, like the bach party or your honeymoon.) While you can find a property in your hometown, opting for a Vrbo wedding rental also gives you the chance to host a destination—or "domestication"—wedding in any city or country that speaks to you.

If the idea of a Vrbo wedding venue sparks your interest, consider this your go-to guide for learning how to properly book a space that's suitable for entertaining. We connected with the Vrbo team to share expert-approved booking tips to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. And, to help fuel your wanderlust, we've rounded up 13 Vrbo wedding venues across the US that you can book for your big day right now.

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What to Know About Using a Vrbo Property as a Wedding Venue

If you've used home rentals before, you know that the booking process is quite simple: pick a destination, find a home that fits your needs, and book it for your selected dates. Luckily, booking a Vrbo wedding rental is similar—though there are a few nuances to keep in mind. Since your wedding is such a large event, it's important to make sure the property is suitable for nuptials before confirming your stay. Here are a few key tips that'll help you find the perfect space.

Search for Homes That Allow Events

The most important step in your search for a Vrbo wedding venue is to filter homes that allow events. After all, not every property listed on Vrbo allows them. "When booking, use the search filter 'Events allowed,'" a Vrbo rep tells us. "This will narrow down the search to only include properties that allow events such as weddings."

One faux pas you'll want to avoid is getting your heart set on a venue that doesn't allow events. After entering preliminary details (like the location, date range, and number of guests), refine your search by adding specific filters for your needs. This is the stage where you can limit your search to spaces that allow events, as well as other specific requests like parking spaces, children's amenities, property types, and more.

Tell the Host About Your Wedding Before Booking

Even after you find a Vrbo rental that fits your query, it's important to let the host know you're interested in hosting your wedding there before renting it. "Make sure the host is aware of the event before booking, as event fees may apply," Vrbo's rep adds. "This helps them prepare for any extra traffic, noise and guests on the property."

It's important to do your due diligence by reading the property description in detail. Ask the host any questions you have, as this is the best way to avoid surprises or misunderstandings before you sign the contract. Once you've confirmed that you're able to host your wedding at the property and your questions have been answered, go ahead and complete the booking process. Then, keep in touch with the host as the date approaches—they are an expert for the area, after all, and they may be able to offer additional help. "Hosts might be able to recommend local vendors in the area and they may have items you can rent like chairs for the ceremony or tables for the reception," the rep adds.

Consult Reviews from Past Renters

While it's crucial to read the property description and browse through its photo gallery, it's just as important to read reviews from previous renters—especially if they also hosted events at the space. "Reviews may shed some insight into the experience working with the host and how other couples used the property for their special event," Vrbo's rep explains. "Also, try picking a listing with multiple reviews."

Read the Venue's Cancellation Policy

Of course, one of the most important steps for signing any contract is reading the cancellation policy. You can refine your Vrbo rental search for properties with specific free cancellation policies, but it's still best to read the fine print. "Understand a property's cancellation policy before booking," the rep suggests. "Many hosts have adopted Vrbo's most flexible cancellation policy that allows guests to cancel up to 14 days before check-in for a full refund."

Even if you don't expect your wedding plans to change, it's best to know what your options are just in case. Cover all of your bases by reviewing the property's cancellation policy and asking follow-up questions with the host before making the final purchase.

13 Unique Vrbo Wedding Venues

Now you know how to book a Vrbo wedding rental like a pro. So, where do you even begin with your search? Picking your wedding venue is a deeply personal choice, and what works for one couple might not work for you. But if you're in need of a little inspiration to kick-start your Vrbo wedding rental search, we've got you covered. Below, we've rounded up 13 unique Vrbo wedding venues that can serve as the backdrop to your big day. Browse our curated list below, or kickstart your own Vrbo wedding venue search.

Lantern Lodge; Blairsville, Georgia

Tucked away in the mountains of Union County, Georgia, this Vrbo wedding venue is perfect for couples who have an affinity for the outdoors. With seven bedrooms, Lantern Lodge sleeps 30 and can accommodate events with up to 75 guests (perfect for the woodsy wedding of your dreams.) The entire property boasts a cozy, rustic aesthetic, and features an outdoor rock waterfall, a fire pit for late-night chats, a pizza oven, and a spiral staircase treehouse that's perfect for taking in the sweeping mountain views. Rentals start at $1,177 per night, and the property collects an $800 fee for weddings.

Whales Watch I, II and III; Nantucket, Massachusetts

Treat your guests to a coastal New England getaway at Whales Watch, a charming Nantucket estate. Known for hosting weddings, this Vrbo property includes three houses for rent. Large wrap-around porches offer stunning views of the island, and each house has a luxury hot tub as well. Plus, the cottages have been renovated with modern touches and state-of-the-art appliances. Rates begin at $6,900 per night, though the final cost will vary based on the details of your event.

Kingston House; Kingston, Washington

If you want space—and lots of it—you'll love this Pacific Northwest hideaway. Set on 27 acres, Kingston House is a mid-century estate that has just about everything you need for a spectacular wedding. In addition to sleeping 14 guests, events can host up to 99. You'll have access to plenty of outdoor amenities like fire pits, a pond with canoes, a seasonal hot tub, gazebos and walking trails, and even a lavender farm. Bookings begin at $675 per night, with an additional fee (ranging between $5,000 to $9,000) for weddings.

The Pines; Pine Plains, New York

Your glamorous wedding will fit right in at this historic Gilded Age mansion, set on four acres in upstate New York. Step back in time as you enjoy the estate's vintage decor. We have a feeling your guests will be awestruck by the host's attention to detail. Spread out throughout the house's 28 rooms, including a music room, library and game room, mudroom, parlor and eat-in kitchen. Or, take a stroll along the estate's four acres, and stop by the original 1850s barn. While listings begin at $933 per night, a separate contract is necessary for professionally catered events, which you can receive through a direct inquiry with the host.

The 1785 Inn; North Conway, New Hampshire

These views aren't just magazine-worthy—they're actually award-winning, and they can serve as the backdrop for your big day if your heart desires. The charming 1785 Inn sits in North Conway, New Hampshire, and offers unbeatable views of Mount Washington. The historic hotel includes a private pool and hot tub, a game room, fire pits and walking trails, and access to a riverside beach. You can even entertain guests in its cozy pub or classic country dining room. While rates start around $1,040 per night, the final cost will vary based on the size and timing of your event. Note that all events need written approval prior to booking.

The Keys Compound; Tavernier, Florida

Paradise awaits at this private, resort-like beachfront estate nestled in the Florida Keys. You'll have two-and-a-half acres all to yourself, including your own private beachfront. The property can sleep up to 34 guests in four cottages, with the option to rent an additional house for even more space. The hosts offer paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis and snorkel gear for on-site fun, but the oasis is also close to neighboring towns like Key Largo and Islamorada for off-site dining and excursions.

Madrid Estate; Palm Springs, California

What's better than a weekend in Palm Springs? Once you and your loved ones pass through the grand stone entrance of Madrid Estate, you'll never want to leave. Soak up the California sunshine in this private bungalow, which is located in a secluded gated community. Spread out throughout the main house, three casitas and a pool house pavilion. Oh, and the 170-foot river pool with a swim-up bar is a nice bonus too. Rates begin around $1,900 per night, though you'll want to touch base with the host to turn this peaceful private resort into your wedding venue.

Castle on the Green; Gatlinburg, Tennessee

How about a castle for your big day? Host the fairytale nuptials of your dreams at this magical Vrbo wedding venue, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Each bedroom is aptly named (and decorated) after a king or queen, perfect for those who want to feel like royalty. Situated on a golf course, the 6,500 square foot property has views of the putting green, as well as the Smoky Mountains. Booking prices begin around $757 per night, and the space can accommodate up to 24 guests for events.

The Rove at L5; Fort Worth, Texas

They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that's certainly true of this 22-acre Vrbo wedding venue. Host up to 99 of your friends and family at this sprawling ranch located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Four houses make up The Rove at L5, with a pool and multi-sport court in the middle. You'll also have access to a fire pit, an open lawn and a private lake for relaxing and celebrating. Those looking for some fun can utilize the property's sports activities including baseball, kickball and fishing gear. Or, go bird watching before taking advantage of the game room. Prices start around $1,200 per night.

Pineview Lodge; Ravalli County, Montana

Bring your garden wedding vision to life in this stunning secluded log home situated in southwestern Montana. Prepare to be awe-struck by this towering property, which sits on 13 acres of private land. With 30-foot high cathedral ceilings, guests will feel like they've been transported to a luxurious woodland hideaway. (And if you're lucky, you might see wildlife passing by through the floor-to-ceiling windows.) This Vrbo wedding venue sleeps up to 20 people and often accommodates small weddings in the gardens outside, making it a lovely choice for your minimony. The cost begins at just $400 per night.

Compass Lodge; Vail, Colorado

Snow bunnies may want to host their winter wonderland nuptials at an exclusive chalet like this one, located in Colorado. Steps away from a ski lift and high-speed quad, you and your loved ones can tear up the slopes before enjoying your favorite après ski activities inside Compass Lodge (think: a hot tub, steam showers, billiards, and drinks courtesy of a fully stocked minibar). Rates start around $1,250 per night.

Moose Lake Ranch; Otisfield, Maine

Calling country music fans: Luke Bryan once celebrated his birthday at this luxury lakefront home in Maine—so if you want a celebrity-approved Vrbo rental for your wedding, the search ends here. Moose Lake Ranch offers plenty of outdoor seasonal activities, from swimming and ATV-ing in the summer to ice skating and snowmobiling in the winter. The sprawling layout is ideal for bringing plenty of people together without feeling cramped, making it a functional (and scenic) spot to host your vows. The cost to book is listed at $1,000, though the exact number may vary based on seasonality.

Elk Lake Estate; Elk Rapids, Michigan

If a lakefront microwedding sounds like an ideal way to celebrate your matrimony, you'll love Elk Lake Estate. Enjoy private views of Elk Lake and access to hiking trails and beaches, along with plenty of outdoor space for dining, entertaining and relaxing. While you'll have access to just about everything you need on the property, this home is also nearby golf trails and wineries for daytime excursions. Booking rates start at $1,168 per night, but be sure to contact the host about your wedding before confirming your stay.

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