The 19 Best VRBO Wedding House Rentals in the U.S.

Fuel your wanderlust with these stunning properties.
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Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon entertainment and celebrity editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • 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 Aug 30, 2023
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Reference any wedding planning checklist and you'll notice one of the first tasks to complete is booking a venue. You can head to The Knot Vendor Marketplace to find local venues like banquet halls, restaurants and country clubs, but if you're looking for something a little more unique, wedding house rentals could be your answer. Renting a house for a wedding is a guaranteed way to make your celebration feel a little less cookie-cutter, especially if you choose an unexpected venue (like a Victorian mansion) or a location that's slightly off the beaten path. There are surprisingly a lot of homes to rent for weddings, which is why we've done the research for you to create this list of our top Vrbo wedding venues across the country. (Even if they don't end up matching your needs for the wedding day, you can use these Vrbo event rentals for other wedding celebrations, like the bach party or your honeymoon.) On top of sharing our fave wedding houses for rent, we connected with the Vrbo team for their expert-approved tips to help you find and book a space that's suitable for entertaining.

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Unique VRBO Wedding Venues

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 19 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 accommodating 14 guests overnight, you can host an event for up to 99 people. At this wedding house for rent, 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.

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.

Private Home; Santa Ana, California

Live out your wildest Nancy Meyers-inspired dreams with this private home wedding venue that looks almost identical to the Father of the Bride house—flower-covered white picket fence and all. The inside is just as charming, with a welcoming open floor plan, newly updated amenities and an inviting farmhouse-style vibe. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property accommodates up to eight people with plenty of space (including an in-ground pool and private backyard) for you to spread out while getting ready or relaxing during your stay. The beautifully landscaped yard is perfect for a super-small ceremony, but if your group is a little bit larger, a short drive will take you to nearby venues in Anaheim, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

St. Philip Square; Charleston, South Carolina

It's no secret that Charleston is a top destination for weddings and bach parties. Finding a venue in downtown Charleston that has enough space for you, your guests and your event all in one place is easier said than done—but St. Philip square is one VRBO wedding venue that could make it work. Consisting of eight different properties and apartments centered around a shared courtyard, the various rooms at St. Philip Square can accommodate up to 72 people combined. The property is packed with quintessential Southern charm, featuring a historic two-story home, a cozy cottage and a classic Charleston rowhome, among other buildings. Contact the host directly for their exact list of properties and availability for large groups.

Three Pines Petersburg; Petersburg, Illinois

Brimming with ornate Victorian-era finishings and details, this stunning 10-bedroom mansion will wow you and your guests. It's located on a secluded three-and-a-half-acre property in central Illinois, about two hours north of St. Louis and three hours south of Chicago. Weddings with up to 50 guests are permitted on the property, which is able to accommodate 20 people for overnight stays.

Calypso; Panama City Beach, Florida

You may be headed to Florida to get married on the beach, but the ocean views of the Emerald Coast from this wedding house rental are just as noteworthy. Located on the ninth floor of a secured condo building, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom rental is newly renovated with all of the amenities you'll need for a wedding weekend or celebratory getaway. For a bach party, head downstairs to the pool and tiki bar, or claim a spot on the beach just steps from the building. If you're getting married in nearby Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach or Destin, Calypso acts as your home base and has plenty of room to get ready with your wedding party and family.

Mountain Stone Lodge; Smithville, Oklahoma

If you're looking for an estate rental for your wedding that feels truly off the grid, the Mountain Stone Lodge won't disappoint. Located on 16 acres of land next to Ouachita National Forest, this three-bedroom house has 2,300 square feet of space for you (and your loved ones) to spread out. A spacious back lawn overlooks rolling hills for a beautiful ceremony backdrop, or you can arrange chairs and tables under the venue's stone portico. Mountain Stone Lodge can host events for up to 20 people, making it ideal for an elopement, bach party or small wedding.

Modern Luxury; Indianapolis, Indiana

Celebrate your engagement, bach party or rehearsal dinner at this gorgeous property in Indianapolis' Broad Ripple Neighborhood. Events for up to 25 people are permitted at the rental, making it a great choice for smaller gatherings or getting ready on your wedding day before heading into downtown Indianapolis.

How to Find a VRBO Wedding House Rental Near You

A quick search for nearby private home wedding rentals or VRBO wedding rentals might not give you the exact results you're looking for. We suggest going directly to the VRBO website and entering your location and wedding date to pull up some initial results. Once you've got the list, you can filter by price, minimum number of bedrooms, house rules (make sure to double-check that events are allowed) and other criteria. If you have a specific location in mind or need to be close to other venues, you can also view results on the map to zero in on an exact area.

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 major 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 for homes that allow events. After all, not every property listed on the site allows them. "When booking, use the search filter 'Events allowed,'" a VRBO 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 or limits the capacity to a specific number of people. After entering preliminary details (like the location, date range, and number of guests or bedrooms), 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 wedding venue that fits your query, it's important to let the host know you're interested in using it for an event 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."

Carefully 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 wedding venue 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.

Samantha Iacia contributed to the reporting of this article.

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