The Best Airbnbs for a Destination Wedding – Wedding Worthy Vacation Rentals Around the World
Airbnb’s and VRBO’s are quickly becoming the go-to option for traveling abroad because they offer such a local and unique experience, as well as seclusion and privacy. Kenny and I have fallen in love with staying in villas versus hotels so much that we are even considering renting a unique private villa for our honeymoon! But let’s get back to destination weddings, first. I was just in Mexico staying at the most INSANE villa for my birthday (you can read more about that here) and kept thinking the whole time, wow, if I didn’t already have my wedding planned in Maui, THIS would be where I would want to get married, hands down. With 8 bedrooms, casitas, a huge lawn and gorgeous private ocean views and a beachfront, it was PERFECT. (Don’t worry the link to it is below!!)
If you’re like me and considering booking an Airbnb as your wedding venue, I’ve got you covered. I mean, who needs a fancy hotel when you can rent out an entire castle in Ireland or a sprawling Chateau in the French countryside?! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that staying at your venue saves a bunch on accommodation costs–so that you can splurge on other aspects of the guest experience (like that tasting menu you were eyeing or the top shelf liquor at the bar).
For couples planning a destination wedding once international travel is deemed safe again, these are some of the most idyllic Airbnb’s on the market that offer enough space for a ceremony and reception no matter the size of your party. The great thing about booking an airbnb house as a wedding venue is that you can see right away the available dates and lock in your date simply by booking (be sure to read their refund policy). So much of the back and forth communication with the venue gets cut out altogether, making things so much simpler, and no more endless deposits! It’s a win-win.
A few tips for an Airbnb Wedding:
- Read through the property’s policies and rules (aka noise restrictions)
- Check with the host via airbnb message to see if they allow events (often the owners of larger airbnbs are equipped for events will assist you in the planning, but sometimes permits/extra fees are required)
- Get a local wedding planner to have some “boots on the ground” coordination, they will know the best caterers, bands, florists, etc.
- Get party rentals for glass-wear, tables, chairs, plates, etc. (again, wedding planner to the rescue)
- Read through refund policies
- Get rental insurance to cover any damages
Now onto the good stuff! The gorgeous airbnbs with venue potential (or if you’re going all out on the guest list, any of these would make incredible honeymoon spots, too!!!)
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
A ceremony on a private beach?? Sign me up! This venue has sweeping views of the protected Princess Alexandra National park, perfect for a sunset wedding followed by a personalized reception on the water. Guests will have their pick of 5-star resorts as local accommodation, not too shabby.
7 bedrooms, Sleeps 14
It is hard to find words for this French masterpiece of a wedding venue, its manicured lawns and intricate ballrooms are right out of the Netflix show Versailles. You can’t not make your wedding black tie at this formal yet approachable chateau in the South of France. Another upside to having your wedding here, besides the view of Cannes from your window, is that you’ll have access to some of the best wine and food in the world.
10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
Throw an unforgettable wedding in the tropical paradise that is Saint Lucia. This Airbnb is essentially like renting your own private resort, let the full time staff cater to your every whim while you celebrate beachfront! Hike around the infamous mountain peaks, the Pitons or relax by the pool and do NOTHING AT ALL.
BEACHFRONT ON VIEQUES ISLAND, PUERTO RICO
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, check rates here
Have a private beach front wedding where wild horses roam in the background, followed by a classic Puerto Rican beach grill out and dancing (of course). Enjoy the secluded beaches and the rustic charm of this small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. There are endless activities for your guests like hiking to the black sand beach, sunset boat tours, and enjoying ayurvedic treatments at nearby Spa Botanico at Finca Victoria.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
If you’re looking for a Hamptons airbnb that does weddings, look no further. Who doesn’t love the Hamptons in the summer?! This is the perfect spot for an intimate garden wedding or just a great place for the whole family to stay if you’re being married at the Wolffer Estate! With have endless rosé – of course.
7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, check rates here
Have a dreamy escape without leaving the U.S. on this 51 acre plot of land in Malibu that offers sweeping ocean and mountain views! With a grand entrance and palm surrounded pool, your guests will feel like they are in a far off land even if you’re only an hour outside LA.
7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
Located just outside Florence, lies this fairytale-esque 17th century country home with a salt water pool and amphitheater to boot. With plenty of space for a small to medium ceremony and reception, this rustic chic villa offers you the true Italian experience. The host of the home can aid in planning and coordinating caterers, etc.
Take in the breathtaking cliffsides of Positano bay as you say your vows on the grand balcony of this Amalfi Coast villa in front of your closest friends and family…the only thing more memorable than that might be the homemade pasta and Chianti wine you all consume together after. Si per favore!
SWEEPING VIEWS ON THE ITALIAN COAST
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Once the residence of the Dutchess of Serracapriola, this villa on the Sorrento coast will impress your guests with its gorgeous gardens and panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. Located right near Sorrento town and just minutes from the beach, this villa has been expertly renovated to an unparalleled contemporary vacation destination. There is plenty of outdoor space for a ceremony and or reception and Positano is merely 18 kilometers away! Oh-la-la!
7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
This is the deal of the century, an entire castle in the Irish countryside for less than $2000/night. This incredible venue is worth booking for pictures alone! With spacious grounds for a summer soiree, this is the perfect spot for any couple seeking the tranquility of the countryside with just the right amount of glamour and elegance.
Endless horizons, warm color palates, cacti and rock formations. Joshua tree offers a very unique but incredible backdrop for your special day. So go ahead, wear those cowgirl boots under your dress if you want to!
Casa Bellamar is an ideal wedding venue. It is located 45 minutes from San Jose Del Cabo airport and is the best of Baja California – with a beautiful beach, crashing waves, fresh fish dinners, and burros roaming around. Add in an epic pool and swim up bar (that we one day didn’t leave from breakfast until dinner because we were having too much fun), a tennis court, an amazing staff, and rooms to sleep 18 people, and you have yourself the absolute best villa in Cabo for groups, and a great Mexican wedding venue.
Your group can stay in San Jose Del Cabo and you can organize a van to take everyone to the venue – but there’s also room for ~20 people to stay on-site!
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, check rates for your dates here
Nominated for “House of the Year” by the Arch Daily, this gorgeous home is surrounded by water on all sides and offers the best views of the changing leaves come autumn. With 45 acres of private lake living, you’ll soon forget that you’re only 45 minutes outside Birmingham, Alabama.
If you’re willing to make the trip, you’ll be in the market for arguably some of the most beautiful airbnbs in the world that are basically begging to be wedding venues. When you see these villas, the 24 hours of travel from the U.S. immediately becomes worth it. What you can afford as an American in Bali is sometimes hard to believe, but at the same time you’re supporting local Balinese people by choosing these venues! Choose from epic architecture, to bohemian bliss, and no matter where you choose, the price is right. Work with a local planner to set up your destination wedding in Bali and have a trip of a lifetime… because if not now, when??
4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Located in the small village of Montemor-o-Novo, this sleek, modern villa will charm both you and your family. This modern and minimalist villa fits seamlessly into the ancient countryside in which it resides, set up activities for your guests like wine tasting in the back yard or a welcome pool party.
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