For anyone who has planned a wedding, you know all too well that venues come with an impressive price tag. Settling on one is hard enough: Do you go the rustic route and opt for a barn, keep it convenient with a hotel, or transform your (or a close one’s) home? The possibilities are quite literally endless, but the opportunity to make whichever space you choose special is significantly less so. For that reason alone, we explored a less-thought-of approach, one that definitely skews outside the traditional: Airbnb.
Think about it: The entirety of your day can exist within one place, and better yet, you can sleep there, too. We’re not talking about the standard home, but the stunning properties that essentially double as mini-mansions, charming farmhouses with acre upon acre, or quaint hideaways in far-flung locations. Suddenly, the thought of a destination wedding doesn’t seem so bad. Read on for the beautifully decorated Airbnb wedding venues making us say YES.
Nestled just outside Toulouse, this historic home’s decorative scheme marries modern minimalism with French country-chic—think ornate chandeliers coupled with exposed brick walls and wooden beams. That said, the massive grounds lined with palm trees are the true highlight and a prime spot for holding a ceremony at dusk.
Formerly an Augustinian monastery, this converted 12th-century abbey is set on eight acres of private parkland in the English countryside. The Great Hall and drawing room can both house over 100 guests, while the home can sleep upwards of 18 people.
What better way to spend your big day than in one of the most romantic cities? If you’re up for the quintessential Roman holiday, this mod-meets-rustic penthouse is just the thing. Host the reception on the expansive rooftop terrace to kick off a truly one-of-a-kind evening.
Mount Nathan, Queensland, Australia
A luxe villa all for you? Only the best for your big day. From the outdoor spa and massive pool to the breathtaking views and close proximity to the Outback, this rental is about as picturesque as they come. With a beautifully designed interior and spacious digs—large enough to fit up to 10 guests—this stunning villa is exactly what your wedding weekend was in need of.
Cristóbal Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Destination weddings may not have the best rep, but we have a feeling that this tropical island (yep, you read that correctly) might change your perspective. Situated in Panama’s San Cristobal, the property features eight bedrooms and accommodates up to 16 guests. The jungle-based lodge features sweeping views of the Tierra Oscurra Lagoon, a half-mile reef, and a rooftop deck that is ideal for the ceremony.
Devon, United Kingdom
If you’ve ever dreamed of hosting your nuptials in the English countryside, consider this your chance. The rural farmhouse comes with six bedrooms, a beautiful garden, and a lush green field in the heart of idyllic countryside. The remote location is six miles from the nearest town, making for quite the private estate. With an indoor pool, BBQ area, and cozy accommodation, this quaint farmhouse is perfect for a low-key affair.
New Orleans, LA
Situated within the famed French Quarter of New Orleans, this historic home was built in the 1830s and features a refreshingly modern interior decked out with a handful of rustic details. The major selling point for us? The photogenic brick-lined courtyard. A recent renovation conserved the timeless elegance of the original design (note the beautiful red oak beams) creating an overall authentic feel to the place.
This 6,000-square-foot estate not only sits on 10 acres of rolling greens but also comes with the addition of a spacious deck and a spring-fed pond. It would make the perfect locale for a post-wedding celebration with your closest family and friends.
Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Idyllically set between Napa and San Francisco, this Bay Area villa boasts breathtaking views of Marin County, a dreamy indoor pool, and six acres of enchanting gardens. Picture this: cocktail hour at dusk, followed by a pre-dinner walk through one of the property’s expansive gardens and finally, a reception in the home’s elegant dining area. Need we say more?
For the ski-enthusiast, a wedding in the Rockies seems quite logical, wouldn’t you say? This custom-designed retreat comes complete with a multi-level interior curated with antique finds and custom art–not to mention vast exterior decks that boast impressive views of the San Sophia Mountain range. Coupled with the home’s close proximity to the slopes, we’d say this is one destination wedding locale that would make for a memorable escape.
Palm Springs, CA
We’d like to think of this spot as where all your worries seem to just float away. And what better place to be when dealing with the high-stake stresses of a wedding weekend? Secluded and exuding California cool, this hideaway’s cabana-lined pool (where an intimate reception could easily happen) and boho chic exterior are reasons enough for us to book it ASAP.
Calling all history fanatics. Saturated with coziness and New England’s signature charm, this luxurious spot is just the place for a late summer wedding. A mere few steps from the famed Edgartown harbor, the home’s traditional interior is nearly as picturesque as its picturesque exterior (cue group photo ops). Bonus points for the fact that the home can sleep up to 16 people, providing plenty of room for the wedding party.
Designed by famed Portland architect Francis Fassett, this Victorian townhouse doubles as a historic landmark and features an array of beautiful design details. We’re picturing an intimate, winter wedding here…
We can’t decide what we love more, the sweeping views of the Catskills Mountains or the utterly romantic and rustic barn at the heart of the property. This spacious farmhouse hardly holds back on the bucolic charm.
This story was originally published on November 1, 2016. It has been updated with new information.
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