How to Plan an Airbnb Wedding
I am a big fan of weddings that raise the bar creatively, but an Airbnb wedding truly takes the cake for me as one of my all-time favorite creative wedding venues! Airbnbs are great locations for anyone planning a small, intimate wedding or an elopement. I love when couples utilize Airbnbs on their wedding days as lodging for family members, spaces to get ready, ceremony locations and reception spots. This blog post will cover all the things you need to know and understand when planning an Airbnb wedding, so keep scrolling and start dreaming up your dream Airbnb wedding day!
Whether you’re planning to elope with just you, your love and a couple of witnesses, or you’re planning for the whole family to be in on the wedding-day-fun, Airbnbs can be a great fit for both ends of the wedding spectrum! Click here to see how a couple used an Airbnb as their ceremony and reception site for their intimate wedding day. Juliana and Zach wanted to elope, but they realized their families wanted to be a part of their wedding day. So, they landed on the idea of a small, intimate wedding ceremony at a lodge tucked away in the woods of the Columbia River Gorge. After their first look in the forest, they said to their guests at the Airbnb, “Let’s walk outside and get married!” The guests stood and gathered around them among the forest as they said, “I do!” Their entire wedding day was so laid back and truly their own.
Another option would be to use the Airbnb as your ceremony and reception site, and then go on an adventure in the mountains the following day with a Day-After Adventure Session. Day-after adventure sessions are photos taken the day after your wedding (fitting title, huh?). One of the reasons I am a fan of day-after adventure sessions is because they allow you to have more time with family and friends at the Airbnb on your wedding day, and you still get some amazing, adventurous photos from your wedding.
If a mountain backdrop or waterfall or alpine lake are the settings where you’re dreaming of saying, “I do,” then an Airbnb could be the perfect reception location for you. Sierra and Vanessa’s families joined them on a hike to an amazing view in the North Cascades. Then, they all went to a cabin for an Airbnb reception. Truly, the ways to utilize an Airbnb for your adventurous wedding or elopement are limitless! Am I getting the wheels turning for you to envision getting married at an Airbnb? Keep reading, because I’m sharing my list of top Airbnb recommendations for your adventurous Washington wedding.
Finding an Airbnb for Your Wedding
While searching for the best location for your Airbnb, it’s important to consider these factors:
Where is the Airbnb located?
Do you want to have your ceremony at the Airbnb and travel to the mountains after? Or, do you want to adventure to your ceremony and return to the Airbnb for the after party? Either way, it’s important you plan to find a location that is conveniently located to the mountains you’re wanting to explore. Curious where to elope in Washington? Check out these resources:
Does the host allow gatherings?
When choosing your Airbnb, it’s important to read through all the details listed about the home or cabin. The last thing you’d want is to put a deposit down on an Airbnb that does not allow gatherings to take place on the property. If you have doubts on whether the hosts allows gatherings, you can always contact the host and read through the reviews on the listing.
Is there parking available on-site?
This is a big detail to consider for all who are planning a mountain wedding with friends and family members planning on being present. This is a great question to contact the host with prior to booking, just to ensure grandma isn’t having to park her rental car far from the Airbnb.
Is there a noise ordinance in place in the area?
Again, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the host! If you’re planning on using the Airbnb as a reception space, the last thing you need is a noise ordinance putting a damper on the music selections. So, double check this detail prior to booking!
What’s the bathroom situation?
Last, but certainly not least, you will need to consider how many bathrooms are at the Airbnb. This is so important to think about when you’re searching for the perfect Airbnb. If you’re inviting 20 or more people to be a part of your elopement or wedding, one bathroom just is not going to cut it. You do not want a Meet-the-Parents-backyard-overflowing-septic-tank fiasco on your hands (anyone else love that classic movie?!).
Did this list of things to consider make you ready to search for the perfect Airbnb? Keep reading because I’ve compiled a list of my top Airbnb recommendations for weddings and elopements!
Hire Vendors Experienced with Airbnb Weddings
Are the details to consider and understand about an Airbnb wedding making you sweat a little bit? Girl, you do not need to stress! There are some amazing vendors who have helped plan and execute some amazing Airbnb weddings who will be some of the best teammates to make your dream wedding a reality. Here’s some of my advice when it comes to hiring vendors with experience in Airbnb weddings:
It’s important to have a planner.
I’m always pro-planner and day-of coordinators because they take all of the logistical stress and worry off of the people who don’t need to be thinking about details on the day of the wedding (you, your love, and anyone else who isn’t the planner!). I’ve worked with Erika, owner of The Greatest Adventure Weddings during an Airbnb wedding in the Columbia River Gorge, and I highly recommend her! She’s a planner-extraordinaire!
Your vendor team will be your favorite people.
As you’re planning your Airbnb wedding, think through the type of experience you are wanting to create. Vendors like food trucks or mobile bars are great vendors to consider for receptions at Airbnbs. Another important vendor to consider would be a mobile bathroom (see the link to Meet the Parents reference above if you need convincing). A weddings and elopements planner would be able to connect you to great vendors in all of these categories who are willing to travel to remote locations in the mountains.
Washington Airbnbs for Your Wedding
Have I convinced you that an Airbnb wedding or elopement is how you want to tie the knot? Amazing! I’ve created two lists of my top Airbnb recommendations of where you should book your Airbnb wedding.
Airbnbs perfect for your friends and family to join in on the celebration:
Cabin Creek Lodge (perfect for the whole family!)
Venues that feel homey, like an Airbnb:
Airbnbs for just you and your love to enjoy:
Please note, there is an additional charge for photography at these locations.
Ready to start planning the most epic Airbnb wedding or elopement? Reach out and let’s adventure!
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Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.