From wedding sizes to popular fashion, trends in the wedding industry are constantly changing. Couples are no longer bound to strict wedding day traditions. Your day is about authentically celebrating the union of your two lives. The best place to start when planning your authentic celebration? Your wedding venue.
Selecting your wedding venue should be at the top of your wedding checklist. It becomes a determining factor for many planning details like guestlist size, decor, and dining options. Finding a venue that feels unique to your love can be intimidating.
Don’t fret! There’s no shortage of unique venues. If you’re looking to forgo the traditional wedding route, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top unconventional wedding venue ideas that celebrate the uniqueness of every couple and every celebration style.
Airplane Hangar Or An Airport
Dying to take your love to new heights? Say goodbye to a traditional wedding venue and hello to an Airport wedding. Whether you’re a lover of planes, adventure, or just looking for a way to stand out from the rest, look no further than an airport for your unconventional wedding venue. Talk about kicking off your marriage on an ultimate high.
Your Family Home
With weddings getting smaller and intentionality quickly becoming a priority, we’ve seen more and more weddings are taking place at home. Not only can this be a potentially budget-saving option, it also adds personality and meaning to any wedding day. Exchanging “I do’s” surrounded by your loved ones, in your family home—a truly memorable place to host.
Airbnb Wedding Venue
Airbnb is not just a popular travel housing option. From tiny homes fit for cozy elopements to large, jaw-dropping mansions and everything in between—Airbnb has something fit for every couple, no matter the wedding size.
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Museum Or Art Gallery
Built-in decor and free entertainment are just two benefits that come with hosting your big day at a museum or art gallery. Maybe you’re a lover of art or maybe your first date was at a museum. This could be a stunning, unconventional wedding space for couples looking to make their lovefest stand out. Not to mention, many museums and art galleries rent out space that is equipt for large or small weddings—there’s no limiting your wedding planning possibilities.
Use The Zoo
Animal lovers, this one’s for you. Take your wedding for a walk on the wild side and say “I do” at the zoo. If you’re dreaming of an outdoor celebration, but looking for a unique twist a zoo wedding is the answer.
A benefit to hosting a zoo wedding is the professionals provided to assist with bringing your big day to life. Not to mention, what better way to liven up your reception than with animal encounters. Your big day will be one to remember, not just for you, but also for all of your guests.
Yachts For Unconventional Wedding Venues
It’s time to let your love set sail. If you’re dreaming of exchanging vows with views, this one’s for you. Whether it’s your shared love of the water or your love for adventure, selecting a yacht or boat as an unconventional wedding venue can be a classy, romantic, and stand-out way to kick off your marriage.
A National Park
Nature is the most stunning backdrop, prove us wrong. Whether you’re looking for a large outdoorsy lovefest or ditching tradition for an elopement-style ceremony, hosting a national park celebration is full of endless possibilities. For couples dreaming up a secluded wedding venue that doesn’t lack views, this is perfect for you.
With so many stunning national park options, it can be hard to pick just one. Here are nine of the prettiest U.S. national parks fit for any style wedding.
Your Favorite Coffee Shop Or Bakery
Coffee, food, and baked goods—oh my! Maybe you had your first date at a cute cafe. Maybe you and your significant other are lovers of coffee. Whatever your reasoning may be, we don’t blame you for wanting to host your wedding in one of these unconventional locations.
An Urban Brewery or Distillery
Planning your wedding around the reception bar? Raise your glasses to this final unconventional wedding venue option. A brewery wedding is fit for you. Breweries and Distilleries are full of endless fun possibilities—from wedding size to decor options. If you’re searching for even more ways to personalize your big day, create a signature cocktail or work with the brewmaster to create a special beer.
If you’re ready to ditch the traditional wedding path you’re still in luck. There’s no shortage of unique wedding venues that will reflect both you and your significant other. After picking out the perfect jaw-dropping venue it’s time to move to the next item on your wedding planning checklist—deciding on a wedding size and crafting your dream guest list.
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If you’re searching for totally unique and unexpected wedding venues, it’s time to put an Airbnb wedding on your list! Rental properties offer so many benefits that most traditional wedding venues simply can’t, including a cozy atmosphere, total flexibility when it comes to vendors, and a place to sleep when the party is over. An Airbnb wedding is a great option for couples who want an at-home feel without having to host their wedding at their own home.
Here are our top 5 tips to help make your Airbnb wedding unforgettable:
- Find an Airbnb that allows weddings
- Expand your search to include nearby properties
- Embrace the vibe of the home for the overall design
- Make it your own with a captivating installation
- Use the entire property for the ceremony and reception
Read on for even more tips and a little info about why they’re all so important! Then, shop our favorite backyard wedding dresses and jumpsuits to make your wedding day look location-fitting!
photo by Maggie Grace Photography, Summer Leigha Photo; see more of this real elopement here!
1. Find an Airbnb that allows weddings.
Before getting your heart set on a location, you need to find rental properties that explicitly state they are available for weddings. Not all properties are! Even if you’re having an elopement-style wedding with just a handful of people, you must ensure that the owner is okay with an event being hosted in their home. If there’s nothing in the description that says weddings or events are allowed, check the house Policies page. If it’s still unclear, contact the host directly to ask if a wedding is allowed.
2. Expand your search to include nearby properties.
One of the best things about using a rental property for your wedding is that you have the opportunity to rent not just a house, but a little community. Lots of Airbnb listings that are approved for events have properties that either share outdoor spaces or are close enough so your family and/or wedding party can stay nearby. If you’re planning an elopement, for example, you could find a property with two houses that share a courtyard and rent both: one for you and one for your photographer/planner/any other vendor you might need on-hand. If you’re planning a larger wedding, you could find a villa with surrounding bungalows or small homes and rent them all, like a hotel block.
photo by Peyton Rainey Photography; see more of this real wedding here!
3. Embrace the vibe of the home for your overall design.
When you’re searching for an Airbnb to host your wedding, don’t forget to take into account the décor and the vibe of the home to make sure it matches your style — or the style you want to create. Then lean in and fully embrace it for your big day! You’ll save so much time and money by using what’s already there. If you love the idea of a formal dinner party, try to find a home with a grand dining room to which you can add an elegant tablescape design. If you’re more of an outdoorsy couple, take the party outside and use the natural landscape as your backdrop.
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4. Make it your own with a captivating installation.
Even if you decide to use the existing decor in the house, we highly recommend that you add your personal flair with an eye-catching installation. Some examples are a beautiful ceremony arch, a floral installation. or even a light installation over the reception table(s). It doesn’t need to be extravagant; you just want to add something memorable to reflect your personal style and to make the space feel more like “you”.
photo by Avonné Photography; see more of this wedding inspiration photoshoot here!
5. Use the entire property for the ceremony and reception.
One way to make the most of your Airbnb rental is to use all the indoor and outdoor space you can. For example, you could set up the ceremony in the backyard and have the reception in the dining room. Or, you could reverse it and set up the ceremony in a cozy living area and party al fresco style. Don’t be afraid to get creative and use as much space as possible so guests feel like they have room to move. And don’t forget to make sure there are plenty of pretty backgrounds for your couple portraits — indoor or outdoor.
6. Ask if the host has a list of recommended vendors.
Some rentals properties, especially large ones that host a lot of events, have a list of vendors they’ve worked with in the past. It’s a great idea to ask the host if they have vendors they trust and who specialize in rental property weddings.
photo by Victoria Carlson Photography; see more of this real wedding here!
7. Hire a mobile bar.
One trend we’re totally in love with and is ideal for home weddings is a mobile bar. It’s compact, convenient, and cute, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! A mobile bar takes up very little space and allows you to hire everything you need for the bar all with one company.
8. For larger weddings, consider extra facilities to keep everyone comfortable.
When researching properties, one very important thing to consider that most people forget is the facilities. Are there enough restrooms to accommodate your guest list? If not, you should consider supplementing with rentals. There are so many options for upscale portable toilet trailers that provide a comfortable experience, including lighting, mirrors, sinks, and — most importantly — a more space than traditional port-o-potties! You can even add a personal, homey touch by adding a small amenities kit to each bathroom with breath fresheners, Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, cotton balls, and safety pins. Trust us, this will save a lot of headaches on the day-of (and some potential fees after checkout)!
photos by Blake Nelson Photography; see more of this wedding and other COVID-19 celebrations here!
9. Ask friends and family to stay with you.
Especially if you’re having an intimate wedding, one way to make it feel extra special — and take advantage of the unique rental property venue — is to ask your closest friends and family to stay with you the night before the wedding. This would be a great opportunity for one last girls or guys night, or to spend some quality time with a group of family you might not get to see all the time.
10. Don’t be afraid to go big or to keep it small.
When people think of Airbnb weddings, they usually think of intimate celebrations. However, there are so many large properties for rent these days! So, whether you want an elopement-style wedding day with just you and your witnesses or you want a huge affair with all your family and friends, you can certainly find a rental property to accommodate your vision.
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