Virginia Wedding PhotographerWelcome to Ethan Film and Photo’s expert tips for planning an Airbnb wedding! If you’re seeking a unique and intimate wedding experience, Airbnb venues offer a charming alternative to traditional wedding locations. With their cozy atmosphere, flexibility for choosing vendors, and the convenience of on-site accommodations, Airbnb weddings have become increasingly popular.

Here are our top recommendations to help you create an unforgettable Airbnb wedding:

1. Find an Airbnb that allows weddings

Before falling in love with a location, ensure that it explicitly permits weddings or events. Not all Airbnb properties are suitable for hosting weddings, so check the property description or house rules. If it’s not clear, reach out to the host to confirm whether they’re open to hosting your special day.

2. Expand your search to include nearby properties

Maximize your options by exploring neighboring properties. Many Airbnb listings approved for events have shared outdoor spaces or adjacent properties for accommodating your guests or vendors. Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or a larger celebration, consider renting multiple properties to create a cohesive wedding experience.

3. Embrace the home’s aesthetic for your design

Let the Airbnb’s décor and ambiance inspire your wedding design. Align your wedding style with the property’s existing charm, whether it’s a grand dining room for an elegant dinner party or a scenic outdoor backdrop for a nature-inspired celebration. By incorporating the venue’s atmosphere, you can save both time and money on decorations.

4. Personalize with captivating installations

While the Airbnb’s existing décor adds character, add a personal touch with eye-catching installations. Consider a beautiful ceremony arch, a floral arrangement, or an enchanting light installation to reflect your unique style and enhance the space’s personality.

5. Utilize the entire property for the ceremony and reception

Maximize the use of indoor and outdoor spaces on the property. Get creative with your layout, such as hosting the ceremony in the backyard and the reception indoors, or vice versa. Ensure there are plenty of picturesque backgrounds for your couple portraits, both indoors and outdoors.

6. Ask if the host has a list of recommended vendors

Some Airbnb hosts may have a list of trusted vendors who specialize in hosting weddings at their properties. Don’t hesitate to inquire about these recommendations to simplify your planning process.

7. Consider a mobile bar

Opt for a trendy mobile bar, especially suitable for home weddings. These compact and convenient setups can be a real crowd-pleaser, providing all your bar needs in one neat package, saving space and hassle.

8. For larger weddings, plan extra facilities

When selecting your Airbnb venue, consider essential facilities like restroom accommodations. If the property doesn’t provide enough facilities, supplement with upscale portable toilet trailers. Enhance your guests’ experience with amenities like lighting, mirrors, sinks, and spacious interiors.

9. Invite friends and family to stay

For an intimate touch, invite your closest friends and family to stay with you at the Airbnb property the night before the wedding. It’s a perfect opportunity for a pre-wedding gathering or quality time with loved ones.

10. Think big or small

Don’t be constrained by preconceived notions of Airbnb weddings. Whether you desire an intimate elopement or a grand celebration, Airbnb offers a range of properties to accommodate your vision. Choose the perfect rental property to suit your wedding size and style.

Ethan Film and Photo is here to capture the magic of your Airbnb wedding, ensuring every moment is beautifully preserved. Contact us to document your unique love story in this extraordinary setting.

Embrace the charm of Airbnb weddings and create memories that will last a lifetime.

BONUS TIP: Hire a Wedding Videographer and Photographer. Photo and Video show differently and are 2 totally different experiences. We do both at Ethan Film and Photo and can offer you a top-notch team to capture your day perfectly. You’re already having an amazing wedding… why not have it captured to look back on? After all, Photo and Video is the only real tangible thing you get to keep from the day.