How to Plan an Air BNB Backyard Wedding


Can you have a wedding at an AirBnb?

Yes, welcome to the new world of couples getting creative & planning nontraditional weddings! We’ve covered how to plan a backyard wedding with a beautiful natural landscape & garden.

However, what if you want to rent an Airbnb property for the weekend? This is perfect if you currently live in an apartment & your relatives don’t own a large property to fulfill your expectations.

learn everything you need to know about how to plan an AirBNB Wedding

The benefits of planning an Airbnb backyard wedding:

  • Cost-effective: Renting an Airbnb property for your wedding can be more cost-effective than booking a traditional venue, especially if you’re planning a small, intimate event.
  • Personalized experience: An Airbnb backyard wedding provides a personalized experience, as you’ll have access to the entire property and can decorate and design it to your liking.
  • Privacy: An Airbnb backyard wedding offers more privacy than a traditional venue, as you’ll have the entire property to yourself and won’t have to share it with other events or guests.
  • Unique and intimate: Airbnb backyard weddings can be unique and intimate, as they often take place in a homey and comfortable setting.
  • Accommodation: Some Airbnb properties offer accommodation for you and your guests, which can be an added convenience and save you money on hotel costs.
  • More options: Airbnb properties can be found in many locations, so you will have more options to choose from and find the perfect setting for your wedding.
  • Flexibility: You will have more flexibility when it comes to the timing and schedule of your wedding, as you’ll have access to the property for the entire weekend.
  • Homely feel: An Airbnb backyard wedding can give a more homely feel to your wedding, making it more personal and intimate.

The solution to your wedding venue problems is renting an Airbnb. So let’s cover everything you need to know so that you can better plan your weekend getaway.

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What is an Airbnb Wedding

Airbnb? Yes, we use their service mainly to have a place to stay during a business trip & vacations. You can also find amazing options across the country to host your backyard wedding.

Having an Airbnb wedding is a minimalistic DIY trend. All you need to do is make your reservation online. It is so easy to book any type of rental to host your upcoming wedding reception.

not every property is wedding appropriate, read our tips before making reservations

Since we are here to help you plan the wedding of your dreams, we have done our research so you can follow our advice and find the right property for your upcoming celebration.

Keep in mind the size of your wedding before planning a backyard gathering. AirBNB rentals are mainly recommended for smaller micro weddings.

Be Honest with the Owner

Some Airbnb properties are not available for events, even if they are intimate. So, make sure you ask beforehand if it is possible to host your wedding there. You might be pleasantly surprised by how helpful an owner can be once you let them know about your plans.

10 things to communicate with the host owner:

  • The number of guests: Provide an estimate of the number of guests you expect to attend the wedding, so the host can ensure the property can accommodate the group.
  • Event details: Share details about the event, such as the start and end times, setup and cleanup plans, and any additional services or vendors you plan to bring in (e.g. catering, music, lighting).
  • Insurance: Ask about the property’s insurance policy and whether additional coverage will be required for the event.
  • Decorations and setup: Discuss any plans for decorations or setup, and ask for the host’s approval for any changes you plan to make to the property, such as hanging lights or draping.
  • Damage deposit: Ask about the host’s policies regarding damage deposit, and make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the deposit.
  • Cleaning fee: Ask about any additional cleaning fee that may be required after the event.
  • Parking and guest accommodation: Ask if there is enough parking and guest accommodation or whether you need to arrange for additional parking or overnight accommodation for your guests.
  • Noise level and local laws: Make sure you understand any noise level restrictions and local laws regarding events in the area.
  • Communication: Be sure to establish clear communication with the host throughout the planning process and address any concerns they may have.
  • The host’s house rules: Review these rules and make sure that you and your guests abide by them throughout the duration of the event.

Just as you would ask interview questions for a banquet hall, your Airbnb owner will ask you questions about your event. This is a 2-way street and transparency is the most important element of an Airbnb backyard wedding.

Set Your Budget

When you begin searching for an Airbnb to host your wedding, proceed with caution. Always keep in mind the price of your stay along with the cost of flower walls, chair covers, food, drinks & other wedding-related expenses. All of this will have to be worked into your overall wedding budget.

you will be blown away by how many unique rental options are available

If you are traveling to a dreamy location for your Airbnb backyard wedding, you can consider extending your stay to have your honeymoon there. And you might even get a discount for an extended stay. Whichever you choose, have your budget clear and try to stick to it.

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Think about Your Décor

When you rent an Airbnb for a wedding, you should ideally find one in a surrounding that fits the aesthetic of your celebration. The same goes for the actual property decoration and style.

For example, if you want a rustic wedding theme, you can rent a cabin in the woods. Also, mountains with many wooden details are amazing opportunities for your wedding photos.

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Classic décor could work if you rent a private estate or an English or French-style home. A unique venue is just one of many things that wedding guests look forward to.

Imagine a beautiful garden with roses & many bushes, clear blue skies, & large French doors. You venue could feature classic décor with a stunning staircase, wooden floors & sparkling chandeliers.

Visit the Property

Although this might not always be possible, it is ideal to physically view the space. You want to get a good sense of how the layout can work for your needs.

ask the owner what previous renters have done for weddings & events

If this is not an option for any reason, some hosts are amazing at providing every detail you need. Ask for measurements of certain areas to specific photos of those spaces.

Check the Surroundings

Perhaps you found the ideal Airbnb for your wedding with all the necessary features. Make sure you have enough space to get ready as well as staging for your catering.

Consider any potential magical spaces to take unique wedding photos. Don’t forget the surrounding area for your guests. Are there options for your friends and family to stay?

create a list of fun activities, restaurants & nearby stores for out of towners

Those details are especially important when the property is not big enough to accommodate every guest. Most Airbnbs are far from hometowns. Plus, you need to know if it has easy access for the venue.

You may have to arrange transportation for relatives to the Airbnb. Some rentals are located in secluded areas between mountains or on snowy paths.

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Get Property Details

(5) key details to consider before planning an Airbnb wedding:

  • Accommodation capacity: Make sure the property can accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend the wedding.
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces: Review the property’s indoor and outdoor spaces to determine if they can accommodate your ceremony, reception, and other event needs.
  • Amenities: Check for amenities such as bathrooms, kitchens, and parking to make sure they will meet the needs of your guests.
  • Location: Consider the location of the property, including proximity to transportation and local amenities such as hotels and restaurants.
  • Accessibility: Review the property’s accessibility for guests with mobility issues or disabilities.

Besides the physical details, you must know other technical aspects of the place you choose. You will want to know how many power outlets it has outdoors, the power specs, the number of bathrooms, and where is parking.

there might be an extra fee since it’s an event & not a regular stay

Ask your host if it is possible to rearrange their furniture & if there are any limitations. Finally, find out about cleaning and garbage disposal.

Are There Noise Restrictions

If you find a cool property with neighbors then think about their reaction to your event. You need to know the local rules about partying, parking & gatherings.

it’s not a party until the cops show up… right?

Some residential Airbnbs might have more restrictions than others. You need to know before you make your reservation so that your wedding is not interrupted by cops 🚓

Food Drink & Rental Logistics

Since you are organizing a wedding at home, you might not have enough chairs, tables, dinnerware, and space to cook or bring a catering service. Ask your host how many tables and chairs are available.

We recommend renting extra seating to fit everyone. Don’t forget your dinner plates, silverware, glasses & cloth napkins for your table settings.

Depending on the property size, you might have a large or small kitchen. If the indoor space is not enough, then consider hiring an on-site catering service. They can set up an outdoor kitchen in a tent.

Another option is to create a partition wall with draping for their indoor space. Some couples will even hire food trucks to make it extra special. The same goes for your drinks, an outside bar will be phenomenal.

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Lastly, Get Insurance

A final and extra important matter is wedding insurance. Talk to your insurance agent about the event you are planning. Find out which options are available to protect yourself, guests, vendors, and the property from any damage or accidents.

It is unlikely for accidents to happen at intimate gatherings but a little peace of mind will go a long way. You want to be covered financially in case something happens.

what do you think about Airbnb weddings, is this just a trend or will it last, tell us in the comments

Airbnb weddings are amazing opportunities to skip the typical cookie-cutter wedding venue. It is an ideal combination of adventure and tradition.

You can find properties of all sizes to fit intimate to medium celebrations. We hope our advice helps you plan a memorable Airbnb backyard wedding that your guests will talk about for years to come!

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