For anyone who has planned a wedding, you know all too well that venues don't come cheap. Settling on one is hard enough: Do you go the rustic route and opt for a barn, keep it traditional with a hotel, or take the simple approach and just stay at home? The possibilities are quite literally endless but the opportunity to make it special is significantly less so. For that reason alone, we decided to explore a less-thought-of approach, one that definitely skews outside the traditional realm: Airbnb.
Think about it: The entirety of your day can exist within the same space, and better yet, you can spend the night there as well. We're not talking about the standard home, but the stunning properties that essentially double as mini-mansions, charming farmhouses with spanning acres of green, 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 Airbnbs that can double as a wedding venue.
Chic Trastevere Penthouse with Rooftop Terrace - Rome, Italy
What better way to spend your big day than on an Italian rooftop in the dreamiest neighborhood? 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 and watch the sunset for a truly one-of-a-kind evening.
The LA Estate with Serious Views - Los Angeles, CA
The next best thing to hosting your wedding in the Mediterranean? Having one in an estate that is inspired by one (hey, we take what we can get here). Situated in LA's Royal Oaks, this sprawling property comes fully equipped with everything you'll need to host the ultimate wedding and reception: stunning outdoor space, a gourmet kitchen, and more.
Luxury Gold Coast Hinterland Villa - 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 one 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.
The Historic Mansion on Bourbon Street - 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 with a handful of rustic details. The major selling point for us? The brick-lined courtyard that is anything but ordinary. The home's recent luxe renovation managed to conserve the timeless elegance of its original design while ushering in a slew of modern details. Note the beautiful red oak beams, which extend a dynamic layer of charm and authenticity to the space.
The Rustic Country Escape - Valatie, NY
This 6,000-square-foot estate not only sits on 10 acres of rolling greens but it also comes with the addition of a spacious deck and a spring-fed pond. It would make for the perfect locale for a post-wedding celebration with your closest family and friends.
The Luxe Villa in the Hills - Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Idyllically set between Napa and San Francisco, this Bay Area villa boasts breathtaking views of Marin County, a dreamy indoor pool, an elegantly decked interior, 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 elegantly decorated dining area. Need we say more?
The Mountain Resort - Telluride, CO
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.
The Brooklyn Brownstone - Brooklyn, NY
Modern moments coupled with 19th-century design elements complete this charming Brooklyn brownstone. From the handmade Moroccan decor and elegant crown molding, to the La Cornue range in the kitchen and 2,800 square feet of space, we'd be inclined to host a very special evening here.
The Boho Chic Hideaway - Palm Springs, CA
We'd like to think of this spot as one 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 decked with an air of California cool, the cabana-lined pool and boho chic exterior are reasons enough for us to book this spot ASAP. The pool-side dining area was made for an intimate reception.
The High Gothic Style Victorian Townhouse - Portland, ME
Designed by famed Portland architect Francis Fassett, this Victorian townhouse doubles as a historic landmark and features an array of intricate design moments and details. We're picturing an intimate, winter wedding in this one.
The Farmhouse in the Catskills - Hudson, NY
We can't decide what we love more, the sweeping views of the Catskills Mountains or the utterly romantic and rustic barn. This spacious farmhouse hardly holds back on its charm with its bucolic surround.
This story was originally published on November 1, 2016. It has been updated with new information.
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