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. 

Tropical Island Jungle Retreat – Cristóbal Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Destination weddings may not have the best rep, but we have a feeling that this tropical island (yep, you read that correctly) might just change your perspective. Situated in Panama’s San Cristobal, the property features eight bedrooms and the ability to accommodate up to 16 guests. The jungle-based lodge features sweeping views of the Tierra Oscurra Lagoon, a half-mile reef, and a rooftop deck that’ll be ideal for the ceremony. 

Quiet English Farmhouse – Devon, United Kingdom

This one’s about as idyllic as it gets. If you’ve ever dreamed of hosting your nuptials in the English countryside, consider this your chance. This rural farmhouse comes with six bedrooms, a beautiful garden, and a lush green field in the heart of the countryside. The remote location is six miles from the nearest town, making for quite the private estate. With an indoor pool, BBQ area, and cozy accommodation, this quaint farmhouse is perfect for a low-key affair.
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 Captain Morse House – Edgartown, MA

This one’s for the history fanatics. Saturated with coziness and New England’s signature charm, this luxurious spot is just the place for a late summer wedding. A mere few steps from the famed Edgartown harbor, the home’s traditionally decked interior is nearly as picturesque as its charming exterior. Bonus points for the fact that the home can sleep up to 16 people, providing plenty of room for the wedding party.

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 Wine Country Estate – Kenwood, CA

Located one hour north of San Francisco, this historic estate is conveniently situated in the heart of Sonoma County. Featuring an elegantly decorated interior and ample outdoor space for a reception, the appropriately named Casa Bella is surrounded by vineyards and all the best that wine country has to offer.  

Charming Lake Home – Paw Paw, MI

Situated on Lake Michigan, this historic estate boasts all the makings of a good time. With a private beach, pool, and fire pit, it’s the ideal spot for an outdoor summer fete! The four-bedroom space can house up to 10 guests and features both a Manor House and Carriage House. The event-friendly space was recently renovated and features all the charm of a lakeside retreat. Rumor has it, the home even has ties to Chicago legend Al Capone.
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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