How to Plan an Airbnb Wedding
If you are looking for an alternative and unique wedding venue, then choosing to have it in an Airbnb can be a great option. You can find some amazing, quirky and beautiful buildings that can be the perfect setting for a small, micro wedding with a relaxed and homely vibe.
If this sounds right up your street, then here are a few things to consider when planning your Airbnb Wedding to ensure it is the awesome day you have been dreaming of!
1. Find an Airbnb that allows weddings
This may seem like an obvious point, but before you are swept away visualizing your dream wedding in that absolute corker of a property you found, you need to make sure that they will allow you to hold your wedding there.
Draw up a shortlist of possible properties that have caught your eye and then contact the owners to find out if they are happy with your plans. It may take a bit of time and research, but it is definitely advisable to be upfront with the owners right from the start and avoid any potential issues in the long run.
2. Be open with the owner about your plans
Yep, it's worth repeating! Be upfront with the owner of the property right from the start & let them know what your plans are. The last thing you want is to have to scale back or rethink your plans because the owner wasn’t initially aware of them and does not approve. Plus, they can also be a valuable source of information & be able to point you in the direction of some great local suppliers or help in arranging any special elements for your day.
3. Try to view the property in person
You can only tell so much from photographs & they won’t tell the whole story! It’s always a good idea to visit the property in person to get a feel for the space, size of rooms and any quirks/issues which aren’t obvious on the images. It’s also an opportunity to look around the local area & see what's in the immediate vicinity of the property, such as close neighbours, roads or picking out some beauty spots for your photographs.
4. Guest Accommodation
If you are not intending on having all your guests stay at the property, keep in mind that they will need to find accommodation close by too. Do some research into the local area and find out what hotels & B&B’s are available, or is there a group of rental properties that could be reserved for them nearby.
5. Property style & décor
The style of the property will have a big impact on the look and feel of your wedding & you’ll want to consider how this sits with your theme. Or alternatively, you can draw the theme directly from the property itself e.g. does it have a pared back Scandi aesthetic, country cottage feel or modern minimalist design.
6. How will you use the space?
Consider the layout of the property and how you will use the space throughout the day. Is there a garden that can be used for an outdoor ceremony or a room large enough to take to all your guests for a sit down meal? If you are planning a garden wedding, you may want to have a backup plan in place in case the weather turns bad & is there a suitable space to move indoors if needed.
7. Consider the available facilities
It is also important to thing about the number of guests and the facilities that are available at the property. Are there enough toilets for your guest numbers? How big is the kitchen space and is there enough cooking, worktop & fridge space available for the caterers? If not, you may need to consider hiring portable facilities, ovens and fridges.
A great alternative if you are tight for kitchen space is to hire in mobile food trucks & bars, adding in a practical and fun element to your day.
8. Think about rentals
You will most likely need to hire in your own linens, tableware and glassware as most rental properties only provide fairly basic items. In addition to this, you may want to hire in furniture, tables, chairs and other accent pieces to supplement what is already there at the property.
9. Hire a planner
It is still advisable to hire a wedding planner to ensure all the details are taken care of throughout the planning phase and on the day itself. They will ensure everything runs to plan and goes off without a hitch, allowing you to relax and focus on celebrating with family and friends!
10. Get Insurance
Make sure you have adequate insurance to cover any damages or breakages to the property & it's contents.
11. Don’t forget about neighbours & noise
If the property has nearby neighbours think about the level of noise that you will be creating throughout the day and what time you are planning to wind up the celebrations. You may want to let them know about your plans in advance and perhaps smooth the way with a thoughtful little gift.
Does a Scottish micro wedding at an Airbnb sound right up your street? I offer wedding planning services for small intimate weddings and destination weddings in Scotland. Find out more here – Micro Wedding / Destination Wedding.