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AirBNB as a Venue - Does anyone have experience doing this?

My fiancé and I are very non-traditional. We want something more homey feeling than a typical banquet hall which brought us to AirBnb.  Anyone have experience researching or planning a wedding with an AirBnb home as the venue for the ceremony & reception? We're planning on 150 guests.


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Re: AirBNB as a Venue - Does anyone have experience doing this?

  • Why don't you try Splacer if you're in the New York area?

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  • climbingwifeclimbingwife NYC 'burbs
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    Yeah, I have to agree with PPs. I don't know that a lot of houses listed on Airbnb would be approved to host such a large event. 150 is a lot of people. You'd probably have to put down a very large deposit if you found a place to agree to this. And then you'd have to rent/bring in every single thing you needed. Also, what about bathrooms for 150 people? Unless you're  renting a house with 10 bathrooms. 

    Where in the Hudson Valley are you? Have you researched any other venues? 

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  • levioosalevioosa Southern California
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    My fiancé and I are very non-traditional. We want something more homey feeling than a typical banquet hall which brought us to AirBnb.  Anyone have experience researching or planning a wedding with an AirBnb home as the venue for the ceremony & reception? We're planning on 150 guests.


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    This seems like a definite potential disaster, and it seems very dishonest as well, unless there is full disclosure between you and the owner.  Almost every AirBnb I have ever seen had a max person rate (6, 8, 14), so I can't see how they would be okay with a 100 person party.  That's a lot of liability for the owner to bear. There has to be a better option.  

    And ditto a PP who said they would be pissed if you hosted an event with over 100 people at their house without disclosing it.  If I was the owner, I'd probably follow some legal recourse. We agreed to 10 people at the house, not 150.  


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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston
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    Assuming you can even find anyone on Airbnb who would allow their property to be rented for a wedding venue, you need to be completely open with the owners about what you have in mind for the property -- and you would need to check that the property can actually handle that many people and that you, the owners, and your vendors are sufficiently insured.

    IMO, it isn't worth it. Airbnb rentals might work for guest lodgings, but I would use more conventional venues for your ceremony and reception.
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  • climbingwifeclimbingwife NYC 'burbs
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    Also, what would you do about parking all those cars? 

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  • I have a bunch of friends with vacation homes in the Hudson valley they rent out and they all reject these requests. They have neighbor's who would be mad, they don't have adequate insurance, they don't have room for parking, their septic tanks can't handle it. 
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  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado
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    Not through AirBnB, but we had a hard time finding a rental house that would allow us to have our RD at the house.  This was in South Jersey.  We had to pay extra deposits and get special insurance.

    I don't see many place on AirBnb that will go for what you are planning. 






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  • I understand Peerspace is like Airbnb for venues. I do not know if it is in your area, but you might look into it.
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    There have been a lot of crackdowns on Airbnb in New York recently, often times because the renters do something crazy like throw a party for a lot more people than they're supposed to have in their rental.  Not saying you'd deceive the owner, but I'd be surprised if there was a place large enough to accommodate 150 guests.  Even if you did find a place that allowed 150 guests, the owner would then have to approve vendors (caterer, DJ, etc) on their property. Who would be liable if a vendor or guest was injured?  I'd lean towards a venue (winery, farm, banquet hall) that is insured to handle weddings.
  • OurWildKingdomOurWildKingdom in the 216
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    I understand Peerspace is like Airbnb for venues. I do not know if it is in your area, but you might look into it.
    They do have some spaces in New York City. That said, I'm with @julieanne912 -- there have to be other options.
  • Oh goodness. No. Don't do a an Airbnb, especially for 150 people! Maybe if it was...10 people? Even then.

    The Hudson Valley has TONS of beautiful venues that aren't a typical banquet hall venue. Here's a list of a few we looked at when we were considering having our wedding in the Hudson Valley:

    http://www.ashokandreams.com/weddings_and_celebrations
    http://www.belltowervenue.com/photo-gallery.html
    http://www.hamhouse.com/
    http://www.lambshill.com/#!/EVENT_BARN

    Honestly, just type in "wedding venues hudson valley" into the google and you will find places so much better then an airbnb.
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  • PrettyGirlLostPrettyGirlLost A Land Filled with Unicorns and Cat Hair
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    00kim00 said:
    The venue we used is a property on VRBO- not Airbnb, but similar. At the time of my wedding, they specifically listed weddings as something they do, with special pricing, catering, and rental tables, linens, etc. They started as a regular VRBO property (it was a cabin on some property on a mountain) and one day someone asked if they could do a wedding there. Someone saw pictures or read a review or something, and the next year there were 3 weddings. My wedding was a year or two after that, and they built a bunch of cabins and tent cabins, and by then about half of their summer reservations were weddings. Now they're booked for weddings almost every week of the year, they have a tent that fits 150 people they can use in bad weather, and they have lodging for close to 40 people. I've also come across some other Airbnb or VRBO rentals that specifically say they're open to use for large parties, family reunions, and/or weddings (I'm on the west coast, though, so no idea about your area). My advice is to only look at places that already say they'll have weddings there, and ideally places that have already hosted weddings so they'll have some experience and have worked out some kinks. Be sure to ask about how many people they can hold and how they handle insurance, bathrooms, parking, and loud music. And as others said, do NOT try to hide the fact that it's a wedding from your hosts.
    This.

    I have relatives that own a number of vacation properties that they rent out via VRBO.  They explicitly state the occupancy of each cabin, condo, beach house, etc. and they also explicitly state that renters are not allowed to throw parties on the property.

    They caught renters throwing a party at one of their cabins once, and I believe they pursued legal action against them.

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  • bohobrideCAbohobrideCA San Diego, CA
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    I'm found my venue on Airbnb! We wanted the same, an estate wedding that doesn't feel like your average venue and wanted to be able to house some people during the festivities. We are using it for the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner/ pool party the day before and we're staying at the house for the whole weekend. The owner of the house serves a full service wedding planner so it's not just a random listing. 99% of the other listings on Airbnb did not cater to our 100 people wedding but it's where we found our venue so it's worth looking in to. 
  • climbingwifeclimbingwife NYC 'burbs
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    Since you're looking in the Hudson Valley, check out these places:

    http://www.tornevalleyvineyards.com/

    http://stormking.org/get_involved/private-events/

    http://www.brotherhood-winery.com/wineryGrandSalon.html

    This restaurant also does weddings, and is really cool. 
    http://www.il-fresco.com/

  • We are staying via Airbnb later this week, and I happened to notice that when we booked, the house rules specifically said no parties, gatherings, or other events.  So if you go this route (I wouldn't), read the listing very, very carefully, and ask the host if you are at all uncertain.
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  • I went to a wedding at a rented house/mansion once. It was very specifically NOT a venue, but just a big giant house. I think it had 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms or something like that. Huge patio outside that was big enough for 80 people or so. Other houses/mansions the couple was looking at fit more people with larger patios or big grand foyers. As it wasn't a venue, they had to hire a caterer and figure out all the logistics themselves. 

    They found the house online at a vacation/house rental website, but not AirBnB. 
  • Yes, I found my venue on VRBO. I believe there was an option to filter homes by places that allow events, such as weddings. It's a private estate, which is exactly what we wanted, and surprisingly affordable since it wasn't a typical wedding venue. I'm so happy we went with that option. Keep in mind, though, that unlike typical venues, we had to find our own caterer, rent a tent, tables, chairs, etc. whereas many venues will have a caterer and tables/chairs.
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