(Closed) Using AirBnB as a reception venue (Philadelphia area)?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2951 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Using and AirBnb sounds great but don’t forget that it is actually someone else’s house. You will need to insure your event out the ass to protect the owners from any damages that might occur. You will also need to make sure that “parties” are even allowed. Most AirBnbs in my area do not allow special events and are accommodation only. 

Post # 4
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

most Air BnBs don’t allow parties, so you may have a problem finding one that will allow you to do this.

Post # 5
357 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s a great idea, but I would tread very carefully and be prepared to be turned away from the owner (you should definitely be completely transparent with them)- are you looking to do a small, family thing, or are you trying to get 200 of your closest friends together? Other ideas you may be interested in: public parks usually have very reasonable rates. Or what about the NJ, DE, or MD beach after Labor Day when it’s still warm but you don’t need tags? 

Post # 6
103 posts
Blushing bee

YOu can select a filter for something like “suitable for events” 


I’ve done it for non wedding events!

Post # 7
3113 posts
Sugar bee

Another idea: often schools and colleges will rent out spaces for events like weddings.  You might be able to get a good price on an attractive space this way.

Post # 8
3183 posts
Sugar bee

I looked into this. Very few places allow for it, but there are some!! Also check VRBO.com. I think it will work best if it’s a super small wedding, not a large one.

Post # 9
14093 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agreed, most don’t let you rent out their spaces for parties.  It’s a liability for the property owner.

Post # 10
9384 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

An ex-hairdresser of mine did this, but it was more of an elopement + friends sort of event, so him and his wife rented out this big home on the beach in mexico (they lived in san diego so not quite a dw so much as a weekend getaway) with a handful of family and friends and had a small ceremony on the water with them

so I think as pp said–if its small enough it’s not even *really* an event (you’re just a big group of people staying together and 15 min of your stay you and your Fiance happen to be saying some vows) then it’s a great idea.  If it’s that you expect guests to stay at hotels etc.. and on the day of your wedding come trample through this person’s back yard and wander this persons house.. it seems like it’d be tough to get the owner to OK on.

Post # 11
2228 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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karolina89 :  You might also look on your local parks and recreation websites for nearby city, county, and state facilities. You might be surprised at the kinds of things available this way, and they are typically just a few hundred dollars. 

For example, I considered renting the water bureau building in our home city because it has a lovely river view, and 2 story open architecture with floor to ceiling windows. It is honestly gorgeous, and rents for about $250 for an event.

Just another option to consider. 

Post # 12
1363 posts
Bumble bee

I would tread really carefully here. You’ll almost certainly liable if things get out of hand and something gets damaged. I live in Philadelphia as well. Have you tried the FOP?I don’t think you need a police connection and I’ve heard it’s affordable. It’s also a really nice space, which surprised me a little. Or a City Hall wedding followed by dinner? 

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