How to Pick the Best Airbnb Wedding Venues in Idaho (2024)

This is your guide to brainstorming your wedding adventure, researching Airbnb elopement wedding venues and finding the perfect spot to house your wedding celebration.

Where you choose to have your elopement or wedding is one of the most important decisions you will make about your wedding adventure. Perhaps you have a vision of saying “I do” with the Sawtooth Mountains as the only invited guests. Or maybe you see you and your partner saying your vows in softly falling snow with a few of your closest friends. Whatever the journey before you, choosing a Airbnb wedding venue for your celebration can create a unique experience for you and your wedding guests.

Take a moment to close your eyes and visualize your wedding day…. maybe you’re walking together along a beach at sunset, perhaps some family members are present, or a furry friend is running along in front of you. Take a minute to consider these questions: What are your favorite outdoor activities? What kind of scenery do you see as the backdrop for your day? What fun things would you like to do with your guests during your wedding adventure?

This visualizing session will help you decide on what type of scenery you see for your day, it will help you understand who you would like to invite (or not invite), and give you ideas about what activities you would like to do during your celebration. Getting specific in your brainstorming session and following this guide will help you choose an Airbnb wedding venue in Idaho that is just right for you.

Navigating Airbnb Wedding Venue Protocols

Airbnb has moved away from allowing parties and events in the last few years. But don’t fear! There are a few exceptions.

Traditional Hospitality Venues

Traditional hospitality venues, such as boutique hotels and guest ranches, are allowed to host events at their discretion. If the house rules section of the listing does not mention a restriction on events, it is mostly likely a traditional hospitality venue. You will want to contact the rental and ask if it allows events because each traditional hospitality rental will have its own set of rules. 

A bride and groom kiss outside a Scandia Inn room during their elopement.

Rent an Airbnb Instead of Planning an Event

Getting married doesn’t have to to be an event. Many Airbnb hosts will allow you to use their rental for wedding activities if your total group size doesn’t exceed the maximum number of allowed guests for the rental. For example, if you’re eloping with 10 people you should rent a place that sleeps 10 people.

It is very important that you are honest when renting an Airbnb for an elopement or small wedding. Contact the host and ask if they are ok with you using their rental for your elopement or small wedding before you rent it. You also need to be respectful when renting an Airbnb for a wedding or elopement. You can’t throw a party at an Airbnb but you can have a nice meal with your guests after your ceremony and then sit on the front porch and enjoy the night sky.

Why Get married at an Airbnb?

You aren’t the only one who has considered an Airbnb wedding venue for your celebration. A stunning backdrop and access to local outdoor amenities is a big reason to pick an Airbnb wedding venue but there are several other reasons why an Idaho Airbnb may be the perfect location for your elopement wedding.

Intimate Setting

Having your wedding at an Airbnb provides a private setting. No strangers milling about, and most definitely no uninvited guests. Whether it is a midnight conversation around the fire, or an early morning coffee on the deck, the people surrounding you will be your loved ones.

A newly married couple shares a dinner blessing with their family. This couple planned an intimate wedding experience for their guests that included a ceremony in the Idaho mountains and a home cooked meal at a rental cabin.

A Longer Celebration

I don’t blame you, it’s your special day and you don’t want it to end! Airbnb wedding venues allow you to celebrate on your own terms. Commemorating your wedding in this manner allows you to transform your wedding celebration from one evening to an entire weekend with family and friends. Renting a large Airbnb venue allows everyone to stay together and you won’t have to worry about your guests traveling after your wedding.

The Triangle C Lodge is one of my favorite Airbnb wedding venue in Idaho! It is located in Stanley. This cabin is newly built and simply beautiful. This rental includes 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a hot tube, and a porch that overlooks the mountains. It offers an intimate setting for a weekend long celebration in the mountains.

The Triangle C Lodge in Stanley, Idaho is a beautiful Airbnb wedding venue.

Celebrate in One Place

One thing that folks who are planning a wedding often forget to consider is the distance between celebration locations. It can be hectic and often frustrating to transfer guests from a ceremony, to a reception, then back to a place for lodging. At an Airbnb wedding venue, all of the celebrations can easily take place in one location.

A wedding couple shares their first dance in front of a Airbnb cabin in Stanley, Idaho. There are wedding guests sitting along a table watching the couple dance.

Airbnb Wedding Venues and Location

It may seem obvious, but where the venue is located on the map is something important to consider. If it’s cute, quaint and just your style, but next to a bar that may play loud music at night… it may not be the right location for you. Also, considering how far away Airbnb wedding venues are from an airports is important. The more remote your venue is, the more work it will be to organize transportation and food for your guests.

Most likely you are renting an Airbnb wedding venue because you are passionate about the outdoors and want to include some fun things in your wedding day or weekend. As a general rule, your rental should be within an hour of any activities you want to do on your wedding day, so you aren’t spending a lot of time driving.

A family stands together on the porch of their Airbnb wedding venue in Idaho. They are enjoying a celebratory drink at sunset. There are mountains behind them.

Do a Google search to see what features the Airbnb location is near. Is there a scenic trail nearby that would be perfect for quiet morning hike? What about daytime activities? How far away are grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations? Considering these details (and not just whether or not there is a great place to host the celebration) will allow you to make the best choice for you and your partner.

The Coyote Yurts from Sun Valley Mountain Huts is a fun example of an adventurous Airbnb wedding venue. This rental is for the couple who wants to get off the beaten path and explore the mountains and spend starry nights around a campfire.

Seasons and Airbnb Rentals

Seasons and weather vary in Idaho! There can be snow in September in the high country and extreme thunderstorms in June. What does this mean for you and your Airbnb wedding plans? Ask the hard questions at the start, so you aren’t left disappointed or without a Plan B on your wedding day. Here are some questions to answer with your partner:

  • Is the venue you’re considering accessible/open year round?
  • What are the roads like from the airport to the venue?
  • Are special vehicles required to access the venue (such as all wheel drive in winter)?
  • What is the typical weather for the date I am planning to get married?
  • If I plan to get married outside and there’s bad weather, what is Plan B?

Some Airbnb properties are not available to rent year-round. This is especially true in areas that have hard winters.

Airbnb Wedding Venues and Size

One of my favorite things about considering Airbnb Wedding venues is the fact that it requires you to be intentional about who you include. While this may be challenging for some, for others it can provide a significant growing experience. These conversations allow you to discuss who is a crucial part of celebrating your future lifetime together. Determining your guest count will help to solidify what size of rental you will need. You can then search for Airbnb wedding venues that will have room for everyone who plans to attend.

Couple sits together on a white bed in their AirBnb.

Next, determine if there is room for casual activities onsite. These could include having a cocktail or meal together indoors after the ceremony (and just in case the weather turns chilly!) Are kids invited to your celebration? Does your venue have room for the young ones and include access to activities they may enjoy?

Villa Fleuve is one of my favorite Airbnb wedding venues in Sun Valley, Idaho. With a wrap around deck and just minutes from Sun Valley ski resort, couples can celebrate their marriage with friends and family in a stunning architectural space. This rental includes 11 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms… all in one place.

The Villa Fleuve is a luxury home in Sun Valley.

A Note on Accessibility and Airbnb Wedding Venues

Take a thoughtful look at your guest list when choosing a Airbnb Wedding venue. Then, take note of anyone who may need additional accommodations. If there is a guest who is unable to use stairs, is there an alternative so they are able to access the accommodations? Are service animals permitted?

Airbnb does a good job of allowing you to connect with hosts who may be more ADA accessible (info here), and filtering your searches so they can include necessary accommodations. Working accessibility into your decision making process will keep everyone comfortable, happy, and ready to celebrate YOU on your big day.

Airbnb Wedding Venues and Activities and Amenities

It’s your wedding celebration and you should do whatever makes your heart happy! This could includes planning some fun activities, or choosing a Airbnb wedding venue that provides amenities to make your big day even more customized to your desires. Your celebration could be followed by a hike, snowshoe, or kayak, (for more ideas on fun adventure photos, check this out.) But choosing a venue with easy access to these adventures is critical.

The Atlanta Guest Ranch is the perfect example of an Airbnb wedding venue that knows the importance of amenities. Nestled just outside of Boise, the Atlanta Guest Ranch provides entertainment and attractions that make it perfect for a long weekend. The ranch includes a hot spring fed pool, hot tub, par 3 golf hole, volleyball and tennis courts and two private lakes with canoe and paddle board access. If amenities can make a location an AirBnb Wedding venue for you, this place is a must.

Airbnb Wedding Venues and Access to Public Land

They don’t call Idaho the Gem of the Northwest for nothing! Our state is full of state parks and scenic byways that are worth checking out as part of your wedding adventure. 63% of the land in Idaho is public land, so that means you have thousands of acres to explore and enjoy!

An eloping couple walks down a path after having their first look. There are mountains beyond the couple. The groom is wearing a black suit jacket and cowboy hat. The bride is wearing a long sleeve Rue De Shine style dress.

Do a quick search of nearby monuments, parks and points of interest near your Airbnb. Who knows? Your drive back home may take you the long way around where you can check out the local wineries, whitewater rafting, or take a quick dip in one of Idaho’s 130+ hot springs.

Welcome to the Best Day of Your Life

When it is all said and done, your wedding will be meaningful and magical because you chose to make it that way. Choosing an Airbnb wedding venue is simply icing on the cake to celebrate the life and love you have created. 

Whether you plan to tie the knot in a yurt with only a few close friends, or want to celebrate in luxury with the ones you love beside you, one thing is for certain: you can make your day as unique as your love. Whatever your goals for your Idaho wedding may be, I am here to help make them a reality (let’s talk 🙂).