We often receive this question: ‘Is using a St. George Utah vacation rental property as a wedding venue advisable?’ The most commonly used vacation rental platforms nowadays are Airbnb and VRBO. Most people book these for their family vacations, but did you know you can also use them as event venues, such as for your wedding? Renting an Airbnb or VRBO for your wedding is possible, although some restrictions may apply. In this article, we will provide details and logistics regarding what you need to know if you decide to select an Airbnb or VRBO property as your wedding venue. Firstly, why would you consider a vacation rental as a wedding venue?
Why Choose a Vacation Rental as a Wedding Venue
Opting for vacation rentals adds a touch of uniqueness and non-traditionality to your wedding. Not only do they provide onsite lodging for the couple, but they can also accommodate the bridal party and even the family. Furthermore, these rentals boast picturesque onsite locations that are perfect for capturing memorable photographs throughout your special day. With beautiful locations here in Southern Utah, you can find vacation rentals with breathtaking views of Zion National Park. Whether you prefer secluded and remote rentals or something else entirely, there are countless reasons why vacation rentals make an excellent choice for a wedding venue.
Walk through your property before booking
We highly recommend that if you are considering booking a property, you should reach out to us first. Feel free to message us on AirBnb or VRBO and ask if it is possible to visit the property in person. It is not advisable to book a property without seeing it beforehand. Sometimes, pictures do not accurately represent the property and it could be much better in person. On the other hand, the pictures might make the property look amazing when it is actually not. It isn’t very pleasant to arrive at a place and realize that it is nothing like what you expected based on the pictures. This situation can definitely occur. We try our best to represent the property as best and possible and most people using the home as a simple vacation rental might not care if things are slightly off. But we do highly recommend scheduling a tour with us to walk through the property. Worst–case scenario, ask for a video tour, whether it’s live or prerecorded, if you are going to use one of our homes for a wedding and expect to pay a little bit more than if you’re using it as a standard vacation rental. This is because there’s a lot more involved when using a property for a wedding – more wear and tear on the property and more people coming and going. Ensure that you get a fuller understanding of the property beyond the pictures provided in the listing.
The Perfect Wedding Portraits
So if you’ve been dreaming of portraits of you and your spouse, and you want to have a lot of variety in backdrops for your pictures, message us to find out which of our properties have the best options? Things you should consider are whether we have enough different spots around the property, good walls, nice landscaping, and beautiful views to provide the variety you’re hoping for in your portraits. This is definitely something that many people might overlook when browsing through the photo gallery of a property. If not, you could try using Google Maps to explore the surrounding area and see if there are any suitable locations within a five to 10-minute drive where you and your spouse, along with the photographer, could take a short drive or even venture down the long driveway at the end of the road. Alternatively, you could schedule a tour of one of our recommended properties for wedding venues in St. George, Utah.
What are Your Wedding Venue Needs?
Do you need your bridal party to also be there? Do you need your whole family? So if you’re searching for a venue, make sure that it can actually reasonably and comfortably accommodate the amount of people you need. Make sure that for the rest of your guests that there is lodging close enough by within a reasonable drive, whatever you think is reasonable. We have plenty of other smaller homes in the same area other family members can rent out, reach out to us for exclusive discount codes to give out to your family members. Along with our other vacation rentals we have other lodging sources close by such as hotels and motels.
One thing you should be aware of is the vendors that will service the area where you book your vacation rentals. When it comes to vacation rental properties, all of ours are typically a la carte, meaning they won’t include any of your rentals or vendors. You’ll have to bring in all the necessary items yourself. We do have a couple of rentals that provide tables and chairs for an additional cost, but for our other rentals, you’ll need to bring your own tables, chairs, and food catering staff. Are you willing to cover the transportation expenses for your vendors to reach the venue? They might come to you, but they’ll charge a lot for transportation, which could cost you hundreds of dollars extra. This is something you need to be aware of, and we always recommend using local vendors in the area to avoid additional fees.
When planning your event, cooking is another important factor to consider. Many of our rentals feature professional chef kitchens capable of accommodating up to 50 people. However, if you’re expecting 200 guests at your wedding, cooking offsite may be necessary. It’s crucial to discuss these details with your catering staff as it can impact the level of service and the overall quality of the food.
We strongly suggest that when booking with Sunny Vacation Rentals, you consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator. Regardless of whether you choose a small or full–service package, it is crucial to get some assistance rather than taking on everything by yourself. Many people think they can handle all the arrangements on their own, but this often leads to unnecessary stress. It’s always beneficial to have professionals coordinating with vendors and property managers, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the vacation rental property. Unexpected challenges may arise, which require prompt attention from someone knowledgeable. By allowing the wedding planners to handle such matters, you can ensure that your special day unfolds seamlessly.
Don’t just have a wedding but love your wedding. Explore some of our event-friendly vacation rentals below that could make for the perfect wedding venue.