If you’re looking for a small wedding venue in NYC but don’t want to shell out the big bucks, consider these Airbnb wedding venues in New York. Not only are many of them easier on the wallet, but they also have hookups with catering, furniture like tables and chairs, and other rentals that make a backyard DIY wedding such a hassle. When traveling I often eschew large hotel chains in favor for Airbnbs with more character, and I’ve discovered that you can do the same for your event. Note that as an Airbnb associate, I do earn a small portion of Airbnb’s fee for each booking you make through the following links, but seriously — look at these places and try to tell me they aren’t gorgeous.
Ready to see the best Airbnbs wedding venues in New York? Read on.
Best Airbnb Wedding Venues in NYC
1. Re:Gen:Cy (Red Hook, Brooklyn)
Talk about being a mood. Dubbed Re:Gen:Cy, this space boasts two main rooms, one white and one black, that come furnished (!) and have two large skylights in each room that let in ample natural sunlight throughout the day. There are two bathrooms, one connected to each large room. As a bonus, the black room has a photobooth with a plant wall, as well as a DJ booth. For small events under 10 people on off-hours, you can also just rent the black room for a lower cost (subject to certain events).
2. The Love Shack – A Little Palace in Brooklyn (Bushwick, Brooklyn)
Welcome to one of the most original Airbnb wedding venues in NYC. Known as “The Love Shack – A Little Palace in Brooklyn”, this 1000 square foot loft features 2 life-size dollhouses in a magical Alice in Wonderland meets Marie-Antoinette interior. The space has a nice fully equipped kitchen and luxury bathroom (with mini chandeliers on dimmer). The main living room space has a dining table set for four, extendable to seat up to 10. There are lots of lamps around the place on dimmers for amazing evening ambience. There is a private gated front garden with chairs and umbrella for sitting outside on nicer days. The plug and play sound system has a long cable to plug in your iPod or computer and of course there’s a fast WiFi internet connection.
3. Renovated Loft with Spacious Outdoor Deck (Gowanus, Brooklyn)
Available starting in the fall of 2020, this tastefully renovated 2,000 square foot loft in Gowanus has a spacious 1,000 square foot outdoor deck, perfect for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Lots of trees provide shade and greenery, and the indoors has AC and heating for when the heat or cold gets too much to bear.
4. Rooftop Loft with Spacious Outdoor Deck (Flatiron, Manhattan)
For those who just want to rent an “everything included” NYC event space, this 50-person sleek rooftop loft space is where it’s at! An event manager, bartender, bar-back, door hostess, coat check hostess are all included in the rental rate. Tax is also included in the rental rate. Complimentary use of glassware, ice buckets, crystal drink dispensers as well as ice and supplies such as hand towels, hand soap, and toiletries are included. The venue also includes Wi-Fi, 3 smart flat-screen TVs, a pool table, two newly renovated bathrooms, a full bar, and a list of other amenities at no additional cost. As a bonus, the host provides staff that is responsible for cleaning after every event so you can spend time with your guests without the hassle of cleaning after.
5. Funky Indoor-Outdoor Space (East Village, Manhattan)
If your style is more gritty than fairy tale, this East Village event space is what you’re looking for. With neon light decor and graffiti murals on the walls, and an indoor-outdoor concept, this place can fit 40 (possibly more). The catch: this space only rents for 4-hour events, meaning a quick elopement or cocktail reception may be a better fit than an all-day wedding.
6. Luxury Converted Church (Upper Manhattan, Manhattan)
This, my friends, is a showstopper of an NYC Airbnb wedding venue. This former church has been converted into a four-floor indoor-outdoor event space in Upper Manhattan. It’s equipped with a professional sound system and projector, fuzzy hammocks and zen pillows, as well as a garden space for outdoor dining. Yes, it’s more expensive by Airbnb standards, but still more affordable than most designated wedding venues.
7. Two-Story Penthouse Loft (Flatiron, Manhattan)
This two-floor penthouse loft in the Flatiron hosts up to 50 people (40 on the outdoor terrace). Full kitchen, integrated sound system, and the ability to either bring in your own catering or the hosts can arrange for it. Party all night till 1am!
8. Brooklyn Townhouse with Large Backyard Garden & Rooftop (Bushwick, Brooklyn)
This Brooklyn three-floor townhouse is a mixture of organic modernism blended with eclectic antiques, and has a large backyard garden that’s perfect for a small ceremony and reception. Guests have access to the finished rooftop with Manhattan skyline views and the backyard had garden which is centered around a fire pit. Also, for an additional fee, you can bring your pet!
9. Meatpacking Loft Space (Meatpacking District, Manhattan)
Fitting up to 52 seated guests or a 72-person cocktail reception, this Meatpacking District loft space is a sleek Manhattan Airbnb wedding venue rental for guests looking to house a smaller event in the city. Open floor plan means mixing and mingling with guests, and the hosts even offer assistance with catering and open bar packages — all they need is your budget and theme for food and/or drink.
10. Modern Townhouse (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
Planning an intimate wedding? This modern Manhattan townhouse is everything Manhattan: a modern, landmarked brownstone with an open living space, 1200 square feet of private garden and a dining terrace. The dining room seats up to 16, there’s a Sonos sound system for both indoor and outdoor ambiance, and a recreation room with pool table and ping pong. The catch: no overnights here. As long as you can wrap by 10:30, this might be the perfect space.
11. Flatiron Speakeasy (Flatiron, Manhattan)
With a mix of modern and vintage decor, this Flatiron speakeasy space exudes a chill, sexy ambiance for any wedding mixer. In addition to this being a furnished full-floor loft event space, the host can provide beverage and/or catering, or you can bring in your own catering. Holds up to 65 guests.
12. Minimal Downtown Space (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Attention, minimalist couples! If you want neutral palettes and zen furnishings, this downtown space is for design junkies. Curved and mirrored walls, arched doorways, and a natural wood & concrete kitchenette are highlights in this 1,200 square feet, making it perfect for someone who wants to add their own personal touch, or leave it closer to a raw space.
13. Modern White Loft Space (Flatiron, Manhattan)
Clean and classy, this modern white-on-white space is a minimalist dream. Large windows offer beautiful natural daylight and an elegant night view. Able to host 80+ guests, the space can comfortably host a seated dinner for 50 guests with PLENTY of room to social distance and have a dancefloor. Bring your own catering, or the host can arrange for you!
Best Airbnb Wedding Venues in New York (Hudson Valley)
1. Windrift Hall (Coxsackie, New York)
When looking at Airbnb wedding venues in New York, proximity to NYC is a priority. Only 2 hours from NYC and a short Uber ride from the Hudson train station, this French countryside estate is situated on top of a hill surrounded by 14 acres of nature. Perfect for groups up to 16, 6he historic house features 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, library, study, gracious center hall, living room and a beautiful country kitchen. The house is filled with an eclectic mix of art and antiques reflecting the origins of the European owners and their love for design and good craftsmanship. Every room has a wood burning fireplace and every window has unobstructed views of nature around you. If you’re envisoining a larger wedding, there’s also a pavilion that can host a full wedding of 120 guests; you’ll need to contact them directly outside Airbnb to rent the pavilion space.
2. The River House (Catskill, New York)
This loft-style waterfront property has amazing views of the Hudson River and tons of outdoor spots for a ceremony. It has 19th-century oak floors, antique brick from the old Athens brickyard, floor-to-ceiling windows; the huge dining and living rooms are designed for community, celebration, and cheer. A huge corner Game Room also seems to call out for fun. The master bedroom is built for romance. The seasonally heated pool and hot tub are river-side. You can contact the owner directly for assistance in planning a wedding.
3. Log Home in the Catskills (Lexington, New York)
Ify you’re looking to get away from cramped NYC venues, bring your crew to this HUGE private Catskills home that sleeps 40 (!) for an overnighter. With a bonfire pit, barbecue grill, and barn game room this giant space was made for sprawling.
4. Barn wedding in the Catskills (Margaretville, New York)
Imagine 15 of your closest family and friends staying at this historic estate overlooking the Catskill mountains or having your special wedding atop Margaretville mountain. The estate has two barns for entertaining. One holds 125 with a dance floor for wedding events, the other for a cocktail party or photos. Outdoors there is a hot tub, fire pit and barbecue, and plenty of parking for your 100+ guests. Housekeeping will be provided as well as security and parking for your event.
5. Orchard Hill Estate (Harriman, New York)
This massive 1859 farmhouse on 5.5 acres has everything necessary for an enjoyable, relaxing stay upstate. Countless amenities include a private pool, hot tub, fire pit, ping pong table, wood-burning & pellet stoves, baby grand piano, and tons of outdoor space for hiking. Book a small wedding for 16 people on Airbnb, or host up to 75 people by contacting the space directly.