Top Airbnb’s For Your Michigan Elopement Or Small Wedding

Are you looking for the perfect Michigan-based Airbnb for your small wedding or elopement? As a photographer who specializes in Michigan elopements, I’m all too familiar with couples searching for that special spot to make their day extra special.

Renting from Airbnb or VRBO can be a great option for couples, but is best suited for small, intimate, and quiet weddings. An Airbnb wedding in Michigan might provide the perfect combination of comfort, privacy, and convenience.

Here at Lume Photography, I’m passionate about making sure my couples’ wedding experiences are unique, stress-free, and full of magical moments. So below, I’ll share some of my personal tips for finding houses to rent for weddings in Michigan.

How to find an Airbnb for your Michigan wedding

From its beautiful lakes, wonderful forests, and quaint towns – Michigan has something for everyone!

And there’s no doubt that Airbnbs have become incredibly popular amongst travelers in recent years. I love them because they offer a unique experience and make traveling easier by providing everything you need for a comfortable stay, and sometimes extras! The right Airbnb could also offer the perfect backdrop for a small wedding or elopement ceremony.

If you’re on the hunt for an Airbnb rental in Michigan for a wedding with room to host your friends and family (or just the two of you!), here are some tips to keep in mind before you book:

  • Ask questions. Make sure to reach out directly to potential hosts with any questions about your stay — specifically ask if weddings/elopements are allowed on their property and if there are any restrictions around noise levels or trash disposal during your visit. Let them know your expected number of guests, what activities would be taking place, and/or if they will allow items to be moved or brought in for the wedding (like chairs, tables, etc.)
  • Look up reviews! You can better understand what other people experienced when they stayed there and if they had noise control or neighborliness issues. Read any house rules carefully so that you don’t run into problems down the road.
  • Think about location – Does this location align with your style? What kind of activities do you have planned during your stay — swimming? Hiking? Exploring nearby towns?
  • It is also essential that when searching for an Airbnb rental for a small wedding/elopement event you respect the local laws regarding noise levels and waste management. Before booking the rental, ensure both parties understand what will be expected – especially regarding attending guests, decorations, and noise levels after dark (if outdoor ceremonies are taking place). Many properties forbid loud music past 9pm so check ahead before adding music to your plans.

Don’t forget to leave a review!

Good reviews can also be extremely helpful in inspiring future couples looking into hosting their own special events by sharing how wonderful your experience was. Leaving a good review can help you as well. As a renter, getting a good review from the Airbnb owner is a good idea if you plan to rent other properties in the future.

Consider sending off thank-you cards or gifts along with kind words about how enjoyable it was staying at their property… chances are it will get shared online which never hurts!

Some of my favorite Airbnb’s in Michigan for elopements and cozy, intimate weddings:

*DISCLAIMER: These are Airbnb rentals that I have either photographed a wedding or elopement ceremony at, that have been used for “home base” by my clients, or that I think would be a great spot to host a small, quiet wedding ceremony or reception. The current availability and/or policies of these properties have NOT been verified by me, so you will need to do your own research!

Keweenaw Peninsula Airbnb’s for weddings

Map of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan

Located in the far north of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is home to volcanic Lake Superior shoreline, rugged landscapes, waterfalls, mountains, and lots of wildlife. It’s my favorite place on earth (and my home, now that I moved here!)

Keweenaw Castle, Eagle Harbor

Keweenaw Castle is located right on Lake Superior and features various suites for rent as well as whole house rentals for small weddings and related events.

The Nest at Great Sand Bay. Eagle Harbor

This spacious 2 bed, 3 bath log home offers stunning sunsets over Lake Superior and mountainous views.

Cozy Log Cabin on the Water, Copper Harbor

A secluded log cabin located right in town featuring 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Spyglass, Grant Township

Rustic yet modern 3 bedroom cabin on Lake Superior with Brockway Mountain views.

Sand Point Chalet, Lac La Belle

Peaceful 3 bedroom pine chalet on the shores of Lac La Belle. Pets may be allowed!

Upper Peninsula Airbnb’s

Vintage map of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a treasure. It’s a land of wildlife such as bears, moose, wolves and eagles. There are mountains, waterfalls, sand dunes, thousands of miles of shoreline, and even Michigan’s own Grand Canyon!

Lake House on Lake Michigamme, Champion

Spacious and serene 3 bedroom lake house with hot tub, grill, and bar.

Point of the Point, Marquette

This rustic and architecturally unique cabin is an all wood modified A Frame nestled in the woods.

Valhalla on Monocle Lake, Brimley

A luxurious lakeside retreat for two featuring a Norse touch.

Gitchee Gumee EcoLodge, Ontonagon

Nestled in a coastal boreal forest with full access to a private nature sanctuary in the Porcupine Mountains.

Private Lake Michigan Chalet, Garden

Completely private modern luxury cabin just steps away from Lake Michigan.

Northern Michigan Airbnb’s

The northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is an area of relaxing nature, outdoor adventures, and fun activities. From historic Mackinac Island to the Grand Traverse region, all the way to Lake Huron’s coastline, there are plenty of hidden treasures.

Cross Trees Cottage, Mackinac Island

One of the island’s few rentals, this cozy historical cottage may or may not come with a ghost!

Driftwood & Stones, Suttons Bay

This 70’s art gallery-turned-cabin is as cozy as it is unique!

Clarity House Chalet, Glen Arbor

You’ll love this spacious and bright modern 3-bedroom 3-bath private house complete with hot tub and fire pit.

Brothers Bay Retreat, Alpena

Relax and enjoy beautiful morning sunrises on crystal clear Long Lake. Firepit, kayaks, and bikes included!

Fernside A-frame, Indian River

A secluded, private hideaway on the Sturgeon River featuring picture-perfect decor.

Other Michigan Airbnb’s

I don’t want to leave out Michigan’s west side, the lower part, or the “Thumb” area, so here are a few favorite elopement stays in those locations!

Seaside Retreat, Whitehall

This stunning and spacious pine retreat sits on a large stretch of sandy private Lake Michigan beach.

Deer Path River Retreat, Buchanan

An impressive modern 3 bedroom riverside cabin with handicap access.

Lakefront Getaway, Port Hope

I love the decor inside this renovated lakeside cottage! It features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and is located right on Lake Huron at the tip of the thumb.

Victorian Romance, Frankenmuth

This huge home in downtown Frankenmuth offers tons of bright, beautiful space and is located right in the heart of town.

Romantic stone house, Ludington

This is a one-of-a-kind private stone house located on a high bluff right on Lake Michigan! Sleeps 8.

Whether you’re looking for a secluded cabin in the woods or an idyllic lakeside retreat with all of your friends and family nearby, there are Airbnb’s to suit every style. If you’re planning a Michigan elopement I want to help! I’d love nothing more than to help you design an unforgettable experience and document this perfect day for you! What do YOU think? I would LOVE to hear from you!


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