Why You Should Book An Airbnb For Getting Ready


It must be wedding planning time!

Congrats on getting to the final stages of planning your wedding. All of the chaos and stress will have been worth it!

We have shot over 100 weddings and every single wedding the bride and groom have to get ready somewhere. If you don’t have the luxury of getting ready in a bridal suite at the venue, then most likely you will opt for a hotel or Airbnb. We are firm believers that your getting ready portraits are some of the most beautiful ones that will come out of your wedding day. During this time, we get to put you in the best lighting, in the best corner of the room, and setup some dress and makeup shots all while you sip on a glass of champagne! Cheers! Take advantage of this part of the day because it will likely be the most calming. Sit back, relax, laugh, and don’t stress. You’re about to be married! Here are 5 reasons why you need to book an Airbnb instead of a hotel. This will help you make the most of your photographer and videographer!


    This one should be a given—cram seven bridesmaids, all their stuff, hair and makeup artists, all their stuff, flowers, plus we can’t forget your food and mimosas—it can get pretty crowded, pretty fast. Not only does this tend to create more chaos and stress, but it can get really messy and harder to clean up when photo and video arrive. By booking an Airbnb, you’ll be able to have multiple bedrooms for your bridesmaids to retreat to and a place to put all the excess belongings. You can setup an open area just for your hair and makeup team. This will look so much cleaner on camera and we promise you’ll be much happier with the outcome!


    In general, hotel rooms all look the same. From our experience, they are usually poorly lit and cast odd coloring on your skin tones. When you book an Airbnb, you have much more control over the aesthetics of the place you choose. By looking through all the photos online, we suggest booking a place with neutral colors, unique design, a large open area, and lots of windows for natural light. The natural window light is always much more flattering in photo and video. Since Airbnb’s are larger than hotel rooms, there is much more variety to work with when it comes to choosing where we are going to shoot your photos and video. We love getting variety when it comes to your getting ready portion so all of your film isn’t shot in the same place.


    The average cost of a 3 or 4 star hotel room ranges from $180-$250. Some hotels have free parking but in most cases, the nicer hotels charge you a daily parking rate. In our experience, we have been able to book an average looking Airbnb for the same cost of one night in a hotel. The great thing about choosing Airbnb is that you can splurge and get a nice home with multiple bedrooms. This may be more expensive nightly, but when you split that between all your bridal party, it will come out to the same cost as one hotel room and sometimes even more affordable! Yay for saving money!


    This one is short and sweet. More girls, more stuff, more bathrooms. It’s a win, win.


    As mentioned in the third point, parking at hotels can sometimes come with a fee. The larger hotels in the city will most likely have a parking structure or valet service. That can sometimes be a pain when you have a lot of people meeting you in the morning. When you have vendors meeting you at the hotel, it makes it more tricky for them to get in and out quickly. If it costs money to park, your photographer and videographer will most likely add that parking fee to your final balance. When you book an Airbnb, there’s usually lots of street parking and a driveway! This will also save you some money!

Comment and let us know why you would choose an Airbnb instead of a hotel—we’d love to hear!

Check out our other post to see what the ideal wedding morning looks like to get the most out of your photographer and videographer.