Yep, we’re still excited!
Though John and I got married in our hometown, I would consider our celebration a semi-destination wedding, since about half of our guests (and the bride and groom!) traveled in for the festivities. Most people stayed at local hotels or inns, but John’s family from Ohio — about ten aunts, uncles, and cousins — decided to rent a house for the week. Let me tell you: Best. Decision. Ever.
Even though we were still in our hometown, there was something about spending time at their oceanside cottage that made the pre-wedding week even more festive and celebratory. We made communal meals in the kitchen, played cornhole outside and games inside, and drove in a caravan to the beach around the corner. All in all, highly recommended.
My awesome memories from September are just one reason why I’m excited to introduce you to today’s sponsor, FlipKey. FlipKey is an online vacation rental company that connects owners with travelers. They have over 160,000 rentals in more than 7,000 locations worldwide, which means you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your celebration!
Of course, housing out-of-town relatives is just one way for y’all to use FlipKey in your wedding plans. How about renting a house for the bridal party for the wedding weekend? You’ll have a beautiful, clutter-free space to help facilitate quality time pre-wedding, and the cost per person will almost certainly be less than if everyone was getting individual rooms!
Bridal party photo by Paige Newton via Southern Weddings. Cabo San Lucas rental property here.
Speaking of pre-wedding plans, I love the idea of renting a house for the weekend for a bachelorette party! That’s what we did for my sister-in-law, and it worked out perfectly! We stayed at a house in upstate New York for two nights, and all loved lounging by the pool, hiking a local trail, and cooking in the kitchen with ingredients we bought at the downtown farmer’s market!
Planning a tiny destination wedding? Why not rent a villa and host everyone in one place for the duration? Venue and lodging rolled into one — done and done :) I also love this idea for post-wedding holiday family celebrations!
Lastly, I love the idea of renting a property through FlipKey instead of a hotel for a totally private and spacious honeymoon. With all of the different options and locations available on their site, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that fits your preferences and budget! This one looks pretty good to me…
Engagement photo by Gina Zeidler via Southern Weddings. (Amazing!) Nicaraguan rental property here.
Whew! Clearly there’s a lot to love about FlipKey. But don’t take our word for it — go explore for yourself! As my favorite Phil Keoghan would say, “The world is waiting!” (Any other AR fans out there??)