Want to Know How to Find Amazing Unique Wedding Venues?

From backyards to urban lofts and everything in between, Peerspace has got you covered

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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If you’re planning a wedding, then you already know what a pain in the ass it is to search for wedding venues. Because a venue is one of the few wedding-related things that is

  1. not optional. You can’t get married nowhere unless your wedding is an exercise in existentialism.
  2. really hard to compromise on. Unless cutting the guest list or doubling your budget is your idea of fun.

And that goes double if you’ve got your sights set on a non-traditional venue. Triple if your guest list is huge. Because you know it’s out there, you just have to suffer at the mercy of an endless Google search and lots of rejection to find it. And that’s where Peerspace comes in. Think of Peerspace as the Airbnb of venues. And I’m not talking about the easy-to-find one-and-done Google search results venues. I’m talking the super cute, hidden gem in the big city, actually affordable venue of your dreams.

Here’s where Peerspace and Airbnb are the same: you log into your account, search for venues in your area, and make reservations all through the Peerspace platform. And like Airbnb, Peerspace encourages customer reviews and lots of photos so you know exactly what to expect in each space. Here’s where they differ: the hosts on Peerspace actually want you to use their space for an event. Which applies to basically no Airbnb host ever.


Peerspace also goes above and beyond to make sure that your booking process is simple and transparent. They vet every single host on their platform to make sure that they are being transparent and that you never have to deal with price discrimination. Peerspace currently has venues available in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Austin, with big plans for expansion. We actually had a chance to work with them ourselves on our recent ModCloth photo shoot (because finding affordable locations in San Francisco isn’t a pain just for weddings) and the process was as streamlined as I could have ever hoped for. Here’s how it works:

  • You can use the interactive map to search within a specific neighborhood, or broaden your horizons to a whole region.
  • Narrow your search down by venue type, number of guests, and price per hour. Peerspace venues run the gamut from tiny intimate venues to massive raw spaces that can fit five hundred or more people.
  • When you click on each listing, Peerspace will tell you the maximum number of attendees the venue can hold and if there’s a minimum number of hours you need to book.
  • Enter your dates and begin the booking process. You can also always message the host first to ask any questions.
  • Peerspace makes it easy to pay online once your booking has been approved (particularly useful if you’re paying by credit or debit card, or if someone else is footing the venue bill).

Once you’ve confirmed your event, Peerspace even has a concierge team available that can help you with any catering, furniture rentals, A/V rentals, or event staffing needs that might arise. And Peerspace isn’t just here for your wedding. You can find event spaces of every size for things like showers, engagement parties, or even that work event that you signed up to plan alongside your wedding (whoops). Here are just a few examples of the kinds of venues you can find with Peerspace:


Contemporary Art Gallery Exhibition Space in Central Los Angeles, CA ($300/hour


Brewery in Industrial Chic Warehouse in San Francisco, CA ($300/hour)


Luxurious Private Estate in Palo Alto, CA ($300/hour)


Midtown Modern Event Space in the Garment District of New York, NY ($325/hour)


Whimsically Hip Open Space in the Heart of East Austin, TX ($250/hour)

So if you’re tired of trying to hunt down that diamond in the rough venue, head over to Peerspace where it’s already waiting for you.


This post was sponsored by Peerspace. Peerspace takes the frustration out of the venue search, by giving you direct access to all the unique venues you could never find before. Peerspace vets every host, making the booking process easy and transparent. They can even help with secure rentals and staffing for your event. Click here to find your perfect wedding venue today.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Elizabeth


    • Les

      Came to say the same thing! Brilliant!

      • Erin

        Hi Les, we’re excited you would like to explore joining the Peerspace community as well! You can sign up to become an early host and add your space before we are live in your area. http://try.peerspace.com/global/

    • Jess

      I want to host more parties now. I mean, I have a community space in my apartment building that is fine, and I live in a little city in the midwest, but like… WOW.

      • Erin

        Hi Jess, if you are interested in joining our community and becoming a Peerspace host you can still add your space before we are live in your area. http://try.peerspace.com/global/

  • Les

    Hmm, maybe I need to throw a party in a crazmazing location now. Because I can.

  • savannnah

    Engagement party in NYC? don’t mind if I do.

  • Vanessa

    The Seattle example you used explicitly states in the listing that they do not allow weddings.

  • the cupboard under the stairs

    Why wasn’t this around when I launched my fruitless search for rental houses whose hosts would let us have a small, intimate wedding in their backyard?! SO COOL.

    • Shawna

      Wish I could upvote this 300 times. Also, wishing they would let you search by minimum number of hours in the rental (also curious what the absolute minimum is – is there anything you can rent for just one hour because I haven’t seen it in SF yet). This would be rad for renting a spot for boudoir photos (something I had been banging my head against for ages before nixing it due to budget constraints). Seeing lots of 3 or 4 hr minimum rentals…

  • Rebekah Jane

    But…but…why not Atlanta?

    • Eenie

      Open table private dining was a life saver since we were looking for a restaurant, Peerspace looks like an awesome complement to that tool! Maybe they’ll come to Atlanta next?

      • Erin

        Hi @weste0023:disqus and @rebekah_jane:disqus – We’re hoping to be in Atlanta soon! In the meantime, you can receive our newsletter to stay notified of new city launches, or you can sign up to become an early host and add your space before we are live in your area. http://try.peerspace.com/global/

    • Her Lindsayship

      I’m with you. I got so excited by the article and then went over to the site… No love for Boston either. :(

  • Blergh

    Yeah, except that space in Seattle specifically says they don’t want to host your wedding.

  • April

    Oooo some of these spaces are just lovely. LOVELY.

  • Lisa

    WHAT. Just….. WHAT.

  • Alison M

    Not open in DC so far, but this is brilliant!

  • clarkesara

    Facebook hit me with an ad for Peerspace right after I got engaged, and it is probably the only actually useful ad I’ve ever seen. One question that probably more wedding-savvy folks can answer: all these spaces rent by the hour. How many hours should I book for a wedding? Obviously this can vary by venue, event, etc. but in my mind as a single lady who’s never thought about this stuff, I think “Oh yeah the ceremony is like half an hour or so, then the reception is what, 4-5 hours????” And I’m pretty sure there’s stuff I’m just not factoring in when I do the mental math of $300/hour in my head. Oh you wise wedding planning ladies out there, how long would you want to rent one of these by-the-hour spaces?

    • Eenie

      We did a restaurant buy out. We have zero decorations. The place is closing up at 4:00pm to convert to the cocktail style and set up 12 chairs for our 8 minute ceremony. Guests will arrive at 6:00pm. We have the place until 10:00PM. We figure we will not stay after that, and the restaurant/bar will potentially open back up to the public (or give their staff an early Saturday night for once). I personally don’t think I’ve stayed at a reception past four hours except when I helped pack up my brother’s wedding. I’ve gone out afterwards with friends nearby, but four hours seems to be plenty long for the majority of ones I’ve been to.

    • Bethany

      My venue rental includes 5 hours for the ceremony/reception plus about 2 hours for set up and 1 hour for tear down. I haven’t actually lived this yet so I can’t speak to if it will be successful or not, ha. The venue is responsible for set up/tear down of all the tables and chairs though so it should be fine. If you’re renting a completely empty space and have to set up everything yourself I’d probably want more time unless you have an entire army of helpers. But I tend to over-estimate the amount of time things take because I don’t like to be rushed.

  • JLily

    This is a great idea, BUT it makes my city planner heart anxious. There are some restrictions out there that you could run into if the event space/site is in a zone that does not allow special events by right or has restrictions on noise, light, traffic, etc. Something to keep in mind if you are, say, planning an event at someone’s estate in a residential neighborhood or even a bar or restaurant. When in doubt, call your friendly local planning department to verify that you are in the clear!

    • Erin

      @jlily:disqus We understand that not all spaces are suited to weddings, which is why our platform distinguishes which locations are available for events, offsites, and production locations. We have a variety of spaces ranging from lofts to warehouses to private homes, so guests can find a unique space that fits their needs. We understand each event is unique so we always recommend our guests double check with the hosts to verify.

  • Ms. Yes

    LOVE THIS! Dayummm…. I wished it existed before we booked our venue. And as a video producer, super helpful too! Why in the world didn’t I think of this.

    • Erin

      @ms_yes:disqus It’s not too late! if you have a venue you are interested in listing on our site, we’d love to have you join our community. Learn about becoming a host here: https://www.peerspace.com/host

  • Samie

    Any chance you’ll make a jump to Toronto? We are forever looking for space to host events… and this looks so perfect!

  • Laura Cutress

    PLEASE come to the UK. Please. Please please please.

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  • Jay

    Some really quirky and unusual wedding venues in the US that’s for sure! i love them, the UK have some really stunning places also.

  • Kelley Carroll

    I had a lot of trouble finding a venue in Portland for my wedding last year. A friend told me about The Hitch and it was a life saver. Planning our wedding was still a huge pain in the a** but at least I was able to find the perfect venue! Happy it’s over now!! Take a look – https://thehitch.com – maybe it will help you too.

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