Looking for Somewhere to Host Your Wedding Shower? This Is the Spot

9 creative shower, rehearsal, and party locations that don't require cleaning your house first

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer


Converted General Store in San Francisco

Did I ever tell you the story about my bridal shower? It goes like this: I never wanted a bridal shower, but agreed to a small, casual event at my mom’s house for the sake of the aunties. We hosted a potluck, and I’m pretty sure everyone wore jeans. When the other half of my family found out about said shower, they immediately went to work setting up a nicer, more “appropriate,” surprise shower event at a fancy restaurant that floats on water. I was never supposed to know about it, but by nature of the same aunties, caught wind of it anyway. And that is how I, who never wanted a shower to begin with, ended up with two events, on the same weekend, with the same goddamn guest list.

While this story highlights that my family is ridiculous, it also brings up some of the primary problems with picking locations for smaller wedding-related events, which are:

  • If you’re living in a major metropolitan area, limited square footage means at-home events are often a no-go, and more traditional outlets (like restaurants and hotels) are either $$$$ or unavailable.
  • Even if you do have a home available to you, hosting parties at your house can be a pain in the ass. (So. Much. Cleaning.)
  • If you’ve got divorced families, neutral territory might be a necessity.

Or at least, those were problems before Peerspace.

Think of Peerspace like an Airbnb for venues. I’m talking the hidden gem, can’t-find-it-with-Google venues you’ve probably already spent hours searching for. But unlike Airbnb? The hosts on Peerspace actually want you to use their space for an event. And while many of you already know Peerspace for their amazing wedding venues, what you might not know is that they also have a ton of smaller, affordable spaces for things like wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, and all those other wedding-related events that also… happen.

APW has worked with Peerspace twice now, once in a huge studio location, and once in a tiny space. And both times I’ve been impressed by how smooth the process was (especially when we only had a few days’ notice to pull something together).


Allison Andres for A Practical Wedding | Venue Courtesy of Peerspace

Here’s how it works:

  • You can use the interactive Peerspace 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 (particularly helpful if you’re looking to host something smaller).
  • 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. (Bonus: Lots of the smaller, more affordable venues only have one- or two-hour minimums.) Peerspace also encourages customer reviews and lots of photos so you know exactly what to expect in each space.
  • 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).

Peerspace currently has spaces available in New York, San Francisco (and the surrounding Bay Area), Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, London, Paris, and Berlin, and they are adding new cities every time we talk to them. So if you’re looking for alternative bridal shower locations, engagement party venues, or a nontraditional space to host your rehearsal dinner, here are just a few of the kinds of spaces you can rent with Peerspace:

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Mid-Century Gathering Space in Chicago


Industrial Brewery and Tasting Room in San Francisco

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Urban Backyard in Los Angeles

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Napa Winery Private Tasting Room

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Amazing Downtown Loft in Seattle

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Uptown Candy Shop in NYC

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Vibrant Multi-Purpose Space in Seattle

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Charming Garden in Chicago

S0 if you’ve been planning your wedding and suddenly realized there are a bunch of other events coming down the pipeline, then head to Peerspace and find the perfect place to host them. Or better yet, just forward this post to your aunties. They’ll know what to do.

Click here to browse Peerspace and find the perfect wedding venue, shower location, or rehearsal spot.

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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  • Alanna Cartier

    Man I wish this was in Toronto. Right now, the shower is going to be at my place. It would be GREAT to have an alternative.

  • laddibugg

    heh. I thought NYC meant *just* NYC. Glad to see a few Jersey locations!

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    • Shawna

      Yup, major envy. I think the first time APW posted about Peerspace it was weeks before the wedding and I was so miffed it wasn’t a thing I knew about earlier. A whole weekend’s worth of events would have been easier to plan if we’d had this instead of spending SO much energy looking for spaces to hang with a group.

      Hope it grows and expands and becomes even more amazing!

  • EF

    um an underground marine tank showroom complete with amazing brickwork and live fish? i need to hold a party! https://www.peerspace.com/pages/listings/575987dd3a13b6090077147a?sort_order=22

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  • Gasp! I’m friends with the owner of the “mid century modern” Chicago venue you chose. Bespeak Studios is a great venue and I’ve hosted vision board parties and shabbat dinners there. A full kitchen, bathroom and lots of furniture in an easy to rearrange venue.

  • Anon

    This would be great for work too – I can picture an off-site retreat at that vibrant space in Seattle… too bad I’m in Minnesota.

    • Exactly what I was just thinking. I’m the events person at my work and I was so excited until I saw the very limited cities list. I hope they expand quickly because I would love to use this!

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  • AmandaBee

    This would have been 100% amazing when I was planning my wedding and rehearsal dinners. I had oddly-sized groups for both (not tiny, not big), so finding right-sized spaces was so hard. Hope they keep expanding to more cities!

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  • anon

    Come to Boston plz :(