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Where to host a one-of-a-kind engagement party or wedding

Want to impress your guests? Splacer co-founder unveils the secret to hosting the event of your dreams.

Splacer offers unexpected, one-of-a-kind venue option for couples like this Upstate New York "glampground" which consists of a 30 foot geodesic dome, a pond, a vintage Airstream trailer, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, outhouse and covered outdoor dinSplacer offers unexpected, one-of-a-kind venue option for couples like this Upstate New York "glampground" which consists of a 30 foot geodesic dome, a pond, a vintage Airstream trailer, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, outhouse and covered outdoor dinThis upstate New York "glampground" consists of a 30 foot geodesic dome, a pond, a vintage Airstream trailer, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, outhouse and covered outdoor dining area. (Photo: Splacer)

Are you looking to throw a one-of-a-kind engagement party or wedding unlike anything guests have never been to? Maybe you're searching for a fabulous bridal shower venue the bride-to-be would never expect. The venue is everything these days, and sourcing a space that's both out-of-the-box and unexpected is the surest way to create an unforgettable environment for guests.

Lihi Gerstner Lihi Gerstner, co-founder of Splacer

The team of architects and designers at Splacer, an event marketplace created by entrepreneurs from Israel, unearth hidden gems all over New York and San Francisco that wouldn’t otherwise be available. (They hope to expand to other American cities in the near future.) Think of it as the Airbnb for event spaces: People simply list their homes, second homes and even their commercial spaces, specifically to host events. Users simply select the desired location, number of guests and type of party, and then Splacer cleverly filters a range of venue spaces. Because the sizes and prices of each space are wide-ranging, there’s truly something for every couple and budget.

We sat down with Lihi Gerstner, the co-founder of Splacer, and a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel. In addition to being a tech entrepreneur, she's also an accomplished architect. So we wanted to find out how her supercool event marketplace is fundamentally changing the way couples approach their wedding and source venues.


1. Wow factor

This space is a historic train station built in 1912.This space is a historic train station built in 1912. (Photo: Splacer)

Gerstner says the element of surprise is powerful and that couples are looking for spaces that will truly inspire and impress their guests. “People want to invite friends in family into a totally different venue they've never been in, and in many cases wouldn't otherwise have access to,” Gerstner tells From The Grapevine. “We have 500 venues to choose from, so it can accommodate any kind of style.”


2. Save money

This bohemian compound in San Francisco is the ideal setting for a magical engagement party.This bohemian compound in San Francisco is the ideal setting for a magical engagement party. (Photo: Splacer)

Let's be honest: The good majority of typical wedding venues lack character. Couples make up for it by spending quite a bit of money completely transforming the space into an environment that’s a true reflection of who they are as a couple. “No one wants to see an exact replica of their party, and by finding a ready-made space that reflects the vision and aesthetic of the wedding, it can also eliminate the need to adorn a raw space,” says Gerstner.


3. Eliminate vendor stresses

This Manhattan event space uses innovative technology to transform your vision into next generation experiences.This Manhattan event space uses innovative technology to transform your vision into next-generation experiences. (Photo: Splacer)

“Since they’re not boxed into vendor commitments or décor, they can save and spend where it’s important to them rather than where the venue dictates,” says Gerstner. Couples can enjoy the freedom of working with whomever they please while planning for their special day.


4. Dream big

This rooftop farm in Brooklyn offers herb-scented breezes and breathtaking views of New York City. This rooftop farm in Brooklyn offers herb-scented breezes and breathtaking views of New York City. (Photo: Splacer)

Gerstner suggests users take advantage of Splacer’s search tools. Since the platform allows people to filter for very specific design elements – such as skylights, fireplaces, brick walls or a vertical garden – you can search for a space that perfectly fits your vision.

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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