Do you and your fiancé turn up your nose at the idea of a traditional hotel wedding? And does the idea of a church wedding bore both of you to death?
If so, then you're what most people like to call a "non-traditional" couple.
For you, the tried-and-true venue just isn't going to cut it. It's not unique enough for your vision of your wedding day. After all, you only get married once, right? Why waste the day in a setting others always default to?
We couldn't agree more. And because we're in the business, we've put a list together of some of the most unique wedding venues you could ever dream of. Seriously, some of these get a little wacky.
Check out this list for inspiration when you just can't find anything but those snore-worthy chapels and hotel ballrooms:
Yurt Wedding Venues
If you've never heard of a yurt before then you're going to want to go ahead and Google them right now. Trust me, you're going to fall in love. Yurts are a beautiful and exciting solution for an alternative wedding venue, providing the perfect space for you and your guests to enjoy your special day. Traditionally handcrafted in Mongolia, yurts come in all shapes and sizes and you'll be blown away by how versatile these round structures really are.
Treehouse Wedding Venues
Reignite your childhood and transport yourself back to simpler times with a treehouse wedding. This time both boys and girls are allowed! Hosting your event in the trees is sure to turn heads, so say your '"I do's" on the forest floor and then retreat to your enchanted venue in one or more of these treetop buildings. If you love the great outdoors and are after a rustic wedding then a treehouse affair is the way to go.
Winery Wedding Venues
Wineries and vineyards are a popular choice for a unique wedding venue and it's not hard to see why. The scenery is picturesque, the vistas are breathtaking and once the wine starts flowing so does the conversation and festivities. Napa Valley is home to some of the most spectacular vineyards in the world, but don't dismay if you're not a local as there are wineries popping up all over the nation. For those after an elegant wedding with a Mediterranean flair, a winery wedding will suit you to a tee.
Beach Wedding Venues
Soft sand, cool ocean breeze, and gorgeous sunset, what more could you want? Beach weddings are the perfect solution for those wishing to getaway and enjoy a relaxed and intimate affair with only the closest of friends and family. Most people think a beach wedding is too exotic or out of their price range, but the truth is if you don't mind shopping around, beach weddings can be very reasonable, and they are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Teepee Wedding Venues
You don't have to be a Native American to be head over heels for these impressive structures. Who wants a standard marquee when you can have a cool and innovative teepee instead? Wherever you plan to tie the knot, be it on the waterfront, in the woodland or at a public park, a teepee wedding venue will transform any celebration into a once in a lifetime event.
Private Estate Wedding Venues & Mansions
Weddings are worth celebrating in style, and there is no better way to flaunt your love for one another than with a beautiful, lavish and unique private estate wedding venue. Private estates offer one of a kind exclusive experiences that will help to bring your wedding dreams and wishes to life. From rustic ranches and haciendas to charming country clubs and luxurious mansions, the possibilities are unlimited.
Museums, Art Galleries, or Libraries
When looking for a meaningful site to host your wedding, don't forget to check the cultural buildings in your local area. Museums might not be the most obvious choice, but they often offer great discount prices for special events and have a plethora of impressive features and decor that makes for unique and dynamic photo opportunities. Just picture how amazing all those elaborate entrances and grand spaces would look lined with an abundance of flowers. You might even consider having a destination wedding to get married at a larger museum, like the Smithsonian, for example.
In addition to Museums, art galleries and libraries are also beautiful options for getting married in.
Keep in mind that you'll likely be given an event space, and visitors will still be admitted to the location because it is a public setting. If you don't mind being on display yourself, these are some great venue options!
Lighthouse Wedding Venues
For those of you vying for a unique wedding venue for an intimate "I do," an enthralling lighthouse could be just the answer. Whether you say your vows atop the lighthouse itself or on the rocky beaches below, this venue provides an alluring coastal backdrop that will look phenomenal in your wedding album.
Castle Wedding Venues
No fairy tale wedding would be complete without a magical castle venue and banquet. Stunning decor, romantic ambiance and 5 star service are what you can expect from a caste wedding.
Castles can be found around the world, and are elegant and grand options if you're looking for unique wedding venues. There are even castles in the U.S. you can choose from if you don't want to go all the way to Ireland or Germany, for example.
Plus, if you're a big fan of fairytale-themed weddings, this is the perfect setting for that!
If you and your prince charming want a taste of the high life, nothing short of a castle will do.
Garden Wedding Venues
Flower gardens, topiary gardens, botanical gardens, and even sculpture gardens make excellent settings for a classy wedding day. Though a bit more traditional than some of these other venues, garden ceremonies aren't the default option for the majority of couples today, so you still have the corner on the market. Don’t let the fear of rain put you off, just remember to keep your eye on the weather forecast and prepare for the unexpected!
Plus, they come mostly pre-decorated with flowers (obviously), which can reduce your stress.
Perfect for the couple who loves the arts, performance venues bring your wedding to life with dramatic flair.
Consider your local opera houses, symphony halls, or theaters (not the big-screen kind, though these could work if you're really into movies). Many of these host private events on a regular basis, and can easily help you get your big day set up there. Since they're unique wedding venues to choose from, it's also more likely you'll get your chosen date reserved!
Yes, you can get married in a national park if that's your thing. Most parks allow ceremonies in various locations within their boundaries; check out the National Parks Service website for more details on the park you're interested in.
Keep in mind, these venues tend to have lots of permits and requirements attached, such as limited guest attendance and little-to-no decorations allowed. So make sure you do your research before choosing this venue option.
Other Natural Settings
National parks still too cliche for you?
If you're a big fan of the outdoors, consider a natural setting that will provide that extra "wow" factor you're looking for. For example, you could fly to Alaska and get married on a glacier, or get married on your local mountaintop. Even more niche and unique wedding venues would be settings like volcanoes or caves!
Zoos or Animal Parks
Can't afford to travel to Africa for that safari wedding you were hoping for?
Don't worry about it; look into your local zoo or animal park instead. These venues are usually open to private events and can give you that exotic, animal-filled vibe you were hoping for.
You may even get to feed a giraffe after you say "I do."
Though hotels and churches are of course buildings, think way outside box here. We're talking unique wedding venues in architecture you won't ever forget. You might have a favorite location in mind, like that adorable wood bridge over the local stream, or even the towering Seattle Space Needle. The only limit here is the location's rules and restrictions on events. Otherwise, don't assume that you can't get married in the Empire State Building!
Not every couple wants their wedding to be a private affair. If you're the kind of couple who wants the world to know your love, consider getting married at a public event. This could be anything from a "day in the park" to conventions to carnivals/state fairs. Or you can think even bigger; 33 couples got married at the Grammys one year!
Follow all local laws, and make sure that your nuptials won't be considered intrusive by the event's organizers or the police before you move forward with your plans.
Even though the U.S. of A. isn't that old of a country, we still have some beautiful old buildings. No matter where you are in the U.S., it's likely there's a historical building in your area that's full of nostalgia and beauty all of its own. You can look at your state capitol, court buildings, historical houses, or even renovated hotels. Check the National Register of Historic Places. Having a wedding here will definitely be memorable compared to getting married in another Hilton.
Yep, some people like getting married in theme parks. Disneyland, Six Flags, Cedar Point, and many other amusement parks are unique wedding venues for the couple who loves feeling like a kid all over again. And sometimes that's the vibe you want at your wedding, anyway, the celebratory, "let's have fun on the roller coaster" type.
This is also a great option if you want your guests to have a full vacation after your wedding day, as they can stay in the area and have a few extra days of fun to themselves!
Ever thought about getting married on the sea, instead of next to it?
If so, it's anchors away for you, because you could get married on a ship. Cruises can often hold wedding ceremonies, or you can opt for stationary ships like the Queen Mary in San Diego or even a pirate ship like the Black Raven in Florida!
Historically, ship captains were ordained to perform wedding ceremonies, so even though you're following in a long-standing tradition, your venue will be anything but.
Last but not least are those unique wedding venues that aren't necessarily venues at all.
These "locations" are the kind the couple chooses because they're so extreme, no ordinary couple would ever think of them. For example, you could get married while skydiving, climbing Mount Everest, or floating in a space station.
Your only limitation here is what you can realistically afford and do. Otherwise, the sky's the limit (literally).
There's no reason to have a "normal" wedding in a hotel or church when all of these unique wedding venues are available to you. And 20 years from now, when you look back at your photos, you're guaranteed to still feel satisfied with your wedding location.
How many hotel ballroom or church couples can say that?
Which of these unique wedding venues was your favorite, and why?